Chair's Press


Murray Remarks on Advancing User Fee Agreements Through HELP Committee

Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following opening statement at a markup to advance legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, which allow industry to support the FDA's work to approve drugs, generics, biosimilars, and medical devices while upholding its gold standard of approval and evaluating these products efficiently. The … Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden Call For Open, Transparent Process on Senate Republican Trumpcare Bill; Hearings on Devastating Impact of Trumpcare

In light of recent reports of ongoing negotiations among Senate Republicans on their version of Trumpcare, ranking members of Senate HELP and Finance Committees urge chairmen to hold public hearings and debate Murray, Wyden call again for an end to partisan political efforts to undermine families' health care (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In light of reports of ongoing negotiations among Senate Republicans on a Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), or Trumpcare, Senators Patty Mu… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Withdrawal of Mark Green as Army Secretary Nominee

This week Murray urged her colleagues to join her in opposition to Green's nomination-LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement today on the withdrawal of Mark Green from consideration for the role of Army Secretary under President Trump: "Once again, people nationwide have spoken out and made absolutely clear they reject President Trump's hateful agenda to undo… Continue Reading


Murray on Trump Executive Order: “Opens the Door to More Discrimination, Hate, and Division”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, condemned President Trump for signing an executive order that would facilitate discrimination of LGBTQ individuals, women, religious minorities, and others under the guise of religious freedom. "President Trump's latest damaging administrative action will open the door to more discrimination, hate, and division in communities across our country against … Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Statement on Army Secretary Nominee Dr. Mark Green

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump's Army Secretary nominee, Dr. Mark Green. "The men and women who sign up to serve our country deserve a leader who instills a culture of integrity and respect for all of our servicemembers, regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Unfortunately, on multiple occasions, Dr. Mark Green has demonstrated he is not that leader. I will oppose his nomination, and… Continue Reading


NEW—Senate Dems Introduce Urgent Legislation to Safeguard Key Women’s Preventive Health Care Services from Administration Attacks on Birth Control Mandate

The Save Women's Preventive Care Act would help shield preventive health care services-cancer screenings, birth control, domestic violence screenings, and more-from attacks by Trump Administration Senators say legislation is urgently needed, especially in light of political attacks on women's health and rights by President Trump, Congressional Republicans (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Tester (D-MT), and 44 other Senate Democrats today … Continue Reading


Murray on Trumpcare Vote: We Are Going to Fight Back Every Step of the Way

House Republicans voted 217-213 to pass Trumpcare, bill now goes to the Senate Trumpcare would kick tens of millions off health insurance, raise premiums for pre-existing conditions, raise health care costs, and create chaos in the nation's health care system Murray: "Trumpcare is headed straight to a dead-end here in the Senate, because women and families nationwide are going to fight back harder than ever against this disastrous bill and Democrats are going to be standing with them eve… Continue Reading


Led by Murray, Senate Dems Seek Answers From President Trump Following Dismissal of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

In new letter, Senators request information from President Trump on his decision to dismiss Surgeon General Murthy Senators say they are concerned given this Administration's "pattern of politically motivated and ethically questionable personnel decisions"; precedent for Surgeons General to serve across administrations of both parties Senators: "The Surgeon General must remain independent and free from political pressure. We are concerned that your decision to dismiss Dr. Murthy failed… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Reintroduce Historic, Comprehensive LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Legislation

Murray slammed President Trump during a press conference reintroducing the Equality Act: "We're here to make very clear President Trump does not represent who we are as a nation" - LINK Murray called out President Trump for nominating several anti-LGBTQ advocates, in particular the choice of Mark Green to serve as Secretary of the Army ICYMI - Last week, Murray led Democrats in reintroducing pro-LGBTQ bills to ban so-called "conversion therapy," requiring colleges and universities to e… Continue Reading


Alexander, Murray to Conduct Rigorous Oversight on Student Aid Tool Outage with Department of Education, Internal Revenue Service

Data retrieval tool that makes it easier for students to apply for student aid was taken down on March 3 citing security concerns Senators request regular briefings and action plan to get tool back online, including addressing security concerns and any options to reinstate the tool before the announced October deadline (Washington, D.C.) -Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commi… Continue Reading


Murray on Latest Anti-Abortion Activist Appointed to Key HHS Post: “Completely Inappropriate Choice”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, criticized President Trump's appointment of Teresa Manning, an anti-abortion activist, to the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position that oversees the Title X family planning program. "President Trump is stacking his Administration with one extreme, anti-abortion … Continue Reading


Murray: Republicans Should Learn From Bipartisan Budget Agreement; Stop Attacks on Women’s Health

(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 as Congress nears passage of a bipartisan appropriations bill free of poison pill riders on women's health. "One budget fight after another, efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine women's health and rights disrupt what should be a simple, bipartisan process. I'm very glad it looks like we won't have to d… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Trump’s Appointment of Anti-Abortion Activist to Help Lead HHS

(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 the Trump Administration's reported decision to appoint Charmaine Yoest to be Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "This troubling appointment puts an anti-abortion activist known for spreading misinformation in charge of communicating to women and men nationwide a… Continue Reading


Murray: Latest Trumpcare Bill “An Even Bigger Gift From Extreme House Conservatives to Themselves”

Trumpcare 2.0 would allow states to decide whether insurers need to cover pre-existing conditions and gut key consumer protections-on top of all the harm done in House Republicans first failed effort (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the follow statement on House Republicans' latest version of Trumpcare. "Anyone who had concerns about House Republicans' last Trumpcare … Continue Reading


As LGBTQ Students, Schools Grapple with “Trump Effect,” Murray, Baldwin, Pocan Redouble Efforts to Pass Anti-Harassment Legislation

Lawmakers reintroduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to require colleges and universities to establish clear anti-harassment policies LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to be harassed than their peers Yet there is no federal requirement that schools have policies in place to protect these students Legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, who took his own life after experiencing harassment, bullying (Washington, D.C.) - Tod… Continue Reading


Murray Blasts Administration Action to Deny Consumers, Families Access to Clear Nutritional Information

FDA to delay existing rule on menu labeling requirements, two weeks before it was scheduled to take effect Murray had been actively working with the Obama Administration to finalize guidance-LINK (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) issuance of an interim rule that will delay its final rule on menu labeling… Continue Reading


Murray Votes NO on Advancing Trump’s Nominee to Lead FDA: “Dr. Gottlieb’s Entanglements with the Industries He Will be Charged with Overseeing Are Unprecedented”

At Senate HELP Committee markup, Murray says FDA nominee has failed to address serious concerns about whether he is "truly committed to putting families' health first" Among many, Murray cited concerns about Dr. Gottlieb's ability to "withstand political pressure" from the Trump Administration Murray has repeatedly pushed for more information from Dr. Gottlieb regarding his potential conflicts of interest-LINK ICYMI - nomination hearing recap: "Dem hammers FDA nominee over ties to he… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration’s Commitment Not to Spike Premiums “For Now” Isn’t Enough

As Trump Administration temporarily backs down from threats to sabotage the health care system by ending cost-sharing, Murray calls for full certainty for patients and families (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 an announcement from the Trump Administration that it plans to continue cost-sharing subsidies that help families save on health care for… Continue Reading


Murray Raises Concerns about Acosta’s Ability to Stand Up for Workers and Remain Independent as Secretary of Labor

In nomination hearing, Acosta said he will not stand up to Trump - LINK Murray urged colleagues to vote against a nominee who refused to commit to standing up to Trump Administration's anti-worker policies Murray: "We need a Secretary of Labor who will prioritize workers and the mission of the Department of Labor over special interests and political pressure" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) C… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren, Scott, Bonamici Urge Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

More than 130 Members of Congress urge Secretary DeVos to reverse her decision to scrap Obama-era student loan servicing reforms On April 4, Secretary DeVos rescinded policy memos that included consumer protections for borrowers "Your decision to rescind these memos… will put millions of borrowers and taxpayers at risk" - LINK (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), more th… Continue Reading

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