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Senator Murray Blasts Legislative Assault on Disability Rights from House of Representatives

Senator Murray: "We should be building on [the Americans with Disabilities Act's] important protections, not chipping them away" Proposed attack on disability rights "misguided, harmful, and an embarrassment" House bill is an "absolute nonstarter" in the Senate (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 ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives on the ADA E… Continue Reading


Senator Murray on Trump-DeVos Refusal to Protect Transgender Students: “Deeply Disappointed and Disgusted”

(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 on reports confirming that the Department of Education is officially refusing to respond to complaints filed by transgender students under Title IX law. "I had hoped that Secretary DeVos and President Trump would have listened to common sense and people across the country who have been pleading for all students to be protected n… Continue Reading


Concerned with Pervasive Sexual Harassment in Industries Outside the Spotlight, Murray Requests Information from Trade Associations in Industries with Millions of Workers

Murray sent letters to 12 major trade associations inquiring what steps are being taken to prevent and address sexual harassment in their industries As more powerful and famous people come forward with stories of sexual harassment, Senator Murray is seeking information on harassment of millions of women and men whose voices may not be heard Murray: "In recent months, stories of sexual harassment have dominated the headlines and sparked a national conversation about change, power dynamics… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Spotlights Stories of Families and Children Impacted by Opioid Epidemic

Committee hearing brought voices of parents and family care experts to opioid discussion Senator Murray stressed need to address "ripple effect that impacts entire families and communities" Senator Murray: "We must confront the challenges of everyone this crisis affects… in partnership with everyone who can help effect change" Senator Murray: Reality of crisis shared by "parents who have watched as the children they would do anything for struggle with a disease they feel helpl… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration Cover Up of Evidence Showing Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Employers to Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

Last week, news reports revealed the Department of Labor concealed the deeply damaging impacts of its proposed change to the tip rules Democrats slam the move as another example of the Trump Administration putting corporate interests ahead of workers Senators: "This is a stark example of how far the Trump Administration is willing to go to appease business interests at the expense of working families" Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Calls for Work to Reverse Trend of Eroding Worker Benefits, Protections, and Retirement Security

Senator Murray: Gig economy puts new face on "damaging trend of erosion in workers' protections and benefits" Senator Murray calls for increased accessibility, portability, and security in retirement plans Almost half of families in the country do not have a retirement account Senator Murray working on federal version of Washington state's Small Business Retirement Marketplace ***WATCH SEN. MURRAY'S SPEECH HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Rank… Continue Reading


Democrats Urge Labor Board Member William Emanuel to Explain Conflicts of Interest on Decision to Weaken Workers’ Rights, Shield Corporations from Responsibility

In December, the National Labor Relations Board held vote to bring joint employer case back to Board, one day before Republican NLRB chair's term expired Despite former law firm's role in case, NLRB member William Emanuel participated in vote Emanuel gave conflicting answers to Congress on his participation Democrats: "This action appears to be in direct contravention of your commitments to the Office of Government Ethics, to the requirements of the Ethics Pledge, and to the require… Continue Reading


Higher Education Act: Murray Highlights Need to Address Rising Costs of College and Massive Burden of Student Debt

Far too many students and borrowers cannot afford the costs of college, or struggle with the burden of student debt with no end in sight In hearing, Murray makes the case for helping students afford college at every phase of their education: before they apply, while they're enrolled, and after they graduate Murray: "The way we finance higher education by asking everyone to take on debt is sending a clear message that college is for the wealthy-not the students who have the most to gain… Continue Reading


More than 120 Democrats Urge Department of Labor to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member on the Education and the Workforce Committee, and 122 Democrats submitted a public comment to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed change to the tip rules. DOL is considering changing existing rules to allow employers to pocket tips of workers, which… Continue Reading


Murray, Casey, Scott, DeLauro: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Is Abandoning Its Core Mission By Rejecting Safety Recommendations to Protect Vulnerable Meat and Poultry Plant Workers

In letter, Members of Congress highlight concerns with OSHA rejecting GAO's safety and health recommendations for meat and poultry workers Recommendations were made by GAO after investigation found workers lack access to bathroom facilities, often resulting in health issues OSHA also rejected longstanding practice to interview workers away from their workplace when they fear of retaliation from employers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), R… Continue Reading


Murray, Stabenow, and Peters to DeVos: Nassar Case Shows Need for Systemic Investigations of Campus Sexual Assault

Senators: Department's enforcement of student protections "inadequate" and approach to sexual assault investigations so far "concerning" Last year Secretary DeVos revoked the Department's previous guidance to colleges on handling sexual assault and Title IX complaints Senators urge Department to commit to systemic investigation of sexual assault concerns at Michigan State University and in all cases (Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate H… Continue Reading


Murray: Higher Education Reauthorization, Including Accountability, “Should Put Students And Taxpayers First”

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 Chairman Alexander's white paper on higher education accountability as a part of the HELP Committee's comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. "I hope that everyone would agree that our work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act should put students and taxpayers first-and that means strengthening our … Continue Reading


Murray: “This Botched Cover-Up of Evidence Proving President Trump’s Policies Help Businesses Steal Billions From Workers Shows Exactly What President Trump Truly Cares About”

News reports reveal the Trump Administration covered up its own data showing its proposed tip rule change would allow employers to steal potentially billions from workers Women make up two-thirds of tipped wage workers nationwide, and would be particularly hard-hit by this rule 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 reports that the Department of Labor c… Continue Reading


Murray, HELP Democrats, Ask for Insight into How Departments are Working to Prevent Harassment

Each letter details how many complaints the Department has recently received on the basis of sex Data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suggests a majority of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace Senator Murray and her Democratic colleagues recently called on Chairman Alexander to hold hearings on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace (Washington, D.C.) - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, La… Continue Reading


Murray on Resignation of Brenda Fitzgerald as Director of the CDC Due to Ethics Concerns

Murray repeatedly raised concerns about Fitzgerald's conflicts of interest and broad recusals from work impacting key public health issues like cancer and opioids Murray: "Yet another example of this Administration's dysfunction and questionable ethics" Murray calls on President Trump to select a new CDC Director prepared to focus on families and communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), issued the following statement on news that incoming Secretary of … Continue Reading


Higher Education Act: Murray Calls for Strengthening Accountability in Higher Education to Ensure All Colleges are Setting Students Up for Success in School and Beyond

In hearing, Murray lays out Democratic priorities for Higher Education Act reauthorization As HELP Committee begins to negotiations to reauthorize HEA, Murray calls for student-focused reform, including holding all colleges accountable for access and student outcomes when they use taxpayer dollars Murray: "We cannot allow schools colleges to close the door on the students who have the most to gain from higher education simply because they may face additional challenges than their more a… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Denounces Republicans’ Extreme and Ideological Abortion Ban

Senator Murray strongly denounces brazenly unconstitutional ban as harmful attempt to turn back the clock on women's reproductive health care Proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks would restrict women's rights and doctors' ability to give sound medical opinions Senator Murray: Voting on bill "exercise in futility" and passing it would be an "exercise in cruelty" Senator Murray shared a story from a Washington state mother to highlight the cruelty of the proposed ban on abortions a… Continue Reading


Higher Education Act: Murray Calls for Expanding Access to Higher Education for Underrepresented and Nontraditional Students

In hearing, Murray highlights the need for a variety of solutions to support students, improve access, and encourage responsible innovation To avoid innovation at the expense of our students, Murray calls for evidence-based experimentation by strengthening 'experimental site initiatives' within HEA Murray stresses importance of addressing a variety of issues facing students through a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Murray: "I look forward to a conversation t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Opposes Alex Azar’s Nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services; Urges Colleagues to Join

Sen. Murray criticizes Azar's views on women's health as outdated and out of the mainstream Azar's background raising drug prices as pharmaceutical executive one of many concerns Sen. Murray highlights Azar's support for President Trump's ideology-driven agenda and health care sabotage Sen. Murray alarmed by Azar's statement that a woman's employer should be able to decide whether to cover her birth control President Trump nominated Azar to replace former Secretary Price after… Continue Reading


Murray Criticizes President Trump’s Backwards, Extreme Priorities; Calls Attacking Women’s Health Instead of Keeping Government Open “Shameful”

"Further evidence of President Trump's backwards, extreme priorities…will deny women and men across the country basic health care they need" Murray: Latest Trump action to appease right-wing base and donors "direct attack on a woman's constitutionally protected right to make her own choices about her own body" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and highest ranking woman servin… Continue Reading

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