Chair's Press


Senators Murray, Schumer, Democrats Introduce $430 Billion Coronavirus Relief Bill to Address National Child Care and Education Crises as Democrats Urge Republicans to Act on Bold COVID-19 Relief

Murray, Schumer bill will provide relief to students and families and ensure child care providers, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities can continue to provide quality services to children and students across the country Bill will address growing inequities in our education system by funding services for students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, students experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities, and more Bill includes safeguards to ensure t… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Calls For National Vaccines Plan From Trump Administration, Cautions Against Repeating Testing Mistakes

As COVID-19 deaths pass 126,000 and cases soar, Senator Murray presses health officials about Trump Administration's response Senator Murray: "I want to get to the point quickly and be blunt about it: the COVID-19 response in our country is still a disaster." Following mistakes, delays, and disparities with testing efforts, Murray urges Republicans to work with Democrats to require the Trump Administration to provide a comprehensive national plan for a safe, effective, widely available v… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Blasts Secretary Scalia For Inadequate Proposal to Replace Retiree Protection He Fought to Strike Down

Senator Murray blasts Trump Administration for inadequate proposal on conflicted investment advice After suing the Department of Labor to strike down the Obama-era fiduciary standard, Scalia took over the Department as Secretary and worked on the new, weaker proposal Senator Murray: "Instead of moving ahead with this proposal that will leave people across the country vulnerable, the Department should go back to the drawing board and come up with one that actually protects them…" … Continue Reading


As DOL Calls Employees Back to Offices, Senator Murray Urges Scalia to Protect DOL Employees and Issue Enforceable Workplace Safety Standards for Workers Across the Country

Secretary Scalia instructed some DOL employees to return to their workplaces without a safety plan-even though many DOL offices are located in areas with high rates of COVID-19 Senator Murray slams Scalia's risky decision and urges him to issue enforceable safety standards to protect his employees and all workers Senator Murray: "Your employees and all workers across this country deserve to be protected before they are ordered back to work-and, given your role and authority, you have th… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Responds To SCOTUS Striking Down Abortion Restriction

Senator Murray responded to today's Supreme Court ruling striking down law to restrict women's access to abortion Senator Murray: "Today's ruling is a victory for every person's right to make their own choices about their own body-and a reminder of just how important it is we keep fighting to defend the right to a safe, legal abortion no matter who you are or what your zip code is." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educati… Continue Reading


Murray Slams New DeVos Rule Diverting Funds for Public School Students to Provide Services to Wealthier Private School Students

Senator Murray: "This rule is yet another example of Secretary DeVos keeping relief from those who need it most in order to serve her partisan privatization agenda." (Washington, D.C.) - 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 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' newly issued "equitable services" rule, which will redirect COVID-19 relief funding away from students in… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Criticizes Labor Department For Proposed Rule Discouraging Socially-Conscious Investing

Proposed rule from Labor Department would discourage financial advisors from considering how investments accomplish environmental, social, and governmental (ESG) good Labor Department proposal ignores findings that show ESG investments outperform traditional investments Senator Murray: "We know that by focusing on the 'triple bottom line'-profits, people, and the planet-financial advisors can, and already do, help their clients do well while doing good." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Slams Trump Administration For Unwavering Commitment to Striking Down Health Care and Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Despite Dire Consequences

Senator Murray slammed the Trump Administration for pressing ahead with its effort to strike down health care for tens of millions of people during a pandemic A Republican victory in court would strip health care from tens of millions of people, end protections for pre-existing conditions, increase heath care costs, and more The harmful impacts of a Republican victory would have a disproportionate impact on communities of color already facing health disparities that are being exacerbated… Continue Reading


Murray Blasts Trump Administration For Plan To Close Testing Sites As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Trump Administration is ending federal funding for 13 COVID-19 testing sites at the end of the month Move comes as several states continue to see COVID-19 cases increase at record breaking rates Senator Murray: "The pandemic is clearly getting worse in states nationwide-and instead of trying harder to stop it, President Trump is apparently trying harder to hide it." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and P… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Warns Republicans Against Moving On From COVID-19 As Pandemic Continues to Rage

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray warned her colleagues that immediate action is still needed to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Senator Murray: "I want to be absolutely clear from the start: reflecting on how we prepare for the next crisis is no substitute for responding to the crisis at hand, which has infected over 2 million people in our country, killed over 120,000, and which continues to spread." President Trump and Vice President Pence have wrongly suggested the COVI… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott: Latest Partisan EEOC Action Undermines Agency’s Ability to Hold Employers Accountable for Discrimination

Recent reporting indicates that EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon unilaterally overhauled the EEOC's conciliation process to addresses workplace harassment and discrimination-without consideration from the full EEOC New pilot would make it harder for EEOC to hold employers accountable for workplace harassment and discrimination Murray, Scott urge Dhillon to suspend the pilot until it is properly reviewed Murray, Scott: "The pilot will weaken this critical enforcement tool by stripping discre… Continue Reading


Murray and DeLauro Concerned Trump Administration’s Leadership Changes to COVID-19 Vaccine Project Could Delay Progress

Senator Murray and Congresswoman DeLauro press Secretary Azar on Trump Administration's removal of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) employees from COVID-19 vaccine project leadership Removal of BARDA employees from leadership positions undermines scientists and threatens to create unnecessary delays in the development of the urgently needed COVID-19 vaccine Trump Administration previously came under fire for removing BARDA chief after he raised concerns abou… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden Push Trump Administration to Ensure All Eligible Students and Families Receive Economic Impact Payments

Millions of FAFSA applicants and student loan borrowers do not file taxes and thus have struggled to access the direct payments made available through the CARES Act In a letter, Murray, Wyden push Trump Administration to conduct public awareness campaign to reach all eligible students and their families Senators Murray, Wyden: "In this difficult economic environment, these payments may serve as a lifeline for these Americans." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


Senator Murray: Watchdog Reveals “Troubling” Gaps in Safety Protocols at Federal Facilities Caring for Unaccompanied Minors

Senator Murray: " The reports from the HHS inspector general lay bare the troubling gaps in safety and reporting protocols that are far too often leaving children under federal care in harm's way." (Washington, D.C.) - 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 two new reports released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS… Continue Reading


Murray and DeLauro Press Trump Administration On Nursing Home Oversight As Millions of Dollars Provided by Congress Remain Unspent

Senator Murray and Congresswoman DeLauro press Secretary Azar on Trump Administration's slow process for disbursing funds for nursing home oversight CARES Act provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services $200 million for COVID-19 response-at least half of which is to be spent on supporting oversight of nursing homes As of the beginning of June, the Trump Administration had provided only $1.5 million to state oversight agencies Nursing homes account for two out of five COV… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration’s Latest Demographic Data Report ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Inadequate’

Trump Administration's updated report on COVID-19 demographic data remains incomplete and still falls short of what Congress required Report shows that race and ethnicity data is still missing in over half of COVID-19 case reports Report fails to include data on sex and geographic regions Administration's previous submission was a four-page copy and paste project Murray: "This Administration needs to change gears now and start doing everything it can to address the reality that B… Continue Reading


Murray Slams Trump Rule Allowing Health Care Discrimination as “Presidential Malpractice”

Murray slams decision to weaken protections against discrimination in health care during a pandemic and amid nationwide cry for action against racism Murray: "This is presidential malpractice… We need a leader focused on keeping everyone safe and healthy. Instead, President Trump chose to focus on politics with a cruel step that will make it harder for people who already struggle with care to get it, and at the worst possible time." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty … Continue Reading


Senator Murray: New DeVos Rule Restricting Emergency Financial Aid is Cruel

Senator Murray: "As students across the country are struggling to make ends meet in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, Secretary DeVos' efforts to deny some much-needed aid is cruel." (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 on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' harmful and unauthorized new regulation restricting more than 7.5 million stud… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Senator Murray Pushes for Federal Aid To Help K-12 Schools Address Growing Inequity Due to COVID-19

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray pressed K-12 education leaders on their plans to address growing inequity and keep schools safe Senator Murray calls for more federal funding as schools face enormous budget cuts Senator Murray: "…whether schools are able to open physically, operate virtually, or use a hybrid of both-we have to ensure school districts deliver quality and equitable educational, social, emotional, and health, including mental health, services to students." … Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden, Democrats Urge DOL to Address Organized Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Ensure Much-Needed Benefits Are Not Delayed

Recent report shows that a fraudulent crime network has been filing unemployment claims Murray, Wyden, Democrats: "We all share a common goal of ensuring the integrity of the unemployment insurance program … However, any long-term solution will require additional guidance, resources, and support from the Department" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-… Continue Reading

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