Chair's Press


Murray: “DeVos is Dead Set on Rolling Back All The Progress We’ve Made for Our Children of Color & Students with Disabilities”

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) today continued to urge Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse course on any action to undermine rights for students of color and students with disabilities by rolling back protections issued by the Obama Administration to address disparities in special education and disciplinary practices. "There can be no further question: Secretary DeVos is dead set on rolling back all the progress we've made for our children of co… Continue Reading


Following Trump’s Threats to Withdraw Hurricane Response Efforts, Murray, Wyden Push HHS For Commitment to Remain in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands As Long As Public Health is At Risk

Weeks after Hurricane disasters, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands continue to lack safe, running water, electricity, fuel, & other critical public health needs President Trump has threatened to withdraw resources amid criticism over federal government's response In new letter, Sens. seek answers from Acting Sec. Hargan on resources HHS has devoted to Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands; Request information on access to health services, disease outbreaks, women's health & s… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Announcement

"[We] need this Administration to be a partner in fighting this epidemic and unfortunately today's announcement is simply not enough" (Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement today on President Trump's opioid announcement: "The opioid epidemic is absolutely a public health crisis and an emergency-but what we heard from President Trump continues to fall short. What is actually needed to make a real difference for the countless pati… Continue Reading


Murray Highlights Importance of Free Speech on College Campuses; Urges Campus and Community Leaders to Do More to Push Back Against Violence and Hate Speech on Campuses

In hearing, Senator Murray celebrated the First Amendment as the "cornerstone of our democracy," while emphasizing need for colleges and universities to protect students and speak out against the rise of hate speech and violence on their campuses College campuses around the country have noted increases in harassment of minority students and racist incidents since the 2016 election Murray: "We also must speak out against groups and organizations that are looking to use their right to free… Continue Reading



"Rep. Bridenstine's Denial of Climate Science & Consistent Opposition to Equal Rights for Women, Immigrants, and LGBTQ Individuals Should Disqualify Him From Consideration" (Washington, D.C.) - In a letter today to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-WA) urged her colleagues to oppose the nomination of Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration… Continue Reading


In Light of Court Ruling, Murray Pushes for Quick Vote on Murray-Alexander Bill to Lower Patients’ Health Care Costs, Stabilize Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on today's court ruling rejecting a temporary stay that would have required the Trump Administration to resume out-of-pocket cost reduction payments. "The law is very clear that the Administration is required to make out-of-pocket cost reduction payments, and today's ruling only makes it more critical that the Senate take up… Continue Reading


NEW—Government Watch Dog Investigation Confirms Trump Administration Sabotaged Open Enrollment Without Any Analysis of Impact on Patients & Families

HHS Inspector General Report Requested by Sens. Murray, Warren after Administration Officials Pulled ACA Enrollment Outreach Ads Washington, DC - United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today released a report written by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) that details results from an investigation into the Trump Administration's decisions to pull Affordable Care Act (ACA) advertisements just a few days prior to the end of the 2017 op… Continue Reading


CBO: Alexander-Murray Will Provide Savings; Benefit Taxpayers and Low-Income Americans, Not Insurance Companies

"On net, CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that implementing the legislation would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period relative to CBO's baseline. … "CBO and JCT expect that insurers in almost all areas of the country would be required to issue some form of rebate to individuals and the federal government." - Congressional Budget Office report, October 25, 2017 WASHINGTON, October 25, 2017-Senate health c… Continue Reading


Murray, Senators Demand DeVos Enforce Civil Rights Laws in Schools As Incidents of Harassment, Bullying & Racism Are On the Rise Following President Trump’s Election

Incidents of harassment, intimidation have increased in K-12 schools, as well as colleges & universities since the election, raising questions about whether all students truly have equal access to education in a safe & supportive environment In new letter, Murray, Senators call on Trump Administration to protect students' civil rights after rise in harassment in schools Senate Democrats: "We are deeply concerned that President Trump's tweets and remarks have normalized bigotry, r… Continue Reading


Murray to DeVos: “Stop Creating Chaos & Confusion” for Students & Workers with Disabilities

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' decision to rescind guidance outlining rights for students and workers with disabilities. "I'm deeply disappointed in Secretary DeVos' decision to rescind guidance meant to protect students and workers with disabilities without any explanation about the impacts this will have," said … Continue Reading


Murray: “Secretary DeVos Needs to Stop These Outrageous Delays and Start Providing Relief” to Defrauded Students

(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 Secretary DeVos' decision to further delay the effective date of the "borrower defense" rule for another two years, which provides relief to students who have been defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges, including Corinthian Colleges. In June, Secretary DeVos delayed implementation of the rule, which was set to go into effec… Continue Reading


Tax “Reform”: Murray on Latest Attack by GOP on Workers’ Retirement Security

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on press reports that the Republican tax proposal may cap the amount of pretax money working families can contribute to their retirement plans: "From thwarting state retirement programs to delaying protections that ensure financial advisers act in their clients' best interests, President Trump and Congressional Republican… Continue Reading



Disturbing Reports Find Trump Officials Personally Denying Abortions To Undocumented, Pregnant Teens In New Letter, Senate Democrats Call On Trump Administration To Immediately Cease "Unprecedented" Interference; Request Immediate Briefing, All Related Documents, Correspondence From Acting HHS Director More On Case Involving Undocumented Teen In Texas Currently Being Held By Trump Administration-LINK Senate Democrats: We Have A Moral And Legal Obligation To Ensure These Youth … Continue Reading


SENATE FLOOR: Murray Announces Bipartisan Support for Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs for Patients & Families Nationwide, Stabilize Individual Insurance Market

Murray joins Alexander in announcing bipartisan group of first round of cosponsors: 12 Republicans & 12 Democrats Murray in speech: "We're able today to put forward an answer: a bipartisan solution that prevents families from paying the price for sabotage and uncertainty" *Video of Murray's remarks here* (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, joined Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Senate floor today to announce a … Continue Reading


NEW—Senate, House Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Bill spearheaded by Sens. Murray & Casey would nullify President Trump's attack on ACA's birth control mandate; Protect women's continued access to contraceptive coverage (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), today 41 Senate and House Democrats introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim f… Continue Reading


Murray Joins Brady Campaign, Public Health Advocates to Unveil New Report on Pressing Need for Stronger Investments in Gun Violence Research

GAO report, the result of Murray's 2015 request, finds funding for gun violence prevention research is a fraction of other public health investments Murray: "There is so much we can and absolutely should be doing to address gun violence" **Video of Murray's remarks HERE** (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the Brady Campaign, and public he… Continue Reading



On Senate floor, Murray & Alexander announce bipartisan deal to stabilize & strengthen health care market Bipartisan deal negotiated by Murray and Alexander: Funds payments to help lower costs for families - Provides added flexibility to states while protecting essential health benefits for patients - Restores investments for open enrollment outreach Bipartisan deal reflects input from patients, governors, hospitals, insurers & majority of Senate members Murray: "This i… Continue Reading


Murray Pushes for Bipartisan Action at Hearing on Prescription Drug Prices: We Must Get At Root of Problem Causing “Soaring” Costs for Patients & Families

Senate HELP Committee holds second hearing on high cost of prescription drugs At hearing, Murray cites several Dem priorities to tackle drug prices & hold manufacturers accountable: increased transparency from pharmaceutical companies, crack down on price gouging & anti-competitive practices Murray also calls out President Trump for tough talk, no action on drug prices Murray during hearing: "In order for competition to bring down costs, we must ensure the market's actually … Continue Reading


Murray Calls Out FDA Commissioner for Delay of Food Labeling Standards: Pushing Off Implementation Threatens Public Health Efforts & “Your Commitments to Put Families’ Health First”

Despite pressing need for families to access clear nutritional information, FDA continues to "unreasonably postpone" food labeling requirements In new letter, Murray urges FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to comply with timeline & protections as intended; "Cease FDA's recent practice of pushing off compliance for key public health protections" Murray to Gottlieb: "This would be a step backward for consumers seeking to make informed dietary choices" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Mu… Continue Reading


Murray, Senators Ask DeVos to Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools

On September 27, Secretary DeVos rescinded guidance that directs schools on how to handle sexual assault investigations, and issued confusing interim guidance Advocates warn DeVos' interim guidance may result in fewer survivors coming forward and may make it harder for survivors to seek justice Senators: "The interim guidance is vague and often contradictory, and has caused confusion among college administrators, teachers, and students across the country" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by… Continue Reading

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