Chair's Press


Democrats Press Trump Health Officials to Enforce the Law, Protect Families From Idaho’s Latest Attempt to Push Junk Health Insurance Plans

Members call on Trump Administration to protect patients and families, uphold the law Offering junk insurance plans on the state-based marketplace website would violate federal law Members: "We are calling on you to do your duty and enforce this requirement to protect families who turn to the exchanges for quality, affordable health care against insurance companies peddling junk plans that cover less and cost more." Washington, D.C. - Last Saturday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), … Continue Reading


Senate Murray Praises HELP Committee for Advancing Legislation to Support Children and Families

HELP Committee advanced the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act -which included the Adoption Opportunities Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act - with bipartisan support Murray: "…there is more work to be done to protect vulnerable communities across this country. I hope we can build on the steps taken today and continue making progress." Washington D.C.- Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educat… Continue Reading


Murray Praises Final Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Fund HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions

Legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law Bipartisan legislation will permanently fund HBCUs and minority serving institutions, after funding lapsed at the end of September Legislation amends Senator Jones' FUTURE Act to include FAFSA Act, legislation that would simplify FAFSA and streamline income-driven repayment Senator Murray: "I'm very hopeful we can build on this bipartisan progress we've seen so far as we continue working to reauthorize the Higher Ed… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Betsy DeVos’ Newly Announced Borrower Defense Relief “Methodology”

Murray: "While this step is deeply concerning, unfortunately, it's not surprising-because it is one more in a long list of examples of Secretary DeVos skirting her legal responsibilities to protect students and borrowers." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension, released the following statement on the Department of Education's (Department) revised formula for providing loan relief to defrau… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bipartisan Deal to Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions

Senator Murray votes in favor of bipartisan deal to permanently fund HBCUs and minority serving institutions, after funding lapsed at the end of September Deal amends Senator Jones' FUTURE Act to include FAFSA Act, legislation that would simplify FAFSA and streamline income-driven repayment Senator Murray: "I'm very hopeful we can build on this bipartisan progress we've seen so far as we continue working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in a comprehensive way." **WATCH SENATOR… Continue Reading


Senate Education Leaders Propose Bipartisan Solution to Permanently Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions

Legislation provides $255 million annually for HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions, cuts up to 22 questions from the federal student aid application form, and eliminates bureaucratic verification nightmare for most students Washington, D.C. - Senate Education Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today released a bipartisan amendment to the H… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Votes Against FDA Nominee for Refusal to Commit to Implement Strong Tobacco Policy Amid Trump Administration’s Walk Back On E-Cigarette Regulation

Senator Murray voted against advancing the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn for FDA Commissioner in HELP Committee markup After initially promising a strong flavored e-cigarette policy amid skyrocketing youth e-cigarette use, the Trump Administration backtracked after hearing from the tobacco industry When pushed by Murray and other senators, Dr. Hahn refused to commit to following through with the Trump Administration's promise to ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that have not underg… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Release New GAO Report Showing Significant Income, Racial Barriers to Accessing Rights for Students with Disabilities

Release of data reveals low-income students, student of color face significant barriers to accessing rights under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Washington, D.C - Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today reveals the dramatic effect of income and race on access t… Continue Reading


Democrats Stand Up for Constitutionally Protected Right to Abortion; File Bicameral Amicus Brief in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee

197 members of the Senate and House urge the Supreme Court to uphold constitutionally protected reproductive rights in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee Washington, D.C. - Today, 36 members of the U.S. Senate led by Senators Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blumenthal, along with 161 members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Diana DeGette, Barbara Lee and Judy Chu, filed an amicus … Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Over Latest Walk Back from Strong Tobacco Regulation

23 Democratic Senators call out President Trump for repeatedly putting companies' profits ahead of families' health and abandoning strong steps to address nicotine addiction After meeting with industry, Trump Administration backed away from recent promise to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that had not undergone FDA review Trump Administration also abandoned a previously announced policy to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes New data shows e-cigarette use has more than … Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Urge Secretary Azar to Ensure HealthCare.Gov is Fully Functional Throughout Open Enrollment Period

As many as 100,000 fewer people may have signed up for coverage on the first day of Open Enrollment due to technical issues with Democratic health leaders urge Trump Administration health officials to resolve all technical issues and ensure that families across the country can access quality, affordable health coverage Members: "Families across the country rely on this website to search for and enroll in quality, affordable health coverage, and they need to know they won't… Continue Reading


Following New GAO Information, Senator Murray Urges DeVos to Reverse Course on Proposed Barriers to Income-Driven Repayment

Government Accountability Office provides Senator Murray with new information invalidating DeVos' claims of "significant risk" of borrower fraud Senator Murray calls on DeVos to immediately suspend her proposal in light of new GAO information Senator Murray: "New information provided by GAO makes clear that Department efforts to implement verification are justified by unsupportable assumptions, and I strongly urge the Department to reverse course." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pa… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Asks FDA Nominee to Commit to Putting Families, Data, and Science Ahead of Politics, Ideology, and Corporate Profits

In a confirmation hearing earlier today, Senator Murray demanded Dr. Hahn, President Trump's nominee to lead the FDA, commit to putting data, science, and families' health first Senator Murray expressed concerns regarding Dr. Hahn's lack of experience or expertise to lead the agency, particularly in light of President Trump's track record of troubling nominees Murray pressed Dr. Hahn to commit to banning non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that have not undergone FDA review following repor… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, 27 Democrats Slam DeVos’ Decision to Mask Educational Inequities by Halting Critical Elements of Civil Rights Data Collection

DeVos proposes significant changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection, eliminating key data related to bullying and harassment, early childhood education, teacher quality Senators also urge the Department to address glaring gaps in data collection related to assault and harassment Senators: "These proposed changes will leave the Department under-informed and ill-equipped to help our most vulnerable students." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the… Continue Reading


PATIENT OF THE DAY: Senator Murray Shares Story of Washington State Mother to Highlight Stakes in Fight Against Republican Attacks on Families’ Health Care

Murray shares the story of Natasha, a mother in Washington state, to highlight the real world stakes for families as Republicans attack their health care Murray: "Republicans' approach to patient's health care-making it more expensive, harder to get, and lower quality- is clearly designed to work for big insurance companies, not patients like Natasha." Speech is part of Democrats' Patient of the Day campaign to show just how harmful Republicans' health care policies are ***Watch Sena… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Urges U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Support Efforts to Repeal Discriminatory Wage Policy for Workers with Disabilities

TOMORROW: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to hold a public briefing on an outdated, discriminatory policy that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wage Ahead of the briefing, Murray reaffirms that the outdated policy "continues to segregate and subject workers with disabilities to discrimination" and that all workers "deserve a uniform and nondiscriminatory minimum wage" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Comm… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Presses Trump Administration On Lackluster E-Cigarette Efforts Amid Outbreak of Vaping-Related Illness, Rising Youth Tobacco Use

Murray: "President Trump and his team have shown little interest in taking on the tobacco industry behind this epidemic and fighting for our children." Since the Trump administration delayed oversight of e-cigarettes in 2017, youth e-cigarette use has doubled among high school students, tripled among middle schools students Outbreak of vaping-related lung illness has impacted over 2,000 people Over two months after announcing an upcoming ban on flavored e-cigarettes, reports suggest … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Senator Murray Delivers Floor Remarks Condemning Menashi Nomination

**Watch Senator Murray's full speech here** Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the Senate floor vote on the nomination of Steven Menashi to serve as United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to condemn Mr. Menashi's history of bigoted remarks and his recently-reported record of helping Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, 28 Democrats Oppose EEOC Decision to Stop Collecting Data Needed to Combat Wage Discrimination

Without justification, EEOC stops requiring employers to collect data on pay and hours based on race, sex, ethnicity and job category Murray, 28 Senate Democrats urge the EEOC to reconsider and take into account the impact on workers, particularly women and communities of color Senators: "Ending the collection of Component 2 data … will worsen pay inequities in the workplace" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health,… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Trump Administration’s Rule Permitting Widespread Discrimination in Health Care

(Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, along with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), introduced the Put Patients First Act, following the Southern District of New York's decision to block the Trump Administration's attempt to refuse to provide lifesaving care on religious or "conscience" bases. This legislation affirms the court's decision and further safeguards the health of all Amer… Continue Reading

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