Chair's Press

12.19.21

Murray Statement on Build Back Better Legislation

Murray: "Joe Manchin might have woken up today and decided his job changed, but I know exactly what mine is: fighting for Washington state workers and families. So my fight for Build Back Better, and all it would do to help our state and country, will not stop until it's on the President's desk." (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 in response to Senator Joe M… Continue Reading


12.16.21

Senator Murray Statement on FDA Action Removing Barriers to Medication Abortion: “An Important Step Forward” But We Must Still Pass WHPA

(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 Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent action removing barriers to accessing mifepristone, or medication abortion. Mifepristone was approved by the FDA nearly 20 years ago-and significant scientific evidence, research, and clinical experience has affirmed that medication abortion is safe and effective. Today, the… Continue Reading


12.16.21

ICYMI: Murray, Brown, Wyden Join Faith Leaders To Call On Congress To Pass Build Back Better Act To Support Working Families

Faith leaders representing Jewish, Catholic, Evangelical organizations say BBB must pass ***Download Video of Press Conference HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - ICYMI, yesterday, a broad coalition of faith groups joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to call on Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act to bring down the biggest costs working families face - from housing to prescription drugs to child care - and to substantially reduce child po… Continue Reading


12.14.21

At Hearing to Consider Dr. Califf, Senator Murray Emphasizes FDA’s Important Work to Tackle COVID-19, Opioid Crisis, Youth Tobacco Use, and More

*** WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL 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 to consider the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the hearing, Senator Murray emphasized the important work of the FDA to tackle the urgent challenges our nation is facing, and emphasized that the FDA needs an experienced lead… Continue Reading


12.11.21

Murray Statement on Surprise Billing Lawsuit

(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 in response to a lawsuit filed to block the Biden Administration's rule implementing a law Senator Murray passed to ban surprise bills. "The Biden Administration's rule implements the No Surprises Act just as we intended and will save countless patients from being left with an exorbitant bill for care they thought was co… Continue Reading


12.11.21

HELP Committee Posts Updated Build Back Better Text Ahead of Bipartisan Parliamentary Discussions

Washington, D.C. -Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) today released updated text of the HELP Committee's title of the Build Back Better Act. The updates reflect policy and technical changes, including changes to comply with Senate budget rules. "The HELP Committee's title of Build Back Better is updated and ready to go ahead of bipartisan conversations with the Parliamentarian over the next few days," said Chair Murray. "This bill will dramatically… Continue Reading


12.10.21

Senator Murray Joins Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, and Wyden in Briefing with Paid Leave for All to Make Clear: A National Paid Leave Policy Can’t Wait

Senator Murray: "We've seen such an outpouring of determination and passion to finally make paid leave happen, and let me tell you, I'm not surprised. Because we've been told time and time again on paid leave: 'It'll get done next time.' Well, I'm here to say enough. The time is now." ***WATCH THE FULL PRESS BRIEFING HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Ch… Continue Reading


12.10.21

Murray, Wyden Lead Senate Democrats in Call to Ensure All Eligible Same-Sex Couples Receive Pension Survivor Benefits

45 Democrats write urging Treasury, IRS to revise old guidance that permits retirement plans to discriminate against same-sex couples Under current law, some individuals in same-sex relationships who lost their partners shortly after being married or before they were able to legally marry are being denied survivor benefits by retirement plans Senators: "We should not let the echoes of the bigotry that robbed so many people of the right to marry for so long rob them once again after they … Continue Reading


12.10.21

Senator Murray on SCOTUS Allowing the Texas Abortion Ban to Remain in Effect: “We Need the Women's Health Protection Act”

(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's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson, which allows Texas' SB8-the most extreme and harsh abortion ban in the United States-to remain in effect. "The Texas abortion law has now been in effect 101 days. 101 days where patients can't get the abortions they need. 101 days where women are forced to rem… Continue Reading


12.10.21

Amid Reports that Insurers Are Flouting ACA Contraception Coverage Protections, Senators Murray, Wyden Urge Biden Administration to Protect Access to Birth Control

Senators Murray, Wyden to Biden Administration: "We have heard alarming reports that insurers are flouting the ACA's contraceptive coverage protections, threatening women's health and economic security … Your robust enforcement of the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement is vital to the women who rely on its protection." (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden, Chair of the… Continue Reading


12.08.21

Senator Murray Slams Republicans’ Dangerous Effort to Undermine Economic Recovery and Pandemic Response by Upending Vaccine and Testing Safety Standard

Republican-led resolution aims to block rule that would protect 84 million workers through COVID-19 vaccines and testing Senator Murray: "Let's get something straight: The big threat to our workforce and our economy is the virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and shuttered businesses, not the safety standard that will keep workers safe and businesses open." Senator Murray: "After all we have lost and all the hard work we have done to rebuild, we must not throw our economy… Continue Reading


12.08.21

Senator Murray Highlights Provisions to Drastically Lower Insulin Costs for Washington State Families in Build Back Better

Sen. Murray: "If we are going to build a stronger, fairer nation in the wake of this pandemic, that has to include building a health care system that is focused on patients' health, not drug companies' profits." Build Back Better would cap insulin costs at $35 per month for millions of patients with health insurance across the country. ***WATCH VIDEO OF THE PRESS EVENT HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, and … Continue Reading


12.07.21

Former Preschool Teacher Sen. Murray Reassures Minority Leader McConnell: “The Senate is Not at Risk of a Toddler Takeover”

In speech on Senate floor, Senator Murray sets record straight on how Build Back Better's child care & pre-K policies will dramatically lower parents' costs; give parents more options for quality providers Murray: "What Democrats want to do is make sure there are more affordable options out there for parents. What Senate Republicans want to do is nothing but watch prices keep rising. And here's the thing: I've seen again and again, when someone says you can't do something-it's because th… Continue Reading


12.07.21

Senator Murray Advocates for Maternal Health During White House Day of Action

Senator Murray: "It should be obvious to everyone: we cannot build back from this crisis stronger and fairer if we leave mothers behind. This is a priority for women and families, and it has to be a priority for us." ***TO WATCH THE PANEL CLICK HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Vice President Harris and the White House during their Maternal Health Day of Action Summit. … Continue Reading


12.02.21

In Speech on Senate Floor, Senator Murray Continues Push for Lowering Child Care Costs Through Build Back Better

Senator Murray: "We simply can't get our economy back on track, can't get people back to work, can't return from this crisis stronger and fairer, if we don't, at long last, address our nation's child care crisis." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, in a speech on the Senate floor, former pre-school teacher and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, highlighted how the histo… Continue Reading


12.02.21

HELP Committee Advances DOL, OSHRC, NEA, and NEH Nominees

(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 on nominees to the Department of Labor (DOL), the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Senator Murray reiterated her strong support for the nominees, and emphasized that each nominee will play a critical role in rebuilding a stron… Continue Reading


12.01.21

As SCOTUS Hears Challenge to Roe, Senator Murray Vows to Keep Fighting to Protect Abortion Rights

Senator Murray: "I will not sit silently while Republicans try to end the rights affirmed by Roe v. Wade, while they try to turn the appalling law in Texas into a model for the country. No matter what happens, I will never stop fighting for reproductive rights, and that starts by passing the Women's Health Protection Act-to ensure the right to abortion is finally protected at the federal level." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FLOOR SPEECH HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Murray, Hirono, Clark, Pressley, Garcia, Slotkin, Strickland Reintroduce BE HEARD Act to Address Workplace Harassment

The BE HEARD Act is comprehensive legislation to prevent workplace harassment, strengthen and expand key protections for workers, and support workers in seeking accountability and justice (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Elissa Slotkin (D-… Continue Reading


11.12.21

Murray Statement on President Biden’s Pick to Lead Food and Drug Administration

(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 in response to President Biden announcing his intent to nominate Dr. Robert Califf to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf previously served as FDA Commissioner under President Obama, and was confirmed to the position in a strong, bipartisan 89-4 vote. "We are fighting a historic pandemic, and the exper… Continue Reading


11.05.21

What They’re Saying: Senator Murray’s Child Care Plan in Build Back Better

Nationwide coalition of over 300 early learning and child care providers, advocates, and organizations: "A turning point for a just and equitable child care and early learning system" The Atlantic: "Arguably the greatest victory for American families in several generations. ... It is no exaggeration to say that this will be a life-changing benefit for many of them." Child Care Aware: "Transformative change for nearly every family with young children." First Five Years Fund: "We can… Continue Reading

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