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December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Congress passes Alpine Lakes Wilderness — sooner or later

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move ahead with the 2015 defense policy bill containing a host of public-lands measures, bringing the expansion of Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Seattle within hours of final passage in Congress. However, retiring Sen. Tom Coburn is vowing to run out the clock with additional 30 hours of debate allowed…

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February 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Murray, DelBene unfazed by predicted job losses from minimum-wage boost

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene were unfazed by a new Congressional Budget Office report predicting job losses if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour. The nonpartisan CBO estimated Tuesday the boost in the minimum wage would raise the wages of 16.5 million workers and lift 900,000 out of poverty….

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December 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Sen. Patty Murray: Budget deal will restore public trust in Congress

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says the budget deal she and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced Tuesday will “restore trust that had been lost by people across the country that we could function as a Congress and as a democracy.” In an interview with The Seattle Times shortly after a news conference announcing the deal, Murray, the…

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November 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

CBO’s Elmendorf lays out paradoxical options at budget conference

WASHINGTON — It’s a picture he’s drawn many time before. But Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf painted it again Wednesday: The federal debt is growing at an unsustainable rate — but the paradoxical best short-term response is to cut taxes or boost spending. That was the thrust of Elmendorf’s message to lawmakers at the…

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November 28, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Wednesday politics: uh-oh, the man show, and Patty Murray and fiscal cliff

Good Morning. This will win back the female voters — not. The House Speaker  has announced Committee Chairs for the 113th Congress and let’s just say it’s not very female-friendly. Huffington Post dubs it “The Man Show.” Washington Sen. Patty Murray, for one, tweeted her disappointment last night. In a story Sunday in The Seattle Times, reporter Brian M….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: house top, secretary of state kim wyman, Sen. Patty Murray

November 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Patty Murray seeks to become chair of Senate Budget Committee

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray Thursday declared her plan to seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee, a post that would move her closer to the looming debate about the nation’s long-term fiscal policy. Murray hopes to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of Nebraska North Dakota. She now is the No. 2…

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September 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Senate Democrats: Election will embolden “Republicans who want to work with us”

WASHINGTON — Patty Murray and her three fellow Senate Democratic leaders called a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce some major beef with Republicans — House Republicans to be specific. Their complaint: a backlog of bipartisan Senate bills that have stalled in the other chamber. Among them the once-routine farm bill, the postal-service reform bill, the Violence Against…

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September 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Senate Republicans block Murray’s $1 billion veterans jobs bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked Sen. Patty Murray’s $1 billion legislation to create a jobs corps for veterans, invoking a budget rule to kill what they contend is an unproven and unaffordable program. The 58-40 vote to waive a procedural budget motion fell two votes short. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had already postponed the…

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September 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Patty Murray: Romney will “put the middle class on the roof”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray went “Seamus” on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a speech to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday. Murray referenced the tale of Romney’s long ago family vacation, when he strapped their dog, Seamus, in a carrier on top of a station wagon for a 12-hour drive. Though the…

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September 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Costco’s Sinegal in spotlight at Democratic convention tonight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal will get a moment in the national spotlight tonight, when he speaks right around prime time at the Democratic National Convention. According to a schedule released by the DNC, Sinegal will be speaking at 9:50 p.m. Eastern (6:50 p.m. Pacific), just before Mass. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. But a C-SPAN…

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