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  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold the expansion of minimum wage and overtime protections to home care professionals.  “This...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act.    “Eighty years ago, with the stroke of a pen, Franklin D. Roosevelt forever...
  • Executive Order could guarantee access to paid sick days to 28 million federal contractors   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who has introduced the Healthy Families Act in every Congress since 2004...
  • — by The Columbian
    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is fighting a losing battle with hopes of winning the war. Last week, Murray sought something called "unanimous consent" on a package of worker-friendly bills she has helped introduce in recent months. In the process, she provided a lesson in the inner workings of Washington, D.C., the give-and-take of politics, and the...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), the ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, praised a new standard to reduce workplace exposure to beryllium, a mineral...
  • — by Sarah Chacko
    As the Senate starts its month-long recess, Democrats took a parting shot at Republicans for blocking measures they say would benefit workers, an issue that will likely find its way into congressional and presidential campaigns in the fall of 2016. Sen. Patty Murray, ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee...
  • Senators raise doubts about whether ED officials adequately reported results of their Servicemembers Civil Relief Act reviews A copy of the letter is available here A copy of the Warren staff report is available here WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senator...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Opportunities to Improve Student Success. In her remarks, Murray said she would continue to be focused on making sure more students from all...
  • *WATCH: Murray, Warren call for moving forward on legislation to help working families, Republicans object*   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked unanimous consent to move forward on legislation to expand economic security and stability for working families across the country. The...
  • Murray: “In Congress, we must act to give workers some much needed relief.  We need to grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down.  And we should make sure our country works for all Americans, not just the wealthiest few.”   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)...
  • Murray: “Political attacks and threats to shut down the government aren’t going to get in the way of women’s access to the care they need.”   (Washington, D.C) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on the...
  • Agree to recommend House Chairman John Kline to chair the conference committee to reconcile House- and Senate-passed bills   WASHINGTON, July 30 – House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Ranking Member...
  • Murray: “Simply put, in colleges and universities across the country, basic human rights are being violated.” (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act:...
  • Bipartisan bill will improve programs to increase awareness, prevention, and early identification of mental health conditions   WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29 – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act, a bill to...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.   “As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were signed into law on July 30, 1965.   “Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed into law a promise to...
  • — by Issac Stanley Becker
    Sen. Lamar Alexander walked into Sen. Patty Murray’s office and closed the door. Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, had just taken control of the education committee in the new GOP-led Senate and was determined to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the main K-12 federal education law. It was early February, and he had released a draft of his...
  • — by Tyler Kingkade
    Some college administrators are complaining they already have enough regulations about responding to sexual assault, but lawmakers like Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have no intention of abandoning plans for new federal rules on the issue. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension committee will hold its first hearing Wednesday on the Campus...
  • — by Thomas E. Perez and Sen. Patty Murray
    When it comes to retirement in America, we’re sailing directly into a perfect storm. Never before in human history have more people been looking ahead to more years of retirement. At just the moment that our largest generation, the baby boomers, is entering its golden years, it is becoming harder for Americans to save for retirement. Right...
  • (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law on July 26, 1990.   “In the 25 years that have passed since...