Not My Boss's Business

Senator Patty Murray
2014-07-23 19:24:54
July 23, 2014 Wildfires in Central Washington My thoughts are with all those currently impacted by the catastrophic wildfires now burning in north Central Washington. I will continue to be in close communication with federal, state, and local authorities on the ground and I remain committed to ensuring they have the necessary resources they need going forward. Read more HERE (www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases and HERE (www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases
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July 23, 2014

Wildfires in Central Washington

My thoughts are with all those currently impacted by the catastrophic wildfires now burning in north Central Washington.  I will continue to be in close communication with federal, state, and local authorities on the ground and I remain committed to ensuring they have the necessary resources they need going forward.   

Read more HERE and HERE.


Not My Boss’s Business: Ensuring Contraceptive Coverage in the Aftermath of Disastrous Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling

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Last week, Senate Republicans filibustered my Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, also referred to as the Not My Boss’s Business Act.  This bill would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act that was put in jeopardy by the misguided Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby, and protect the coverage of other federally required health services for women and their covered dependents from employers who want to impose their beliefs by denying benefits. This straightforward and simple legislation was cosponsored by 46 Senators and endorsed by over 120 organizations, and fell just 2 votes short of the required 60 votes to proceed.  But we are not done, and will keep fighting.

I’m extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues refused to even proceed to a debate on this critical legislation, but the fight is far from over.  Senators like me and Senator Udall, who joined me and 45 of our colleagues in this legislation, are not going anywhere. The advocates, doctors, and organizations that supported this legislation are not going anywhere. And the millions of women across the country who were outraged at the Supreme Court’s decision aren’t going anywhere.  I will continue standing up for women and their health care.

Read more.

“Sen. Murray: CEO’s should stay out of women’s health decisions”
- Seattle PI


Bipartisanship at Work: President Obama Signs Murray’s Job Training Bill into Law

President Obama Signs Murray's Job Training Bill into Law

I am so proud that this week, President Obama signed my Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law.  This bill received overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Senate and the House, and goes to show that both chambers of Congress are still capable of breaking through the gridlock and investing in American workers and the economy.  I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy, and get people back to work, but we can’t expect to adequately train Americans for jobs at Boeing or Microsoft with programs designed in the 1990s.  95 percent of each chamber of Congress agreed with me, and I’m thrilled that this long overdue legislation is now signed into law.

Read more. 

“Murray shows there’s hope for Congress” - The Spokesman-Review (Editorial)

“That sweet, bipartisan feeling” - The Everett Herald (Editorial)

“Bipartisanship gets to work” - The Columbian (Editorial)


Ensuring Fair Treatment for Children at the Border

 Murray Presses Administration on Unaccompanied Children & Families Near the Southwestern Border

Recently, I was able to question top Administration officials on the treatment of unaccompanied children and refugees detained near the Southwest border after fleeing widespread violence in their home countries.  These are not people coming here to take American jobs. These are not people coming here for a free ride. These are children, many of them only 7 or 8 years old, fleeing terrible violence in their home countries. They’re sent by desperate mothers and fathers who have had to look them in the eyes and literally tell them to run for their lives. And as a mother, and a grandmother, I just can’t imagine what that would feel like. I believe that this is a humanitarian and refugee crisis that we’re seeing along our Southern border.  I will continue to monitor this situation and I am very focused on ensuring we have the resources we need to protect these children and treat them humanely while they’re detained.

Read more.  


Giving Working Parents a Fair Shot

This month, I introduced the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act, which would increase the tax credit working families can receive for child care costs and expand the credit to countless low-income families who currently are not eligible.  At a time when parents are struggling to meet the skyrocketing cost of child care, households next year could see a credit of $1,600 for one child or $3,200 for more than one child – nearly three times the maximum benefit many families are eligible to receive under current law – if this legislation passes Congress.

Updating this tax credit to reflect the needs of families in today’s economy would be a critical step forward in terms of our larger effort to make sure working parents—dads and moms—have a fair shot.  I believe that by putting in place policies to make child care more affordable, by making sure women get the equal pay they deserve, by raising the minimum wage so that millions of workers have a better shot at lifting themselves out of poverty, and by taking steps to ensure students aren’t overwhelmed by debt after graduating from college, we could break down some of the very real barriers that are holding families and our economy back. And there is no reason we shouldn’t start with right now, with the bill I introduced.

Read more.

“Women Senators propose bill to boost child care tax credits”
- The Huffington Post


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