Ranking Member's Press

10.21.20

Murray, Democratic Colleagues Urge DeVos to Help 8.2 Million Federal Student Loan Borrowers Currently Unable to Access Relief

8.2 million federal student loan borrowers currently cannot access critical relief made available by the CARES Act, including a freeze on all payments, interest, and collections In a letter, Murray and 33 Senate Democrats urge DeVos to use her existing authority to make sure these struggling borrowers don't fall through the cracks Senator Murray: "The more than eight million student loan borrowers falling into donut holes of critical relief have missed out on needed benefits and suffer… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Murray Responds to Ongoing Fallout of Trump Administration’s Inhumane Family Separation Policy: “Evil Is Too Kind A Word”

Lawyers have been unable to identify parents of 545 children separated by the Trump Administration in 2017 Murray: "Because of the Administration's calculated cruelty, 545 children have not seen their parents since 2017-and have no idea if or when they will ever see them again." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to reporting that lawye… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Murray Continues Pressing Trump Administration to Stop Political Meddling in COVID-19 Response Amid New Revelations

Senator Murray writes to VP Pence following latest reports of Trump Administration officials overruling and undermining CDC experts Murray has introduced the STOP Act, legislation to provide accountability and transparency to address political interference in the COVID-19 response Murray als0 recently launched the Save Our Science Political Interference Tracker, which catalogues reports of Trump Administration interference with scientists and experts leading the COVID-19 response M… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Senator Murray Statement on New Data Revealing High Rates of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Seclusion and Restraint in K-12 Schools

Data released from the Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) show high rates of sexual harassment and assault and seclusion and restraint in K-12 schools Senator Murray: "This data is a reminder of how much work still must be done to protect students-especially Black students, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, and others." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading


10.14.20

Murray, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Track COVID-19 in Congregate Care Facilities to Protect People with Disabilities and Older Americans

In a letter, Senators urge the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect and report COVID-19 data in congregate care facilities-including assisted living facilities, institutions for people with disabilities, group homes, and mental health facilities Senators: "Despite the high risk of contracting COVID-19 for older Americans, children and adults with mental illness, and children and adults with disabilities … in congregate care settings, there are huge gaps in federal repo… Continue Reading


10.11.20

Murray Launches Interference Tracker Amid Continued Revelations of Trump Officials Meddling in COVID-19 Response

Senator Murray launched the Save Our Science Political Interference Tracker Murray has introduced the STOP Act to provide transparency and accountability to address the Trump Administration's repeated efforts to interference in the work of experts and scientists Senator Murray: "The pattern here is unmistakable and dangerous-the Trump Administration is putting politics first and putting lives in jeopardy…" ***See the SOS Political Interference Tracker HERE*** (Washingto… Continue Reading


10.06.20

Senator Murray Stresses the Stakes of SCOTUS Fight for People with Disabilities: “We Cannot Roll Back Access, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity”

On a call, Senator Murray encourages 230 disability advocates to keep up the fight against the Republicans' rushed SCOTUS nomination Senator Murray highlights how Republicans' singular focus on confirming another far-right nominee to the Supreme Court would impact people with disabilities' access to health care Senator Murray to disability advocates: "Instead of doing anything to help each of you, all Senate Republicans are doing is rushing through the nomination of Judge Barrett to the … Continue Reading


10.02.20

Democrats Criticize Proposed Labor Department Rule Weakening Tool to Advance Financial Interests of Workers and Retirees

Sens. Murray and Brown, Reps. Scott and Waters led a letter criticizing DOL proposal to undermine fiduciaries' ability to support their clients' best interests through proxy voting Members: "This proposal does the opposite of protecting retirees-it decreases the value of retirement plans' investments by discouraging fiduciaries from using a key tool to fight for the financial interests of the workers and retirees they serve." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Murray Responds to Trump SCOTUS Nominee’s Call to End Roe v. Wade

SCOTUS nominee Judge Barrett: "It's time to put an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade" Senator Murray: "Not if women and men across the county have anything to say about it." (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 in response to news that President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, signed onto a letter calling to "put… Continue Reading


10.01.20

Murray Introduces Legislation to Build and Maintain Core Public Health Infrastructure Needed to Save Lives, Fight Threats Like COVID-19

Senator Murray introduces Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act Bill would establish a dedicated $4.5 billion fund to build and maintain nation's public health infrastructure at every level Senator Murray: "Public health infrastructure saves lives-and the better funded and prepared our public health system is before a crisis, the more lives it will be able to save during one." Senator Murray: "We cannot afford to ignore this reality, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic contin… Continue Reading


09.30.20

HEALTH EQUITY: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, New Report From Senator Murray Outlines Roots of Systemic Racism and Inequality in U.S. Health Care, Lays Out Recommendations For Congressional Action

Senator Murray: "This report is a call to action. We can-and must-do better." Senator Murray releases new report that outlines how the U.S. health system has failed communities of color and offers recommendations for how to address continuing inequality and racism (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released a 44-page report, "COVID-19 & Achieving Health Equity: Congressional Action i… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Murray On Trump’s Attempts to Hide His Plan to Gut Pre-Ex Protections: “No One Is Falling For This”

Murray calls out President Trump, Senate Republicans for rushing SCOTUS nominee ahead of Nov. 10th arguments on partisan health care lawsuit, while failing to act on serious COVID-19 relief (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 in response to President Trump announcing several new executive orders regarding health care, even as he argues in court to… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Murray, Brown, DeLauro Introduce Landmark Bill Expanding Labor Laws to Protect Workers

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Labor, introduced the Worker Flexibility and Small Business Protection Act, a landmark bill that will expand labor laws to protect workers classified as independent contractors and workers at s… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Murray Votes to Protect Workers By Confirming Jocelyn Samuels to the EEOC and Votes NO on Republicans’ Anti-Worker Nominees

Senator Murray votes to confirm Jocelyn Samuels, a champion of workers' rights, to the EEOC Senator Murray votes against Republican EEOC nominees Andrea Lucas and Keith Sonderling, cites their long records of fighting for corporations instead of workers Murray: "As the coronavirus continues to impact workplaces across the country, workers are facing unprecedented challenges… They need a champion at the EEOC who will work tirelessly to defend their rights. Jocelyn Samuels is that … Continue Reading


09.23.20

Murray Outlines Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Failures, Pushes to Prevent Further Political Interference

Murray details missteps of Trump Administration's failed COVID-19 response as death toll tops 200,000 Trump Administration has repeatedly downplayed the crisis while undermining and overruling experts at public health agencies on the frontlines of the nation's response Murray introduced the STOP Act yesterday, legislation to provide accountability and transparency to end political interference in the COVID-19 response Murray: "So much has changed since those early days of this crisis… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Murray Stops Republican Effort to Undermine Reproductive Rights, Access to Medication Abortion; Republicans Block Murray-Schumer Bill To Stop Political Interference In Pandemic Response

Murray calls out Republicans for prioritizing efforts to attack health care and reproductive rights amid COVID-19 pandemic Murray: "I can't believe I have to say this, but we need to be taking steps to make this crisis better-not worse." Murray countered by calling for unanimous consent to pass legislation to stop political interference in the COVID-19 response-which Republicans opposed (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Democrats Call On Republicans to Stand for Science, Support Bill to Stop Trump Administration’s Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

Democrats introduce legislation to fight political interference in the COVID-19 response following barrage of alarming instances of Trump Administration meddling in scientific work Schumer: "We simply cannot trust this administration to protect the American people, which is why Congress must step in. America will not defeat this virus if people do not have confidence that treatments, vaccines and guidance are approved with only public health goals in mind." Murray: "Now is the time for… Continue Reading


09.17.20

As Students Struggle to Afford College Amid COVID Crisis, Murray Urges Action to Make Financial Aid Process Easier

At HELP hearing, Murray pushes Congress to make the financial aid process easier for students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, and students whose families have low-incomes Murray: "The FAFSA must be a tool that expands access to higher education not a barrier that prevents qualified students from getting the financial aid they need to go to college." ***Watch Senator Murray's Opening Remarks HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Murray: Trump Administration’s Vaccine Plan “Still Missing Far Too Many Pieces”

Murray responds to vaccine plan from Trump Administration that remains silent on crucial questions, including when it comes to researching, developing, reviewing, and manufacturing safe and effective vaccines Murray: "This is one part of a complicated puzzle that is still missing far too many pieces." (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 in res… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Murray Applauds US Commission on Civil Rights Recommendation to Finally End the Use of Subminimum Wages for Workers With Disabilities

Murray: "Paying workers with disabilities a subminimum wage is discrimination-plain and simple-and it's way past time we repeal this outdated policy." (Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) for its report recommending that Congress finally repeal Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which allows employers to pay workers with di… Continue Reading

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