Chair's Press

09.14.22

Senator Murray Pushes for Stronger Response to Monkeypox

Senator Murray: "The monkeypox response so far has not been encouraging-but there are some clear signs of progress, and there are clear steps we can, and should, take to improve." ***ICYMI: Senator Murray pushes for details on response, vaccine access plan*** ***WATCH: Senator Murray's opening remarks*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led a hearing on the federal response to… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Murray Leads 29 Senators in Urging Biden Admin to Strengthen Privacy Protections for Women Seeking Reproductive Health Care

As Republicans pass abortion bans and states investigate and punish women for seeking reproductive care, Murray leads senators in calling for HHS to take immediate action to protect women's privacy under HIPAA (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led 29 of her colleagues in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action to safeguard women's privac… Continue Reading


09.13.22

HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Key DOL, EEOC Nominees, Murray Pushes for Quick Confirmation

Senator Murray: "As we continue building on that progress and working to tackle rising costs, it is critical we ensure no one is losing opportunities or hard-earned wages to discrimination, harassment, wage theft, or otherwise being cheated by their employer. That is why the Committee should move quickly to advance these important nominees to the EEOC and the Wage and Hour Division." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) held a hear… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Sen. Murray Statement on Republicans’ National Abortion Ban: “Chilling”

***WATCH: Senator Murray remarks on Republicans' introduction of national abortion ban*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on Senate Republicans' introduction of a federal ban on abortion. "I have been warning since the day Roe fell that Republicans will not stop there. Republicans want a national abortion ban-for everyone, in every state. They want … Continue Reading


09.12.22

Murray, Democrats Applaud Biden Admin’s Proposed Title IX Rule, Push to Further Strengthen Protections

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led 18 of her colleagues in commenting on the Department of Education's proposed Title IX rule. In the letter, the Senators commend the Department's efforts to ensure survivors can seek justice, extend discrimination protections to trans students, and strengthen protections for pregnant and parenting students-and they urge the Department to further strengt… Continue Reading


09.08.22

Sen. Murray Statement on Ruling Against ACA Threatening Access to PrEP and Preventive Care, Including Birth Control

Lawsuit championed by far-right Republican organization founded by Stephen Miller threatens to rip away coverage of HIV prevention medication, birth control, STI screenings, and other preventive health care Murray: "The American people do not think employers and partisan politics should decide what health care you can receive-not on HIV prevention and care, not on abortion, and not on birth control." WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee … Continue Reading


09.07.22

Hirono, Warren, Murray, Duckworth Applaud Landmark Abortion Access Measure for Veterans Amid Republican Attacks

Following SCOTUS' disastrous Dobbs decision, roughly half of women veterans in the U.S. live in states that have or are likely to ban abortion In July, Hirono & Warren led Murray, Duckworth, colleagues in calling on VA to begin offering abortion services ***Video of the Senators' Press Conference is Available Here*** WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor… Continue Reading


09.06.22

Murray Marks ERISA Anniversary, Calls for Congress to Confirm Lisa Gomez to Key Role Protecting Families’ Employer-Sponsored Health and Retirement Benefits

The number of participants in employer-sponsored benefit plans covered by ERISA protections has tripled since it was first signed into law Senator Murray: "Employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits are a financial cornerstone for over a hundred million families across our country, and at a time when so many people are already struggling with higher costs for so many essentials, we owe it to them to make sure our employee benefits agency is fully staffed." (Washington, D.C.) -Tod… Continue Reading


09.02.22

Senator Murray Applauds Biden Administration Announcing the VA Will Provide Abortion Services to Veterans

Senator Murray: "For the first time ever, the Veterans Health Administration will finally be able to provide abortion care to ensure none of our veterans or their eligible dependents will have to face medical emergencies-or stay pregnant after a rape or incest-simply because Republican politicians think they know what's best for them." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and a senior member… Continue Reading


08.25.22

Senator Murray Statement on Idaho’s Extreme Abortion Ban Taking Effect Today

Late Wednesday, a federal judge blocked enforcement of Idaho's extreme abortion ban in medical emergencies as rest of law takes effect today (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on Idaho's extreme abortion ban, which takes effect today. Idaho's total ban on abortions does not include exceptions when the health of the mother is at risk-and last night, a fe… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Senator Murray Presses Biden Administration On Plan to Ensure Access to Monkeypox Vaccines

Murray previously pressed for details from HHS on monkeypox response efforts as well Senator Murray: "It is critical we act quickly to get on top of this outbreak, utilizing essential tools, including vaccines. I expect this to be of the upmost priority for ASPR, and to see improved vaccine procurement and distribution strategies, and increased communication with state partners and other stakeholders." (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate … Continue Reading


08.24.22

Senator Murray on Biden Forgiving Student Debt: “Life Changing for Borrowers”

Senator Murray: "Tonight, tens of millions of borrowers across the country who've been saddled with student debt can sleep easier knowing their balances will finally go down-and millions will see their debt wiped entirely." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on President Biden's announcement that the Department of Education will forgive $10,000 in student… Continue Reading


08.23.22

Murray, Menendez, Kaine, Gillibrand, Sarbanes, Courtney, Hayes, Manning Lead 100+ Colleagues in Calling on Biden Admin to Extend PSLF Waiver Deadline

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), alongside U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.-05), and Kathy Manning (D-N.C.-06), led 110 colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to extend the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) w… Continue Reading


08.12.22

Murray, Senate Dems Support Proposed Rules on Student Debt Relief Programs, Encourage Biden Admin to Further Strengthen Proposal

Senators applaud critical forward progress, outline further steps to strengthen proposed regulations (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), led 22 of her colleagues in commenting on the Department of Education's proposed rules to expand and improve student debt relief programs. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the Senators applauded the Department's efforts to provide… Continue Reading


08.11.22

ROUND UP: As Dems Fight to Protect Americans’ Reproductive Rights, Week after Week Republicans Stand in the Way

ICYMI: Republican Senator Blocks Bill to Protect Right to Travel ICYMI: Republican Senator Blocks Commonsense Family Planning Bill ICYMI: Republican Senator Blocks Bill Codifying Right to Contraception ICYMI: Republican Senator Blocks Bill to Protect Doctors Providing Legal Abortions (Washington, D.C.) - Every week since Roe was overturned, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and her Democratic colleag… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Sen. Murray on IRA Keeping Health Care Costs Low: “Stress Off Patients’ Shoulders, Money in Their Pockets”

***WATCH: Senator Murray delivers floor remarks on Inflation Reduction Act*** (Washington, DC) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on the measures included in the Inflation Reduction Act to extend the health care tax credits passed in the American Rescue Plan to lower patients' health care costs and continue lowering the uninsured rate across the country. "Thanks to the Ameri… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Senator Murray Statement on IRA’s Historic Steps to Lower Americans’ Prescription Drug Costs

***WATCH: Senator Murray delivers floor remarks on Inflation Reduction Act*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on the Inflation Reduction Act's historic provisions that will lower Americans' prescription drug costs, empower Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and cap seniors' out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions at $2000 a year and their insulin at $35 … Continue Reading


08.04.22

Murray, Duckworth Introduce Bill to Help Women with Disabilities Access Reproductive Health Care

The Reproductive Health Care Accessibility Act would remove barriers and strengthen access to reproductive care for people with disabilities (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Reproductive Health Care Accessibility Act to help ensure women with disabilities-who face discrimination and extra barriers when seeking care-can access reproducti… Continue Reading


08.03.22

Republican Senator Blocks Bill to Protect Doctors Providing Legal Abortion Care from Extreme Attacks

Senator Braun blocks the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act ***WATCH: Senator Murray calls out Republicans' extreme agenda*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sought unanimous consent to pass her Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to protect doctors' ability to safely provide abortion care in states where it remains legal-but Republican Senator Mike Br… Continue Reading


08.03.22

On Senate Floor, Murray Applauds Kansas Victory for Abortion Rights

***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks on Kansas abortion rights referendum*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), spoke on the Senate floor and applauded Kansans' overwhelming rejection of a ballot measure that would have shredded the right to abortion enshrined in the state's constitution. "Since the day the Supreme Court struck down the right to abortion and upended the lives of women … Continue Reading

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