Chair's Press

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


02.23.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for HHS Nominee Becerra To Support Biden-Harris COVID-19 Response Efforts

Murray highlights Becerra's legislative knowledge, health care policy background, and executive experience Murray stresses the importance of confirming Becerra in order to help the Biden-Harris Administration get our COVID-19 response on track, address health inequities, and ensure every family can get quality, affordable health care Senator Murray: "We all want the pandemic to end-which means we all should want the Biden-Harris Administration to succeed, and we should be getting qualifi… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Murray, Scott Statement on Importance of Statewide Assessments

(Washington, D.C.)-Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, released the following statement on the importance of statewide assessments. Statewide data is valuable because it offers valid, reliable, and comparable measures of student achievement so parents know if their children are learning. "Despite the tireless efforts of students, parents, and educators, the… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Senator Murray: CDC Guidelines Will “Chart the Path Forward” on Schools Reopening, But More Funding is Needed

Senator Murray: "These guidelines will help us chart the path forward in getting students back in the classroom safely by helping educators and school officials make science-based decisions in coordination with public health officials." Senator Murray: "However, implementing these important public health measures to enable schools to safely reopen and remain open will still require a significant investment. That's why it's so critical that we pass the funding President Biden has called for … Continue Reading


02.11.21

HELP Committee Votes to Advance Education Secretary Nominee Dr. Miguel Cardona

Dr. Cardona advanced out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 17-5 Senator Murray: "Dr. Cardona is a proven, collaborative leader, a champion for public schools, and an excellent choice to lead the Department of Education through the challenges ahead." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona to be the Secretary of Education to the full Senate by a bipartisan vote of 17-5. Senator Patty Murray,… Continue Reading


02.11.21

HELP Committee Votes to Advance Labor Secretary Nominee Mayor Marty Walsh

Mayor Walsh advanced out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 18-4 Senator Murray: Workers "need a Secretary of Labor like Mayor Walsh who will act quickly to keep workers safe, defend and expand workers' rights, and be a partner in helping our economy come back stronger and fairer for all workers." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be the Secretary of Labor to the full Senate b… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Senator Murray Statement on CBO’s Findings that Raising the Minimum Wage Reduces Poverty

Senator Murray: "Today's report makes clear what we've known all along: raising the minimum wage-which hasn't increased since 2009-to $15 an hour isn't just the right thing to do, it's good policy that will give a raise to up to 27 million workers and lift almost one million people out of poverty." (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 Congressional Budget… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Top Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize and Make our Economy Work for Everyone

Murray, Schumer, Scott, Pelosi introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to help build a fairer, more inclusive economy Legislation addresses growing income inequality by strengthening federal laws that protect workers' right to join a union and negotiate for higher wages and better benefits (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Congres… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Murray Urges Quick Confirmation for Labor Nominee Walsh to Protect Workers During the Pandemic, Build Back a Strong, Inclusive Economy

During confirmation hearing, Senator Murray highlighted the importance of confirming Mayor Walsh and protecting and supporting workers and retirees in order to recover from the current health and economic crises and build back an economy that works for everyone Senator Murray: Workers "need a Secretary of Labor like Mayor Walsh who will act quickly to keep workers safe, defend and expand workers' rights, and be a partner in helping our economy come back stronger and fairer for all workers." … Continue Reading


02.03.21

Senator Murray to Serve as Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Senator Murray to serve as Chair and Senator Burr to serve as Ranking Member during the 117th Congress (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on serving as Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee: "Today, I have the immense honor of taking the helm of the committee that I feel represents the heart and soul of this country. From health care, to education, to supporting workers and retirees, and ensurin… Continue Reading


02.03.21

At Hearing, Murray Urges Quick Confirmation of Education Secretary Nominee Dr. Cardona to Help Get Students Safely Back in the Classroom

During confirmation hearing, Senator Murray stresses urgent need to confirm Dr. Cardona in order to meet President Biden's goal of getting the majority of K-8 students safely back in the classroom for in-person instruction within the first 100 of his Administration Senator Murray highlights Dr. Cardona's public education experience, reiterates he's the right nominee to address learning loss due to COVID and long-standing inequities in our education system Senator Murray: "Any Senator who… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Incoming HELP Chair Murray and Ranking Member Burr Schedule Hearings to Consider Nominees for Secretaries of Education and Labor

Washington, D.C. - For your planning purposes, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), incoming Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, have scheduled hearings to consider the nominations of Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education and Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Hearing to consider Secretary of Education nominee Dr. Miguel Cardona Date: Wednesday, Februar… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Senator Murray: Labor Nominee Marty Walsh Will “Work Tirelessly to Improve Workers’ Lives”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), incoming chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after meeting by phone with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, President Biden's nominee to serve as Secretary of Labor: "After talking with Mayor Walsh today, I'm confident that he's the right pick for Secretary of Labor and will be ready to act quickly to keep workers safe during this pandemic-and then work to defend and expa… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Democrats Introduce Legislation to Invest $15 Billion in Workforce Training as Pandemic Unemployment Crisis Continues

WASHINGTON - Today, incoming Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced legislation to invest $15 billion in our nation's workforce training system, which will help support millions of workers who have lost their jobs or are under-employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The … Continue Reading


01.28.21

Murray, DeLauro Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Every Democrat in Congress is an Original Cosponsor Legislation Among President Biden's Gender Equality Priorities Washington, D.C.- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), incoming Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, led every Democrat in Congress in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, help eliminate the gender wa… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Murray Supports Move Toward Rescinding Trump Administration Gag Rule On Reproductive Health Care Providers

Trump Administration rule undermines care for 1.6 million patients who seek care from Title X funded providers each year Murray: "I'm glad President Biden is moving us closer to finally reversing the Trump Administration's damaging, ideological gag rule on Title X health care providers." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to President Bide… Continue Reading


01.26.21

Top Democrats Introduce Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2025

The Raise the Wage Act fulfills a key pillar of President Biden's American Rescue Plan Nearly 32 million Americans would get a raise, a majority of whom are frontline or essential workers (Washington, D.C.) - Today, incoming Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) joined House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Rep. Stephanie… Continue Reading


01.15.21

Senator Murray Urges Health Department to Reverse Sudden Changes That Undermine Food and Drug Administration’s Independence

Reporting reveals HHS has rushed to enact major policy changes at the FDA without input from the agency Murray: "These efforts jeopardize the public health mission, priorities, and integrity of FDA and show blatant disregard for the expertise of FDA career staff." (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reached out to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), A… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Senator Murray Praises Inclusion of $15/Hour Federal Minimum Wage in Biden-Harris COVID-19 Rescue Plan

President-elect Biden's COVID-19 relief plan includes provisions that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and end subminimum wages for tipped workers and workers with disabilities Murray: "Now more than ever, it's time to give millions of workers a sorely-needed and much-deserved raise and finally ensure having a job in America means being able to put a roof over your head and food on the table" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate … Continue Reading


01.14.21

Senator Murray Praises Biden on Plan to Include Significant Child Care Relief in COVID Package

President-elect Biden's COVID-19 relief bill includes additional $40 billion in child care relief Murray: "Families and child care providers need relief yesterday-so I'm glad that President-elect Biden's plan meets the moment to address the child care crisis we're facing." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the additional $40 billion in child care … Continue Reading

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