Chair's Press

04.22.22

Senator Murray Pushes to Protect Workers at Dollar Store Chains, After Reports of Egregious Labor Violations

Senator Murray: "I call on you to explain [these] shameful labor practices and commit to improving conditions for workers moving forward." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, wrote to the chief executives of Dollar General and Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, to protect workers and demand answers about the companies' unacceptable treatment of their employees as a flurry of repor… Continue Reading


04.21.22

Murray, Brown, Colleagues Urge Investigation of Training Repayment Agreements Saddling Workers with Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined Senator Sherrod Brown, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, in leading a letter with their colleagues to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra, urging the agency to investigate training repayment agreements (TRAs), which raise significant concerns about consumer and worker protection. TRAs require w… Continue Reading


04.21.22

Ahead of President Biden’s Visit, Senator Murray Pushes Plan to Lower Families’ Child Care Costs at West Seattle Child Care Center

Senator Murray: "We can-and must-get this plan across the finish line. Because it's as clear as day that we've got to do something big to support child care providers and finally lift the stress of finding and affording high-quality child care off families' shoulders." *** PHOTOS AND B-ROLL OF THE EVENT HERE*** ***AUDIO OF THE EVENT HERE*** (Seattle, WA) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, visited a … Continue Reading


04.19.22

Following Push from Murray, Biden Administration Announces Income-Driven Repayment Fix for Student Loan Borrowers

Senator Murray: "I pushed hard for the Administration to address the harm these failures have caused, and I'm relieved that today they heeded my call to finally accurately count payments borrowers have made over decades-which will provide immediate debt relief for thousands and bring millions more closer to relief." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on th… Continue Reading


04.18.22

Murray, Scott Push Biden Administration to Fix Longstanding Failures with Income-Driven Student Loan Repayment System

Chairs Murray, Scott: "The Department of Education should repair the broken safety net for low-income borrowers by addressing past failures and establishing a new income-driven repayment (IDR) plan that keeps payments affordable, prevents debts from ballooning over time, and provides a reliable pathway out of perpetual repayment." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Representative Bobby … Continue Reading


04.14.22

Senator Murray Statement on Kentucky and Florida’s Unconstitutional Abortion Bans

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the 15-week abortion ban that the Kentucky legislature enacted last night, which goes into effect immediately, and the 15-week abortion ban that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law today. Both laws fail to even provide an exception for rape, incest, or human trafficking. "Kentucky and Florida have just joined … Continue Reading


04.12.22

Senator Murray Statement on Oklahoma’s Abortion Ban

Senator Murray: "This isn't going away-Republicans did not stop in Texas or in Idaho, and they won't stop in Oklahoma either. This is a fight for our generation. This is a fight for our times. And I will do everything I can to protect the right to abortion." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Governor of Oklahoma signing an abortion ban into law, ma… Continue Reading


04.12.22

ICYMI: Leading Labor Advocates Push for Sen. Murray’s Child Care Plan in Reconciliation Package

***READ: Broad coalition of labor groups stress need to address child care crisis via reconciliation*** (Washington, D.C.) - ICYMI, late last week, in a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), more than 90 leading labor groups urged the Senate to pass Senator Patty Murray's (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, child care plan via reconciliation, which would help working parents get back to work by lowering child care costs,… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Senator Murray Calls on FDA to Quickly Address Unacceptable, Longstanding Food Safety Failures

Senator Murray: "The FDA's failure over decades to regulate and enforce food safety standards, on issues ranging from bacteria in vegetables to arsenic in baby food, has put the health of Americans at risk." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert M. Califf urging answers and immediate action following a Politico report th… Continue Reading


04.09.22

Senator Murray Calls on FDA to Strengthen Lagging Food and Nutrition Regulation Efforts

Senator Murray: "At our recent hearing on the FDA, I said business as usual at the agency was not working-and this report shows exactly why." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on a new Politico report that details a culture of inaction at the Food and Drug Administration in the agency's food safety and nutrition efforts. The report lays out several exampl… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Senator Murray Joins Planned Parenthood Leaders to Celebrate New Title X Funding for Washington State, Vows to Defend Reproductive Rights Amid Republican Attacks

Senator Murray: "We're talking about basic, life-saving health care, like cancer screenings. Or the birth control that so many patients depend on …. So to me, it's just unthinkable that you wouldn't support this program-but that's exactly where extreme Republicans are right now." ***LISTEN: Senator Murray, advocates discuss fight to protect Title X*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Co… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Senator Murray Announced As Key Negotiator On Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Supply Chains, Boost American Competitiveness

Senator Murray: "Washington state families cannot rely on foreign competitors to make a brighter future possible for our country-we have to build it in America. That's what this bipartisan bill is about." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after being announced as a member of the conference committee which will negotiate the differences between the Senate-… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Senator Murray, Majority of Senate Democrats Urge Action to Address Child Care Crisis Through Reconciliation

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and a majority of Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging his Administration to address the ongoing child care crisis and help get working parents-especially moms-back to work by using reconciliation to lower child care costs, get families more child care options, and boost… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Senator Murray, Surgeon General Murthy Push to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Senator Murray: "As a mom and a grandma, it breaks my heart to know so many kids are shouldering so much stress, anxiety, trauma, and more-which is why, as a Senator, I am working hard every day to get our kids the support and the care they need to heal." ***WATCH: Senator Murray, Surgeon General Murthy Discuss Youth Mental Health Crisis*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Surg… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Senator Murray Statement on Biden Admin Extending Student Payment Pause After Her Push For Action

(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 Biden administration's announcement that it will extend the student loan payment pause until August 31. "Last month, I pushed the Biden Administration to extend the student loan payment pause-because we can't ask borrowers to resume payments until we fix the broken student loan system. I'm glad they took action today… Continue Reading


04.05.22

Senator Murray Applauds Biden Administration’s Plan to Fix the “Family Glitch” and Lower Families’ Health Care Costs

200,000 uninsured people estimated to get covered under the proposal, and 1 million would see the cost of coverage drop Senator Murray: "President Biden's proposal is a common sense step to lower health care costs and a big win for families." (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 Biden Administration's new proposed rule to strengthen the Affordable C… Continue Reading


04.05.22

Senator Murray Joins Senator Hassan in Calling for Investigation into McKinsey’s Potential Conflicts of Interest in Relation to Opioid Crisis

Hassan, Murray, Colleagues' Request Follows Revelations that McKinsey Consulted for FDA on Opioid-Related Projects While Working for Opioid Manufacturers Like Purdue Pharma (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a group of her colleagues led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in calling for an investigation into the failure of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company to disclose potential conf… Continue Reading


04.05.22

Senator Murray Stresses Importance of Putting Families First, Lowering Drug Costs at Hearing on Reauthorizing FDA’s User Fee Programs

Senator Murray: "We have to make sure the approval process works for families-not just pharmaceutical companies' bottom lines." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a hearing on reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs. At the hearing, Senator Murray made clear she is working in a bipartisan way to reauthorize the user fee programs, which expire this fall… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Murray on New Report on Income-Driven Repayment System Failing Borrowers: It’s Time to Finally Fix Broken Student Loan System and Extend Payment Pause

Senator Murray: "This reporting makes crystal clear what I've already heard from so many struggling student borrowers in Washington state and across the country: our student loan system is seriously broken, it has been for years-and it must be fixed before borrowers are expected to start making payments again." (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 fresh rep… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Senator Murray Statement on President Biden’s Pick to Join the EEOC

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on President Biden's nomination of Kalpana Kotagal to serve as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). "As we work to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a key role in defending the rights of workers. We need lead… Continue Reading

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