Chair's Press

07.27.21

Murray Continues Pushing for Bold Investments and Improvements in Public Health and Preparedness at Hearing on COVID-19 Lessons Learned

Senator Murray: "We have to end the cycle of crisis and complacency in public health that led us here." Senator Murray: "Before this pandemic struck, public health departments across the country were woefully understaffed and underfunded, and our nation was unprepared." ***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 focused on les… Continue Reading


07.23.21

Murray on 12-Year Anniversary Since Last Minimum Wage Increase: “Workers Deserve Better, and Congress Must Deliver”

July 24th marks the 12-year anniversary of the last increase to the federal minimum wage, which has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour since 2009 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement ahead of tomorrow's 12-year anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. The federal minimum wage is currently only $7.25 an hour or $2.13 an hour for tipped worker… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Murray and Underwood Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Women’s Retirement Security

4 in 10 women expect the COVID-19 pandemic to have a long-term impact on their finances The average woman loses over $400,000 over a forty-year career due to the wage gap, and some women of color lose over $1,000,000 due to pay inequality by retirement Women's Retirement Protection Act would expand eligibility for employer-sponsored retirement plans to even more part-time workers-most of whom are women Legislation expands spousal protections to prevent one spouse from undermining a c… Continue Reading


07.22.21

At Hearing, Murray Urges Action to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

Senator Murray: "While our ways of working and our workforce may have changed, the need for workers to be able to join together and have a voice in their wages and working conditions-without fear-remains as important as ever." (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 protecting workers' right to organize and pushed to pass the PRO Act, comprehensive legislation to empower worker… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Casey, Murray, Klobuchar, Wyden Release Report on Challenges Voters with Disabilities Face in Early Voting, Push for Federal Action

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the challenges that voters with disabilities continue to face in voting early and voting by mail. The… Continue Reading


07.21.21

HELP Committee Advances Bill to Support Families Experiencing Domestic Violence; Advances Nominees

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a mark-up, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, advanced the bipartisan Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021 by voice vote. Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) highlighted how this bill, which was led by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), makes improvements to FVPSA that will help support families and children experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, and family violence which has increased du… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Senate Confirms Jennifer Abruzzo as NLRB General Counsel

Senate votes to confirm Jennifer Abruzzo by a vote of 51-50 Senator Murray: "Jennifer Abruzzo is the type of dedicated public servant who will make sure the NLRB is enforcing the law and protecting the rights of workers, and I urge all my colleagues to join me in voting to discharge her nomination and confirm her as General Counsel of the NLRB." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as Gene… Continue Reading


07.20.21

Murray: Fight Against COVID-19 at “Point of Great Promise and Peril”

Murray discussed progress made so far, the recent uptick in nationwide COVID cases, and stressed urgent need for action against future public health crises Senator Murray: "Even after we are through this crisis, our work won't be done. We have to make sure we learn from this history, and take action so we never repeat it." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensio… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Murray Urges Confirmation for Labor and NLRB Nominees David Weil, Gwynne Wilcox, and David Prouty

Senator Murray: "Confirming these highly qualified nominees is an important step to reversing the damage of the last four years, rebuilding our country stronger and fairer, and making our economy truly work for workers and their families." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, during a hearing, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged her colleagues to support the nominations of David Weil to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour … Continue Reading


07.14.21

Senate Confirms Jocelyn Samuels to the EEOC and Seema Nanda as DOL Solicitor

Senate votes to confirm Jocelyn Samuels by a vote of 52-47 Senate votes to confirm Seema Nanda by a vote of 53-46 Senator Murray: "Workers are the backbone of our economy. That means, every one of us should be fighting for them, and voting to confirm Commissioner Samuels and Ms. Nanda who will fight for them as well." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Jocelyn Samuels to serve as Commissioner of the… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Senate Confirms Julie Su to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor

Senate votes to confirm Julie Su by a vote of 50-47 Senator Murray: "With millions out of a job and millions more struggling to get by, it's clear that workers need a Deputy Secretary of Labor committed to building back a stronger, fairer economy … This is why I'm so glad to support Julie Su's nomination." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Julie Su, to serve as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor by a vote of 50-4… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Murray Urges Confirmation for Education Nominees Catherine Lhamon, Elizabeth Brown, and Roberto Rodríguez

Senator Murray: "It's clear all of our witnesses are well qualified for the positions they have been nominated for, and I look forward to hearing from them about how we tackle the challenges facing schools and students across the country." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, during a hearing, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged her colleagues to support the nominations of Catherine Lhamon, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil… Continue Reading


07.12.21

Senator Patty Murray And Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia Issue Joint Statement In Response To President Biden’s Decision To Stop Detaining Pregnant, Nursing, Postpartum Migrant Women At The Border

In June, Garcia and Murray led 27 of their House and 18 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in re-introducing the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act Washington D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29), issued the following statement regarding President Biden's decision to stop detaining pregnant, nursing, and postpartum migrant women at the border. "The previou… Continue Reading


07.06.21

Murray, Democrats Urge Education Department to Expand Debt Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Murray, Democrats to Secretary Cardona: "We encourage the Department to pursue policies that reduce disparities in the burden of student debt, simplify loan repayment, close donut holes in forgiveness programs, and improve the overall confidence of borrowers in the federal student loan system." Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 22 of her Senate colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Mig… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Biden Administration Announces Plan to Implement New Health Care Protection Established By Senator Murray’s No Surprises Act

After full implementation in 2022, the No Surprises Act will end the practice of surprise billing for medical care, which leaves patients with exorbitant, unexpected charges The No Surprises Act was passed after years of bipartisan work led by Senators Murray and Alexander Murray: "This is a significant new protection for families across the country that will save countless patients from being stuck with a bill they thought was covered by their insurance." Murray: "Ending surprise bi… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Murray, Scott Urge Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause

Murray, Scott to President Biden: "The relief provided by the current pause has been a financial lifeline to tens of millions of student loan borrowers nationwide." (Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, urged President Biden to extend the pause on federal student loan payments, which is currently… Continue Reading


06.28.21

Murray, Colleagues Unveil Key Legislation from President Biden’s American Jobs Plan to Make Historic Investment in Care Economy

Legislation would expand access to home care and community supports for seniors and people with disabilities and invest in home care workers Almost 820,000 Americans sit on wait lists to receive home and community-based services 40 Senators support legislation (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Dem… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Murray, Burr Announce New Oversight as Part of Bipartisan Pandemic Preparedness Effort

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, announced three new areas of bipartisan oversight as part of their ongoing work to develop policy proposals aimed at improving the nation's public health and medical preparedness and response programs. At the Senators' direction, bipartisan HELP Committee staff will begin oversight … Continue Reading


06.22.21

On Olmstead Anniversary, Murray and CAP’s Mia Ives-Rublee Push for Investment in Home Care

Murray, Ives-Rublee hosted a Twitter live on the 22nd anniversary of the Olmstead decision, which held that people with disabilities have the right to home- and community-based services they need to live independently Murray, Ives-Rublee pushed for a historic investment in home care in order to make the rights affirmed by Olmstead a reality in practice for all people with disabilities (Washington, D.C.)- Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, a… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Senator Murray Urges Action to Increase Vaccine Confidence, Get Shots into Arms, and End COVID-19 Pandemic

ICYMI: "About 65% of American adults are at least partially vaccinated as of Wednesday…" - MORE HERE FROM CNBC As the U.S. vaccination rate slows, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on how to get people vaccinated and get on track to reach the Biden Administration's goal of 70 percent of adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July Washington state and others have reached 70 percent of adults vaccinated-but progress has not been consistent across states and demographics Senat… Continue Reading

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