Chair's Press

04.15.21

Senator Murray Urges Speedy Confirmation For Education Under Secretary Nominee James Kvaal

Senator Murray urged colleagues to support Kvaal's nomination and build on the progress of the American Rescue Plan to support higher education students and work to make college more affordable and accessible Senator Murray: "I have no doubt that when confirmed, Mr. Kvaal will fight for students, and against special interests-because it's what he has always done." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HEL… Continue Reading


04.14.21

Murray, Scott, Hassan Respond to New Labor Department Guidance on Retirement Cybersecurity

Department issues first ever guidance on retirement cybersecurity one month after a GAO report requested by Murray, Scott, and Hassan recommended such action As of 2018, 106 million people were participating in private sector employer-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans with assets of nearly $6.3 trillion (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott, Chair of the … Continue Reading


04.14.21

Senator Murray Statement on Proposed Title X Rule to Reverse the Trump Administration’s Harmful Gag Rule

Senator Murray: "Since day one, I've fought against the Trump Administration's disastrous Title X gag rule-which has made it harder, if not impossible, for millions of patients-in particular women of color and women with low incomes-to get critical health care." Senator Murray: "I'm incredibly relieved that Secretary Becerra and the Biden Administration are acting to reverse the gag rule once and for all, commit to health equity, and ensure that patients can get the care they need-including b… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Murray, DeLauro Reintroduce Healthy Families Act to Establish National Paid Sick Days Policy

Healthy Families Act would ensure workers can earn paid sick days and help keep families, communities and our economy healthy 1 in 4 private sector workers-or 32 million people-still lack paid sick days (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, reintroduced the Healthy Families Act, paid sick days leg… Continue Reading


04.07.21

Senator Murray Statement on Education Secretary Cardona Announcing a Review of the DeVos Title IX Rule

(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 Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona's announcement that the Department of Education will review the existing Title IX rule, which governs how schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault and sex discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In May 2020, for… Continue Reading


03.31.21

Senator Murray Statement on Historic Home Care Investment in the American Jobs Plan

Senator Murray: "Democrats understand that in the same way we need roads and bridges, helping working families manage caregiving responsibilities, ensuring people with disabilities and older Americans get the care they need to live independently, and investing in the home care workforce are critical parts of our economic recovery." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the foll… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Senator Murray Leads Hearing on Confronting Systemic Inequities in Health Care Within COVID-19 Response

HELP Committee held a hearing today on health inequities and the COVID-19 pandemic Senator Murray: "The reality of health inequities is that how you live, and even whether you live or die in a pandemic, is impacted by your race, your income, your zip code, your disability, your gender identity, your sexual orientation, and these factors intersect in ways that compound injustice if you are, for example, a woman of color, or a person with a low income and a disability. Murray highlighted … Continue Reading


03.25.21

In Light of COVID Jobs Crisis, Chair Murray, Ranking Member Burr Seek Input from Stakeholders on Workforce Policies

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, at the direction of Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is requesting input from stakeholders on policy ideas on workforce development. The Senators announced they intend to work together to develop bipartisan solutions to update and expand workforce training programs, support and expand the National Apprenticeship Act, and encourage innovation. Senators Murray and Burr encou… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Duckworth, Murray, Hirono, Lee Reintroduce EACH Act to Guarantee Abortion Coverage Regardless of A Patient’s Insurance

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Care (EACH) Act, a bicameral bill to guarantee abortion coverage-regardless of how a patient gets their health insurance. The EACH Act ends the Hyde Amendment and lifts unjust abortion coverage restrictions f… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Senator Murray Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health and Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

Senate confirmed Dr. Levine in a 52-48 vote, and Dr. Murthy in a 57-43 vote Senator Murray: "Dr. Levine has been on the frontlines of this pandemic, which is why she knows firsthand what our states and communities need from the Department of Health and Human Services." Senator Murray: "I'm pleased to have Dr. Murthy returning to the role of Surgeon General at this critical time." Dr. Levine made history as the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the federal government, and… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Senator Murray Urges Speedy Confirmation for Deputy Education Secretary Nominee Cindy Marten to Help Get Students Safely Back to the Classroom and Address Learning Loss

Senator Murray urged colleagues to support Marten's nomination and build on the progress of the American Rescue Plan to get students safely back in the classroom as quickly as possible Senator Murray stressed the importance of a fully-staffed Department of Education in order to address the systemic inequities that have been made worse by COVID-19 Senator Murray: "It's clear Superintendent Marten is an excellent choice to help Secretary Cardona, and that as Deputy Secretary of Education,… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Murray, Scott Act to Undo Unfair, Anti-Worker Rule Favoring Employers in Workplace Discrimination Cases; Restore Fair Process for Workers to Enforce Their Rights

EEOC "conciliation rule" helps employers delay or deny workers justice when they've experienced discrimination on the job New, unnecessary red tape would make the EEOC less responsive to workers' claims Murray-Scott resolution of disapproval would rescind this unfair, anti-worker rule and restore a fair settlement process at EEOC (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman B… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Murray, Murkowski, Jayapal Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Survivors get Critical Sexual Assault Examinations

The Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act develops national standards of care for survivors of sexual assault, strengthens the sexual assault examiner workforce, and expands access to sexual assault examination services ***WATCH: PRESS CONFERENCE INCLUDING SENATORS MURRAY AND MURKOSWKI, REP. JAYAPAL, LEAH GRIFFIN*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Co… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Senate Confirms Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

Senate confirms Marty Walsh to lead Department of Labor by a bipartisan vote of 68-29 Senator Murray: "Our country cannot fully recover from this crisis, unless we begin to change that by rebuilding a stronger, fairer economy. And that starts by making sure we have a Secretary of Labor who will actually champion workers and working families." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Marty Walsh to serve as the S… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Murray Praises President Biden’s Pick For Key Role In Pandemic Response

President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dawn O'Connell to serve as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response O'Connell is a Senior Counselor at HHS, and has been a key advisor on the U.S. response to COVID-19, Zika, Ebola, and other public health threats Murray: "Dawn O'Connell has helped guide our nation's response to some of the biggest global health threats of the last decade, and is exactly the kind of leader we need serving as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and R… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Senate Confirms Xavier Becerra as Health Secretary

Senate confirms Xavier Becerra to lead Department of Health and Human Services by a bipartisan vote of 50-49 Senator Murray: "We have our work cut out for us. But in Attorney General Becerra-we have a Secretary of Health who is up to the job." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Xavier Becerra to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a bipartisan vote of 50-49. … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Senator Murray Highlights Biden Administration’s Steps to Finally Put COVID Response On Track, Outlines Work Ahead

HELP Committee holds first hearing with Biden Administration COVID task force members: NIH's Dr. Fauci, CDC's Dr. Walensky, HHS' Dr. Kessler, and FDA's Dr. Marks Senator Murray highlights how the American Rescue Plan and the work of the Biden Administration has finally put the federal COVID response on track in regards to public health guidance, testing, and vaccine distribution Senator Murray stresses importance of continuing to address vaccine hesitancy, accessibility and inequity to … Continue Reading


03.17.21

HELP Committee Votes to Advance Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Murthy and Assistant Secretary for Health Nominee Dr. Levine

Dr. Murthy advanced out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 16-6 Dr. Levine advanced out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 13-9 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 16-6 to advance the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to be U.S. Surgeon General and 13-9 to advance the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary for Health. Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the HELP Committee, released the following statements re… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Senator Murray Urges Swift Confirmation for Deputy Labor Secretary Nominee Julie Su, Citing Her Record of Protecting Workers During the Pandemic

Senator Murray urged colleagues to support Julie Su's nomination and build on the progress of the American Rescue Plan to support workers and ensure our economy works for everyone Senator Murray: "Secretary Su's record as a champion for workers is long and clear, and the need to confirm her is obvious, and urgent." Senator Murray: "We need a fully-staffed Department of Labor to protect workers and help us end this pandemic, to foster healthy communities, and to build a stronger, fairer e… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Murray, Scott, Hassan Release GAO Report On Retirement Cybersecurity Which Recommends Department of Labor Issue Guidance

Report confirms cyber threats pose major risk to the over one hundred million Americans with a private defined contribution retirement plan, like a 401k As of 2018, 106 million people were participating in private sector employer-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans with assets of nearly $6.3 trillion GAO recommends Department of Labor issue guidance on fiduciaries' responsibilities regarding cybersecurity Murray: "This report confirms cybersecurity and retirement security… Continue Reading

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