New Patty Murray TV Ad: “Whatever It Takes” Highlights Work Breaking Through Gridlock, Delivering Results for Washington State Families

New Patty Murray TV Ad: “Whatever It Takes” Highlights Work Breaking Through Gridlock, Delivering Results for Washington State Families

Seattle – Today, People for Patty Murray released Sen. Murray’s first television ad of the campaign. The ad highlights Senator Murray’s commitment to working with anyone, from any Party, to get results for Washington state families.


After the government shutdown in 2013, Senator Murray reached across the aisle to work with now-Speaker Ryan to restore investments in education, health care, and other Washington state priorities. When Senator Murray heard from parents and teachers across the state about how No Child Left Behind was broken, she led a bipartisan effort to fix it and make sure it worked for Washington state students and teachers. And as the daughter of a World War II veteran, Senator Murray fought for local veterans to make sure they were getting what they needed and deserved from the VA.  



Murray: “Congress can be so frustrating, nobody wants to compromise, like when they couldn’t even pass a budget. So I worked with Paul Ryan to prevent another government shutdown”

Patty Murray negotiated a budget deal with now-Speaker Paul Ryan to avoid a government shutdown that would have harmed Washington state families.

Olympian Editorial: Murray “Was A Key Player In Forging A Budget Compromise That At Least Returns The Budget Process To A More Sensible, Rational Approach.”  The Olympian opined: “So what House and Senate budget leaders — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. — were able to do is about the best the country could expect. They forged a modest, two-year budget compromise that restores some military and domestic spending and cancels about half of the across-the-board budget cuts that are synonymous with sequestration. The measure passed the House on Thursday. In essence it’s a cease-fire in a budget war that has consumed Congress since 2011 and caused great harm to the American people. Murray, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, finds herself in the political spotlight as someone who succeeded where many have failed. She was a key player in forging a budget compromise that at least returns the budget process to a more sensible, rational approach in which lawmakers establish program and project priorities and fund them accordingly. The unforgiving, mindless slashing of budgets at the same rate across all government activities is cast aside, at least for now.” [The Olympian editorial, 12/15/13]

News Tribune: “Washington State And The South Sound Will Be Among The Winners” Of Ryan-Murray Deal. The News Tribune editorialized: “Washington state and the South Sound will be among the winners [of Ryan-Murray deal]. Half the restored funding will go to defense, which means that Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other major military installations will get a two-year reprieve – though the Pentagon will decide whether particular bases would be held harmless. The first months of sequestration haven’t done much harm to the armed forces. Over the next nine years, though, the plan threatened $470 billion in cuts. Defense experts warn of a hollowed-out military with poorly maintained equipment and inadequate training. JBLM commanders say they’ve already been forced to curtail normal exercises, such as large-scale maneuvers at the Yakima Training Center. They note that long-term planning becomes much harder when funding prospects are unpredictable. It’s not just about people in uniform. Sequestration-driven civilian furloughs have hurt families and businesses in this area. Cutbacks have threatened environmental cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Eastern Washington. While the Murray-Ryan agreement is good news, it’s a very long way from a true bipartisan budget solution.” [News Tribune, 12/13/13]

Murray-Ryan Budget Cut Deficits By $23 Billion, Replaced Sequester Cuts. Politico reported: “The House Budget chairman, who has spent years penning budgets fit for conservatives' dreams, has morphed into a man willing to take modest steps. The two-year budget agreement he rolled out with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Tuesday evening is striking for its simplicity: it cuts the deficits by $23 billion, sets new higher spending levels for the next two years and replaces automatic spending cuts set to take effect in 2014.” [Politico, 12/10/13]

Murray: “I brought both parties together to cut education regulations and give parents and teachers more control.”

Patty Murray reached across the aisle to fix the broken No Child Left Behind Law.

Spokesman-Review Editorial: On ESSA “Murray Can Take A Share Of The Credit For The Reforms.” The Spokesman-Review opined: “The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Every Student Succeeds Act on Wednesday. Quick Senate action and a signature from President Obama are expected. Sen. Patty Murray can take a share of the credit for the reforms. As ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, she and Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., embarked on a bipartisan effort to replace a law that had laudable but unrealistic goals… Hard-core conservatives wanted the federal government completely out of the schools, but the bill, S1177, has drawn a rare endorsement from the Republican-dominated National Governors Association as well as teacher unions. Murray, although pleased with her renewed success negotiating a bipartisan deal – she worked with now House Speaker Paul Ryan on a 2013 budget – did not get all the funding she wanted for pre-kindergarten. She was once a preschool teacher. Adoption of ESSA is critical. U.S. students trail many of their foreign peers by many measures. Education has always been a state responsibility, but as a nation we must do better in and by our classrooms.” [Spokesman-Review, 12/4/15]

Seattle Times Editorial: Murray “Worked Tirelessly” For Education Reform Bill. The Seattle Times opined: “Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal government will return more control to states and local schools districts in setting standards while still requiring grade-level testing in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school. The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a final version of the bill this week before it’s signed into law by President Obama. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who worked tirelessly to rewrite the law, again showed skill in finding compromise between lawmakers who sought to maintain greater federal control of public education and those who decried overtesting students and one-size-fits-all federal mandates… Gone will be harsh penalties, such as loss of federal funds for schools that did not meet testing benchmarks. Gone will be the need for states to obtain waivers to avoid those penalties.” [Seattle Times editorial, 12/5/15]

Washington Post: Murray And Alexander “Were Heralded By Their Colleagues For Crafting An Agreement That Broke Through Congressional Gridlock.” The Washington Post reported: “The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved sweeping legislation that resets Washington’s relationship with the nation’s 100,000 public schools, ending the landmark No Child Left Behind Act and sending significant power back to states and local districts while maintaining limited federal oversight of education… ‘It is the single biggest step toward local control of public schools in 25 years,’ said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate education panel and a chief architect of the law along with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)… Sens. Alexander and Murray were heralded by their colleagues for crafting an agreement that broke through congressional gridlock. ‘It’s not the bill I would have written on my own,’ Murray told the Senate. ‘And I know this isn’t the bill Republicans would have written on their own. That’s the nature of compromise.’ The new law will significantly reduce the legal authority of the education secretary, who would be legally barred from influencing state decisions about academic benchmarks, such as the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations and other policies.” [Washington Post, 12/9/15]

Murray: “And I took on the VA to get Veterans better care and open new clinics around our state.”

Patty Murray fought to keep clinics open and expand care for Veterans across Washington state.

Spokesman-Review: Obama signs bill that helps veterans pay for in vitro fertilization, a provision authored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. The Spokesman reported: “President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to help pay the costs for the next two years. The provision was included in the two-year budget for Veterans Affairs and military construction and was authored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The provision would help veterans with service-related injuries affecting fertility. Murray originally proposed providing $88 million to the VA in April. Its current form would use existing VA health care funds. “I am thrilled that this country now is going to take care of those soldiers who gave such a sacrifice,” Murray said. Congress banned the VA from funding in vitro fertilization in the 1990’s. Murray’s next task, she said, is to ensure the in vitro fertilization assistance will not need reauthorizing every two years through the appropriations process. She will try to permanently repeal the ban, “so this is not a battle in the future,” she said. “I do not give up easily,” Murray said. “Over the years, I’ve heard from so many veterans who signed up to serve their country, suffered a life-changing injury, only to find out the VA was barred from covering the costs of the one procedure they needed to realize their dreams of having a family.” Murray previously proposed standalone legislation to repeal the ban, but was blocked in the House three times since 2012. [Spokesman-Review, 9/29/16]

HEADLINE: Sen. Murray Wants Big Changes In VA After KOMO Investigation. KOMO reported: “Sen. Patty Murray is calling for sweeping changes in the Veterans Health Administration to address problems first outlined by KOMO News in our on-going investigation. In her speech Wednesday afternoon, Murray noted many of the same issues we found such as veterans being turned away because of a lack of caregivers, veterans with potentially life-threatening infections told they must wait weeks or months for appointments and treatment, and other veterans unable to access any health care until they get an initial screening appointment, which may take several months. It's the same type of issues we found in the case of Dorian Chamorro. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, including a tour in Iraq. But Chamorro says nothing compares to the frustration of trying to get medical treatment from the Puget Sound VA.” [KOMO, 10/22/15]

Murray Discussed How She And The Walla Walla Community Worked Together To Save VA Facility From Closure, Convince VA To Invest $23 Million For New Veterans Home. In an op-ed, Murray wrote: “In 2004, the Veterans Affairs put the entire VA hospital on the chopping block, which would have forced veterans to go to Spokane or Seattle for care. But because community members spoke up by writing to their elected officials, attended committee hearings I chaired, and joined me in countless meetings making their voices heard, we not only saved the facility from closure, we helped prove that it was worth expanding. That community effort helped me get the VA to agree with all of us and preserve the facility, take it off the closure list and instead invest millions of dollars in the campus and create new facilities for veterans to get services. It armed me to go to the other Washington to fight for $23 million in federal investments for the brand new state veterans home last year.” [Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Patty Murray op-ed, 6/30/15]

Murray: “I’m Patty Murray and I sponsor this message because I’ll do whatever it takes to get things done.”

Patty Murray is an effective legislator who knows how to get things done.

Seatte Times: “U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has shown valuable bipartisanship and has been a strong representative for the state of Washington. Voters should elect her for another term.” The Seattle Times opined: “While Congress grew more dysfunctional in recent years, Murray found common ground and still got things done. She developed rapport with Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, with whom she negotiated a critical budget deal in 2013, avoiding a government shutdown. That skill, combined with her strong support for trade, education, veterans and transportation, make her the resoundingly clear choice. Electing Vance out of frustration with partisan gridlock would be a pyrrhic victory. Another example of Murray’s performance is the Every Student Succeeds Act that she introduced and saw through to its approval last year. The ESSA was a major overhaul of education policy that replaced the problematic No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA updated testing requirements, reduced federal involvement in state education programs, increased early-education support and ended a waiver program that caused grief in Washington state. [Seattle Times editorial, 7/22/16]

Senator Alexander On Working With Murray: “‘We Can Focus On The 80 Percent We Agree With And Fight About The 20 Percent Another Day.” The Knoxville News Sentinel reported: “U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says that his work with Democrats in an overhaul of the federal No Child Left Behind law could be a model for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and that's something Republicans need to address next year… ‘One reason I've enjoyed working with Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the (Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee is that she's results-oriented,’ Alexander says. ‘We can focus on the 80 percent we agree with and fight about the 20 percent another day.’” [Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/4/16]

Ryan: “Patty Is A Good Friend Of Mine” And “A Tremendous Public Servant.” The Inlander reported: “‘Patty is a good friend of mine,’ Ryan says in a statement to the Inlander. ‘We have our policy differences, but she's a tremendous public servant.’” [Inlander, 5/6/15]

New Republic: “Perhaps No One In The Democratic Party Has Been Better At [Finding Compromise] Than Patty Murray.”  The New Republic reported: “The gridlock on Capitol Hill in recent years has led some pundits to bemoan the lack of collegiality in Congress and wax nostalgic about the days when senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch would supposedly cut deals in cigar-filled backrooms. But back then, there was significant ideological overlap between the parties. That's not true today. A growing body of research confirms that polarization has not been exaggerated; it's the prime cause of diminished dealmaking. While some politicians have used this polarization to rail against the opposing party and raise their political profile, others have focused instead on finding the few areas ripe for compromise. Perhaps no one in the Democratic Party has been better at that than Patty Murray.” [New Republic, 4/27/15]