Chair's Press

05.26.22

Senators Murray, Burr Release Draft of Legislation to Strengthen Families’ Finances, Bolster Emergency Savings, Improve Retirement Security

Bipartisan retirement package would bolster emergency savings, increase access to retirement plans, provide additional information and transparency to help people manage their finances, and more Murray: "We need to put families back on solid financial footing and use the tools we know work to help people put more money in their savings and retirement accounts-which is why this bipartisan package is so important." Burr: "The recent historic inflation for everyday essentials, like groceries an… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Senator Murray Statement on Oklahoma’s Extreme, First-in-the-Nation Complete Ban on Abortion

(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 Oklahoma's complete ban on abortion, which was signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt Wednesday and takes effect immediately. The law is the strictest abortion ban in the nation and is enforced by the Texas-style legal mechanism that allows neighbors to sue those who help provide abortion care for cash prizes. "Oklahoma is … Continue Reading


05.26.22

Senator Murray Grills Califf On FDA’s Response to Infant Formula Crisis, Demands Further Action

Senator Murray: "The fact we even have to have this hearing, the fact that shelves are empty, the fact that babies across the country are going hungry and parents can't find what they need to feed their infants is a massive, unacceptable failure." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS AND QUESTIONING*** (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 Food and Drug Administ… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Murray Joins Roundtable with State Leaders Fighting to Protect Reproductive Rights, Highlights that Extreme Republicans “Will Not Stop at Restricting Abortion”

***WATCH: DPCC Roundtable on Reproductive Rights in the States*** Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a roundtable hosted by the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) on the fight for reproductive freedom in states across the country. At the roundtable, Senator Murray stressed that across the country extreme Republicans are going beyond just attacking abortion provide… Continue Reading


05.25.22

HELP Committee Votes to Advance EEOC, Education, HHS Nominees

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a mark-up to advance nominees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "Workers, seniors, students, and families in Washington state and across our country deserve fully-staffed federal agencies that are working hard to support them and make their lives better," … Continue Reading


05.20.22

Murray, Duckworth, Colleagues Call for GAO Study into the Barriers Americans with Disabilities Face Accessing Healthcare

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency conduct a comprehensive, wide-ranging study into the persisting barriers that Americans with disabilities of all backgrounds experience in accessing healthcare, including access to medical treatment, services, equipment and more. U.S… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Murray, Warren, Wyden, Sanders Blast Private Equity Giant KKR for Grossly Substandard Care and Unsafe Living Conditions in Group Homes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

BuzzFeed Investigation Showed KKR Put Profits before Patients, Resulting in Abuse and Neglect and Putting the Lives of Patients at Risk Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Finance and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committees; Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee; and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chair of the Senate Budget Committe… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Senator Murray Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Address Formula Shortage

Senate voted unanimously to pass the Access to Baby Formula Act ICYMI: Senator Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Biden for White House Formula Coordinator to Lead National Strategy - MORE HERE ICYMI: Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Get Formula On Shelves ASAP - MORE HERE Senator Murray: "Passing the Access to Baby Formula Act is a positive step forward, and I'm going to keep pushing to make sure our shelves are stocked as quickly as possible. As a mo… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Schumer, Murray, Senate Democratic Women: Democrats Aren’t Backing Down from The Fight to Protect Abortion Rights

***WATCH: PRESS CONERENCE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Assistant Democratic Leader Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) led a press conference with Democratic women Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on the non-stop Democratic efforts to protect reproductive rights amid Republicans' extreme attempts to end access to… Continue Reading


05.18.22

“Republicans’ Rights Rewind:” Senator Murray Launches Caucus Effort to Highlight Republicans’ Non-Stop Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Senator Murray: "Republicans want to force us all with them into their time machine. But we're not going to let them. Democrats are fighting Republicans' increasingly extreme policies at every step of the way." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR REMARKS*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, took to the Senate floor to launch Senate Democrats' new effort to highlight the non-stop efforts… Continue Reading


05.18.22

Senator Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Biden for White House Formula Coordinator to Lead National Strategy

Murray, Casey, 30 Democratic colleagues call on President Biden to immediately appoint a White House coordinator on infant formula and develop a national strategy to address shortages (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led 30 of their Democratic colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to immediately assign a coordinator within the White House on infant formula to… Continue Reading


05.18.22

Senator Murray Joins Democratic Senators in Condemning Data Brokers for Collecting and Selling Location Data of People Visiting Abortion Clinics

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined a letter led by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to SafeGraph and Placer.ai, two data brokers, condemning the companies for collecting and selling the cellphone-based location data of people who visit abortion clinics and risking the safety of anyone seeking access to abortion services. In the wake of the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the senators are demanding ans… Continue Reading


05.18.22

Senator Murray: Protecting Schools and Hospitals Against Cyberattacks is a Matter of National Security

Senator Murray: "We can't just call it a day after we make technology easy to use and access. We need to make sure it is also safe and secure. We need to address cybersecurity attacks and ensure they are treated like the national security threat they are." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS*** (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 strengthening cybersecurity in t… Continue Reading


05.17.22

Senators Murray, Burr Release Legislation to Support FDA Programs to Lower Costs and Spur Innovation

Bipartisan user fee package ensures FDA has the resources it needs to do its work, includes new oversight of cosmetics and dietary supplements, modernizes diagnostic test regulation, reauthorizes important programs for medical product development, and more Murray: "Families want to know the products they entrust their health to are safe and effective-which is why this bipartisan legislation is so important." Burr: "This bipartisan draft strengthens FDA's foundation to ensure our review a… Continue Reading


05.16.22

Center for Law and Social Policy: Murray-Kaine Child Care Reconciliation Plan Would Expand Access to 1M+ Children, Lower Costs and Get Parents Back to Work

The Century Foundation: "At a time when parents feel more alone than ever, this new proposal makes clear that there are parents, and grandparents, in Congress who have their backs." First Five Years Fund: "Sen. Murray and Sen. Kaine [are] taking definitive action to ensure child care is included in the budget reconciliation package, and we call on all Senate Democrats to unite behind this crucial, commonsense economic policy proposal." Community Change Action: "Senators Murray and Kaine'… Continue Reading


05.13.22

Alongside First Responders in Seattle, Senator Murray Pushes to Address Opioid Crisis

Senator Murray: "This is hard work, and we owe it to our first responders to make sure they have all the support they need." ***LISTEN TO SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL ROUNDTABLE HERE*** (Seattle, WA) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions Committee, hosted a roundtable with first responders and health care workers in Seattle to discuss the opioid crisis in Washington state, the surge in fentanyl, and her work in the Senate to address the crisi… Continue Reading


05.13.22

Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Get Formula On Shelves ASAP

Murray, Casey, 30 Democratic colleagues call on infant formula manufacturers to increase production, prevent future supply chain disruption, and get formula to parents Murray and Casey called attention to infant formula situation back in February and demanded information following massive Abbott recall due to contaminated formula President Biden announced steps yesterday to help get formula on shelves Senators: "We are calling on you and your member companies to take immediate action… Continue Reading


05.12.22

Senator Murray Pushes to Strengthen Economy, Support Workers in Bipartisan Competitiveness Bill

Senator Murray: "Washington state families cannot rely on foreign competitors to bring down prices, strengthen supply chains, provide U.S. workers good paying jobs, and build a brighter future for our country. We have to build it ourselves-which is why I am going to be pushing to make sure we … pass the strongest package we can to keep our country competitive on the world stage." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-W… Continue Reading


05.12.22

Murray Statement As U.S. Remembers One Million People Lost to COVID-19

Murray: "My heart is with everyone missing someone they lost today." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement as the U.S. marks the loss of a million people to COVID-19. "My heart is with everyone missing someone today. The pain our families have suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic is unthinkably heartbreaking. Millions of people across the country have lost loved … Continue Reading


05.12.22

Murray, Casey, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Union Busting

Senator Murray: "Every worker should have the right to form and join a union to demand better and their fair share of the economic growth they drive-and our tax code shouldn't reward companies that pay consultants hundreds of dollars an hour to dissuade workers from exercising their right to organize." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-… Continue Reading

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