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Following Letter from Murray and Democrats, Dept. of Education Lays Out Steps to Improve Accountability, Customer Service for Student Borrowers

Murray "pleased" that Dept. of Education reforms will do more to protect students and servicemembers from red tape, predatory practices (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on improvements to student loan servicing announced today in a Department of Education policy memo. "I'm pleased that today's announcement will help ensure students and members of the… Continue Reading


Democrats Push For New Standards to Protect Workers from Violence on the Job

WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Members Bobby Scott (D-VA), of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, and Patty Murray (D-WA), of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions led a bicameral letter to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez requesting protections against violence for working Americans. On April 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report outlining actions needed to reduce and mitigate the incidence of workplace violence in h… Continue Reading


Senators Urge Education Department to Reform Student Loan Servicing to Better Protect Borrowers

Text of the letter available here (PDF) Washington, DC - In a letter sent today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), along with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and its Offic… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden, Leahy, Shaheen Continue Work on Opioid Epidemic, Introduce Legislation to Fund Needed Treatment & Recovery Efforts

Republicans blocked multiple attempts to include critical investments in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to ensure policies have full impact New legislation introduced by Senators would provide $920 million in funding for states to improve and expand treatment and recovery programs Senators: If we're going to rightfully recognize this as a public health crisis, we need to fund it like the crisis it is-period. (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ro… Continue Reading


Murray, Stakeholders Meet to Discuss ESSA Implementation; Ensure New K-12 Law is On Track to Help All Students Succeed

During a hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act, Murray reiterates need for strong federal guardrails, flexibility for states and school districts, & robust collaboration to ensure law "accomplishes the clear goals" laid out Murray: "I'm glad we have another opportunity to continue our discussion on implementing this important new ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on … Continue Reading


Murray: We Must Continue to Push for Emergency Funding to Truly Help Patients & Families Suffering From Opioid Epidemic

Murray: "I'm going to keep working not just for better policies, but better results for families in Washington state and nationwide" (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 statement after the Senate voted 90-2 to advance the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), legislation intended to help address the nation's opioid epidemic. "The legislation pas… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Dems: Time to End Careless, Partisan Planned Parenthood “Investigation”, Focus on Urgent Public Health Issues Impacting Women and Children

In new resolution, 26 Senators call for termination of Select Investigative Panel; demand House Republicans to stop playing politics with women's health Numerous independent investigations have exonerated Planned Parenthood Murray: "It's well past time for Republicans to end their partisan, unfounded attacks on Planned Parenthood, disband the so-called "Select Panel on Infant Lives" and focus instead on an actual threat: the Zika virus" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading


At Murray’s Urging, Key Senate Committee Holds Roundtable on Campus Safety Policies; Calls for Building Community & Culture that Empowers Students

Murray, Senators convene stakeholders from across the country to address the prevalence of violence-bullying, harassment, hazing, sexual and dating--on college & university campuses Citing increased incidents, and in light of recent events, roundtable participants also addressed the urgent need to protect students from gun violence Murray: "While students work hard to succeed in higher education-the last thing they should ever have to worry about is whether they are safe on campus"… Continue Reading


Murray Honored By National Teachers Group for Bipartisan Work to Fix NCLB; Calls for Continued Work to Make Sure All Students Have Opportunity to Succeed

Murray receives NEA's "Friend of Education Award" for bipartisan work on the Every Student Succeeds Act; hundreds of Washington state teachers, paraeducators in D.C. for national meeting In acceptance remarks, Murray highlighted the importance of bringing in the voices of teachers and paraeducators into the process as K-12 law is implemented Murray also received this award back in 2013, for her efforts as Senate Budget Committee Chair to protect federal education funding, Social Security… Continue Reading



In New Letter-Part Of A Series Of Requests To Strengthen College Accountability & Protect Students-28 Senators Call On VA To Firmly Exercise Its Authority Under "Principles of Excellence" Executive Order Intended To Correct Findings From Senate HELP Committee Reports, The Executive Order Requires VA To Hold Colleges Receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Accountable For Providing High-Quality Education And Preventing Abusive Tactics Senators Point To Incidents Of For-Profit Colleges U… Continue Reading


Murray: We Have an Opportunity & Responsibility to “Take Lifesaving Action” for Families Suffering From Opioid Epidemic

Yesterday, Democrat conferees sent a letter urging their Republican counterparts to support $920 million in funding for states At conference committee meeting, Murray introduces amendment providing desperately needed investments & resources Murray: "Without more funding to expand access to medication assisted treatment-states simply won't have the resources they need to put people on the path to recovery and save lives." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), … Continue Reading


On Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act Reforms, Senators Call on Administration to Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus

New campus safety data suggests substantial underreporting of sexual violence by schools: out of 11,600 measured in 2014, 91% reported having no incidents Led by Senator Murray, 31 Senators urge Departments of Education and Justice to ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reforms to the Clery Act, which require higher ed institutions to document and report gender-based violence Senators: "Educational equity for women and all students requires fair, responsive, ful… Continue Reading


Murray, Education Dept. Highlight Progress in ESSA Implementation, Continue Push for Accountability & Equity for All Students

At committee hearing, Murray commends Education Department for strong regulations to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged students; Urges continued efforts to ensure collaboration and that voices of all stakeholders are brought into the process Murray: ESSA is an extension of one of the most important goals of our country-ensuring civil rights and equality of opportunity (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, E… Continue Reading


HIGHER ED: At Sen. Murray’s Urging, Education Dept. To Simplify FAFSA Form For Homeless Students

Changes Will Revise Language "Inconsistencies & Burdensome" Documentation Requirements; Easing Access To Apply For & Receive Financial Aid Washington Post: "The Department of Education is revising the federal financial aid application to make it easier for homeless college students to access loans and grants, in response to requests from Sen. Patty Murray." LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor,… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray: Supreme Court Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health A “True Victory”

Murray: "Our work to protect women's reproductive rights is far from over…I am more committed than ever to standing with women across our country as we keep up the fight" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt that a Texas law restricting women's access to safe, legal abortion care is … Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Honor 44th Anniversary of Title IX, Landmark Civil Rights Law Prohibiting Discrimination

Title IX opened doors to athletics, education and success for millions of women, girls, and LGBT people across the United States On anniversary Senators introduce resolution, recommit to defending and strengthening Title IX and redoubling efforts to protect all students from discrimination, harassment, and violence (Washington D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by 37 Senators in intro… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray: Fisher Decision A Ruling “In Favor of Fairness and Equity”

Murray: Affirmative action has been an integral part of our country's ongoing effort to promote equal opportunity for all (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the use of affirmative action plans in college admissions. "Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of f… Continue Reading


FOSTER CARE: Senators Applaud Agencies for Their Leadership to Increase the Educational Success of Children in Foster Care

Newly-released guidance by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will help improve communication and collaboration between child welfare agencies and state and local educational agencies to implement key reforms to support children in foster care Senators have been pushing for a joint agency response to implement and enforce improvements under the landmark ESSA law and Fostering Connections Act (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member o… Continue Reading



In New Letter, 31 Senators Call On Education Secretary To Strengthen The 90/10 Rule The 90/10 Rule Is Intended To Prevent For-Profit Colleges From 100 Percent Reliance On Federal Taxpayer Dollars From Student Aid-But A Loophole Allows For-Profit Colleges To Count DoD And Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits As "Non-Federal Revenue" Servicemembers And Veterans Are Targets Of Aggressive, Misleading Recruiting By For-Profit Colleges Attempting To Skirt Requirement To Have 10 Percent Non-Federal Rev… Continue Reading


Murray, Carper, Senate Dems: More to Do to Fully Implement ACA Tobacco Cessation Benefits, Offer Tobacco Users Tools to Quit

In new letter, 14 Senators call on agencies to ensure that tobacco cessation treatments and counseling services under the ACA are carried out as the law intended Senators: "Multiple studies, including those from Georgetown University and the American Lung Association, have shown that not everyone has access to a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit [recommendation]" "Increasing access to comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment and services can help prevent these untimely deaths" … Continue Reading

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