Washington State constituents hear from Senator, Patty Murray. While the Senate was in recess, she traveled around the State gathering stories to use in support of her progressive agenda. High on her list is getting funds for educating the workforce. She says there are 52,000 jobs in our State that are vacant because nobody has the skills to do them. (?) She says she is working hard to fix that and now that she is the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, she will be right in the middle of the decision making for spending our tax dollars. ($!) Remember, we have gotten along for the past several years without the Senate passing a budget. There is no need to balance what you do not have. Isn’t that right? According to Murray, her new role as Chairman of the Budget Committee will not be to just deal with the deficit. Oh no, her task is to take the stories she has heard back to D.C. and use them to fight for increased investments. (?$!!!) Yes, that translates into more taxes and less cuts in spending.
Another item high on Murray’s agenda is Comprehensive Immigration Reform. To the liberal way of thinking, this is not taking jobs away from US citizens and giving them to amnestied illegal aliens. It is an overlooking of the letter of the law in order to make certain people feel and fare better. While home on recess, Murray arranged some roundtable meetings with local immigration reform advocates and garnered some more stories to use in D.C. Murray said it is not the reports, stats and data, which motivate her on this issue. What moves her is not the facts, but heartbreaking stories about “dreamers” who cannot go to college, families who are torn apart, and small businesses that are held back from success by a system that does not work for them. Murray believes that after the November election, it is clear to all of us, including congress, that it is time to move forward and ensure the benefits of “opportunity and inclusion” equally to all in our country.
One thing that Senator Murray always mentions is her efforts to support our veterans. This has been the bread and butter of her political career. No matter what else is going on locally, nationally or internationally, this plank has held her up in all her campaigns. Naturally, while home on recess she arranged to attend another “roundtable” event and talked about training and job placement opportunities for veterans. Murray is no longer the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee but she vowed to continue helping veterans by funneling funds for them via the Senate Budget Committee. ($!) She wants to work for more benefits for vets and those that hire them.
The last thing mentioned in the Senator’s Newsletter was her attendance at the luncheon for the Columbia River Economic Development Council. Why this? Because it is the “single largest investment we can make in this region’s economic development”. ($) It was a free lunch and hog heaven for big government tax and spenders. Overall, there was not a solitary sympathetic line in the Senator’s Newsletter concerning constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, or free markets.