Chair's Press

11.29.22

HELP Committee Votes to Advance EEOC, DOL, FMSHRC Nominees

HELP Committee votes on nominations of Karla Gilbride, Jessica Looman, and Moshe Marvit (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led a mark-up to advance nominees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), and Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC). "Today, we voted on highly qualified nominees who are ready to hit the ground runni… Continue Reading


11.22.22

Senator Murray Praises Biden Administration’s Sustainable Investing Rule

Rule ensures ERISA fiduciaries can choose to consider environmental, social, and governance criteria in investment decisions Murray: "Financial security is about planning for the future, and you just can't plan for the future if you aren't allowed to consider the environmental, social, and governance factors that are shaping it." Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following s… Continue Reading


10.27.22

Senator Murray Statement on Continuing Bipartisan Oversight Efforts Related to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on her continuing bipartisan oversight efforts into the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19, and her continuing commitment to improve our pandemic preparedness and public health systems by passing her PREVENT Pandemics Act. "COVID-19 has caused so much pain, hardship, and loss for people in Washington state, across o… Continue Reading


10.24.22

Senator Murray Statement on Latest Data on Students’ Learning

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, which detail students' math and reading performance in 2022. "Getting our kids' learning back on track is a top priority for me-and it needs to be for Congress, too. Since the start of the pandemic, I understood how critical it was to get schools the r… Continue Reading


10.21.22

Senator Murray Helps 6K+ Child Care Programs in Washington State Keep Doors Open to Serve Families

New White House data shows funding Murray secured in American Rescue Plan has now helped 200k child care providers serving 9.5 million kids nationwide In WA state, child care funds have helped 6,150 child care providers stay afloat and serve 169k kids Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on new data released by the White House showing that the child care s… Continue Reading


10.20.22

Murray, Hirono, Shaheen, Warren Applaud DOD Action to Ensure Access to Reproductive Care

Following Supreme Court decision overturning Roe, Hirono led Senate colleagues in calling on DOD to protect servicemembers' reproductive freedom WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Department of Defense's (DOD) memorandum on ensuring acc… Continue Reading


10.13.22

Senator Murray Encourages WA Public Servants to Seek Student Debt Relief Under PSLF Waiver, Reiterates Call to Extend October Deadline

Senator Murray co-hosts workshop on Public Service Loan Forgiveness with Tacoma Urban League ***WATCH: Senator Murray encourages public servants to pursue relief through PSLF*** Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), co-hosted an online workshop with the Tacoma Urban League, encouraging student borrowers working in public service to seek the debt relief they are owed through the Public S… Continue Reading


10.07.22

Murray Slams GOP Bill to Undo Drug Price Negotiation, Let Costs Continue to Skyrocket, and Protect Pharmaceutical Company Profits

Murray: "If you thought Republicans were done trying to repeal overwhelmingly popular health care policies that bring down costs-think again… Republicans' health care proposals are the same as ever-higher costs for patients." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to Republican Senators' new bill that would repeal the Inflation Reduction A… Continue Reading


10.03.22

Murray, Baldwin, Wyden, Democrats Applaud Biden Admin Restoring Key Nondiscrimination Protections in Health Care, Push to Strengthen Proposal

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, led 15 of their colleagues in commenting on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed rule prohibiting discrimination in health care under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. In their letter, the Senators applauded the Biden Administration for rest… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Murray Presses for Answers From Providence Hospitals Following Reporting It Aggressively Pursued Payment From Struggling Patients Entitled to Free and Discounted Care

According to NYT, Providence pressed employees to bill patients who qualified for free and discounted care, and even sent debt collectors after such patients Murray: "Patients seeking care at Providence's hospitals should not face these types of aggressive tactics at their most vulnerable moments." (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to Rod Hochman, President and CE… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Murray Applauds Senate Confirmation of Lisa Gomez to Lead Employee Benefits Security Administration

Murray: "I'm glad we were able to confirm this highly qualified nominee to this important position overseeing employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits-a financial cornerstone for so many families in Washington state and across the country." 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 confirmation of Lisa Gomez, by a vote of 49-36, to serve as Assis… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Senator Murray Statement on Senate Passage of the Continuing Resolution

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's 72-25 vote to pass the continuing resolution. "I'm glad I was able to work with my colleagues to pass this continuing resolution and keep our government open. While I'm disappointed this package doesn't include additional resources to protect families from COVID and monkeypox, there are many critical priori… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Murray, Duckworth, Blumenthal, Hirono, Escobar Rally with Servicemembers and Veterans to Defend Their Access to Reproductive Care as Republicans Continue Attacks

***WATCH: Senator Murray Joins Colleagues, Servicemembers, Veterans at Press Conference*** WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Republicans continue to push forward their proposal to ban abortion nationwide and attack the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) historic action to provide abortion care for veterans in certain circumstances, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Murray, Burr Statement on Agreement to Reauthorize FDA User Fee Programs, Continue Work on Additional Critical Priorities

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on the language they negotiated for passage this week reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs and their commitment to continue working to pass several other bipartisan priorities as part of a larger package later this year. "We are glad to anno… Continue Reading


09.26.22

Senator Murray Statement on Biden Administration Ending Low-Quality Trump-Era Apprenticeship Program

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's (DOL) publication of a final rule rescinding the Trump administration's "Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs" (IRAPs), which undermined high-quality and highly-effective Registered Apprenticeship programs by creating a lower-quality, duplicative apprenticeship system that lacked key protec… Continue Reading


09.26.22

Murray, Democratic Leaders File Amicus Brief in Case that Could Curtail the Ability of Individuals to Enforce Their Rights to Federal Programs in Court

The Pending Supreme Court Case Could Also Undermine Congress's Spending Clause Authority WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), joined House and Senate leaders in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County v. Talevski. The Democrats wrote in support of the ability of individuals to use federal courts to enforce the requirements of certa… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Republican Senator Blocks Bill to Protect Doctors Providing Legal Abortion Care—Even As Republicans Push National Ban Punishing Doctors

***WATCH: Senator Murray pushes to protect doctors after Republicans introduce extreme national ban*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), took to the Senate floor to seek unanimous consent to pass her Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to protect doctors' ability to safely provide abortion care in states where it remains legal. But just one week after Republicans intr… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Senate Democrats Vow to Fight Republicans’ National Abortion Ban

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. 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, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made crystal clear at a press conference they led that they will fight Republicans' national abortion ban alongside their Democra… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Sen. Murray Statement on Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on the tentative agreement reached by rail unions and carriers following years of negotiations. "This tentative agreement is an important milestone to prevent a stoppage and keep our railways and our economy running. I'm grateful for the hard work President Biden, Secretary Walsh, Secretary Buttigieg, Chairman Puchala, th… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Senator Murray Fights Back Against Republicans’ National Abortion Ban

Senator Murray: "This bill shows the true Republican position: they want to ban abortion-for everyone. In every single state." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR SPEECH HERE*** (Washington, DC) - 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 fight back against the Republican national abortion ban introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) yesterday. In the speech, Senator Murray promised to … Continue Reading

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