Chair's Press

08.02.22

Senator Murray Statement on DOJ Challenging Idaho’s Extreme Abortion Ban

Senator Murray: "The abortion ban in Idaho-which doesn't include an exception when the health of the mother is at risk-will force patients to cross state lines and come to Washington state just to get the abortion care they need, even in an emergency …. That's not just cruel-it also flies in the face of federal laws." (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 … Continue Reading


08.02.22

Murray, Luján, Padilla, Rosen Introduce Legislation to Protect Doctors From Republicans’ Anti-Abortion Attacks

***WATCH: Senator Murray leads press conference announcing effort to pass bill on floor this week*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to protect doctors against Republicans' non-stop attacks and ensure they can safely provide abort… Continue Reading


08.01.22

Senator Murray Releases Report Detailing Dire Post-Roe Impacts on Women’s Health and Reproductive Care

Senator Murray: "When we first learned of the Supreme Court's plan to overturn Roe, I warned this was a five-alarm fire, and what we're witnessing now is nothing short of one." ***Read the full report here*** ICYMI: Senator Murray chairs hearing on catastrophic consequences of Dobbs decision on women's health (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new HELP Committee report … Continue Reading


07.28.22

Senator Murray Statement on Emergency COVID Funding Bill

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), introduced a $21 billion emergency COVID funding bill alongside Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chairman Christopher Co… Continue Reading


07.28.22

Senator Murray Statement 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 of 2022. "As prices increase, one of my top priorities is to lower everyday costs for the basics-I'm thinking of the mom in Seattle or Spokane who is figuring out how she'll pay for her kid's medication and afford rent this month. People in Washington state and all across the country should … Continue Reading


07.27.22

Republican Senator Blocks Bill to Codify Americans’ Right to Contraception

Senator Ernst blocks Senators Markey, Murray, Hirono, and Duckworth's Right to Contraception Act following passage in House ***WATCH: Senator Murray calls out Republicans' extremism*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sought unanimous consent to pass the Right to Contraception Act to protect every American's fundamental right to use birth control-bu… Continue Reading


07.26.22

Murray, Markey, Hirono, Duckworth Announce Senate Floor Effort to Pass the Right to Contraception Act

***WATCH: Senators Murray, Markey, Hirono, Blumenthal, Klobuchar host press conference*** Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced their effort to pass the Right to Contraception Act this week in the Senate, following passage of companion legislation in the House of Representatives last week-despite nearly the… Continue Reading


07.22.22

Murray, Wyden Demand Answers on Mistreatment at Youth Residential Treatment Facilities

Murray, Wyden: "We are concerned by numerous stories of exploitation, mistreatment and maltreatment, abuse and neglect, and fatalities in these facilities." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sent letters to four major companies operating youth residential treatment facilities demanding information on their practices, p… Continue Reading


07.21.22

Republican Senator Blocks Murray, Smith Effort to Pass Commonsense Family Planning Bill

Smith, Murray, Warren bill would protect and expand access to birth control and other essential reproductive health care services ***WATCH: Senator Murray calls out Republicans' hypocrisy on Senate floor*** (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 bill with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to protect and expand access to family p… Continue Reading


07.20.22

Murray Presses HHS for Details on Monkeypox Response, Continues Pushing to Pass Her PREVENT Pandemics Act to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness

In letter to Sec. Becerra, Sen. Murray ask for details on monkeypox response plan, including efforts to provide public health guidance, ensure access to tests, treatments, and vaccines, coordination with local health departments, and funding challenges Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, asking for more information on the Departmen… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Smith, Murray, Warren Roll Out New Family Planning Bill, Announce Floor Effort THURSDAY

***WATCH: Senators Smith, Murray roll out bill at press conference*** Senators' Expanding Access to Family Planning Act Would Provide Consistent Funding for the Title X Family Planning Program (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led a group of their Democratic colleagues in introducing the Expanding Access to Family Planning Act.… Continue Reading


07.19.22

Chairs Murray, Scott Applaud Release of New Guidance on School Discipline

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Department of Education released new guidance for states and school districts to help school leaders address disparities in discipline for students with disabilities. In 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that students with disabilities, along with Black students and boys, face disproportionate rates of discipline when compared to their peers. "No one should be unfairly disciplined in school because of their disability," said Chair Patty… Continue Reading


07.15.22

Senator Murray: Launch of 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is Critical Step Forward for Our Nation’s Crisis Care Infrastructure

Murray secured $5 billion dollars for mental health in a bipartisan funding package-including a significant increase for the 988 Lifeline ICYMI: Last month Senator Murray held a roundtable at a Seattle crisis hotline center with Sec. Becerra and highlighted the need for a stronger federal mental health response Murray: "When you are struggling, it makes all the difference in the world to know there is someone you can talk to who will listen and help you get the care you need-and that's w… Continue Reading


07.14.22

Murray Statement on FDA User Fee Negotiations

Earlier this year, in a bipartisan vote, the HELP Committee passed a comprehensive reauthorization bill Senator Murray negotiated with Senator Burr Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on negotiations to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs, which expire this year. "Senator Burr and I have spent months negotiating bipartisan policies that … Continue Reading


07.14.22

ICYMI: 85 Leading National Organizations Call for Child Care Investments in Reconciliation

Leading Advocacy Orgs: "We write to underscore the urgency and necessity of passing a reconciliation package that includes funding for affordable, quality child care and early learning, to lower costs for families and raise wages for providers." (Washington, D.C.) - ICYMI, this week, 85 leading national organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to address the child care crisis and include robust funding for child care in the reconciliation package, backing efforts spearheaded by Senato… Continue Reading


07.14.22

Republican Senator Blocks Cortez Masto, Murray Effort to Protect Right to Travel

***WATCH: Senator Cortez Masto seeks to pass Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act*** ***WATCH: Senator Murray calls out Republicans' extremism on Senate floor*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sought unanimous consent to pass their bill to protect Americans' right to travel across state lines-but Republican Senator James Lankford (R-OK… Continue Reading


07.13.22

Murray Introduces Resolution Celebrating Anniversary of the EEOC, Pushes to Confirm Kalpana Kotagal Without Delay

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), marked the 57th anniversary of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with a resolution celebrating the agency's critical mission protecting workers' rights and enforcing our nation's workplace harassment and discrimination laws. Recognizing the important work before the agency to close the pay gap, crack down on workplace harassm… Continue Reading


07.13.22

At Hearing, Senator Murray Spells Out Catastrophic Consequences for Women’s Health in a Post-Roe America

Senator Murray: "Republicans are going to force women to stay pregnant, not only when they don't want to be-but even when it could kill them." Senator Murray: "We will not let Republicans whistle past the graveyard they have spent so long digging. And we will absolutely not stop fighting with everything we've got to end this chaos, save lives, and codify the right to abortion into law." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading


07.13.22

Murray, Feinstein, Warren Call For Robust Family Planning Funding as States Criminalize Abortion

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led 15 of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate in calling on Senate and House leadership to support robust funding for the Title X Family Planning Program-which provides birth control and essential health services to patients with the tightest budgets-after the conservative Supr… Continue Reading


07.12.22

Cortez Masto, Murray Will Seek Unanimous Consent to Pass Bill Protecting Right to Travel on THURSDAY

ICYMI: Senators introduce legislation to protect women's constitutional right to travel across state lines to seek abortion care (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement announcing that they will seek to pass their Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 by unanimous consent this Thursday. The Senators introduced th… Continue Reading

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