Ranking Member's Press


CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT: DeVos and Trump Ignoring Women and Survivors; New Proposal Would Weaken Sexual Assault Protections and Needs to Be Withdrawn

Department of Education moving forward with alarming proposal to undermine protections for students and weaken responsibility for colleges to address sexual assault Last month, Senator Murray and other Democrats wrote a letter urging Secretary DeVos to slow down and listen to student concerns Murray: "Today's news is deeply disappointing but far from surprising" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pe… Continue Reading


Murray Pushes FDA To Keep Building on Efforts to Fight Youth Tobacco Use In Light of New Finding One-in-Five Teens Use E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration announced new plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and further curb youth tobacco use by reducing youth access to some flavored e-cigarettes Murray: "Today's announcement is an important step, but too much is at stake to be content. We must remain vigilant about protecting kids from tobacco." New data shows e-cigarette use rose 78 percent among high school students in 2018, 48 percent among middle school students One-in-five high scho… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump-Pence Administration’s Latest Attacks on Women’s Health an Attempt to “Steamroll Right Over the Will of the People”

Murray vows to keep fighting Trump-Pence Administration's backwards attempts to undermine women's health care amid new harmful steps Despite clear rebuke from voters, President Trump announced new rules that will undermine women's health and make it harder for them to get the care they need Murray: "A day after people across the country rejected the Trump-Pence agenda of undermining women's health care and rights, President Trump chose to steamroll right over the will of the people and d… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats to Secretary Azar: End Efforts to Redefine Sex to Exclude Transgender Persons

Senators: "We are concerned that this effort to redefine 'sex' is putting politics ahead of science and access to health care" Redefinition of sex under Title IX endangers health care protections for transgender and gender nonconforming persons Senators to Azar: Speak out against any proposal that discriminates based on gender identity or gender nonconformity Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Blast DeVos for Deeply Flawed Rulemaking Process That Could Weaken Key Protections for Students

Forthcoming rulemaking process on federal student aid programs could abandon key protections for students, give predatory institutions free reign to take advantage of students and taxpayers Proposed rulemaking process excludes key stakeholders from main voting committee Murray and Scott: "… the Department's proposed procedures for the forthcoming negotiated rulemaking severely limit the number of expert and affected voices at the negotiating table - particularly those representing stu… Continue Reading


As National Disability Employment Awareness Month Concludes, Senator Murray Releases New Report Highlighting Employment Challenges Facing People with Disabilities

New report makes recommendations, urges action to modernize outdated disability employment policy and programs In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Senator Murray also introduced a resolution in the Senate recognizing its importance Additionally, Senator Murray applauds National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) on its 40th anniversary Washington, D.C. - As National Disability Employment Awareness Month com… Continue Reading



RANKING MEMBERS MURRAY, NADLER & SCOTT RELEASE BILL TO END FORCED ARBITRATION IN THE WORKPLACE, RESTORING CRITICAL RIGHTS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS Legislation Gives Workers the Power to Take Legal Action against Employers in Court Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), along with House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Committee on Education and the Workforce … Continue Reading


As Congress’s Bipartisan Bill to Respond to Opioid Crisis Becomes Law, Senator Murray Reminds Colleagues “Crisis is Far From Over”

Bipartisan opioid response bill crafted by Senator Murray signed into law Provisions championed by Senator Murray help address root causes and ripple effects of opioid epidemic Murray emphasizes need to continue building on momentum with additional steps Murray: "We need to build on our work in this important legislation, which is why Democrats are going to keep fighting for more action and greater investments to provide our communities with the resources they need to address the roo… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren Release Report Showing Trump Administration’s Opioid Response Falls Short of Big Promises

Report shows Administration has done little to make use of highly publicized emergency declaration President Trump's emergency declaration resulted in use of only 3 new authorities Administration officials recently confirmed renewal of emergency declaration Despite big talk, Administration has done little to live up to promises and lead on opioid response Trump Administration has previously proposed cuts to Medicaid which could impact addiction treatment, as well as near elimin… Continue Reading


Murray Blasts Trump Administration for Continuing to Break Health Care Promises by Expanding Loopholes and Weakening Patient Protections

New guidance encourages support for junk plans that flout protections for people with pre-existing conditions Murray: "The only thing more insistent than President Trump and Republicans' false promises to protect pre-existing conditions, are their efforts to do the exact opposite." Murray: "President Trump lit a fire with his decision to offer junk plans that give insurance companies power to ignore protections for people with pre-existing conditions, now he's pouring on the gasoline wi… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Applauds Implementation of New Protection for Defrauded Students Despite Attempted Delay From Secretary DeVos

Murray: "Now it's up to Secretary DeVos to do the right thing and immediately begin discharging outstanding loans in full from students who were cheated, defrauded, or left in the lurch, and to stop putting lobbyists and shady for-profit colleges ahead of the students and borrowers she is supposed to work for." 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 re… Continue Reading


Senators Call On DeVos to Stop Plan That Would Weaken Sexual Assault Protections, Start Listening to Students’ Concerns

In letter to Secretary DeVos, Senator Murray and colleagues ask Department to postpone alarming draft regulation and take time to engage with students and stakeholders about their concerns Draft regulation would weaken responsibility for colleges to address sexual assault, restrict protections for students by adopting dangerous and burdensome definition of sexual harassment Recent analysis indicates Department ignored 95 percent of public comments submitted during previous regulatory pro… Continue Reading


Murray Pushes Surgeon General to Address Rising STD Rates

Following report showing increase in STDs, Senator Murray sends letter demanding Surgeon General take action Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, a 9 percent increase from 2016 Murray calls for response that also addresses large health disparities shown by CDC report STDs can be prevented with quality sex education, safe sex practices, vaccines, and frequent STD screenings Murray: … Continue Reading


Murray: Difference on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions “Night and Day,” Democrats Fight for Them, Republicans Undermine Them

Murray urges colleagues to support effort to overturn President Trump's junk plans rule Murray outlines how rule that went into effect last week gives insurance companies more power to sell junk insurance plans and ignore protections for people with pre-existing conditions Democrats have led the charge against President Trump's efforts to undermine pre-existing condition protections by passing Trumpcare, refusing to defend the protections in court, and expanding junk plans Republic… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Root Causes and Ripple Effects of Opioid Crisis

Senator Murray cheers passage of sweeping package to tackle growing opioid epidemic, bill on track to be signed into law Package includes legislation Senator Murray championed in Senate HELP Committee In her remarks Senator Murray spoke about the challenges she heard from families in Washington state and provisions in the opioid package to help address them Senator Murray: "Of course while this is an important bill and an impactful step forward, it is not a final step by any means.… Continue Reading


After Secretary DeVos Forced to Delay Attacks on Student Protections, Senator Murray Vows to “Keep Fighting to Stop the Department In Its Tracks”

Department's final rules to deny debt relief and roll back protections against predatory career training programs will not be published by crucial November 1st deadline Failure to meet the deadline follows outpouring of comments to the Department and widespread opposition from students and families to proposed changes Missing the deadline means no final rule on "borrower defense" or "gainful employment" can go into effect before July 1, 2020-a year later than if the deadline had been met… Continue Reading


Murray Slams DeVos’ Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act, Urges Republicans to Work to Uphold Bipartisan Law and Key Equity Protections for Students

At Senate HELP Committee hearing on implementation of ESSA, Senator Murray stressed the negative impacts on students due to Secretary DeVos' approval of state plans that do not comply with all of the law's equity guardrails Murray also said DeVos' decision to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns and firearm training will make students less safe Murray: "[Our federal education law] should be about providing every student no matter where they live, how they learn, or how mu… Continue Reading


Murray Requests Oversight of Process for Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce

Murray asks Government Accountability Office to look into process of obtaining paperwork required to divide pensions or retirement accounts following a divorce Women's economic security is negatively impacted by divorce, and women are more likely to face poverty in retirement In 2015, Senator Murray released a report detailing the systemic challenges that contribute to stark gender retirement gap Murray asks for study on process for dividing retirement assets that looks at the timel… Continue Reading


Murray, Durbin Slam Department of Education After New Data Shows One Hundred Thousand Cheated or Defrauded Students Are Awaiting Relief

Newly released data shows Department of Education has not processed more than 105,000 borrower defense claims Students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges are entitled to relief under the law Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statements today on data showing that Department of Education has approved less than on… Continue Reading


Murray: President Trump’s Sabotage Has Increased Chaos, Not Transparency

At latest HELP hearing on health costs, Murray stressed importance of transparency to improve health care Since taking office, President Trump has cut program to help people navigate complexity of health care system from $63 million to $10 million Murray: "Unfortunately, instead of taking steps toward greater transparency, President Trump has only taken steps toward greater chaos by sabotaging our health care system." Murray: "… transparency alone is absolutely not enough. A … Continue Reading

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