In her opening statement, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) highlighted the struggles American families still face in the aftermath of the economic downturn. Witnesses discussed how they have been affected by the federal budget and ways the budget could effectively invest in them.
On February 27, 2014, Senator Murray, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a memorandum to Senate democrats regarding the current, improved fiscal outlook in the United States.
In the memorandum, Sen. Murray called on Senate democrats to build upon the progress they have made toward deficit reduction and the bipartisan foundation they worked to establish with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Sen. Murray further called upon the legislators to move past manufactured budget crises and instead focus on creating jobs, expanding opportunity, and generating economic growth.