Chair's Press

05.10.22

Murray, DeLauro, Scott Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft and Improve Wage Recovery

Senator Murray: "No worker should ever be cheated out of the hard-earned pay they have worked for-it's as simple as that." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Rec… Continue Reading


05.10.22

Senator Murray Urges Confirmation of Kalpana Kotagal to EEOC to Protect Workers’ Rights

Senator Murray: "At every turn in her career, Ms. Kotagal has been a champion for workers denied the pay, dignity, and respect that are their right-and I have no doubt that, as a member of the EEOC, she will continue fighting to create better, fairer workplaces, and an economy that works for everyone." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, during a hearing she chaired, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and… Continue Reading


05.06.22

Senator Murray Holds Roundtable At Seattle Crisis Hotline Center Pressing Sec. Becerra for Stronger Federal Mental Health Response

Senator Murray: "This pandemic has been incredibly hard on people here in Washington state, especially our kids. … I'm going to keep working across the aisle and pushing to make sure our communities get the support they deserve, so our families can get the mental health care they need." ***PHOTOS OF THE EVENT HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, hosted a roundtable at Cr… Continue Reading


05.06.22

Senator Murray Rallies to Protect the Right to Abortion Alongside Washington State Women Leaders

Senator Murray: "I will not stop fighting, I will not stop speaking up-and doing everything I possibly can to get a bill to President Biden's desk to protect the right to abortion." ***LISTEN: SENATOR MURRAY FIGHTS TO PROTECT RIGHT TO ABORTION *** ***PHOTOS OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Washington state women leaders at a Seattle Planned Pa… Continue Reading


05.05.22

Murray Leads Senate Democratic Women in the Fight to Protect the Right to Abortion, Pass WHPA

Murray leads fight against Republican efforts to end the right to abortion Senate Democrats will force a vote on the Women's Health Protection Act Senator Murray: "[Republicans have] spent the last few days trying to distract everyone from the consequences of their unrelenting attacks on the right to abortion. Well we're here to say we won't let them… We're going to make every Senator show where they stand by voting on the Women's Health Protection Act." ***VIDEO OF SENATOR MU… Continue Reading


05.05.22

Murray, Colleagues Release Report Highlighting Need to Ensure Companies Managing Colleges’ Online Programs Aren’t Violating Ban on Abusive Recruiting Practices

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, released a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting the need for the Department of Education to collect more data to ensure online program managers (OPMs)-third-pa… Continue Reading


05.03.22

Amid Top Companies Illegally Delaying or Denying Patients Insurance Coverage for Birth Control, Murray, Wyden, Casey, Hassan Demand Answers

Senators: "We continue to hear from patients who are experiencing delays and denials for insurance coverage of birth control products .… Patients should not have to jump through burdensome hoops or pay extra just to get the birth control they need to stay healthy and plan a family on their own terms." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair of the Senate Finance… Continue Reading


05.03.22

On Capitol Steps, Senator Murray Urges Nation to Rise Up to Defend Abortion Rights: “This is a Five Alarm Fire”

Senator Murray: "I am furious at the idea that Republicans are going to take us backward-that this will be the first generation of women with fewer rights than their mothers." ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S FULL REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her Democratic colleagues in the Senate to sound the alarm and fight to protect the right to abortion in the wake of new… Continue Reading


05.02.22

Senator Murray Statement on Reporting on SCOTUS Draft Decision Overturning Roe

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the recent reporting that the Supreme Court plans to strike down the abortion rights codified in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the draft majority decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. "If this is true, this kind of outcome is exactly what I've been ringing alarm bells about… Continue Reading


05.01.22

Senator Murray Statement on International Workers’ Day

(Seattle, WA) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on International Workers' Day. "Washington state's workers-including immigrant workers-are the backbone of our economy. They are what keeps our country moving-and they deserve their fair share of the economic growth they help drive, and to be treated with dignity and respect. So today, we take a moment to honor all workers-and k… Continue Reading


04.29.22

Senator Murray Continues Pressing for Answers on FDA’s Slow Response to Information About Contaminated Infant Formula

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee issued the following statement in light of recent reporting on new developments regarding the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) slow response to food safety issues at an Abbott infant formula plant, which caused two deaths and one hospitalization. "In light of everything we know, it's outrageous that the FDA failed to quickly take action to protect babi… Continue Reading


04.29.22

Senator Murray Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Discrimination Victims’ Right to Sue for Damages

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, which limits the right of victims of discrimination to obtain damages for the emotional harm they suffer because of the discrimination. "The Supreme Court ruled that the humiliation, frustration and emotional distress that Jane Cummings experienced when she w… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Senator Murray Statement on Oklahoma’s Texas-Style Abortion Ban

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Oklahoma six-week abortion ban, which uses a Texas-style enforcement mechanism allowing for civil lawsuits against anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion. The law will go into effect immediately, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs the bill. The Oklahoma legislature is also currently considering another abortion ban, wh… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Senator Murray Statement On President Biden’s COVID and Ukraine Funding Request

Murray: "The bottom-line is that we can't shortchange our communities or our allies-especially in the middle of crises when lives are at stake." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on President Biden's call for Congress to pass additional resources to support Ukraine, and to continue the nation's progress fighting COVID-19. "The bottom-line is that we can't shortchange our communities or our allies-especially in the middle of crise… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Following Push from Murray, FDA Moves to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Senator Murray: "I pushed for years for the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars for a really simple reason: it will prevent people, especially our kids, from getting addicted to nicotine, help hundreds of thousands of smokers quit-and ultimately save lives." According to CDC, half of youth who smoke use menthol cigarettes Murray 2020 Health Equity Report: "Action to prohibit the use of flavors in little cigars and to prohibit menthol in cigarettes is particularly important … Continue Reading


04.27.22

Senator Murray Defeats Senate Republicans’ Attempt to Undermine Birth Control, Cancer Screenings, and STI Testing & Treatment

Final vote on Republicans' resolution to reinstate Trump-era Title X gag rule was 49-49 Senator Murray: "This vote is about birth control. It's about life-saving pelvic and breast exams to detect cancer early. And it's about STI testing and treatments. That's the basic reproductive health care that Title X providers deliver to communities-especially to women with the tightest budgets. Republicans are here fighting to undermine health care. It's really that simple." ***WATCH SENATOR MURR… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Murray, Smith, Baldwin Reintroduce INFORM Act to Ensure People Aren’t Denied Key Info When Considering Lump-Sum Buyouts of Pension Benefits

Senator Murray: "After working for decades to earn a retirement, people deserve to have better information about how a lump-sum buyout of their lifetime pension could undermine their financial future-and my commonsense bill will make sure they have that information so they can make an informed decision." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) reint… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Murray, Menendez, COVID Survivor Groups Honor Almost 1 Million Lives Lost to COVID, Urge Congress to Pass PREVENT Pandemics Act

Senator Murray: "The pain the COVID-19 pandemic has caused has been unthinkable. Millions of people across the country have lost loved family members and cherished friends …. We've never been through something quite like this-and it's clear to everyone we must never go through this again." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and COVID survivor g… Continue Reading


04.26.22

Senator Murray Presses FDA Leaders On COVID Vaccines for Kids, Fentanyl Deaths, Lowering Costs, and More at Hearing on User Fee Programs

***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE *** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired a hearing with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on reauthorizing the FDA user fee programs. During the hearing, Senator Murray reiterated her commitment to work in a bipartisan way to ensure the programs are reauthorized in a timely manner so the FDA isn't forced to send out pink sli… Continue Reading


04.22.22

Alongside President Biden, Senator Murray Pushes for Bold Action to Lower Child Care and Prescription Drug Costs

Senator Murray: "Helping people and solving problems-that's our job, and we can help working families by putting money back in their pockets and taking a little stress off their shoulders." Senator Murray: "Life-saving medicine doesn't save any lives if people can't afford it." ***VIDEO OF SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE*** (Auburn, WA) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray joined President Biden at Green River Community College in Auburn to outline her efforts to lower everyday costs for… Continue Reading

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