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Following Widespread Anti-LGBTQ Push Under President Trump, Sens. Murray, Booker Renew Efforts to End Dangerous, Fraudulent “Conversion Therapy”

Senators reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act to empower the FTC to crack down on so-called "conversion therapy" Senators are redoubling efforts following anti-LGBTQ policies, hires made by the Trump Administration "Conversion therapy" advocates "heartened" by Trump Presidency -LINK ICYMI-LGBTQ advocates deeply alarmed by VP Pence's support of conversion therapy in GOP platform-LINK Senators have repeatedly called on the FTC to use its broad authority to stop this ha… Continue Reading


Murray: Committee Vote on Gottlieb Should Be Delayed Unless Senators’ Outstanding Questions Are Answered

More than two weeks after senators submitted questions for the record following Dr. Scott Gottlieb's nomination hearing, HELP Committee has yet to receive any response 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 following statement urging President Trump's FDA Nominee, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, to provide answers to follow-up questions Senators submitted following his nomination hearing… Continue Reading


Senate, House Health Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of FDA User Fees Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 14 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration user fee agreements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of prescription brand drugs, medical devices, generic drugs and biosimilars, and several vital programs at the FDA. The 2012 prescription drug user fee amendments (… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on President Trump’s Reckless Threat to Withhold Payments to Insurers

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's comments seeking to undermine and damage our health care system by withholding payments to insurers: "Last night's threatening comments by President Trump make it alarmingly clear that he is still considering ripping our health care system apart just to score political points, regardless of the devastation it will cause for millions of Americans. … Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Decision to Scrap Student Loan Service Reforms

(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 Secretary of Education's decision to halt Obama-era reforms that included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "I am very disappointed to see President Trump and Secretary DeVos continue to put the financial interests of student loan companies ahead of bo… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Demand Fair and Consistent Treatment of Student Loan Borrowers in Public Service

Senators: "Our nation's student loan borrowers who uphold their commitments expect the federal government to do the same." Recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Education suggest some borrowers can't rely on their prior notices about debt relief - LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), 36 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing concern over … Continue Reading


Murray Questions President Trump’s Nominee to Lead FDA About Potential Conflicts of Interest, Commitment to Providing Independent Leadership

Murray, top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today pressed Dr. Scott Gottlieb about his "unprecedented financial entanglements" Murray at today's hearing: I am concerned about "how you can provide the strong, independent, and science-based leadership that families in my state and across the country rightly expect" Dr. Gottlieb also faced questions about his record on women's health issues, protecting kids from tobacco products, and past troubling statements made on FDA's core miss… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Trump Administration’s Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule

(Washington, DC) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's delay of the conflict of interest rule: "I am deeply disappointed the Trump Administration has decided to double down on their efforts to interfere with vital protections that ensure financial advisers put their clients' best interests ahead of their own," said Senator Murray. "I would also note… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Department of Education Retreating from Crackdown on Student Debt Collectors

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the statement below following reports that the U.S. Department of Education has decided to reconsider a February 2015 decision to end contracts of four companies that collect student loans on behalf of the federal government, and could potentially award new business to the collectors. The companies' contracts were scheduled to wind down after the Depart… Continue Reading


Following New Reports of Drug-Resistant Outbreak, Sen. Murray Calls on Olympus to Verify Medical Scopes are Safe for Use in U.S.

Murray "alarmed" Olympus duodenoscopes have once again been linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infections In new letter, Murray presses Olympus for confirmation that "repaired" duodenoscopes are safe for use Back in 2015, Olympus duodenoscopes were linked to tragic infections at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle Murray investigation led to FDA recall and legislation Murray: Following the tragic impacts these outbreaks have had on patients and families in Washingto… Continue Reading


Murray, Stakeholders Meet to Discuss User Fee Reauthorization, Ensure FDA Maintains “High Bar of Safety and Effectiveness” for Patients

Murray: "Moving forward with these agreements is absolutely necessary if Congress wants to advance safe, effective, and innovative medical products for patients and families across the country" During a hearing on the user fee agreements, Murray warned of efforts by the Trump Administration to "undermine" and "alter" these agreements Murray called the hearing an "important opportunity" to highlight the need for action on prescription drug prices Murray also called for additional st… Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro Mark Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Equal Pay Day marks the amount of time women have to work to catch up to what men earned in 2016 Murray: "This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I'm proud to join my colleagues to keep up the fight to ensure that all the hardworking women across this country are getting paid what they've earned." DeLauro: "Women and men in the same job should have the same pay, and the Paycheck Fairness Act is a strong step forward in ensuring that we close the wage gap once and for all." (Washin… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Pell Grant Eligibility Restoration

(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 announcement from the U.S. Department of Education that they will begin restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended now-closed schools. "I am pleased that the Department of Education is taking this step that I pushed for and finally restoring Pell Grants for students previously enrolled in dishonest, fail… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren Question Department of Education Official’s Ties, Conflicts of Interest with For-Profit College Chain

Robert Eitel is a senior advisor to Secretary DeVos and still employed at for-profit college, Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Murray: "The Department's policies related to higher education… directly and substantially impact Bridgepoint, raising questions about how Mr. Eitel has addressed conflicts of interest between his employment at Bridgepoint and work at the Department" Warren: "My concerns about Mr. Eitel's arrangement have been exacerbated by one of [Secretary DeVos's] first maj… Continue Reading


Murray Slams GOP Vote to Thwart Retirement Programs as “Indefensible,” Urges GOP to “Reverse Course”

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on today's vote by Senate Republicans to thwart cities from expanding retirement savings programs for over 2 million workers, including workers in Seattle, Washington: "Today's action by Republicans to deny over two million workers the opportunity to save for retirement is indefensible," said Senator Murray. "Once again, President… Continue Reading


Murray To Vote Against Second Trump Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Murray: "Workers made clear that they want a true champion as Secretary of Labor, who will stand up for their rights, wages, and wellbeing" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor. Acosta was nominated following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump's initial nominee for the Department. "Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw from consideration was a victory for women… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Meeting with FDA Commissioner Nominee Scott Gottlieb

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after meeting with Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. "Today I met with President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, to discuss the FDA's critical role in public health. I made clear that the next FDA Commissioner's vision for the agency must be one based in science and fact, not partisan politics. "I am deeply conc… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Condemn President Trump for Weakening Accountability for Students, Parents, Teachers and Communities

President Trump signed two resolutions jammed through Congress by Republicans that weaken both the Every Student Succeeds Act and accountability for teacher preparation programs Murray: "I am disappointed - but not surprised - that President Trump is following the lead of Congressional Republicans in retreating from the bipartisan commitment made in the Every Student Succeeds Act that put in place strong federal guardrails put in place to help prevent students from falling through the cracks… Continue Reading


Murray On Failure of Trumpcare Bill: Women, Families, and Seniors Have Spoken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the decision by President Trump and Speaker Ryan to pull Trumpcare from the House floor. "Republicans spent seven years vowing to turn back the clock on health care for women, seniors and families-but it took just a few weeks of them trying to jam Trumpcare through Congress to realize that people across the country absolutely reject their plans to increase premiums, cut millions of people off of thei… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Updated CBO Score for Trumpcare

(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 updated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the House Republican Trumpcare bill: "CBO has yet again confirmed that Trumpcare would be an absolute disaster, and yet Republican leaders are intent on pulling out all the stops and making this bill even more terrible to appease extreme House conservatives. The … Continue Reading

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