Chair's Press


HELP Committee Passes Murray-Burr PREVENT Pandemics Act In Overwhelming Bipartisan Vote

The HELP Committee today voted 20-2 to advance legislation from Senator Murray and Senator Burr to strengthen the U.S. public health and medical preparedness and response system PREVENT Pandemics Act reflects ideas from 41 bills and 35 of Murray and Burr's senate colleagues Murray: "Time after time we have seen how our response to this pandemic could have, and should have, been better-and the bipartisan legislation we advanced today will ensure we do respond better in the future." … Continue Reading


Murray, Jayapal, Murkowski Push to Help Survivors Get Critical Sexual Assault Examinations Passes as Part of VAWA

Provisions of the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), first introduced by Sen. Murray in 2016, will help develop national standards of care for survivors of sexual assault, strengthens the sexual assault examiner workforce, and expands access to sexual assault examination services WASHINGTON - As part of the omnibus package, Congress passed key provisions of the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). When Senator … Continue Reading


Murray and Burr Introduce Legislation to Establish New Authority for Cutting-Edge Biomedical Research

Murray: "There's no question this pandemic would have been worse if we didn't have the benefit of years of medical research that happened long before it began… It's important we take that lesson to heart as we work to better prepare for future public health threats." Burr: "By working as an independent entity within the structure of the NIH, ARPA-H will have the ability to identify and invest in the best new ideas and technologies coming from the private sector and academia." Wash… Continue Reading


One Year Later, Thousands Of Pensions Saved By American Rescue Plan, PBGC Reviewing Relief For Over 160,000 More

Relief from the American Rescue Plan has already saved the pensions of over 8,000 people whose hard-earned benefits were at risk of being cut PBGC is currently reviewing applications that could provide relief to plans covering over 160,000 additional workers Murray: "Thanks to the bill we passed a year ago, thousands of people have already been saved from facing devastating cuts to the benefits they earned-and relief to more pension plans is well on the way." Washington, D.C. - Toda… Continue Reading


Millions of People Are Saving Thousands of Dollars on Health Care This Year Thanks to Passage of American Rescue Plan

A record 14.5 million people got covered during the most recent open enrollment period American Rescue Plan saved families getting coverage on the national exchange, on average, $2,400 a year on their health care premiums Four in five consumers found coverage for less than $10 a month Senator Murray: "A record number of people got quality, affordable coverage through the national health care exchange during open enrollment-and the overwhelming majority of them found coverage that co… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray: American Rescue Plan Powered Economic Recovery by Helping People Go To Work and Take Care of Their Families

American Rescue Plan helped support 150k child care providers caring for 5 million kids, and helped people with disabilities get the home care they've needed during the pandemic (Washington, D.C.) - Today, ahead of the one year anniversary since the American Rescue Plan was signed into law, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on how the American Rescue Plan powered the economic recov… Continue Reading


American Rescue Plan Got Kids Back in the Classroom Safely; Is Helping Students Catch Up

Over 99% of school districts have safely returned to in-person instruction thanks to American Rescue Plan's $122 billion investment in our nation's K-12 public schools & $3 billion for students with disabilities Every state must use funds to address students' learning loss (Washington, D.C.) - Today, ahead of the one year anniversary since President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pe… Continue Reading


Murray and Burr Release PREVENT Pandemics Act Ahead of Committee Mark Up Next Week

PREVENT Pandemics Act takes common sense steps to act on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic response and improve the nation's preparedness for future public health emergencies The HELP Committee will vote on the legislation at a mark up hearing next week Murray: "If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we never want to go through a pandemic like this again." Burr: "This legislation is critical to building on our preparedness and response framework to ensure we rem… Continue Reading


Murray Secures Inclusion of Maternal Health Bills In Omnibus

Murray: "After a pandemic that has pushed our nation's unconscionable maternal mortality crisis in the wrong direction-these bipartisan bills represent much needed progress to help save lives and keep mothers healthy after birth." Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on the inclusion of two bills to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis as part of the omnibus. … Continue Reading


Omnibus Includes Provision to Protect Kids and Families from Unregulated Synthetic Nicotine Products

Provision championed by Murray, colleagues will finally empower the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine products Senator Murray: "Dangerous nicotine products shouldn't be on the market totally unregulated just because of an outdated legal loophole-and now they won't be." (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 a provision she secured in the omnibus, which… Continue Reading


Murray and Burr Schedule Executive Session to Mark Up Bipartisan Bill Strengthening Nation’s Pandemic and Public Health Preparedness and Response Systems

Murray and Burr schedule March 15th HELP session to mark up PREVENT Pandemics Act, which they plan to introduce soon Murray: "By advancing the PREVENT Pandemics Act we will show people across the country that members on both sides of the aisle understand how important it is we take action to protect families and our economy from ever being in a situation like this again." Burr: "As America continues to assess and learn from the effects of this pandemic, Senator Murray and I have made it … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on the Senate’s Women’s Health Protection Act Vote

Senator Murray: "Tonight, we voted in the Senate to say that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Democrats stood up and said women should make their own health care decisions. We trust women. We trust patients. We trust their doctors. We trust them to make their own decisions." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S POST-VOTE VIDEO HERE*** ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR SPEECH HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading


Murray, Casey Demand Answers Following Abbott Recall of Contaminated Infant Formula

Abbott announced a recall last week after contaminated powder infant formulas led to multiple hospitalizations, one death Company received complaints related to the contaminated formula products as early as September 2021 Senators: “It is completely unacceptable that manufacturing conditions allowed a contaminated product to reach babies, and that it took months for the company to act to warn parents and caregivers about this danger.”(Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), C… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Milestone Victory in Their Fight For Equal Pay

Senator Murray: "I continue to be inspired by the Women's National Team for demanding equal pay for equal work and proving to the country that change is possible when you stand up for what's right." (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 U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Women's National Team's (USWNT) equal pay settlement agreement, which will provide mil… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Applauds Biden Administration Delivering Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Millions in Debt Relief

Defrauded Washington state borrowers will see $10.91 million in relief Senator Murray: "After being cheated out of their education and their savings by a predatory for-profit college, these students need their loans discharged-and now, after years of waiting, I'm so glad to see that they'll finally have this stress lifted off their shoulders." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, release… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Bipartisan Confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner

Senate confirms Dr. Robert Califf by a vote of 50-46 Senator Murray: "At this critical moment, we need a trusted hand to lead the FDA-and Dr. Califf's previous service in this role, and his career as one of the nation's leading research scientists, give him the experience to take on this challenge." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a vote of 50-46. In remarks delivered on th… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Leads Hearing on Tackling Systemic Barriers to Employment with High-Quality Workforce Development Opportunities

Senator Murray: "We can't build back stronger, when our economy leaves out people who are ready and willing to take on good jobs." ***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 workers facing challenges finding good, high-paying jobs by ensuring they have access to high-quality workforce development opportunities. D… Continue Reading


Murray Joins Warren, DeLauro to Reintroduce the Schedules That Work Act

Legislation would provide greater certainty and stability to hourly and low-wage workers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) in reintroducing the Schedules That Work Act in the Senate and the House. This legislation would help ensure that employees have more certainty about their work schedules and income, an issue that h… Continue Reading


Murray Joins Warren, Schakowsky, DeLauro, Lee, Pressley, and Porter in Reintroducing the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA-45) in reintroducing the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act. The legislation would strengthen protections for part-time workers and allow… Continue Reading


HELP Committee Advances DOL, ED Nominees

Senator Murray: "Each of these nominees are highly qualified and have the experience necessary to hit the ground running, and I hope they will be confirmed quickly so they can begin their service." (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 Department of Education (ED), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMS… Continue Reading

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