Sen. Murray: ‘We must show country that we can work together’

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SEATTLE — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in her first trip back to Washington state since the end of the government shutdown, told an audience in Mukilteo, “My God, it’s great to be home.”

Murray was there to celebrate the landmark transfer of the 20-acre former tank farm from the Air Force to the Port of Everett, something she has been working on for years.

patty-murray2The transfer of property is an effort to help revitalize the waterfront and also create space for a new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.

Murray also spoke to reporters about the newly created, special conference committee she is chairing with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in the wake of the compromise this week that ended the government shutdown.

She said she is confident she can come up with a workable budget with her Republican counterpart by their self-imposed Dec. 13 deadline to avoid another shutdown in mid-January.

She said each of their proposed budgets protect Social Security, favor tax reform and make spending cuts, although the House version calls for $4 trillion in cuts and the Senate version trims $1 trillion.

“I believe Congressman Ryan and I have a responsibility to not only find a way to solve the fiscal problems of our country, but to really show the country that we can work together,” Murray said.

She also said the country needs to heal from the pain inflicted by the 16-day shutdown this month.

“The country is still bruised from the small group of people in D.C. who wanted ‘my way or the highway’,” she said.

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  • Bootlegger59

    Lady, you haven't done it yet, so why do you cry and moan and lie about 'Oh, we have to work together', when you haven't done a thing to promote the very concept you whine about.

  • The World is Ending

    Great when are you going to start? Your idea of a compromise is the republicans give up 99.9% and when you give up something if you give up .001% of something you act like yup gave away the universe. And how many of your supporters know that you are part of the 1% that they hate.

      • The World is Ending

        You do realize that they eat the same food as everyone else. But when you all you info and news from the democrats you would think that the republicans don't even live on this planet. And for you information I hate both parties and believe that they are in it for themselves and could care less about the average person, and if you say a politician from either party cares then you are deluding yourself.

      • The World is Ending

        The foreclosures it was the democrats that made the banks loan money to unqualified people mostly minorities.. In the interest of fairness in home ownership. People need to realize that not everyone can own a home, some people just don't have the money, owning a home cost a bunch more than just the payments, and some people don't realize this, it can cost several thousand dollars a year in up keep.