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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


Murray Urges Republican Senate Leaders to Take Action to Address Workplace Sexual Harassment at Hearing for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Nominee

Additionally, Senator Murray urged Chairman Alexander to hold a hearing on workplace harassment, more than 10 weeks after Democratic members of the Committee requested hearing Senate HELP Committee has not held a hearing on workplace sexual harassment in almost 40 years Murray: "It's been really unfortunate to see a lack of urgency or action from Republican leaders here in Congress" on sexual harassment As President Trump continues to roll back protections for workers and discrimina… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap is Wrong, Harmful, and It’s Got to Change

On Equal Pay Day, Senator Murray highlights the need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Wage gap is higher for women of color: African American women make 63 cents, Latinas make 54 cents for every dollar their white, male colleagues make 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 on Equal Pay Day, the date when women's wages finally catch up to what men were pai… Continue Reading


Murray: New Trump Administration Health Rule “Open Invitation” For Insurers to Charge More and Skirt Patient Protections

HHS rulemaking on benefits and payments issued today; will allow insurers to undermine essential health benefits, hike rates WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee issued the following statement on the proposed benefit and payment guidelines released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "With this new rule, President Trump has issued an open invitation for insurance… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Demands Explanation of Decision to Remove Breast Cancer Resources as Health Department Reverses Course, Restores Some Information Amid Public Backlash

Recent report found significant changes on HHS website to remove information about breast cancer and women's health Yesterday, following public backlash, the Department restored some of the information previously removed In letter to Secretary Azar, Senator Murray called on the Department to explain and reverse the decision About 1 in 8 women across the country will face breast cancer in their lifetime (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member o… Continue Reading


Democrats Outline Objections to Health Dept. Rule Encouraging Discrimination Against Patients

Murray and Democrats submit comment letter detailing strong objections to health department rule allowing providers to refuse patients care Democrats call on Secretary Azar to withdraw proposed rule "in its entirety" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by Senator Murray, 18 Democrats today submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a new proposed rule that could expand providers' grounds for refusing patients care on the basis of the provider's personal beliefs, a mov… Continue Reading


Murray Not Giving Up on Health Care Stabilization: “I Hope We Can Get Back to the Table and Resume Talks”

McConnell blocked previous bipartisan health care bill from coming to a vote-despite wide support on both sides of the aisle-and held votes on repeal legislation and partisan GOP tax bill instead Earlier this week, Republicans announced a new partisan health care bill, without giving Democrats in negotiations any notice Republican health care package takes huge steps beyond current law to block women from even being able to buy abortion coverage with their own money Murray introduces… Continue Reading


Murray and Worker Advocates Applaud Tip Rule Agreement, Murray: Deal “Comes As a Sigh of Relief” For Workers

After workers around the country organized and made their voices heard, Murray worked with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on an agreement to ensure corporations cannot steal workers' tips Deal is included in Omnibus spending agreement, and is supported by worker groups Murray: "When President Trump proposed a rule that would have allowed corporations to pocket workers' tips for themselves, workers across the country organized and made their voices heard" Washington, D.C. - U.S.… Continue Reading


Senator Murray to Keep Pushing HHS for Gun Violence Research Following Bipartisan Affirmation of Department’s Role

New language affirms HHS authority to research gun violence Senator Murray has sent a letter to Secretary Azar for details on his stated plan to prioritize gun violence research (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 language in the omnibus which affirmed the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct research on the pub… Continue Reading


Murray on GOP Leaders’ Latest Rejection of Bipartisan Work to Lower Patients’ Costs in Favor of Partisan Politics

Murray will keep working to get Republicans back to the table; push for policies that lower costs for families Murray: "It's unfortunate that Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan have time and time again rejected bipartisan work on health care in favor of partisan health care politics, and chosen politically-driven show votes over getting a result for families" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Urges President Trump to Rethink Controversial Candidate for CDC Director

President Trump considering Dr. Robert Redfield, an HIV/AIDS researcher with questionable public health experience, for CDC director Dr. Redfield has a history advocating controversial practices-like mandatory HIV testing-that go against scientific consensus and raise serious concerns about patient privacy and discrimination An Army investigation criticized Dr. Redfield for inappropriately handling data while pushing an unsuccessful AIDS vaccine Murray led HELP Committee Democrats in… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Pushes FDA for Strong Rulemaking Process to Lower Nicotine Levels

Food and Drug Administration put out a formal request for input on a proposed regulation to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration's advanced notice of proposed rulemaking examining a product standard to reduce the amount of nicotine permitted in cigarettes and make them le… Continue Reading


Senator Murray: Trump’s Backward Steps on 340B “Not Going to Get the Job Done” on Lowering Drug Prices

At HELP hearing on 340B, Murray calls out Trump Administration's steps to undermine program that makes drugs more affordable President Trump's CMS has slashed payments to safety net hospitals participating in a program that helps make drugs more affordable President Trump has delayed HRSA rule to prevent drug companies from overcharging safety net providers Senator Murray shared stories from several Washington state institutions about how they use 340B to serve vulnerable communities… Continue Reading


Senator Murray and Democrats Call on Secretary Azar to Fire Scott Lloyd Over Ideological Interference with Young Women’s Health Decisions

Senator Murray and Senate Democrats called on Secretary Azar to fire Scott Lloyd as Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement amid ongoing concerns about his ideological decisions to interfere with women's reproductive freedoms As Director, Lloyd has implemented a self-professed "ad hoc" process for impeding young women's health care decisions Senator Murray has repeatedly criticized Director Lloyd's interference with women's reproductive freedoms and previously called on him to res… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on DeVos Attempts to Invalidate State Laws Protecting Students from Predatory Student Debt Corporations

By trying to invalidate state laws that provide critical protections for students, Secretary DeVos is making it easier for predatory corporations to take advantage of students already drowning in debt DeVos' move attempts to invalidate a recently passed Washington state bill aimed at protecting students and helping them pay back student loans Murray: "Secretary DeVos' latest move to invalidate students' protections at the state level is concerning and telling" Washington, D.C. - U.S… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Emphasizes Need for Federal Government to Support State Innovation to Address Opioid Crisis

In sixth HELP Committee hearing on opioid crisis, Senator Murray emphasizes the need for federal support of state innovation Senator Murray: "… while this a national problem, empowering local officials with the tools they need is one of the most important solutions." Senator Murray highlighted innovative LEAD program in Washington State Hearing featured Governors Kate Brown (D-OR) and Larry Hogan (R-MD) who spoke about their states' efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic … Continue Reading


Report Shows Urgent Challenges for Next Generation’s Retirement Security

New report on 21-32 year-olds finds only one in twenty are saving enough for retirement-most have no retirement savings Most who can participate in employer-sponsored plans do, but access and eligibility are common hurdles Retirement challenges facing people of color are even greater (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) … Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Department of Education’s Independent Watchdog Recommendations to Strengthen Accountability in Higher Education

Department of Education's Inspector General sent a letter to Congress recommending strengthening accountability measures in HEA reauthorization IG warned loosening accountability without a proven substitute would increase risks to students and borrowers, and could raise costs and increase defaults Murray: "I look forward to working to strengthen accountability for colleges and programs as we work to update our nation's higher education law" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murra… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Murray Questions National Labor Relations Board Nominee’s Willingness to Stand Up for Workers

Senate HELP Committee held hearing on President Trump's nominee for National Labor Relations Board, John Ring In opening remarks, Senator Murray highlighted need to give workers a fair shot by protecting workers' rights and getting back to core mission of nation's labor laws Murray also cited concerns with recent Board actions, including potential conflict of interest violations by Member Emanuel Mr. Ring has spent career fighting against workers' rights, has helped corporations ski… Continue Reading


Murray Introduces Bill to Strengthen Social Security with Updates for Modern Workforce

Set of proposals would modernize, enhance, and protect Social Security Social Security, passed 80 years ago, was designed for single-income families Today there are more dual-income workers, more women in the workforce, and fewer employer-offered pensions Bill also shores up Social Security Trust Fund with "fair share" provision (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading

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