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Murray Praises Biden Picks for HHS Secretary and Other Key Health Roles, Calls for Swift, Fair Consideration of Nominees

Murray on Becerra for HHS: "Xavier Becerra's long record of fighting for patients makes him an excellent choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services." Murray on slate of COVID-related personnel announcements: "This selection of strong candidates for key roles on his COVID-19 team shows that President-elect Biden understands the urgency of getting our response to this pandemic back on track after the Trump Administration's constant missteps." Murray: "Given the importance o… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Urges President Trump to Keep His Promise to Student Loan Borrowers and Extend Relief

Senator Murray: "President Trump not only has the authority to avoid this chaos, but promised borrowers that come December 1 he would extend the relief. Well, December is here and it's time to follow through on that promise." (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement urging President Trump to follow through with his promise to extend the pause on student loan payment… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Blast Trump Administration for Latest Attempted Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), released the following statement opposing the Trump Administration's Notice of Benefit and Payment Param… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott: Moral Imperative to Measure Scope of Learning Loss Remains, Despite Postponement of NAEP

(Washington, D.C.)-Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos sent letters to the Members announcing the Department's decision to postpone the 2021 administration of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). "As a result of nationwide school closures, existing achievement ga… Continue Reading


Murray to GSA Administrator: Put Our Nation’s Health and Safety Ahead of Political Loyalty and Begin a Formal Transition Immediately

In a letter, Senator Murray urged GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to put politics aside and end the unprecedented delay in transition that is undermining our federal response to COVID, which has already claimed over 250,000 lives Senator Murray to Administrator Murphy: "It is completely unacceptable to delay the critical work to save lives, improve educational opportunities for students, or ensure workers are safe and healthy and families are able to make a living during this crisis." (… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration’s Attempt to Rewrite Its Record On Health Care “The Definition of Too Little Too Late”

Murray makes clear the Trump Administration's latest health care announcements won't undo the damage or erase the legacy of four years of health care attacks Despite promises, Trump Administration failed to lower drug prices which have continued to rise during his time in office Murray: "President Trump had four years to tackle skyrocketing health care costs, instead he spent them attacking families' health care at every turn and with every tool available." Murray: "The Trump Adminis… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Unveil Bill to Protect Students from Dangerous Seclusion and Restraint Practices

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, top Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The bill is sponsored by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), and Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Tells Secretaries of Education, Labor and HHS to Preserve All Records

Senator Murray sends letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and Secretary of HHS Alex Azar reminding them of their duty to preserve all records under the Federal Records Act Senator Murray: "In light of the upcoming transition from President Donald Trump's administration to President-elect Joe Biden's administration, I am writing to remind you of the critical importance that records are preserved and managed appropriately under the Federal Records Ac… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration “Ignoring the Will and the Wellbeing of Families Across the Country” By Proceeding With Health Care Lawsuit

Murray: "Today the difference between the outgoing Trump Administration and the incoming Biden Administration on health care-the path the American people rejected and the future they chose-is on full display." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on California v. Texas, the health care case being heard at the Supreme Court today. In the case, Republican A… Continue Reading


Murray Praises Incoming Biden Administration For Announcing COVID-19 Advisers; Lays Out COVID-19 Priorities & Continues Call For Serious Relief Package

Murray: "President-elect Biden is showing he takes this crisis seriously and is prepared to do the hard work necessary to keep our country safe and chart a course out of this pandemic." Murray: "The virus is now surging, and we face a very tough road ahead, but as I and others have made clear, we know what we need to do to control and ultimately end the pandemic." Murray urges Republicans to finally recognize the true scope of the crisis as the virus surges; calls for serious COVID-19 re… Continue Reading


Murray Keeps Spotlight On Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Interference Following Additional Reports of Pressure On CDC Experts

Murray presses VP Pence on report that Administration officials tried to pressure CDC to approve baseless statement saying hotels were best way to protect migrant children from COVID-19 Murray has launched the Save Our Science Political Interference Tracker, and introduced the STOP Act as she pushes to fight political meddling with transparency and accountability Murray: "This alarming pattern is putting lives at risk, especially at time when it is more important than ever that we foste… Continue Reading


Murray, Democratic Colleagues Urge DeVos to Help 8.2 Million Federal Student Loan Borrowers Currently Unable to Access Relief

8.2 million federal student loan borrowers currently cannot access critical relief made available by the CARES Act, including a freeze on all payments, interest, and collections In a letter, Murray and 33 Senate Democrats urge DeVos to use her existing authority to make sure these struggling borrowers don't fall through the cracks Senator Murray: "The more than eight million student loan borrowers falling into donut holes of critical relief have missed out on needed benefits and suffer… Continue Reading


Murray Responds to Ongoing Fallout of Trump Administration’s Inhumane Family Separation Policy: “Evil Is Too Kind A Word”

Lawyers have been unable to identify parents of 545 children separated by the Trump Administration in 2017 Murray: "Because of the Administration's calculated cruelty, 545 children have not seen their parents since 2017-and have no idea if or when they will ever see them again." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to reporting that lawye… Continue Reading


Murray Continues Pressing Trump Administration to Stop Political Meddling in COVID-19 Response Amid New Revelations

Senator Murray writes to VP Pence following latest reports of Trump Administration officials overruling and undermining CDC experts Murray has introduced the STOP Act, legislation to provide accountability and transparency to address political interference in the COVID-19 response Murray als0 recently launched the Save Our Science Political Interference Tracker, which catalogues reports of Trump Administration interference with scientists and experts leading the COVID-19 response M… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on New Data Revealing High Rates of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Seclusion and Restraint in K-12 Schools

Data released from the Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) show high rates of sexual harassment and assault and seclusion and restraint in K-12 schools Senator Murray: "This data is a reminder of how much work still must be done to protect students-especially Black students, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, and others." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading


Murray, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Track COVID-19 in Congregate Care Facilities to Protect People with Disabilities and Older Americans

In a letter, Senators urge the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect and report COVID-19 data in congregate care facilities-including assisted living facilities, institutions for people with disabilities, group homes, and mental health facilities Senators: "Despite the high risk of contracting COVID-19 for older Americans, children and adults with mental illness, and children and adults with disabilities … in congregate care settings, there are huge gaps in federal repo… Continue Reading


Murray Launches Interference Tracker Amid Continued Revelations of Trump Officials Meddling in COVID-19 Response

Senator Murray launched the Save Our Science Political Interference Tracker Murray has introduced the STOP Act to provide transparency and accountability to address the Trump Administration's repeated efforts to interference in the work of experts and scientists Senator Murray: "The pattern here is unmistakable and dangerous-the Trump Administration is putting politics first and putting lives in jeopardy…" ***See the SOS Political Interference Tracker HERE*** (Washingto… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Stresses the Stakes of SCOTUS Fight for People with Disabilities: “We Cannot Roll Back Access, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity”

On a call, Senator Murray encourages 230 disability advocates to keep up the fight against the Republicans' rushed SCOTUS nomination Senator Murray highlights how Republicans' singular focus on confirming another far-right nominee to the Supreme Court would impact people with disabilities' access to health care Senator Murray to disability advocates: "Instead of doing anything to help each of you, all Senate Republicans are doing is rushing through the nomination of Judge Barrett to the … Continue Reading


Democrats Criticize Proposed Labor Department Rule Weakening Tool to Advance Financial Interests of Workers and Retirees

Sens. Murray and Brown, Reps. Scott and Waters led a letter criticizing DOL proposal to undermine fiduciaries' ability to support their clients' best interests through proxy voting Members: "This proposal does the opposite of protecting retirees-it decreases the value of retirement plans' investments by discouraging fiduciaries from using a key tool to fight for the financial interests of the workers and retirees they serve." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


Murray Responds to Trump SCOTUS Nominee’s Call to End Roe v. Wade

SCOTUS nominee Judge Barrett: "It's time to put an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade" Senator Murray: "Not if women and men across the county have anything to say about it." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to news that President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, signed onto a letter calling to "put… Continue Reading

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