Chair's Press

06.16.21

HELP Committee Votes to Advance Health, Education, and Labor Nominees

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced six nominations for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Education (ED) and Labor (DOL) with bipartisan votes. Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the HELP Committee, reiterated her strong support for the nominees, highlighting their experience and their commitment to fighting for students, workers, and patients across the country. "Families are counting on us to make sure the B… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Senator Murray Statement on DOL Announcing an OSHA Workplace Safety Standard for Health Care Workers

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor (DOL) announcing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for health care workers and revised guidance for all workers at risk from COVID-19. "This announcement is an important step to protect workers who have fou… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Senator Murray Objects to Republican Attempt to Pass Legislation Forcing Workers without Paid Leave Into a False Choice

Senator Murray: "Now is no time for more false choices and stress for workers-it's a time to get real solutions over the finish line." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, objected to Senator Mike Lee's (R-UT) attempt to pass the misleadingly named Working Families Flexibility Act, which would fail to provide workers with comprehensive paid leave, inst… Continue Reading


06.10.21

HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Today, the HELP Committee advanced the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2021, by voice vote ICYMI: Murray, Burr Introduce Bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization of 2021-introduced by HELP Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC)-by voice vote.… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Senator Murray on Republicans Blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act: “A Total Disgrace”

(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 Senate Republicans voting to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, common-sense legislation to help end to the wage gap, and ensure women are paid fairly for their work. Despite the fact that the Paycheck Fairness Act is co-sponsored by every Democrat in Congress, and has attained broad, bipartisan support from p… Continue Reading


06.08.21

HELP Chair Murray Urges Confirmation for Public Health Preparedness, Mental Health Nominees

At hearing, Senator Murray highlights the clear qualifications of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response nominee Dawn O'Connell and Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use nominee Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon Murray: "Given the critical work both ASPR and SAMHSA have ahead, we must make sure each agency has a strong, experienced leader." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of th… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Murray, Burr Introduce Bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Bipartisan bill will help keep children safe by more effectively preventing child abuse and neglect and ensuring our child protective services system can respond effectively to serious cases of abuse and neglect (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Richard Burr, Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization of 2021, a bipartisan bill to ke… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Senator Murray Supports Biden Proposal to Make Health Care Expansion in American Rescue Plan Permanent

Senator Murray: Making ARP health care tax credits permanent is a "simple, commonsense step we should take right away." (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 White House's newly released budget, which would make permanent the health care tax credits Senate Murray worked to pass as part of the American Rescue Plan, which are already lowering health care costs… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Senator Murray Praises “Historic” Child Care Investment in Budget Proposal, Continues Push to Pass Child Care for Working Families Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), released the following statement on the White House's newly released budget, which includes historic investments in child care. "I hear from working parents across Washington state and the country about the challenges they face when it… Continue Reading


05.27.21

What They’re Saying: The Keeping All Students Safe Act

National Center for Learning Disability: "The introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act is essential to putting standards in place to ensure every child is educated in a safe and positive environment" National Disability Rights Network: "No child in America should have to attend a school where being locked in a room alone or suffocated while being restrained is part of a school's standard operating procedure." Autistic Self Advocacy Network: "Ending the use of restraint and seclu… Continue Reading


05.27.21

HELP Chair Murray Urges Confirmation for Labor Nominees

Senator Murray highlights clear qualifications of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy nominee Raj Nayak, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy nominee Taryn Mackenzie Williams, and OSHA nominee Doug Parker Senator Murray continues to push for an OSHA emergency temporary standard, to protect workers from COVID Murray: "We need committed, qualified leaders working with us at the Department of Labor … We need people like Mr. Nayak, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Parker… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Murray, Murphy, Beyer, Scott, Mceachin Reintroduce Legislation To Protect Students From Dangerous Seclusion And Restraint Practices

Washington, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator, Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-Va.), Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), and Donald McEachin (D-Va.) reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would make it illegal for any scho… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Murray, Pallone Announce Plans to Develop a Public Option Proposal to Lower Health Care Costs

Senate HELP and House Energy and Commerce Committees Issue Request for Information on public option as they work to craft new legislation Poll shows 7 in 10 Americans support a public health insurance option-including a majority of Republicans Murray and Pallone: "A federal public option will help guarantee that no matter where you live, who you are, or what your income-if you live in America, you can get the quality health care you need without worrying about cost. " (Washington, D.… Continue Reading


05.25.21

HELP Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bills to Address Maternal Mortality Crisis, Support Mental Health of Health Care Workers, And More

Senate HELP Committee voted unanimously to pass six bipartisan health and labor bills Maternal mortality bills will establish new grant programs, improve demographic data, and address inequities in maternal health care Committee also passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act to address the mental health needs of health care workers Murray: "I'll be working to get these bills across the finish line as soon as we can-but I know they are only a start when it comes t… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Secretary Walsh, Murray, Scott Stress Importance of Child Care Proposal in American Families Plan

The American Families Plan, modeled off of Chairman Scott and Senator Murray's Child Care for Working Families Act, would help working parents return to the workforce ICYMI: Senator Murray's op-ed in Ms. Magazine: "That Jobs Report Didn't Surprise Working Parents. It's Past Time to Make Child Care Affordable for Every Family" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Robert C. "Bob… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Schumer, Murray Lead Senate Democrats in Voting to Undo Anti-Worker Trump Administration EEOC Rule

Senate votes 50-48 to undo Trump Administration's EEOC rule to allow employers to delay or deny workers justice when they've experienced discrimination on the job Schumer, Murray led Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to restore a fair discrimination settlement process at EEOC (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted 50-48, to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval undoing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) "conciliation" rule, w… Continue Reading


05.18.21

In Hearing, Chair Murray Argues for Making Paid Leave “A Right for All, Not a Privilege for Some”

Murray makes case for paid leave in President Biden's American Families Plan United States is the only developed country in the world that doesn't guarantee paid leave, and 4 out of 5 private sector workers don't have paid leave Senator Murray: "It is far past time to make progress, and it is far past time we make paid leave a right for all, not a privilege for some." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair … Continue Reading


05.18.21

Murray Leads Democrats in Support of Title X Rule to Reverse the Trump Administration’s Gag Rule

In letter, Murray, Democrats support HHS Secretary's proposed Title X rule calling it a "vital step in reversing the devastating loss of Title X services caused by the 2019 Title X regulations." Senator Murray, Senate Democrats: Proposed rule will "ensure patients have widespread, affordable access to the comprehensive family planning services … from providers they trust." (Washington, D.C.)-Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (H… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Murray on SCOTUS Agreeing to Hear a Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade: “I Will Fight this Every Step of the Way”

Senator Murray: "We want a country where everyone can make the best choice for themselves about pregnancy and parenting and where everyone can get the abortion care they need-regardless of who they are, how much money they make or how they get their health care-so I will fight this every step of the way." 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 Supreme Cour… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Murray Applauds Investments to Build Public Health Workforce, Emphasizes Need to Maintain Progress After Pandemic

Biden Administration announced investment of $7.4 billion from American Rescue Plan to hire and train public health workers to respond to COVID-19 and begin to build the public health workforce for the future Murray has fought for public health funding, and proposed legislation to end the cycle of crisis and complacency in public health Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the foll… Continue Reading

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