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Senator Murray Questions President Trump’s Decision to Replace Director in Charge of Protecting Retirees, Vows Careful Vetting of New Candidate

President Trump has nominated Gordon Hartogensis to lead the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation If confirmed, Hartogensis would replace Director Reeder who was sworn in for a five-year term in 2015 News comes as the nation grapples with multiemployer pension crisis threatening many workers' retirement resources Senator Murray demanded a clear explanation for the change and promised to carefully vet the new candidate (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranki… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Calls for Strengthening Drug Discount Program Undermined by President Trump

Senate HELP Committee held second hearing on the 340B program that helps make drugs more affordable for safety net care providers President Trump delayed a rule to prevent drug companies from overcharging 340B care providers and withdrew guidance that aimed to provide clarity on program rules. The Trump Administration has cut Medicare payments to 340B care providers by nearly 30 percent Murray: Given President Trump's record on 340B, recent promises to lower drug prices "not going t… Continue Reading


Murray Urges Senate to Reject Secretary DeVos’ Right Hand Man, Calls for Department of Education to Once Again Stand Up for Students

Murray Urges Senate to Reject Secretary DeVos' Right Hand Man, Calls for Department of Education to Once Again Stand Up for Students Murray calls on colleagues to reject Deputy Secretary of Education nominee General Mick Zais Zais has a controversial history as South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Like DeVos Zais has extreme views on privatization and lacks basic understanding of key education issues Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Demands Transparency on Pharmaceutical Company’s Million Dollar Contract for Access to Trump Administration

Contract paid lawyer connected to President Trump over one million dollars as pharmaceutical company sought access to White House Murray: "It's important that people have the transparency they need to hold their government accountable, and that must include transparency about how money is spent in efforts to gain attention and favor from public officials." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) … Continue Reading


Senator Murray on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Efforts: “All Tweets and No Leadership”

Following President Trump's lackluster drug pricing speech, Senator Murray criticized his efforts as "all tweets and no leadership" Murray: Unless Republicans come to the table to work on substantive solutions, "speech was simply more of the same from a President who hasn't done the work and hasn't delivered" Democrats are pushing for commonsense proposals like allowing Medicare to negotiate to reduce drug prices (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration Is “Giving Student Loan Corporations the Green Light to Take Advantage of Students”

CFPB is eliminating the watchdog unit responsible for handling student loan borrower abuses Murray: "It's telling that President Trump's reaction to millions of borrowers struggling to pay back their student loans and asking for help with unmanageable debt is to shut down the only office focused on serving student loan borrowers" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the followin… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Praises Victory for Families as Menu Labeling Rule Goes into Effect

Menu labeling law passed eight years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act Law requires food menus to provide more nutritional information to consumers, including calorie counts Information about sodium, saturated fat, sugar, and other nutrients must also be available in writing Murray called out the Food and Drug Administration last year for unnecessary delays in implementing the law Murray: "This is an important victory for families-and one that's long overdue." (Washingto… Continue Reading


Gillibrand, Murray Urge Department of Labor to Start Taking Workplace Harassment Seriously, Reconsider Decision Not to Collect Economic Data

In letter, 21 Senators urge Department of Labor to reconsider its decision not to collect data on the economic impact of workplace harassment BLS declined a request from Gillibrand and Murray, citing complexities and costliness of collecting economic data BLS is uniquely qualified to collect complex economic data Senators: "While your letter indicated the Department takes workplace sexual harassment 'very seriously,' your lack of commitment to collect this data undermines your assura… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Responds to Former Health Secretary’s Admission that Republican Health Care Sabotage Will Raise Costs

Speaking at World Heath Care Congress, former Secretary Price admitted Republican efforts to sabotage health care would drive up costs for families Former Secretary Price: "… there are many, and I'm one of them, who believes that [repealing the individual mandate] actually will harm the pool in the exchange market, because you'll likely have individuals who are younger and healthier not participating in that market, and consequently, that drives up the cost for other folks within that… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Investigates Potential Misuse of Restricted Hiring Authority at Health Department

In letter to Secretary Azar, Senator Murray asks about the Department's use of a restricted hiring authority to bring on Dr. Redfield as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Redfield was hired through Title 42, a hiring authority intended specifically to fill scientific positions only after other efforts have been exhausted Letter questions Department's grounds for using Title 42 and for offering Dr. Redfield a salary significantly higher than that of his p… Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro Call on Labor Board to Uphold Law, Not Ignore Bipartisan Agreement

Cite recent reports that White House budget office has directed NLRB to freeze funding, in violation of law Labor board top lawyer is also reportedly attempting to reorganize the Board based off President Trump's budget request, also in violation of the law These actions directly contradict the bipartisan agreement that Congress just passed Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriati… Continue Reading


Murray Praises Committee Passage of Major Opioids Bill, Calls for Continued Bipartisan Work

HELP Committee voted unanimously to advance extensive, bipartisan opioid response bill after months of bipartisan work spearheaded by Murray, Alexander The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes more than 40 proposals, which were considered over seven months of bipartisan hearings, to support families and communities facing the opioid crisis Bill includes proposals Senator Murray fought for to address the challenges facing children and babies affected by the opioid crisis Senato… Continue Reading


Senator Murray on the Trump-Pence Ideological Approach to Teen Pregnancy: “Absolutely Wrong Direction”

(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 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would shift its approach in funding programs to prevent teen pregnancy. "Both Democrats and Republicans have supported investing in evidence-based approaches to preventing teen pregnancy, so it is disappointing-and deeply concerning-that th… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Criticizes Trump Health Department’s New, “Extreme Ideological Roadmap”

Last year, Senator Murray and Senate Democrats sent a letter voicing concerns with the draft strategic plan issued by the Department Department's final plan fails to address key issues raised by the Senators Plan retains ideological language and priorities Plan makes no mention of LGBTQ populations and fails to address health issues in relation to sexual orientation (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labo… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Urge National Labor Relations Board to Protect Workers’ Right to Unionize

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and nine other Democrats submitted a public comment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about their request for information on whether to retain, rescind, or modify the 2014 Election Rule. The Obama-era rule streamlined the NLRB's process for … Continue Reading


Murray on Department Of Education General Counsel Nominee: “I’m Afraid Mr. Muniz at the Department of Education Will Only Be More Of The Same”

Murray urges colleagues to vote against the nomination of Carlos Muniz for General Counsel of the Department of Education As Secretary DeVos continues to undermine protections for students, Murray voiced concerns about Muniz's willingness to stand up to DeVos FL Attorney General decided not to investigate Trump University while Muniz was Chief of Staff Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Com… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Veterans with Disabilities Student Loan Relief Announcement

Department of Education announced it would begin proactively notifying veterans with disabilities that they can discharge their federal student loans Higher Education Act allows for full discharge of federal student loans for veterans unable to work due to service-connected disabilities Murray urged Secretary DeVos to work with VA to automatically discharge loans last December Murray: "I'm pleased Department of Education is… [taking] this strong step forward, and I hope they w… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Strongly Opposes Former Sweatshop Lobbyist for Number Two Spot at Labor Department

Speaking from Senate floor, Murray strongly denounced Patrick Pizzella's nomination to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor Senator Murray: "With this nomination, President Trump is once again breaking his promise to put workers first." Nominee worked with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff to block worker protections in U.S. territory Senator Murray: "It would be irresponsible to put a man with such a strong track record of anti-worker convictions a tweet away from leading the Departmen… Continue Reading


Citing Ethics Scandals and Unprecedented Nature of Jamming Through A Nominee at Critical Labor Board, Murray Votes Against Trump-Appointed, Pro-Business Nominee

In floor speech yesterday, Murray voiced her opposition to NLRB nominee and pro-business lawyer John Ring Ring's nomination is being jammed through in an unprecedented manner, while current Trump-appointed Board members' integrity is clouded by conflicts of interest scandals Senator Murray also highlighted Equal Pay Day, the day marking how far into the year it takes women on average to earn what their male colleagues made in 2017 Murray: "Families increasingly rely on women's wages … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Credits Bipartisan Focus on Listening for Progress in New Opioids Bill

Last week Ranking Member Murray and Chairman Alexander announced a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis The package of proposals was developed over 6 months of HELP Committee hearings highlighting the perspectives of families and experts facing the epidemic Senator Murray has also held events on the crisis in Washington state and brought stories she's heard there to Washington, D.C. Senator Murray: "This bill is a testament to the value of listening… Continue Reading

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