Chair's Press

06.25.22

Murray, Democrats Push Biden for “Bold Action” to Protect Abortion Access in a Post-Roe America

Murray, Dems to President Joe Biden: "You have the power to fight back and lead a national response to this devastating decision, so we call on you to take every step available to your Administration, across federal agencies, to help women access abortions and other reproductive health care, and to protect those who will face the harshest burdens from this devastating and extreme decision." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Senator Murray Announces HELP Hearing On Abortion and Reproductive Health Care Post-Roe

HELP Committee will hold July 13th hearing on abortion and reproductive health care following Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe and end the right to an abortion (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, announced she will hold a HELP Committee hearing on July 13th on the impact of the Dobbs decision on access to abortion and other reproductive services, including the effect restrictions will have on matern… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Senator Murray Statement on SCOTUS Overturning Roe and Republicans’ Decades-Long Effort to End Abortion Rights

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturns Roe v. Wade and ends the right to abortion. "Today, Republicans dragged this country backwards by half a century. Republicans ripped away our rights and made this generation the first generation of American women with fewer rights than their mother… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Senator Murray Applauds Biden Administration Action to Protect Youth from Nicotine, Remove Juul E-Cigarettes from

Senator Murray: "This step will save lives, and save countless kids from nicotine addiction." 2 million youth reported using e-cigarettes in 2021 (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is ordering all Juul electronic cigarettes removed from the U.S. market. "We know e-cigarettes have fueled the alarmin… Continue Reading


06.23.22

ICYMI: House Democrats Back Murray-Kaine Child Care Plan in Reconciliation

Over half of House Democratic Caucus sends letter urging Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi to include Murray-Kaine child care plan in reconciliation package 127 House Members: Murray-Kaine proposal "will provide children and working families with critical support to access quality, affordable child care and give child care providers additional resources they so desperately need to help get our economy back on track." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Sen… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Senator Murray on Biden Administration’s New Proposed Title IX Rule: Strong Progress in the Fight to End Campus Sexual Assault Crisis

Senator Murray: "After so many years of survivors being silenced and campus sexual assault being brushed under the rug, this new proposed Title IX rule is long overdue progress in the fight to end the epidemic of campus sexual assault." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Title IX rule announced by the Biden Administration that will ensure survivors can seek… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Murray, Blunt, DeLauro, Cole Introduce Resolution Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary of Pell Grants

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the LHHS Subcommittee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Ranking Member of the House LHHS Subcommittee, introduced a resolution celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pell Grant program, w… Continue Reading


06.22.22

As SCOTUS Prepares to Overturn Roe, Murray and Hirono Host Abortion Storyteller Roundtable To Hear Directly From Patients

Senator Murray: "No one is untouched by this Supreme Court's decision-or Republicans' increasingly extreme policies here in Congress and in states across the country. Especially when we know that Republicans are already pushing for a nationwide abortion ban. This fight isn't over. Far from it." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) hosted a roundtable with pat… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Senator Murray Applauds Further Bipartisan Progress on Retirement Security Legislation Following Senate Finance Mark Up

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee's markup of its retirement security package, the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. Last week, the HELP Committee passed the RISE & SHINE Act-its own comprehensive bipartisan legislation to strengthen Americans' emergency savings and retirement security-in a voice vote. "Familie… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Senator Murray On Bipartisan Deal to Lower Insulin Costs: “Let’s Get This Done.”

Murray praises bipartisan deal to cap insulin at $35 a month for patients Senator Murray: "This is life and death for patients. So let's get this done, save families some money, and most importantly save lives." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Improving Needed Safeguards for Users of Lifesaving Insulin Now (INSULIN) Act-a bipartisan bill Senators Shaheen (… Continue Reading


06.22.22

At Hearing, Murray Highlights How Democrats’ American Rescue Plan is Helping Get Students Back On Track

Senator Murray: "I want parents to know this-I am in your corner fighting for you and your kids." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a hearing on supporting schools, educators, parents, and students to get our kids back on track after the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the hearing, Senator Murray highlighted how the Ame… Continue Reading


06.17.22

Murray, Brown Introduce Legislation to Improve Warn Act by Providing More Notice for Workers, Holding Employers Accountable

Senators Introduce Fair Warning Act on 34th Anniversary of the Late Senator Howard Metzenbaum's WARN Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, to honor the 34th anniversary of U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum's (D-OH) introduction of the WARN Act, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a revised version of the Fair Warning Act. The senators' legislation updates the law that the WARN Act establi… Continue Reading


06.16.22

Amid Threat of New COVID Variants and a Fall Surge, Murray Urges Republicans to Support COVID Emergency Funding

***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a hearing on the federal COVID response and the urgent need to pass emergency COVID funding amid threats of new COVID variants and a fall surge, with members of the Biden Administration COVID response team, including: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD… Continue Reading


06.15.22

Murray, Warren to President Biden: We Need an Executive Order to Defend Americans’ Right to an Abortion NOW

***WATCH FULL PRESS CONFERENCE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), led a press conference reiterating their call to President Biden to immediately issue an executive order to defend Americans' reproductive rights, including their right to an abortion. "We need an all-of-government plan to protect reproductive rights. We need the Biden administration to s… Continue Reading


06.15.22

Murray, Warren, Wyden, Whitehouse, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Ban Data Brokers from Selling Americans’ Location Data and Health Data

With the Extremist Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade, the Need to Protect Location and Health Data is More Crucial than Ever Data Privacy Expert: Health and Location Data Protection Act "would fill one of the largest protection gaps in U.S. privacy law" Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in introducing the Health and Location Data Prote… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Murray Leads HELP Committee to Advancing Key Steps to Address Formula Crisis in Bipartisan Package

Key FDA bill includes steps from Murray, Casey, Burr, and others to ensure accountability from FDA and formula manufacturers Murray: "Families need accountability from FDA and formula manufactures, and they desperately need formula-and I am pushing to get them both at every opportunity I can." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the HELP Committee voting to pass a … Continue Reading


06.14.22

Senator Murray Lands Historic Bipartisan Agreement to Allow Drug Importation from Canada

Sweeping FDA legislation negotiated by Senator Murray includes requirement to make drug importation from Canada a reality and lower drug costs for patients Senator Murray: "People across Washington state have been calling for Congress to get this done so they can afford the drugs they need- it's my job to make their voices heard right here in Congress and to take meaningful steps to implement safe drug importation that will help lower costs." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Murray Leads HELP Committee in Advancing Historic Bipartisan Bills to Lower Drug Costs, Strengthen Workers’ Retirement Security, More

In a 13-9 vote, HELP Committee approves comprehensive legislation to reauthorize FDA's user fee programs, keep families safe, lower drug costs, and bolster innovation In FDA bill, Murray strikes historic, bipartisan deal to allow prescription drug importation from Canada to lower costs for patients across the country Legislation also includes new steps to hold FDA and manufacturers accountable to address infant formula shortage HELP Committee passes RISE & SHINE Act-the Committe… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Murray, Cantwell, Casey Call on FTC to Investigate Price Gouging of Infant Formula

Murray, Casey, Cantwell push FTC to investigate whether major retail chains have engaged in unfair trade practices by raising prices for specialized formulas during nationwide shortage Senators: "It is utterly unconscionable that anyone would try to take advantage of this shortage to extort scared parents with hungry infants so they can make a quick buck." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committe… Continue Reading


06.09.22

Murray, Kaine Lead Senators, House Members, Advocates in Calling for Their Child Care Reconciliation Plan

***WATCH: SENATORS MURRAY, KAINE SPEAK AT RALLY*** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) led Senators, House members, and advocates from across the country in a rally on Capitol Hill to call for their child care and early learning proposal to be included in reconciliation to lower costs for families, get parents back to work, support the child care workforce, and boost o… Continue Reading

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