Chair's Press


HIGHER ED: Sen. Murray Secures Major Protections for Students in Final Dept. of Education Rule for Debt Relief

Pushed by Murray, final protections will ensure student loan borrowers victim of deceptive and predatory practices receive automatic debt relief and discharge, like those who attended Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech Major victory-Colleges are banned from blocking students' right to sue as individuals or part of class actions Full list of actions announced today: LINK (Washington, D.C) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading


At Sen. Murray’s Recommendation, Dept. of Education to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Thousands of Students Impacted by Closed Schools

Dept. of Education to apply new legal interpretation to provision in Higher Education Act (HEA)-identified by Murray-to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students impacted by closures of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools: LINK Many students who used Pell Grants to attend now-closed schools have exhausted their eligibility and are ineligible for further support Faced with inaction on this issue, Murray worked to identify HEA provision that already provided Dept. of… Continue Reading


HIGHER ED: Sen. Murray Urges Dept. of Education to Use Authority to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students Impacted by Closures of ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges

In new letter, Sen. Murray, a Pell Grant recipient herself, is calling on the Dept. of Education to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended these "colleges of dubious educational quality" Pell Grant recipients have restrictive limits on total number of semesters they can receive support-as a result, students who used Pell Grants to attend ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges may have exhausted their eligibility and may be ineligible for further support Sen. Murray believes … Continue Reading


Equal Pay: Sens. Murray, Feinstein Say “Lack of Transparency” in Marketing Contracts Hinder Efforts to Combat Pay Inequality in U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is ranked first in the world-but its members are paid significantly less than their male counterparts In new letter, Sens. Murray, Feinstein seek information regarding commercial and revenue agreements that may impact wage disparity between the Women's and Men's Teams Sens. cite a "lack of transparency surrounding the revenue generated for U.S. Soccer" that "makes it challenging to accurately understand the magnitude of the disparity" This new … Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Applauds Final Rule Expanding Access to Paid Sick Days For Over 1 Million Workers Employed by Federal Contractors

Final rule released today by Dept. of Labor will require federal contractors to provide up to 7 paid sick days a year 1.15 million workers-including nearly 594,000 who currently receive no paid sick days-stand to benefit Also includes critical protections for workers who use paid sick time Sen. Murray continues push for her Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee access to paid sick days for all workers: LINK Sen. Murray: "Ensuring all workers have access to paid sick days w… Continue Reading


Murray, Alexander Committed to Getting a Result This Year on Legislation to Drive Medical Innovation, Support Precision Medicine and Cancer Moonshot

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2016 - The leaders of the Senate health committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), today released the following statement on their work on a Senate version of the 21st Century Cures legislation: "We continue our work on bipartisan legislation to spur cures and treatments and better health for Americans. We've been working for a year and a half on behalf of patients and scientists, and we are committed to getting a result this year th… Continue Reading


EPIPENS: Following Testimony to Congress, Murray Presses Mylan for New Answers On Factors Contributing to Repeated Price Hikes

In new letter to Mylan, Murray cites specific concerns re: patent settlement reached with Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2012 that may have led to "virtual monopoly" of EpiPen market Murray says "publicly available information indicates that the agreement may resemble a "pay for delay" agreement" Murray requests information on settlement by October 7th (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commit… Continue Reading


Murray, Blumenthal, Shaheen Continue Efforts to Ensure Full Access to Contraceptive Care for Female Servicemembers; Stress Importance of Family Planning Services in Light of Zika

In a new letter to the Dept. of Defense, Senators express concerns that women serving in the U.S. military " may not have access to the most effective or preferred methods of contraception" Senators cite several barriers to contraceptive access across all four services-lack of pre-deployment counseling on contraception, difficulties obtaining refills, confidentiality concerns, shortages of providers overseas, among others Senators say many of these barriers "could be mitigated by expan… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Praises Decision by Education Dept. to Hold ACICS Accountable for Failing to Protect Students, Veterans, and Taxpayers in Higher Education

Education Dept. will withdraw recognition of ACICS-Murray has been a leading voice in the Senate working to strengthen college accountability Following collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Murray pushed Education Dept. to ensure college accreditors are enforcing rigorous standards: LINK Murray called on NACIQI to terminate ACICS recognition saying it "has failed to identify compliance problems…and enforce its own accreditation standards": LINK Murray on next steps: "I am going to … Continue Reading


ESSA: Murray, Scott Call on Education Dept. to “Provide Clarity and Direction” For How States, Schools Districts Can Best Use Funds to Address Teacher Shortages

Several states have reported significant teacher shortages-with shortages "disproportionately felt in special education, math and science, and in bilingual and English-language education," as highlighted last week in the Washington Post: LINK Murray and Scott worked to include funding in Title II of our nation's new K-12 law, the Every Student Succeed Act, for "teacher preparation, development, and retention activities" The Education Dept. is planning to issue guidance on Title II of the… Continue Reading


Murray, Senators: We Must Do More to Provide Debt Relief & Support to Students, Veterans Suffering from Wide-Ranging Impacts of ITT Tech Closure

In a new letter to Education Dept., 23 Senators say ITT Tech's "deceptive practices" and "dubious educational quality" rightly required action to halt new enrollment and continued use of taxpayer dollars Senators now call on ED to "use its existing legal authority" to increase total debt relief and support available to former ITT Tech students Senators: "These students will never get back the time and energy they have devoted to a college that left them locked outside the door, and dese… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Health Care Public Option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with 22 of their colleagues, introduced a Senate resolution calling for a public option in the health insurance market. "The Affordable Care Act has already expanded health coverage to millions who were previously uninsured and given countless Americans greater peace of mind. We should build on this success by driving competit… Continue Reading


As Puerto Rico Works to Develop New Fiscal Plan, Murray Warns Against Efforts to Weaken Basic Worker Protections; Urges Greater Access to Women’s Reproductive Health Care in Light of Zika

Efforts to restructure Puerto Rico's debt and implement "PROMESA" take critical step with appointment of new oversight board In new letter, Murray called on board to ensure basic worker protections, including a minimum wage increase and compliance with new overtime rule Murray also urged Puerto Rican officials to increase access to health care and resources for women and children impacted by Zika Murray: "As American citizens, the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico deserve the equ… Continue Reading


Murray Applauds New Head Start Program Performance Standards

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The standards reflect best practices in fostering child development and success, while streamlining requirements so that Head Start programs can spend less time on paperwork, and more time on progr… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Applaud King for Proposed Title I Spending Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed rule for Title I spending under the Every Student Succeeds Act: "We applaud Secretary King for working with stakeholders to put forth this proposed regulation on th… Continue Reading


Murray: Final Administration Rule Will Help Millions of Workers Stay Safe, Get Fair Treatment on the Job

"Fair pay" rule is critical step to safeguard workers and level the playing field for businesses Murray, Democrats pushed to ensure executive order secured rights, protections of workers employed by federal contractors (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council's finalization … Continue Reading


EQUAL PAY: Sens. Murray, Feinstein Continue Efforts to Address Gender Pay Inequality in U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is ranked first in the world, has won three FIFA Women's World Cups and four Olympic Gold Medals, but its members are paid significantly less than their male counterparts In new letter, Senators request information from U.S. Soccer on pay structure and plans to "better highlight the exceptional talent and skill" of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Murray and Feinstein: "…pay disparities such as those between the men's and women's soccer t… Continue Reading


ESSA: Murray, Scott Continue Push to Ensure New Education Law Works for Every Student, Strengthens Equity of Educational Opportunity

Department of Education seeks comment before developing final rule to provide guidance for states and school districts under nation's new elementary and secondary education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act In new letter, Murray and Scott praise overall direction of the proposal, but "seek additional clarity or correction to more closely align the final regulation with Congressional intent" Members: "The Department's unique role in upholding the civil rights legacy of this law is cri… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Dems: More to Do to Further Strengthen Education Dept. Rule For Debt Relief in Higher Education

The proposed "borrower defense" rule would create strong protections for student borrowers following cases of institutions, like Corinthian Colleges, who engaged in unlawful and abusive practices Nearing a final rule, 20 Senators push Education Dept. to "close unintended loopholes, increase accountability to students, and reduce the complexity of the regulation" Senators: "We write to express our strong support for many elements of the proposed regulation and to suggest a number of way… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray to International Olympic Committee: Immediately Ramp Up Efforts to Protect Health of Athletes from Contaminated Water in Brazil

Brazil has failed to fulfill 2009 pledge in bid to host games to collect and treat 80% of their sewage water June report from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs shows recreational water to be used by athletes remains significantly contaminated 16 athletes from Washington state and 555 from the U.S. will be competing in Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue Reading

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