Murray’s Spending Record

by Andrew Stiles

So Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has tapped Sen. Patty “Queen of Pork” Murray (D., Wash.) to co-chair the “super commitee” whose task will be to come up with at least $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reduction by late November. If you suspect that’s Murray record when it comes to government spending leaves something to be desired, you’d be right (hence the nickname).

For example:

…in the fall of 2005, Murray took to the Senate floor to defend federal earmarks; at the time, Congress was debating the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere,” the $230 million project of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R., Alaska). “As the old saying goes, ‘What is good for the goose is good for the gander.’” Murray said. “And I tell my colleagues, if we start cutting funding for individual projects, your project may be next.”

She once entered language into a 2002 spending bill that forced the Navy to pay $4.5 million for an 85-foot speedboat it didn’t want. The Navy ended up giving the boat to the University of Washington, which couldn’t find a use for it either. Top executives at Guardian Marine International, the company that built the boat, later gave $15,000 to Murray’s campaign.

And here:

Listening to the speeches at Thursday’s massive “Get Out the Vote” rally for Sen. Patty Murray (D) at the University of Washington, one was left wondering: Are the politicians here that out of touch with the political zeitgeist? Or are the voters here just that liberal? The answer may lie somewhere in between, but some of rhetoric on display at the event was mindboggling given the political climate in other parts of the country.

Consider this line from Rep. Norm Dicks (D., Wash.), which was quite the crowd pleaser:

“During the Bush administration, I was the ranking member on Interior Appropriations, and [later] chairman. And I must tell you that they cut the Interior budget by 16 percent, EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] by 29 percent, the Foreign Service by 35 percent. And under President Barack Obama we restored that funding, we increased that funding.”

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