Chair's Press

07.12.22

Murray, Cortez Masto, Whitehouse, Gillibrand Introduce Bill to Protect Women’s Right to Travel Across State Lines to Seek Abortion Care

***WATCH: Senators Murray, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand hold press conference*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of their Democratic colleagues, including Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), in introducing the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 to protect every woman's constitutional right to tra… Continue Reading


07.11.22

Senator Murray Pushes to Ensure Everyone Can Access Over-the-Counter Birth Control as FDA Considers First-Ever Application

Senator Murray: "Birth control allows women to plan a family on their own terms. With Republicans stripping women of their fundamental reproductive rights, I'm fighting hard to ensure everyone can get the birth control they want-without extra hoops or extra costs." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on news that the first application for an over-the-counter … Continue Reading


07.11.22

Senator Murray Urges Department Of Justice To Issue New Rules To Ensure Protections for People with Disabilities On The Internet

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a group of 12 senators in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to support online protections for Americans with disabilities. The senators asked DOJ to restart a rulemaking process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to establish new rules to enforce ADA protections online. "The United States has invested billions of dollars to develop te… Continue Reading


07.08.22

Statement from Senator Murray on Biden Issuing an Abortion Executive Order, Following Murray-Led Push from Senate Democrats

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to news that President Joe Biden is issuing an executive order on protecting abortion access in light of the Dobbs decision. The executive order comes following a push from Senate Democrats, led by Senator Murray, urging the Biden Administration to "fight back and lead a national response to this devastating decision… Continue Reading


07.07.22

At Spokane Planned Parenthood, Senator Murray Highlights Post-Roe Health Care Crises Caused By Republicans

***PHOTOS OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE*** ***LISTEN TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE*** ICYMI: Senator Murray Leads Democrats in Pushing Biden for "Bold Action" to Protect Abortion Access in a Post-Roe America - MORE HERE Senator Murray: "I'm fighting hard, with everything I've got, and I'm so thankful to be here today with such amazing partners." (Spokane, WA) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), v… Continue Reading


07.06.22

Murray Applauds Biden Administration’s Rule to Strengthen Pension Relief She Secured In American Recue Plan

Biden Administration's rule will strengthen program, encourage more plans to seek relief, save even more workers' benefits Provision passed by Senator Murray has already saved pensions for over 120,000 workers and retirees President Biden to speak about the pension relief program later today Murray: "As families deal with rising costs and the fallout of this pandemic, the last thing anyone needs is to have their finances turned upside down and the pension they worked so hard to earn… Continue Reading


06.29.22

Senator Murray, WA Abortion Providers Push To Protect Abortion Access in Post-Roe America

***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S ROUNDTABLE HERE*** ICYMI: Senator Murray, Democrats Pushed Biden for "Bold Action" to Protect Abortion Access in a Post-Roe America - MORE HERE Senator Murray: "Make no mistake: Democrats are not backing down from this fight. And I'm doing everything in my power to fight back." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), hosted a virtual roundtable with Washington state … Continue Reading


06.27.22

Following Push From Murray, Biden Administration Puts Insurers on Notice For Failing to Cover Birth Control As Required By Law

Following push from Senator Murray, Secretaries of Health, Labor, and Treasury send out warning to companies about failing to provide birth control coverage required by law (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to news that Secretary of Health Becerra, Secretary of Labor Walsh, and Secretary of the Treasury Yellen sent a letter to group health plans and he… Continue Reading


06.25.22

Murray, Democrats Push Biden for “Bold Action” to Protect Abortion Access in a Post-Roe America

Murray, Dems to President Joe Biden: "You have the power to fight back and lead a national response to this devastating decision, so we call on you to take every step available to your Administration, across federal agencies, to help women access abortions and other reproductive health care, and to protect those who will face the harshest burdens from this devastating and extreme decision." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Senator Murray Announces HELP Hearing On Abortion and Reproductive Health Care Post-Roe

HELP Committee will hold July 13th hearing on abortion and reproductive health care following Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe and end the right to an abortion (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, announced she will hold a HELP Committee hearing on July 13th on the impact of the Dobbs decision on access to abortion and other reproductive services, including the effect restrictions will have on matern… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Senator Murray Statement on SCOTUS Overturning Roe and Republicans’ Decades-Long Effort to End Abortion Rights

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturns Roe v. Wade and ends the right to abortion. "Today, Republicans dragged this country backwards by half a century. Republicans ripped away our rights and made this generation the first generation of American women with fewer rights than their mother… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Murray, Stabenow Introduce Resolution Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary of Title IX

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), introduced a resolution celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX-the landmark statute protecting students from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender. "Title IX has made an enormous difference in the history of our nation, and the lives of so many… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Senator Murray Applauds Biden Administration Action to Protect Youth from Nicotine, Remove Juul E-Cigarettes from

Senator Murray: "This step will save lives, and save countless kids from nicotine addiction." 2 million youth reported using e-cigarettes in 2021 (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is ordering all Juul electronic cigarettes removed from the U.S. market. "We know e-cigarettes have fueled the alarmin… Continue Reading


06.23.22

ICYMI: House Democrats Back Murray-Kaine Child Care Plan in Reconciliation

Over half of House Democratic Caucus sends letter urging Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi to include Murray-Kaine child care plan in reconciliation package 127 House Members: Murray-Kaine proposal "will provide children and working families with critical support to access quality, affordable child care and give child care providers additional resources they so desperately need to help get our economy back on track." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Sen… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Senator Murray on Biden Administration’s New Proposed Title IX Rule: Strong Progress in the Fight to End Campus Sexual Assault Crisis

Senator Murray: "After so many years of survivors being silenced and campus sexual assault being brushed under the rug, this new proposed Title IX rule is long overdue progress in the fight to end the epidemic of campus sexual assault." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Title IX rule announced by the Biden Administration that will ensure survivors can seek… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Murray, Blunt, DeLauro, Cole Introduce Resolution Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary of Pell Grants

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the LHHS Subcommittee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Ranking Member of the House LHHS Subcommittee, introduced a resolution celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pell Grant program, w… Continue Reading


06.22.22

As SCOTUS Prepares to Overturn Roe, Murray and Hirono Host Abortion Storyteller Roundtable To Hear Directly From Patients

Senator Murray: "No one is untouched by this Supreme Court's decision-or Republicans' increasingly extreme policies here in Congress and in states across the country. Especially when we know that Republicans are already pushing for a nationwide abortion ban. This fight isn't over. Far from it." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) hosted a roundtable with pat… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Senator Murray Applauds Further Bipartisan Progress on Retirement Security Legislation Following Senate Finance Mark Up

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee's markup of its retirement security package, the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. Last week, the HELP Committee passed the RISE & SHINE Act-its own comprehensive bipartisan legislation to strengthen Americans' emergency savings and retirement security-in a voice vote. "Familie… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Senator Murray On Bipartisan Deal to Lower Insulin Costs: “Let’s Get This Done.”

Murray praises bipartisan deal to cap insulin at $35 a month for patients Senator Murray: "This is life and death for patients. So let's get this done, save families some money, and most importantly save lives." (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Improving Needed Safeguards for Users of Lifesaving Insulin Now (INSULIN) Act-a bipartisan bill Senators Shaheen (… Continue Reading


06.22.22

At Hearing, Murray Highlights How Democrats’ American Rescue Plan is Helping Get Students Back On Track

Senator Murray: "I want parents to know this-I am in your corner fighting for you and your kids." ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a hearing on supporting schools, educators, parents, and students to get our kids back on track after the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the hearing, Senator Murray highlighted how the Ame… Continue Reading

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