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Ahead of Expected Surge in Final Day Sign-Ups, Top Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Set “Grace Period” for Families Attempting to Purchase Health Care at Midnight on Dec. 15

In new letter, Senate, House committee leaders call on Trump Administration to ensure all potential enrollees waiting to register for coverage at midnight on December 15 will be processed & able to receive health care (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Richard Neal (D-MA) today called on Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Eric Hargan and Centers for Medi… Continue Reading


Murray on House Higher Education Bill: “Jamming Through Partisan Bills In the Dead of the Night” Is A Step In the Wrong Direction

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the passage of a partisan Higher Education Act reauthorization bill out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. "You would think Republicans would have learned by now that jamming through partisan bills in the dead of the night is not how people think Congress should work, and yet, that's exactly what Ho… Continue Reading


Murray, Senators Demand Department of Education Continue Aggressive Monitoring and Enforcement Tactics into Student Loan and Grant Programs

In August, the Department of Education proposed changes to federal student aid enforcement including the hiring of another former for-profit college executive In letter, Senators urge Department to prioritize students and borrowers, and maintain strong oversight of corporations responsible for federal financial aid programs Senators also cite recommendations of independent Office of Inspector General in areas where Department's actions are flawed or lacking Senate Democrats: "We urge… Continue Reading


Citing Unknown and Potentially Damaging Impacts on Students and Schools, Senators Demand Delay of Net Neutrality Decision

FCC Chairman Pai is proposing to roll back net neutrality rules without any apparent consideration of impact on our nation's students Schools in low-income and rural areas relying on high-speed internet to help kids learn could be hit especially hard by FCC decision Senators are concerned rolling back net neutrality could exacerbate educational inequities and increase digital divide Senators: "From early childhood education through higher education and workforce training, students … Continue Reading


Murray and Warren Demand Answers From National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb on Sweeping Memo Changing Board Policies, Warn of a “Significant Shift in the Board’s Efforts to Protect Workers’ Rights”

Robb issued memo to regional Board offices proposing sweeping review a mere nine workdays after Robb began as NLRB General Counsel Memo would end efforts to protect workers' rights beginning under the Obama administration, undermine protections for workers as the economy changes Murray and Warren: "The abrupt issuance of [the memo] and the efforts it chooses to target raise serious and troubling questions." (Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate… Continue Reading


Murray Calls On CDC Director to Resolve Conflicts of Interest Limiting Ability to Engage on Opioid Crisis, Cancer Detection

Ethics agreement of CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald would likely require recusal from involvement in some issues relating to cancer, prescription drug monitoring programs CDC has already sent deputies to testify before Congress on opioid crisis due to Director Fitzgerald's ongoing conflicts of interest Murray: "I am concerned that you cannot perform the role of CDC Director while being largely recused from matters pertaining to cancer and opioids" (Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Com… Continue Reading


Joining Hundreds of Thousands of Advocates and Patients, Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Reinstate Birth Control Coverage for Millions of Women

Back in October, President Trump rolled back birth control mandate under the ACA undermining preventive care for millions of women nationwide-LINK In new letter, 37 Senate Democrats call on Administration to rescind President Trump's action allowing employers to roll back health care coverage for women ICYMI-Following President Trump's action, Sens. Murray, Casey introduced "Protect Access to Birth Control Act" to reinstate the birth control mandate-LINK Senate Democrats: "Instead of… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Murray Demands Education and Labor Nominees Protect Civil Rights and Safety of Students and Workers, Reverse the Damage Done by Trump Administration

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing on Education and Labor nominations Highlighting President Trump's harmful decisions on civil rights and worker health and safety, Senator Murray pressed nominees on their commitment to uphold mission of their Departments and protect students and workers Murray: "Students, workers, and families are counting on all four of you to stand up to President Trump and his harmful policies." (Washington, D.C.) - Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor, a… Continue Reading


Murray: President Trump’s Promises to Workers “Ring Hollow,” as Administration Rolls Back Protections for Tipped Workers

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the Trump Administration's announcement it is considering rescinding an Obama Administration rule that restricted employers from stealing workers' tips in certain circumstances. In August, Senator Murray introduced The Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act to give workers the right to receive full compensation for the wor… Continue Reading



Bill Would Make At Least Four Million Workers Newly Eligible for Overtime Pay WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mark Takano (D-CA), today introduced legislation to make at least four million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week, providing economic security to millions of working families. The Restoring Overtime Pay Act would increase the overtime … Continue Reading


Murray: House Higher Education Bill is “Another Partisan Step in the Wrong Direction”

Murray: "We have a record of solving big issues in education with broad, bipartisan legislation, so I hope Republicans abandon these ill-conceived efforts" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on reports that House Republicans plan to introduce a partisan Higher Education Act reauthorization bill that would cut significant investments in federal aid and would… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Murray Challenges Nominee for Health Secretary to Stand Up to Trump’s Ideological Agenda; Questions Nominee on Government Response to High Drug Prices, Administration’s Record of Attacking Women’s Health & Rights

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing on nomination of Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services Murray called nomination an opportunity to turn page on Tom Price era, "put aside extreme politics" plaguing HHS But Murray raised serious concerns with Azar's record, statements on prescription drug costs, women's health, Trumpcare, & much more Murray: "I have not, and will not, let this Administration's reckless approach lower my expectations for any of the departments o… Continue Reading


Democrats Again Call on HHS to Explain Concerning Changes to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

Democrats: HHS "seems intent to replace a high quality evidence-based program that meets the needs of diverse communities and populations around the country with a single ideological approach that fails to meet the needs of young people" HHS's November 2017 response to Democrats' July 2017 letter failed to answer key questions WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 26 Senate Democr… Continue Reading


Murray Highlights Need to Address Higher Education Challenges Through Comprehensive Reform to Best Help Today’s Students Open Doors of Opportunity

At FAFSA simplification hearing, Senator Murray highlighted a number of issues college students face to today, urged committee to take holistic approach in reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) Murray also cited the need for FAFSA simplification to be included in HEA reauthorization to help lower the hurdles students face to receive financial aid, including homeless and foster students Murray: "This committee has a record of bipartisan solutions to big, complex problems and I'm co… Continue Reading


Citing Potential Ethics Concerns, Murray Calls for Scrutiny into DeVos Investments in Offshore Accounts

Secretary DeVos, among other cabinet members, has investments in offshore accounts based in countries recognized as "tax havens" Paradise Papers reveal Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross' offshore investments connect to Putin's family and Russian nationals In letter, Senator Murray asks Department of Education ethics office to ensure Secretary DeVos' investments do not violate ethics rules (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education… Continue Reading


Fighting Back Against Trump Administration’s Efforts to Undermine Workers’ Rights, Murray, Brown Introduce WAGE Act to Strengthen Worker Protections

Senators Murray, Brown introduce bill to protect workers' freedom to negotiate and speak up, stop companies from retaliating against workers The WAGE Act would strengthen protections for all workers and would penalize companies that break the law by attempting to stop workers from exercising their fundamental right to collective action As President Trump and Congressional Republicans continue to undermine worker protections, the WAGE Act would empower workers to speak up for better work… Continue Reading


Murray: Tacking Bipartisan Alexander-Murray Health Bill to Partisan Republican Tax Reform “Like Trying to Put A Fire Out With Penicillin”

Murray says Senate Republicans are "sneaking devastating health care changes into a partisan bill at the last minute;" "completely counter to the bipartisan spirit in which we worked on our stabilization bill" Murray criticizes Senate Republicans for jamming partisan health changes into fast-track tax reform at last minute WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, gave remarks on Senate Repu… Continue Reading


Murray at Hearing With Surgeon General: With Trump Administration Continuing to Undermine Public Health, We All Must Take Steps To Support Families' Health & Wellness

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing with Surgeon General on bringing communities together to prioritize public health At hearing, Murray encouraged public health efforts that: promote physical activity, improve access to healthy foods, support women's health, & expand on science-based ways to reduce tobacco use Murray called out the Trump Administration for repeatedly undermining public health efforts: "It's hard to imagine what else [they] could be doing right now to undermine… Continue Reading


Murray on Reported Republican Plans to Use Bipartisan Stabilization Bill As Political Cover to Fast-Track Devastating Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Murray: "It would make absolutely no sense to stabilize health care with one hand while devastating it with the other" 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 reports that Senate Republicans have opted to raise families' premiums and take coverage away from 13 million people as part of their rushed, partisan effort to give millionaires and billionaires a … Continue Reading


Members of Congress Demand Secretary DeVos Provide Full Relief for Students Who Were Cheated Out of Their Education and Savings

Secretary DeVos has proposed only providing partial relief for students who were defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges In new letter, Members of Congress express concern that Secretary DeVos may block full debt relief for student loan borrowers who were cheated out of their savings and education Members of Congress: "The Department should not punish borrowers who overcome the odds and happen to succeed at finding work despite the failings or fraud of their schools or programs" … Continue Reading

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