Chair's Press

07.26.17

Murray to Senate Republicans: Voting for “Skinny Repeal” Is “The Kind of Broken Promise People Don’t Forget”

Murray: "The way to actually lower families' costs and strengthen our health care system is by working in an open, transparent, and bipartisan way" (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 Senate Republicans' failure to repeal health care without a replacement plan. "Just as we saw last night, the vast majority of the Senate has again voted against the… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Murray: “Responsible Republicans Have The Opportunity To Drop This Partisan Effort and Join Democrats At The Table To Improve Health Care”

(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 Senate failing to pass Republicans' disastrous Trumpcare bill last night. "The message from last night's disastrous Trumpcare vote could not be any clearer: the vast majority of the Senate agrees with Senator McCain that we should stop letting the 'bombastic loudmouths' drive our work, return to regular order, and g… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Senate Dems to New CDC Director: How Would You Prepare for Trumpcare?

In new letter, Democrats say Trumpcare would "undermine" critical public health work, significant progress underway at CDC Democrats ask CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to outline her plan for addressing detrimental impacts of Trumpcare ICYMI: Former CDC director says Trumpcare would cripple fundamental public health programs-LINK Democrats: "Trumpcare would be disastrous for public health and run directly counter to the mission of the CDC" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Pa… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Senate, House Ranking Members to Trump Administration: Stop Efforts to Stall, Weaken Critical Protections for Retirees

Despite immediate need to address growing retirement savings crisis, Trump Administration, Labor Department continue to keep "fiduciary rule" in limbo In new letter to Labor Secretary Acosta, Democrats say delay of rule would cause "considerable financial harm" for retirees Democrats: "We are concerned [delay] will be used as a pretext for revising the final rule to weaken retiree and investor protections" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of t… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Murray, Senate Dems Challenge Trump Administration Over Move to Slash Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Dems Say Action “Short-Sighted,” Will Make it Harder to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies

Trump Administration defies Congressional Appropriations process, works to make it harder to prevent teen pregnancy-LINK In new letter, Senate Democrats seek answers on "highly unusual" decision Senate Democrats: "This action is short-sighted and puts at risk the health and well-being of women and our most vulnerable youth" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today 37 Senators sent a letter to Department of Health and… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Murray Questions Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt to Break Promises to Workers, Roll Back Protections

In a speech yesterday, Vice President Pence said Trump Administration was working to roll back worker protections Murray: I am writing to "seek clarity about how the Administration's latest broken promise to workers will impact our nation's workforce" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter today to Vice President Mike Pence raising concerns with comments he made yesterday about rollin… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Murray: “Unconscionable” Senate GOP Pushing to Confirm Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTQ Nominee for Lifetime Circuit Court Appointment

In the midst of Trumpcare failure, Senate GOP has pushed to confirm Trump nominee who has likened abortion to slavery, used homophobic slurs, called women's health programs "wasteful", & opposes marriage equality ICYMI-"Bush will become both the most appalling extremist on the federal bench, and a judge who lied to Congress"-LINK Murray: "This is someone who lacks the qualifications and character and temperament to be appointed to a lifetime position on the federal bench" ***WATC… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Ranking Member Murray Statement on HELP Hearings Related to Health Care

Murray: "Once this Trumpcare bill is behind us…I look forward to discussing a hearing schedule with Chairman Alexander" (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 calling on Senate Republicans to drop Trumpcare once and for all so the Senate may move forward with a public, bipartisan hearing process: "Democrats have called for months for an open, bipa… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Murray, Senate Dems Call on Trump Administration to Reverse Course, Safeguard Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

In new letter, Senate Democrats say recent actions by Dept. of Homeland Security undermine longstanding protections, state, federal laws Actions by Dept. have caused "confusion," made "unclear" policies related to immigrant survivors Trump Administration released the names of immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault-LINK Murray, Democrats: "[These survivors] often face extraordinary barriers to escaping abuse and any efforts by [the Trump Admi… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Murray: President Trump and Republicans Have Already Created Trumpcare by Sabotage

Murray: "Democrats are at the table when the Republican-controlled government is ready to actually govern" 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 President of the United States once again rooting for the failure of the health care system. "Whether President Trump wants to admit it or not, he and Republicans have created Trumpcare already by sabot… Continue Reading


07.17.17

Murray: "It's Time for Senate Republican Leaders to Reject Trumpcare"

(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 news that two more Senate Republicans announced their opposition to the current version of Trumpcare. "Trumpcare has been a failure since the start given all the ways it would raise families' health care costs and hurt patients, and it is now clearer than ever that writing a mean, partisan bill in secret is no way to ge… Continue Reading


07.17.17

Murray Calls for Secretary DeVos to Remove Acting Civil Rights Head After Offensive Comments About Sexual Assault Survivors and Record of Rolling Back Civil Rights Protections

Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson suggested 90 percent of sexual assault accusations stem from intoxication or regret Jackson's comments continue a pattern of narrowing the Office for Civil Rights and rolling back protections for students Murray: "Ms. Jackson's callous, insensitive, and egregious comments regarding sexual assault on college campuses crossed a serious line" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health,… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Senate, House Ranking Members Warn Trump Administration Against Further Efforts to Target Retirement Savings Programs

In new letter, top Democrats call on Treasury Secretary to act "swiftly" to maintain myRA program; "demonstrate commitment" to helping hardworking families save for retirement Democrats concerned myRA could be next target by Trump Admin following efforts to thwart state, city-run retirement programs-LINK Democrats: "Given that [the Trump Administration] has worked to reduce access to retirement plans…it is more critical than ever for Treasury to strengthen one of the remaining … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Murray: Trumpcare 3.0 is “Even Meaner” Than Previous Versions

(Washington, D.C.) - Following the release of the third version of extremely unpopular Trumpcare bill, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee participated in a press conference with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to highlight all the ways the latest version of Trumpcare doubles down on raising costs for families and undermining care. Senator Murray's remarks as prepared for delivery: Well, if … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Murray: DeVos’ Actions on Campus Sexual Assault Could Allow Schools to Once Again “Sweep Sexual Assault Under the Rug”

Secretary DeVos considering revising guidance on how schools handle campus sexual assault investigations DeVos has made a number of troubling decisions to roll back civil rights enforcement Murray: "Upholding civil rights, working to ensure students' safety, and responding to reports of campus sexual violence are critical parts of your role as Secretary of Education" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Murray Opening Remarks Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the NLRB

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the National Labor Relations Board Senator Murray's Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairman Alexander, and I want to thank Mr. Emanuel, Mr. Kaplan, and Mr. Pizzella for being here. Before we begin, I would like to once again object to Chairman Alexander's unwillingness to hold a hearing on his Party's Trumpcare plan. We've heard… Continue Reading


07.06.17

New Analysis by HELP, E&C Details State-by-State Public Health Impacts if ACA’s Prevention Fund is Eliminated Under Trumpcare

Fund invests billions in critical public health programs: immunizations, outbreak preparedness, opioid epidemic response, and more (Washington, D.C.) - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released a new state-by-state analysis today on what is at risk if the Prevention and Public Health Fund is eliminated under the Senate Republican Trumpcare bill. Both House and Senate … Continue Reading


06.30.17

Murray, Franken Blast Secretary Acosta’s Move to Undermine Worker Protections

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) sent a letter today to Secretary of Labor Acosta condemning the U.S. Department of Labor's recent decision to rescind guidance documents that clarify protections for workers across the country. The Senators expressed concerns that the decision signals that Secretary Acosta plans to prioritize corporate interests instead of standing up for … Continue Reading


06.30.17

Murray Continues Push for Senate Health Committee to Hold Hearings on Trumpcare; Echoes Calls by Republican Senators for an Open, Bipartisan Process

In new letter, Murray calls on Senate HELP Chairman Alexander to hold Trumpcare hearings, "return to our bipartisan tradition" Republican Senators, Governors make similar calls following Trumpcare's disastrous CBO score ICYMI: Chairman Alexander has delayed hearings on rising drug costs due to Murray's repeated requests for Trumpcare hearings-LINK Murray: "The American public has rejected Trumpcare's higher costs and reduced access…[they deserve] hearings that allow Democrat… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Murray, Casey, Wyden Call on HHS Secretary Price to Reveal Details of Backroom Deals Being Made with Republican Senators

Secretary Price has failed to produce correspondence that President Trump sent to House GOP during negotiations on Trumpcare or reveal details of his closed door meeting with Senate GOP Senators: What promises to repeal basic health care protections is this Administration making behind closed doors? (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Sp… Continue Reading

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