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Alexander, Murray Announce First Two September Bipartisan Health Care Hearings

1st hearing is with State Insurance Commissioners, 2nd hearing is with Governors WASHINGTON, August 22, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the Senate health committee will hear from state insurance commissioners and governors, respectively, at the first two bipartisan hearings in September on stabilizing premiums in the individual insurance market. Senator Alexander said: "Eighteen million Americans, inclu… Continue Reading


Murray to DeVos: Stop Gutting Student Protections & Start Standing Up for Borrowers

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary DeVos' decision to extend the deadline and drastically change the requirements within the gainful employment rule for predatory career training programs to appeal a failing or probationary determination, allowing programs that leave students with high amounts of debt and little earning prospects to continue to … Continue Reading


Murray: Continued Uncertainty from Trump Administration is Sabotaging Patients’ Health Care, Spiking Premiums

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 the Trump Administration has chosen to make payments this month intended to help lower health care costs for families, but has still not committed to making future payments. "People shouldn't have to wonder each month whether President Trump is going to throw the health care system into chaos and caus… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Newly-Released Analysis Showing President Trump’s Continued Efforts to Sabotage Health Care Market Will Spike Premiums

Report by non-partisan CBO, Joint Committee on Tax confirms: Silver-plan premiums would increase by 20-25% if Trump stops CSR payments (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation's new report about the effects of President Trump's threats to stop cost-sharing reductions that help keep costs lower for families. "It is clear that… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Dems Demand Answers from Trump Admin Following Repeated Actions to Undermine, Sow Confusion Around Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care

Under Sec. Price, HHS continues to remove guidance, delay enforcement of Section 1557; Sec. Price has failed to respond to questions from Senate Dems In new letter, Senate Dems say Sec. Price is sending "concerning signals" about whether Trump Admin will protect individuals against discrimination Senate Dems to Sec. Price, Pres. Trump: "[You] should work to eliminate discrimination and disparity within the health care system, not make it worse" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senate H… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on New Nonpartisan Study Faulting President Trump for Higher Premiums Facing Patients, Families in 2018

Murray: Report "further underscores" need for bipartisan approach to stabilize health care markets (Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on a new report released today by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finding President Trump's actions to destabilize health care as the leading cause for insurers seeking higher premium increases for 2018: "Today's new report further underscores the need for Democrats and Republicans t… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Reports Trump Administration to Delay Critical Protections for Retirees

According to court filing, Department of Labor to seek delay of "fiduciary rule" despite seven years of robust examination by Congress, Administration, industry, stakeholders Led by Murray, Senate, House Ranking Members warned Secretary of Labor Acosta last month delay would cause "considerable financial harm" for retirees-LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following… Continue Reading


Senators: Student Borrowers Need Tough Enforcement Chief at Department of Education

Letter calls for Chief Enforcement Officer to crack down on bad actors, for-profit colleges that rip off taxpayers, students (Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) want the Department of Education to appoint a qualified, independent permanent Chief Enforcement Officer to protect students from bad actors and take on institutions of higher education that fleece taxpayers and break the law. The previous Chief Enfo… Continue Reading


Senate Dems Blast FDA for “Step Backwards” On Tobacco Oversight; Call on Agency to Get Serious About Plan to Curb Nicotine in Cigarettes

FDA delays critical oversight on tobacco products aimed at youth In new letter, Senate Dems warn delay is "free pass" to e-cig, cigar manufacturers; Push FDA for timeframe on plan to combat nicotine addiction Senate Dems: "Our nation is at a critical juncture in continuing to make progress against the harm caused by tobacco-now is not the time to abandon effective tobacco oversight policy" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richar… Continue Reading


Following Senate Rejection of Trumpcare, Murray Works to Secure Major Drug and Medical Device Legislation; Bipartisan Bill Helps Promote Innovation, Maintain FDA’s “Gold Standard” for Patients, Families

Senate overwhelmingly passes FDA Reauthorization Act Today's vote culminates negotiations spearheaded by Senate HELP Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray New user fee agreements will take effect October 1st; Agreements reflect input from FDA, industry, patient and consumer groups In floor speech, Murray hailed bill as "chief example of how Congress can actually work together on health issues" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the FDA Reautho… Continue Reading


Murray Slams Trump’s Nominee for National Labor Relations Board for His Lack of Experience and Anti-Worker Record

Murray Slams Trump's Nominee for National Labor Relations Board for His Lack of Experience and Anti-Worker Record Murray urges colleagues to vote against Marvin Kaplan for National Labor Relations Board - LINK As President Trump continues to roll back worker protections, NLRB is critical to ensuring workers are being treated fairly Kaplan has spent his career undermining NLRB and lacks experience practicing labor law (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking memb… Continue Reading


Murray, Brown, Franken, DeLauro, Scott Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft, Boost Workers’ Financial Security

The Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act would crack down on employers who steal wages from their workers Employers steal more than $15 billion from workers every year, particularly from workers in low-wage industries (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act to crack down on employers who unfairly withho… Continue Reading


Following Trump’s Threats, Murray Urges Dems, GOP to Continue Rejecting “Trumpcare-By-Sabotage,” Move Forward Down Bipartisan Path

Murray: "If President Trump follows through on his threats, he will be fully responsible and accountable when Trumpcare-by-sabotage raises premiums for people across the country" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's continued threats to undermine bipartisan efforts on health care by ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers: "I am encouraged to see Democrats,… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on FDA’s Move to Delay Tobacco Oversight

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to delay oversight over certain tobacco products: "I am concerned that by kicking the can down the road on oversight of newly deemed tobacco products, the Trump Administration has once again deprioritized public health and efforts to keep tobacco out of the hands of children," said Senator Murray. "I'll be clo… Continue Reading


Murray: Time to Work Together on Real Health Care Solutions for Patients and Families

Murray says Trumpcare failed because of women, children, patients, and families from all walks of life who spoke out Murray calls for Republicans to drop Trumpcare once and for all, stop sabotaging health care, join Democrats to focus on making health care work better for patients and families "This may not be the last time we have to fight back against Trumpcare, but we have seen tonight that together, we can fight back and win." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (… Continue Reading


Murray Denounces Republican Plans to Hold Midnight Vote on Secret Trumpcare Bill; Challenges Moderate Senators Not to “Hand Keys Over” to Extreme House Conservatives

Faced with bipartisan votes against Trumpcare, full repeal, Senate Republicans launch "last-ditch plan" to sneak bill through In floor speech, Murray blasts secret plan; urges GOP to drop "sham" process ICYMI-As millions speak out against Trumpcare, bipartisan group of Governors plead Republicans to reject bill-LINK Murray: "I [hope Republicans] understand that if they pass this bill tonight-it will only get worse from here" **VIDEO** (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Mu… Continue Reading


State Waivers Largely Violate Senate Rules, According to Parliamentarian

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, the Senate parliamentarian determined that portions of Section 207, "Waivers for State Innovation," of the Republican health bill are not permissible under Senate rules. Notably, the part that would have amended Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to allow states to waive essential health benefits and other pre-existing condition requirements so long as their proposal does not increase the federal deficit violates the Byrd Rule. Under current law, 1332 waivers … Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro Urge Secretary DeVos to Reverse Course and Enforce Student Protections Against High-Debt Career Training Programs

59 Members of Congress sent a letter highlighting concerns that Secretary DeVos is once again putting interests of for-profit colleges ahead of students Gainful employment protections are designed to prevent students from drowning in debt like those at Corinthian and ITT Tech (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking member of the House Labo… Continue Reading


Murray on “Skinny Repeal”: “Sending This Bill to Conference With The House Is Just Like Buying Trumpcare A Ticket to The President’s Desk”

(Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released on the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the Republican "skinny repeal" plan. "It's clear how desperate President Trump and Republican leaders are to jam through something, anything to claim a political win, but the so-called "skinny repeal" will still kick 16 million people off coverage, raise premiums by about 2… Continue Reading


“This Is It”: In Final Hours of Trumpcare Debate, Murray Stands United with Planned Parenthood Providers, Patients

At rally with Planned Parenthood, coalition partners, Murray says "I am going to keep up the fight on the Senate floor" until very end ICYMI: "There's no way to replace Planned Parenthood"-LINK Murray: "Everything we've fought for over the last decade, to advance women's health and rights is at stake in this Trumpcare fight" (Washington, D.C.) - Facing defeat after defeat on each of their plans to rip apart the health care system, today Senate Republican leaders seemed poised to t… Continue Reading

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