Chair's Press

03.01.18

Murray Demands Resignation of Scott Lloyd Following Ideological “Ad Hoc” Efforts to Deny Women Reproductive Rights

In newly released documents, Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd admitted to an "ad hoc" process for personally interfering with abortion access for young, unaccompanied women Murray: "As a woman, a mother, and a grandmother, I am deeply concerned for the young women entrusted to this office's care with Scott Lloyd as director. He is nothing less than a threat to their safety and should step down immediately." Murray has previously called on the health department to an… Continue Reading


03.01.18

Murray, HELP Democrats Send President Trump Key Priorities for CDC Director Candidate

In January, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned as CDC Director following a series of recusals and issues stemming from her financial conflicts of interest Led by Senator Murray, HELP Committee Democrats sent President Trump key criteria they will look for in a qualified candidate to fill the role Senate Democrats promise any candidate will be "thoroughly scrutinized" given repeated ethical lapses at nation's health department (Washington, D.C.) -Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), R… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Senator Murray Commends Bipartisan Legislation for Families and Communities at HELP Executive Session

In markup, HELP Committee moved forward four bipartisan bills to support the health and wellbeing of families and communities (Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Executive Session, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks commending the progress on several bipartisan bills before the Committee to support the health and wellbeing of families and communities. Legislation at the markup included the Animal Drug User Fee Ame… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Vice President Pence Predicts End of Safe Legal Abortion in U.S.; Murray Says “Not On My Watch”

Murray: The Vice President "can be sure women nationwide will fight each and every day against efforts to turn back the clock on our constitutional rights in our country" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and highest ranking woman in the United States Senate, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Mike Pence's prediction that access to legal abortions could end "in o… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Murray Asks for Details of Department’s Plan to Prioritize Gun Violence Research

Senator Murray wrote to Secretary Azar asking him to elaborate on his plan to make gun violence research "a priority" for HHS Dickey Amendment states the CDC cannot use federal funds "to promote or advocate gun control" Murray has long believed Dickey Amendment "does not prohibit objective, evidence-based research" into gun violence Azar testified that the amendment "does not in any way impede [HHS's] abilities to conduct [its] research mission" on gun violence (Washington, D.C.… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Murray Statement on Supreme Court Arguments in Case Threatening to Undermine Workers’ Rights

U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. By bringing this case to the Supreme Court, corporate special interests are continuing their attack on unions and workers Murray: "I will keep fighting alongside [unions] to help workers, families, and the economy" 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 today regarding the United States Supreme … Continue Reading


02.26.18

After Murray, Democrats Raise Ethics Concerns, U.S. Labor Board Vacates Harmful Decision in Hy-Brand

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on news that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacated its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors after NLRB ethics officials determined Member William J. Emanuel should not have participated in the decision. As a result of vacating Hy-Brand, the Board's earlier decision in Browning-Ferris Industries-which held that employers must negotiate collectively with the workers they control-remain… Continue Reading


02.26.18

Murray on New Evidence Trump’s Health Care Sabotage is Raising Families’ Costs

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 a new study from the Urban Institute showing the damage of President Trump's efforts to sabotage health care. "This is some of the clearest evidence we have yet that Republicans' politically-motivated health care sabotage is driving up health care costs for families-and that the Administration's plan to allow insur… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Senator Murray Disappointed by Trump Administration’s Abdication of Global Leadership on Women’s Rights in Annual Report

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 State Department's plan to remove language on women's rights and discrimination from its annual global human rights report. "It's deeply disappointing that President Trump's Administration is so focused on undermining women's health care and rights at home and abroad. We should be standing up for women and stan… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Democratic Health Leaders Demand Explanation on Idaho’s Illegal Junk Plans

Members question Idaho Department of Insurance on move to allow plans that ignore federal law and consumer protections Proposed plans would illegally charge higher premiums for older and sicker patients (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Hou… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Murray: After Potential Ethics Violations, Board Needs to Reconsider Case that Shields Corporations from Responsibility and Undermines Worker Protections

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 National Labor Relations Board Inspector General's ongoing investigation into Board Member William Emanuel's participation in actions regarding the joint employer issue, including the Hy-Brand case-an eleventh hour decision made before Chairman Miscimarra's term expired to overturn the Board's joint employer protections. In a r… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Senator Murray: President Trump’s “Junk Plans” Rule Helps Insurance Companies; Raises Patients’ Costs

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to allow insurance companies to offer short-term health insurance plans that aren't subject to protections included in the Affordable Care Act. "President Trump's latest step backward on health care will help insurance companies skirt the rules to boost their profits, while rai… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Alexander, Murray Seek Input on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

WASHINGTON, February 13-The Senate education committee is working on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with all members of the Committee, are seeking comments or suggestions for the Committee's consideration. Comments are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please send comments to HigherEducation2018@help.senate.gov. ###… Continue Reading


02.15.18

DISABILTY RIGHTS: Senator Murray Responds to House Vote on Anti-Civil Rights Bill

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement following a vote in the House of Representatives to pass the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) which would undermine important protections for people with disabilities. "This anti-civil rights legislation is a national embarrassment that would chip away at important protections that have prevented discrimination ag… Continue Reading


02.15.18

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Senator Murray to Secretary DeVos: I Agree, Let’s Hold Hearings on School Shootings and Gun Safety

DeVos today: "Congress needs to be holding hearings on these issues" Murray today: "I wholeheartedly agree" Murray commits to working with Chairman Alexander to set hearings up, invite Secretary DeVos to testify 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 Secretary DeVos calling for Congressional hearings into school shootings. "As… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Murray Asks Students, Parents, and Workers to Share Personal Stories as Congress Kicks Off Work to Update Higher Education Law

As Senate Education Committee works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Senator Murray is committed to making sure the voices of students and parents are heard Students, parents, and workers can submit their personal stories HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today urged current, former, and future students and their families to share their personal stories about what they th… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Murray: Illegal Idaho Junk Plans Make Clear Republicans and Democrats Need to Come Together; Focus on Lowering Health Costs

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 news that Idaho will allow "junk plans" to be sold that will raise premiums for people enrolled in the exchanges and potentially price people with pre-existing conditions out of the market entirely. Murray is pushing for additional measures to lower health care costs as part of bipartisan negotiations on changes to the… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Wyden, Murray, Senate Democrats Call on Trump Administration to End Unlawful Attacks on Women’s Health Care

Restricting Women's Choice of Provider in Medicaid Violates Intent of the Program, Undermines Access to Critical Health Care Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray, D-Wash., along with 37 Senate Democrats, today urged the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to rollback protections that prevent states from excluding qualified women's health care … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Murray on Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating With Hate Group to Restrict Women’s Health Care Access

(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 news that officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) closely coordinated with an identified hate group on policies designed to prevent Planned Parenthood from serving Medicaid patients. "This is another clear and alarming sign that President Trump is more concerned with following a far-right … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Senator Murray Working Toward Bipartisan Reauthorization of Animal Drug User Fee Agreements

Senator Murray: Congress can build on bipartisan track record of reauthorization "if we keep our focus on ensuring the health and safety of our families and animals." Senate and House health committee leaders recently released a discussion draft to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements ***WATCH SEN. MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Hea… Continue Reading

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