Chair's Press

10.20.21

Senate Confirms Catherine Lhamon to Serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights

Senate votes to confirm Catherine Lhamon by a vote of 51-50 Senator Murray: "Ms. Lhamon is a highly qualified nominee. She has a long track record that proves she is a champion for students through and through-and that's exactly what students need." (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Catherine Lhamon to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education (ED) by a vote off 51-50, with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. In re… Continue Reading


10.13.21

Murray, Smith Applaud Biden Administration Step To Support Sustainable Investing

Department of Labor reverses course from Trump Administration, affirms ERISA fiduciaries may consider environmental, social, and governance factors in investment decisions Senators Murray and Smith: "This new rule will help build a future for families that is more just, diverse, sustainable, and financially secure." (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), a me… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Murray Urges Confirmation for Department of Labor Nominees to Protect Workers and Retirees

Senator Murray: "Our nation has an enormous challenge ahead to build back from this pandemic stronger and fairer. It's going to take additional bold relief-which Democrats are continuing to fight for-and it's going to take experienced leaders like Ms. Gomez and Mr. Rodriguez at key agencies like EBSA and ETA." (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 urging her colleagues to suppor… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Senator Murray Statement on a Federal Judge Blocking Enforcement of the Texas’ Cruel and Dangerous Abortion Ban

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granting the Biden Administration's request for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of SB8, Texas' dangerous abortion ban. The law had been in effect since September 1, meaning that patients in Texas have been without their constitutionally protected right to… Continue Reading


10.06.21

Senate Confirms Lisa Brown, Gwen Graham, and Roberto Rodríguez to the Department of Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on the Senate confirming Lisa Brown to serve as General Counsel of the Department of Education, Gwen Graham to serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, and Roberto Rodríguez to serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development: "Over … Continue Reading


10.04.21

Senator Murray on Reversal of Trump’s Title X Gag Rule: An “Important Victory” for Millions of Patients

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) final rule on Title X. The new rule for the family planning program, which was first proposed on April 14, reverses the Trump Administration's harmful gag rule prohibiting providers who receive Title X funds from informing patients about the full range of reproductive health car… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Murray, Pallone Applaud Biden Administration Rule Implementing Ban on Surprise Bills

Murray and Pallone were key leaders in congressional effort to end surprise medical billing 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 Members: "We passed the No Surprises Act to protect patients from exorbitant surprise bills for unexpected, out-of-network health care, and we are pleased to see the Biden Administration working hard to make good on that promise… Continue Reading


09.30.21

At Hearing, Murray Stresses the Need to Put Politics Aside, Support Schools in Keeping Students Safely in the Classroom

Senator Murray leads hearing with Secretaries Cardona and Becerra on supporting K-12 students, educators, and families during COVID-19 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), led a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on supporting K-12 students, educators, and families during COVID-19 and keeping students in the classroom safely. During the hearing, which included testimony from Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Secret… Continue Reading


09.24.21

Schumer, Murray, Blumenthal, Durbin Joint Statement On House Passage Of The Women’s Health Protection Act

(Washington, D.C.)-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lead Sponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, and Senator Richard Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following joint statement on House passage of the Women's Health Protection Act. "We are currently seeing unprecedented and unconscionable Republican attacks on rep… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Murray, Baldwin, Pocan Reintroduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Address Campus Bullying and Harassment

Legislation would require colleges and universities to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introduced the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Ac… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Congressional Democrats Urge SCOTUS to Protect Reproductive Rights by Upholding Roe and Rejecting Mississippi’s Blatantly Unconstitutional Law

48 Democrats in the Senate and 188 in the House file a bicameral amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (Washington, D.C.) - Today, 48 Democrats in the Senate and 188 in the House filed a bicameral amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care. The amicus brief was led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Senate Confirms James Kvaal to Serve as Under Secretary of Education

Senate votes to confirm James Kvaal by a bipartisan vote of 58-37. Senator Murray: "Students across the country deserve leaders who are committed to addressing these urgent problems-and who will work to always put students and borrowers first. I believe James Kvaal is exactly that kind of leader." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm James Kvaal to serve as Under Secretary of the Department of Education (ED) by a bipa… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Senator Murray Statement on the Texas Abortion Ban Going into Effect

(Washington, DC) - This morning, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on the Supreme Court declining to block Texas' SB8, the most extreme and harsh abortion ban in the United States. Under the law, patients cannot get an abortion after six weeks-before many patients even realize they are pregnant. The law allows anyone-including anti-abortion activists who have no connection to the patie… Continue Reading


08.30.21

Senator Murray Applauds Creation of HHS Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

Murray: "It is painfully clear climate action, public health, and equity, are each urgent crises and all are inextricably linked. The creation of the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS shows the Biden Administration understands that important reality." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, relea… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Senator Murray Speaks to Representatives of 500+ Small Business Owners Urging Congress to Pass Paid Leave

***WATCH THE ROUNDTABLE HERE*** (Washington, DC) - This afternoon, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), spoke with small business owners representing over 530 small business owners nationwide who have called on Congress to prioritize the urgent call for a comprehensive federal paid family and medical leave program. In letters to congressional leaders, 536 small business owners from the Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US) … Continue Reading


08.05.21

Senator Murray Statement on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO: "I'm so deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my great friend, Richard Trumka. I have worked with Rich for years, and for years he has led the charge in creating a country that treats all workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. To say Rich was a champi… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Senate HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Improve Suicide Prevention, Protect Pregnant Workers, and Support People with Disabilities

HELP Committee advances four bipartisan bills including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the STANDUP Act of 2021, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2021, and the Assistive Technology Act HELP Committee votes 11-11 on nominations of David Weil to DOL and Catherine Lhamon to ED, both now await a full Senate vote on a motion to discharge their nominations HELP Committee advances the nomination of Javier Ramirez to be the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation … Continue Reading


07.28.21

Senate Confirms Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty to the NLRB

Senate confirms Gwynne Wilcox by a vote of 52-47 Senate confirms David Prouty by a vote of 53-46 Senator Murray: "It's clear to me that we need David Prouty and Gwynne Wilcox on the NLRB to reverse the damage done by years of anti-worker attacks, and to get us back on the right track, building back an economy that works for everyone-not just huge corporations and those on top." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confi… Continue Reading


07.28.21

ICYMI: Murray: We Need to Make the Strongest Investment We Can In Public Health Right Now—And Then Keep Pushing

In case you missed it: Earlier this week, Senator Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, wrote about how the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to make bold investments in public health-now and in the long term. The new post on Medium also cites polling from Data for Progress released this week, showing 70 percent of Americans consistently support investing $30 billion in a range of public health and preparedness efforts. You can read Senator Murr… Continue Reading


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

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