Chair's Press

02.10.22

At HELP Subcommittee Hearing, Senator Murray Pushes to Provide Support for Health Care Workers

Senator Murray: "After all they have done for our communities, we owe it to our health care workers to listen to their experiences, and respond to the challenges they are dealing with." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, highlighted how critical it is to listen to health care workers and address the steep challenges they continue to face during… Continue Reading


02.09.22

Chair Murray, Assistant Speaker Clark, Senator Portman, Rep. Young Introduce Legislation To Remove Barriers, Provide Support For Homeless And Foster Students In Higher Education

The bipartisan Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act would ask colleges and universities to improve outreach to and resources for homeless and foster students (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), introduced the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act to remove barriers a… Continue Reading


02.08.22

Senator Murray Leads Hearing on Boosting Employment for People with Disabilities

Senator Murray: "What's promising is that during this pandemic, we've seen a widespread use of inclusive practices that can make work more accessible … This is great news-so we need to act on the lessons of this pandemic if we want to ensure that recent progress is a foundation for lasting change." ***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) Committ… Continue Reading


02.08.22

Murray, Burr Announce Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Programs

Senator Murray: "This pandemic has made the mental health and substance use challenges our nation faces worse than ever, but it has also made clear that we all have a stake in making sure people can get the care they need." Senator Burr: "Communities across the nation continue to face unprecedented mental health and substance use disorder challenges… it's critical that we support local officials and health care professionals in their efforts to improve these programs amid our ongoing… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Senators Murray and Gillibrand: We Need Paid Leave Now

(Washington, DC)- Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), lead sponsor of the FAMILY Act, released the following statement ahead of the 29th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) being signed into law. "Twenty-nine years ago Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act-a groundbreaking law that helped many working people care for themselves and their … Continue Reading


02.02.22

Bicameral Education Committee Leaders Request DOJ Update on Recent HBCU Bomb Threats

Members: "Such acts of intimidation, which threaten both the safety and education of students enrolled at HBCUs, are of grave concern and we must work to protect these remarkable institutions and their students." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), and the House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (… Continue Reading


02.02.22

Murray Leads Hearing On Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Crises Worsened by COVID-19

Senator Murray on mental health crises: "Healing the scars of this pandemic won't be quick or easy-this will take years, and we must act accordingly." ***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 the need to address the mental health and substance use disorder crises which have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In her openi… Continue Reading


01.28.22

ICYMI: Murray, Burr Introduce Discussion Draft of Bipartisan Pandemic and Public Health Preparedness and Response Bill

PREVENT Pandemics Act takes common sense steps to act on lessons learned from the pandemic response and improve the nation's preparedness for future public health emergencies Public health experts, officials, and industry stakeholders applaud important steps in bipartisan bill Washington, D.C. - Earlier this week, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Ranking Member, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), released a discussion draft … Continue Reading


01.27.22

After American Rescue Plan Brought Down Costs, Washington State and National Open Enrollment Set Records for Health Care Sign Ups

14.5 million people signed up for quality, affordable coverage since November 1, 2021 WA state announced a record 240,000 people got coverage through the state marketplace for 2022 Tens of thousands of WA state patients now pay less than $10 a month for their health plan American Rescue Plan is saving families across the nation on average $2,400 a year on health care premiums Murray: "The results from the American Rescue Plan are clear in Washington state-families' health care c… Continue Reading


01.27.22

Senator Murray Demands Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook and Instagram’s Double Standard Restricting Ads on Women’s Health

Murray: "Facebook and Instagram block advertisements providing information on women's health and sexual health, while allowing often graphic, sexual content targeted at men." Murray to Zuckerberg: "Explain Meta's uneven application of its advertising policies and the steps you will take to immediately address this double standard." ICYMI: "A new report found that the social network has rejected ads from 60 companies focused on women's sexual health, citing policies on "adult products and… Continue Reading


01.25.22

Murray and Burr Release Discussion Draft of Bipartisan Pandemic and Public Health Preparedness and Response Bill

PREVENT Pandemics Act takes common sense steps to act on lessons learned from the pandemic response and improve the nation's preparedness for future public health emergencies Murray: "After everything our nation has been through these past two years, we owe it to everyone who worked so hard to get us through this crisis to take every step we can to make sure we are never in this situation again, and that's what this bill will help us get done." Burr: "As the response to COVID-19 continue… Continue Reading


01.22.22

On Roe Anniversary, Senator Murray Pushes to Protect Abortion Rights and Pass Women’s Health Protection Act

***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR SPEECH HERE*** ICYMI: Senator Murray held a virtual roundtable with patients, providers and advocates from Spokane, WA on the importance of Roe v. Wade, and the urgent need to pass WHPA - 1/20/21 (Washington, D.C.) - On the 49th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made clear that abortion rights are at risk like never before-and vowe… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Senator Murray Discusses Need to Protect Abortion Rights Ahead of Roe v. Wade Anniversary With Spokane Providers, Patients, and Advocates

Senator Murray: "I want to be absolutely clear: I am doing everything-every way that I can-to protect reproductive rights in this country" ***WATCH VIDEO OF THE EVENT HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair of the Senate health committee, held a virtual roundtable to hear directly from patients and providers in Spokane on the importance of Roe v. Wade, and the urgent need to pass the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) in order to protect the rig… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Murray Urges Biden Administration to Make Permanent OSHA’s Protections for Health Care Workers, Ensure Robust Protections for All Workers

Senator Murray to Secretary Walsh: "Given this continuing danger, I urge OSHA to move forward with a permanent standard to protect workers in health care and health care support settings as soon as possible." Senator Murray also pushes OSHA to use its existing authority to ensure robust protections for all workers at risk of COVID-19 infection in their workplace (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP… Continue Reading


01.13.22

Senator Murray on SCOTUS Decision Blocking Enforcement of the OSHA Vaccine or Testing Workplace Safety Standard

(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 the Supreme Court decision blocking enforcement of the Biden Administration's COVID-19 vaccine or testing OSHA safety standard and upholding the CMS vaccine requirements for health care workers. OSHA issued the standard in November 2021, covering 84 million workers in private sector businesses with 100 or more employees-o… Continue Reading


01.13.22

HELP Committee Advances FDA Nominee Dr. Califf, Others

(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 consider qualified, experienced nominees for our health, education and labor agencies. "As our nation continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientists and experts at the Food and Drug Administration who are working diligently to ensure we have safe and effective vaccines, tests, treatments, and more, deserve a strong leader who wi… Continue Reading


01.12.22

Senator Murray Statement on Biden Administration Plan to Send COVID Tests to K-12 Schools

(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 the Biden Administration plan to distribute 5 million free, rapid tests to K-12 schools each month, and provide 5 million, free lab-based PCR tests per month to K-12 schools. The Administration also announced it would deploy surge testing sites to increase free testing access for students and educators. "Yesterday, I made… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Amid Omicron Frustration and Anxiety, Senator Murray Pushes Administration for a Clear Path Forward to Expand Testing, Keep Schools Open, and Protect Communities

Senator Murray: "We have the tools to get everyone tested quickly, easily, and for free, to keep schools safely open during the Omicron surge, and beyond, to keep workers-especially health care workers-safe and healthy in the workplace." Senator Murray to the Biden Administration COVID response team: "So what are you doing-right now-to make sure every American can make use of the progress they've worked so hard for? What can my constituents expect to see improve this week, and the week after… Continue Reading


01.03.22

Senator Murray’s No Surprises Act Goes Into Effect, Bans Unexpected Charges to Patients for Out-of-Network Care

Ban on surprise billing from the No Surprises Act went into effect on January 1, 2022 Murray: "For too long, countless patients have been surprised by an exorbitant bill for care they thought was covered by their insurance. That ends now." (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 as the ban on surprise billing she worked to pass went into effect at the start … Continue Reading


12.21.21

Murray On the Importance of Biden Plan to Ensure Testing is Free and Available Amid Omicron Threat

Biden Administration announced plan to make 500 million rapid tests available to the American people for free Murray: "Providing free tests to the American people will mean they can get the testing they need to keep themselves and others safe without waiting in long lines, checking multiple locations, or worrying about cost." Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement in resp… Continue Reading

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