Senator Patty Murray http://www.kplu.org en Murray's Anti-Bullying Bill Targeting Colleges Limits Free Speech, Critics Say http://www.kplu.org/post/murrays-anti-bullying-bill-targeting-colleges-limits-free-speech-critics-say <p>Washington state's senior U.S. senator is hoping to revive a push for federal anti-bullying laws aimed at preventing harassment of college students based on their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. But critics say such laws would impede on the students' First Amendment rights.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;visited the University of Washington campus Thursday to promote <a href="http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ContentRecord_id=791acfd8-d9ae-4ad8-baa7-8791d9a199bd" target="_blank">a bill she introduced</a> in the Senate late last month. The measure would require any university receiving federal funds to adopt policies barring "severe, persistent or pervasive" harassment against its students.</span></p><p>"If ... you want to keep those federal funds, you will have an anti-bullying policy," Murray said during her visit.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:02:17 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16127 at http://www.kplu.org Murray's Anti-Bullying Bill Targeting Colleges Limits Free Speech, Critics Say Murray: Budget Deal Better than Sequestration for Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-budget-deal-better-sequestration-wash-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Patty Murray says the deal she reached with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will spare Washington state residents from another round of across-the-board budget cuts—welcome news to researchers at the University of Washington.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:26:16 +0000 Ashley Gross 11626 at http://www.kplu.org Murray: Budget Deal Better than Sequestration for Wash. State Murray, Ryan Reach Modest Bipartisan Budget Pact http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-ryan-reach-modest-bipartisan-budget-pact <p>Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses in the next several days.</p><p>Officials said the increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, leaving enough for a largely symbolic cut of more than $20 billion in the nation's $17 trillion debt.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:33:12 +0000 The Associated Press 11570 at http://www.kplu.org Murray, Ryan Reach Modest Bipartisan Budget Pact Patty Murray Twists Arms Over Military Families' Health Coverage http://www.kplu.org/post/patty-murray-twists-arms-over-military-families-health-coverage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some military families can’t get treatment for their children with developmental disabilities, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor. Washington’s senior senator hopes to force a change, even though her efforts have fallen short once before.</span></p><p>The controversy revolves around a therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis, which is widely used to treat children with autism by reinforcing desired behaviors. Tricare, the military insurance provider, does cover it for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. But the therapy is being prescribed more and more to children with other disabilities, and those populations are not covered.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:34:11 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11321 at http://www.kplu.org Patty Murray Twists Arms Over Military Families' Health Coverage Inslee Signs Boeing Tax Breaks as Machinists Mull Labor Proposal http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-signs-boeing-tax-breaks-machinists-mull-labor-proposal <p>It’s official: Boeing will get nearly $9 billion in tax incentives from the state of Washington in a deal aimed to guarantee Boeing will build its 777X and carbon-fiber wings in the state.</p><p>Gov. Jay Inslee signed his name to the tax breaks Monday morning after legislators approved the deal over the weekend. Inslee told reporters that the state has a lot to gain.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:54:26 +0000 Ed Ronco 10976 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Signs Boeing Tax Breaks as Machinists Mull Labor Proposal Murray Aims to 'Find Common Ground' with GOP on Budget http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-aims-find-common-ground-gop-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the government reopened and a budget deal reached, members of Congress are heading into a new round of budget negotiations. Front and center is Sen. Patty Murray, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee. On Thursday morning, Murray stood next to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and told reporters that the two sides will work together to avoid another impasse.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:28:39 +0000 Ed Ronco 10528 at http://www.kplu.org Murray Aims to 'Find Common Ground' with GOP on Budget Senator Patty Murray says going over the 'fiscal cliff' is an option http://www.kplu.org/post/senator-patty-murray-says-going-over-fiscal-cliff-option <p>Now that the election is over, Washington, D.C. has turned its focus to averting the so-called fiscal cliff. But Washington Senator Patty Murray says going over the cliff should be an option.</p><p>The fiscal cliff refers to the Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year and the deep spending cuts that will take place. Senator Murray has been saying for some time now that Democrats shouldn’t be too afraid of the fiscal cliff.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7094 at http://www.kplu.org