Chair's Press

03.10.21

Murray Praises Biden Administration Move Not to Enforce Restrictions on Socially- Conscious Investing, Proxy Voting

Murray: "Financial security is about planning for the long term, and the Trump Administration's requirement that people doing that ignore environmental, social, and governance criteria made about as much sense as telling someone planning a trip they can't look at a map." (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 Department of Labor's announcement that it would not e… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Murray Re-Introduces Public Health Infrastructure Save Lives Act As New Report Looks At Gaps In Preparedness

Senator Murray re-introduces Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (PHISLA) to establish a dedicated $4.5 billion fund to build and maintain nation's public health infrastructure at every level Bill comes as Trust for America's Health releases annual report on nation's preparedness for public health emergencies, includes PHISLA among recommendations to address gaps Senator Murray: "The simple fact is-public health infrastructure saves lives… And the better funded and prepa… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Senator Murray Applauds House Passage of the PRO Act, Urges Senate Action

Senator Murray: "As workers continue to bear the brunt of this pandemic, ensuring they can stand together and fight for better pay, quality health care, a safer workplace, and a secure retirement has never been more important." (Washington, D.C.) - Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on House passage of her Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which she re-introduced in the Senate in F… Continue Reading


03.09.21

At HELP Hearing, Senator Murray Spotlights Voices On the Frontlines of COVID-19 Response, Stresses Importance of Vaccine Equity In Pandemic Response

Murray emphasized how investments in testing, vaccines, and health care in the American Rescue Plan will help to end the pandemic-but that more work lies ahead Murray made clear vaccine equity remains a pressing issue, and asked witnesses about how to make sure vaccines reach communities of color and people with disabilities Senator Murray: "The true cost of this pandemic so far is unthinkable, and it should be just as unthinkable that we would do anything short of everything when it co… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Murray Statement on the American Rescue Plan’s Funding for Testing, Vaccines, and Public Health Work to End the Pandemic

The American Rescue Plan, which the Senate passed today, includes $49 billion for testing, tracing, and sequencing to identify new variants of COVID-19 and slow the spread Bill also includes $14 billion to improve vaccine distribution and administration, and $50 billion through FEMA to ramp up national vaccination program American Rescue Plan includes $8 billion to hire and train 100,000 public health workers (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Sena… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray Applauds Steps in American Rescue Plan to Help People Get Quality, Affordable Health Care

American Rescue Plan takes steps to help families get health coverage amid pandemic and economic crisis Legislation also includes billions in support for Community Health Centers, mental health care, and programs to reach underserved communities and communities of color (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statements on the inclusion of provisions in the American Rescue… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Murray Provision Addressing Multiemployer Pension Crisis, Protecting Workers and Retirees From Benefit Cuts, Passes In American Rescue Plan

The Senate passed the American Rescue Plan which includes the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act (BLEPPRA) The legislation provides financial support to struggling multiemployer pension plans to ensure workers and retirees don't have the benefits they rely on cut Bill would support at least 185 pension plans, covering millions of people-including at least 180,000 people in Washington state (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health,… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray Applauds American Rescue Plan for Supporting Women and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the inclusion of $200 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, $200 million for sexual assault programs, and $50 million to support culturally-specific domestic violence and sexual assault programs, in the American Rescue Plan. "As we respond to this health and economic crisis, we cannot brush aside the ala… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray Applauds Passage of $12.7B to Ensure People with Disabilities Can Live Independently During Pandemic

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the inclusion of $12.7 billion in funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS) in the American Rescue Plan, to ensure people with disabilities get the care they need during this pandemic. "During this pandemic, the disability community has suffered a huge loss of life and tragically high rates of COVID-19 infection. Many… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Nearly $40 Billion for Higher Education and Support for Student Loan Borrowers in American Rescue Plan

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statements on the critical funding and support for higher education students, borrowers and institutions included in the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan includes nearly $40 billion in funding for higher education to ensure institutions can implement public health measures and get their students much-needed emergency financia… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Critical Resources to Get Students Back to the Classroom Safely

(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 over $125 billion in K-12 funding included in the American Rescue Plan. "The pandemic has made life harder for every family across the country. Students have suffered tremendously as a result-and we know this pain has not been felt equally. The crisis has deepened existing inequities in our education system. "The … Continue Reading


03.06.21

Senator Murray: American Rescue Plan Marks Historic Shift in How Our Country Helps Families Find and Afford Child Care

Funding will help over 875,000 families afford child care, and save nearly 449,000 child care programs that serve over 7.3 million children (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the inclusion of $40 billion in child care relief in the American Rescue Plan (ARP). "We have long had a child care crisis in this country and it has always made things especially ch… Continue Reading


03.05.21

Murray Urges Colleagues to Pass a $15 Minimum Wage

In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Patty Murray urged her colleagues to waive the Parliamentarian's ruling and include the $15 minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan Senator Murray: "I urge my colleagues to vote for this amendment in order to give a much-needed raise to millions of workers and end the tipped minimum wage, and subminimum wage for youth workers and workers with disabilities." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL SPEECH HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patt… Continue Reading


03.02.21

Senator Murray Announces HELP Subcommittee Assignments

(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 announcement of the subcommittee assignments. "The HELP Committee has the important responsibility to tackle the issues that families across this country face in their everyday lives. From health care, to education, to supporting workers and retirees-this committee addresses a wide range of issues to ensure everyone can… Continue Reading


03.01.21

Senate Votes to Confirm Dr. Miguel Cardona to Serve as Education Secretary

Senate confirms Dr. Cardona by a bipartisan vote of 64-33 Senator Murray: "At this moment of crisis, Dr. Cardona is exactly the leader we need at the Department of Education." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education by a bipartisan vote of 64-33. In remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Committee on… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Senator Murray Statement on $15 Minimum Wage Ruling

(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 Senate Parliamentarian's announcement that the $15 minimum wage provision is not appropriate for inclusion in President Biden's reconciliation package, the American Rescue Package. "Democrats will not lose sight of the fact that people are working 40 hours a week, but still living in poverty, and tipped workers, youth … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Murthy and Assistant Secretary for Health Nominee Dr. Levine

Murray stressed that confirming Drs. Murthy and Levine is critical to getting our COVID response back on track Murray highlights Dr. Murthy's experience as Surgeon General in the Obama Administration and Dr. Levine's experience leading Pennsylvania's COVID response Senator Murray: "We all know this pandemic isn't going to be stopped by partisan politics. It's going to be stopped by swift action, and by public health experts like Dr. Murthy and Dr. Levine." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Murthy and Assistant Secretary for Health Nominee Dr. Levine

Murray stressed that confirming Drs. Murthy and Levine is critical to getting our COVID response back on track Murray highlights Dr. Murthy's experience as Surgeon General in the Obama Administration and Dr. Levine's experience leading Pennsylvania's COVID response Senator Murray: "We all know this pandemic isn't going to be stopped by partisan politics. It's going to be stopped by swift action, and by public health experts like Dr. Murthy and Dr. Levine." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Murthy and Assistant Secretary for Health Nominee Dr. Levine

Murray stressed that confirming Drs. Murthy and Levine is critical to getting our COVID response back on track Murray highlights Dr. Murthy's experience as Surgeon General in the Obama Administration and Dr. Levine's experience leading Pennsylvania's COVID response Senator Murray: "We all know this pandemic isn't going to be stopped by partisan politics. It's going to be stopped by swift action, and by public health experts like Dr. Murthy and Dr. Levine." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Murthy and Assistant Secretary for Health Nominee Dr. Levine

Murray stressed that confirming Drs. Murthy and Levine is critical to getting our COVID response back on track Murray highlights Dr. Murthy's experience as Surgeon General in the Obama Administration and Dr. Levine's experience leading Pennsylvania's COVID response Senator Murray: "We all know this pandemic isn't going to be stopped by partisan politics. It's going to be stopped by swift action, and by public health experts like Dr. Murthy and Dr. Levine." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S … Continue Reading

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