Ranking Member's Press


Senator Murray Urges U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Support Efforts to Repeal Discriminatory Wage Policy for Workers with Disabilities

TOMORROW: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to hold a public briefing on an outdated, discriminatory policy that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wage Ahead of the briefing, Murray reaffirms that the outdated policy "continues to segregate and subject workers with disabilities to discrimination" and that all workers "deserve a uniform and nondiscriminatory minimum wage" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Comm… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Presses Trump Administration On Lackluster E-Cigarette Efforts Amid Outbreak of Vaping-Related Illness, Rising Youth Tobacco Use

Murray: "President Trump and his team have shown little interest in taking on the tobacco industry behind this epidemic and fighting for our children." Since the Trump administration delayed oversight of e-cigarettes in 2017, youth e-cigarette use has doubled among high school students, tripled among middle schools students Outbreak of vaping-related lung illness has impacted over 2,000 people Over two months after announcing an upcoming ban on flavored e-cigarettes, reports suggest … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Senator Murray Delivers Floor Remarks Condemning Menashi Nomination

**Watch Senator Murray's full speech here** Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the Senate floor vote on the nomination of Steven Menashi to serve as United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to condemn Mr. Menashi's history of bigoted remarks and his recently-reported record of helping Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, 28 Democrats Oppose EEOC Decision to Stop Collecting Data Needed to Combat Wage Discrimination

Without justification, EEOC stops requiring employers to collect data on pay and hours based on race, sex, ethnicity and job category Murray, 28 Senate Democrats urge the EEOC to reconsider and take into account the impact on workers, particularly women and communities of color Senators: "Ending the collection of Component 2 data … will worsen pay inequities in the workplace" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health,… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Trump Administration’s Rule Permitting Widespread Discrimination in Health Care

(Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, along with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), introduced the Put Patients First Act, following the Southern District of New York's decision to block the Trump Administration's attempt to refuse to provide lifesaving care on religious or "conscience" bases. This legislation affirms the court's decision and further safeguards the health of all Amer… Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Shaheen, and Merkley Continue Pressing Trump Administration Over Decision to Withhold Funding for Humanitarian Crises and Women’s Health

Senators press Trump administration over decision to put ideology over the lives of women and children worldwide and continue withholding bipartisan funding from the UN Population Fund Letter comes as UN Population Fund celebrates 50th anniversary, kicks off major conference in Nairobi Senators: "The absence of these programs will put women and children who are in need of quality medical care in danger." Senators: "Rather than providing funding for a vital program with bipartisan sup… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Urge Department of Transportation to Ensure Worker Protections for WA Truckers

Department considers actions to override trucker protections, preempting states' rights to set their own labor standards WA truckers would face elimination of crucial meal and rest breaks Democrats urge Department to follow the law and respect WA protections for truckers Lawmakers: "We urge you to listen to workers and worker advocates instead of favoring special interests" Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health… Continue Reading


Murray, Casey, Hassan Press Health Department to Work to Prevent Suicide After Public Health Emergencies

Murray, Casey, and Hassan call for Health Department to ramp up suicide prevention efforts in preparing for and responding to natural disasters and public health emergencies Senators press Department on implementation of provisions in recently passed legislation focused on helping families deal with the mental health consequences of public health emergencies Victims of emergencies and disasters have rates of PTSD and depression five times higher than those of the general public and are m… Continue Reading


Murray to Press FDA Nominee on Prioritizing Science, Not Ideology; Addressing Epidemic of Youth Tobacco Use

Murray: "Families across the country who count on the FDA to keep them safe should be able to trust it is being run capably and without interference from partisanship or ideology." Murray promises to push nominee on youth tobacco use amid youth vaping epidemic and continued delay from Trump Administration after promise to ban flavored e-cigarettes over a month ago Murray also to hold accountable new Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Giroir, given his record of putting ideology ahead of women … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Calls to Build on Bipartisan Efforts as HELP Committee Advances Bills Tackling Variety of Health Issues

Yesterday, Senate Democrats and Republicans on the HELP Committee voted to advance eight bills out of committee to address health challenges families and communities face Murray: "These eight bills are a testament to what's possible when we focus on bipartisan, common sense solutions." Murray: "I hope we can build on the progress that these bill represent. Democrats have lots of other ideas ready to go to protect families' health care, repair the damage President Trump has caused, and … Continue Reading


Murray Slams DeVos Rule Weakening Higher Education Oversight and Lowering Standards for College Accreditation

Senator Murray: College Accreditation and State Authorization Rule "Undermines Quality Assurance and Oversight of Higher Education," calls for issue to be resolved in comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Washington D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on Secretary DeVos' rule to weaken oversight of the college accreditation system and lower th… Continue Reading


Murray: Republicans Face Choice with Health Care Vote Tomorrow, Stand with Families and Patients, or President Trump and Big Insurance Companies

Tomorrow, Democrats will force Republicans to vote on legislation to reverse the Trump administration's rule encouraging states to promote junk health insurance plans and threaten pre-existing condition protections Republicans will have to go on the record and show whether they stand with patients and families, or the Trump administration and big health insurance companies Murray: "Democrats are going to bring forward a bill to ensure protections for pre-existing conditions that Leader … Continue Reading


Amid Delay, Senator Murray and Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Democrats slam the ongoing delay and reported weakening of Trump Administration's promised action to address epidemic of youth tobacco use E-cigarette use among teens continues to grow, largely fueled by flavored products Senators: "[The Trump Administration] must not bow to industry or political pressure at the expense of public health" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Heal… Continue Reading


Senator Patty Murray Questions Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi on Record of Helping DeVos Undermine Protections for Student Borrowers

Letter requests information regarding Menashi's role in the case against the Department of Education that has led to a contempt citation against Secretary DeVos for failure to comply with a court order to stop collecting payments from defrauded student borrowers Menashi served as Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education from spring of 2017 to fall of 2018 Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member … Continue Reading


Murray Slams National Labor Relations Board Members for Undermining Workers’ Confidence in Board’s Integrity Following Unprecedented Rulemaking and Potential Ethics Violation

In two letters to NLRB members, Murray criticizes decisions undermining confidence and trust in agency charged with protecting workers' rights In letter to Chairman Ring, Murray criticizes unprecedented break from rulemaking standards, urges NLRB to act fairly and impartially In letter to Board Member Kaplan, Murray demands answers on potential ethics violation Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, an… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Democrats to Put Republicans on the Record on Health Care, Force Vote to Reverse Trump Rule Eroding Pre-existing Condition Protections

Senate Democrats will be forcing a vote on legislation to reverse President Trump's rule encouraging states to promote junk insurance plans and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions Murray: "I am here today to say that Republicans' transparent health care charade is coming to an end." Murray: "We are going to keep pushing Republicans to do the right thing and stand up for patients and families-even if it means standing against President Trump." ***Watch Senato… Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Wyden Denounce President Trump’s Cruel Policy Denying Visas Based on Health Care Coverage

Senators urge HHS Secretary Alex Azar to reverse the policy and demand more information on why HHS decided to implement it Policy could block up to two thirds of those applying for lawful permanent residence Senators: "President Trump's proclamation undermines the values that we stand for and are embedded in our health care and immigration systems." Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and … Continue Reading


Murray, Durbin: New Report Shows Need to Improve Financial Training for Servicemembers Amid Implementation of New Retirement System

New report shows improvements needed to thoroughly assess financial preparedness of servicemembers and efficacy of financial training efforts New retirement system implemented last year increases importance of providing servicemembers with adequate resources, training, and information on financial management Murray: "Our servicemembers are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, and we owe it to them to make sure we're doing our part to secure their futures as well." … Continue Reading


Murray Demands Answers From Trump EEOC Appointee on New Efforts to Sweep Wage Discrimination Under Rug

Senator Murray condemns Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for abandoning collection of data intended to help fight wage gap, wage discrimination Murray: "People expect the EEOC to hold companies accountable for pay discrimination, not help them sweep it under the rug." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairwoman Janet Dh… Continue Reading


Senators Murray and Duckworth Call For Secretary DeVos to Start Supporting Student Parents Following Her Rejection of GAO Recommendations and Undermining Child Care Programs

GAO report offers recommendations on how Department of Education can help student parents access federal financial aid to pay for child care Contrary to research, Department of Education rejects all three recommendations Senators: "It is time for the Department to abandon its attacks on student parents and the federal programs that support them" Washington, D.C. - Thursday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensio… Continue Reading

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