Ranking Member's Press

01.15.21

Senator Murray Urges Health Department to Reverse Sudden Changes That Undermine Food and Drug Administration’s Independence

Reporting reveals HHS has rushed to enact major policy changes at the FDA without input from the agency Murray: "These efforts jeopardize the public health mission, priorities, and integrity of FDA and show blatant disregard for the expertise of FDA career staff." (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reached out to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), A… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Senator Murray Praises Inclusion of $15/Hour Federal Minimum Wage in Biden-Harris COVID-19 Rescue Plan

President-elect Biden's COVID-19 relief plan includes provisions that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and end subminimum wages for tipped workers and workers with disabilities Murray: "Now more than ever, it's time to give millions of workers a sorely-needed and much-deserved raise and finally ensure having a job in America means being able to put a roof over your head and food on the table" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate … Continue Reading


01.14.21

Senator Murray Praises Biden on Plan to Include Significant Child Care Relief in COVID Package

President-elect Biden's COVID-19 relief bill includes additional $40 billion in child care relief Murray: "Families and child care providers need relief yesterday-so I'm glad that President-elect Biden's plan meets the moment to address the child care crisis we're facing." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the additional $40 billion in child care … Continue Reading


01.14.21

Senator Murray Praises Biden for Plans to Expand Paid Leave in COVID Package

President-elect Biden's COVID-19 relief bill includes key provisions championed by Senator Murray to extend and expand paid leave Murray: "With a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Biden Administration only days away, I'm ready to get to work-not just to extend the paid leave policy we had on the books, but to expand it to include more workers-in particular workers of color and essential workers who are much more likely not to be offered paid leave at their jobs." (Washington, D.C.… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Murray: President-Elect Biden’s Proposal On COVID-19 Vaccination Makes Clear “Help Is On The Way”

Murray: "The incoming Biden-Harris Administration's proposal represents a world of change from President Trump's hands-off, head-in-the-sand approach." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the steps President-elect Biden outlined to scale up vaccine distribution and administration as part of his COVID-19 response proposal. "Today, President-elect Bid… Continue Reading


01.13.21

Murray: Education Nominee Dr. Cardona is “the Leader Our Nation’s Students, Educators and Schools Need”

Following call with Dr. Cardona, Senator Murray reiterates her support for Dr. Cardona's nomination, cites his experience in public education and focus on educational equity Murray aims for a swift confirmation for Dr. Cardona Murray: "After talking with Dr. Cardona today, it's clear that he is an excellent choice for Secretary Education who will bring the right experience and priorities to the role." Murray: "As a 4th grade teacher, principal, superintendent, professor and Educati… Continue Reading


01.11.21

In New Letter, Leader Schumer, Senator Murray & Senate Dems Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures

Leader Schumer, Senator Murray And 43 Senate Democrats Write To HHS Secretary Alex Azar Detailing How Trump Administration Should Fix Vaccine Distribution Failures And Implement A Comprehensive National Vaccine Plan Schumer, Murray And Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Provide Resources, Funding And Guidance To State, Local, Tribal, And Territorial Governments In Order To Efficiently Distribute And Administer Vaccines To People Across The Country In New Letter, Schumer And Mu… Continue Reading


01.08.21

Murray Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh to Serve as Secretary of Labor

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that President-elect Biden has nominated Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as Secretary of Labor: "As we work to hold the President and his extreme supporters accountable for this week's attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we also need to make sure the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the grou… Continue Reading


01.08.21

Murray Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh to Serve as Secretary of Labor

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that President-elect Biden has nominated Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as Secretary of Labor: "As we work to hold the President and his extreme supporters accountable for this week's attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we also need to make sure the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the grou… Continue Reading


12.23.20

Murray Slams Trump DOL for Last Minute Rule Allowing Employers to Steal Tips from Workers

Senator Murray: "Tipped workers in the restaurant industry and beyond are … on front-lines of the COVID pandemic, risking exposure to the virus and facing increased levels of harassment and a decline in tips." Senator Murray: "These workers desperately need relief and protection, but instead the Trump Administration has finalized a rule that will allow employers to line their pockets by essentially stealing workers' tips." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), r… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Murray Statement on the Nomination of Miguel Cardona to Serve as Secretary of the Department of Education

(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 on the announcement that President-elect Biden has nominated Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as Secretary of the Department of Education: "Students, parents, and educators nationwide have been thrown into uncertainty and chaos we've simply never seen before. They need a Secretary of Education who understands their respons… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Murray Bill to End Surprise Billing Passes Senate & House

Legislation builds on WA state law prohibiting surprise billing, expands protections to even more patients in the state and across the country Murray: "No patient seeking the care they need should get hit with an unexpected, exorbitant bill for out-of-network care." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the passage of a bipartisan deal she brokered … Continue Reading


12.22.20

Murray Succeeds In Passing Steps to Lower Drug Costs, Will Continue Pushing For Additional Action

End-of-year package includes provisions from Senator Murray's Lower Health Care Costs Act to tear down barriers that keep cheaper generic drugs off the market Murray to continue pressing for additional impactful steps to bring down drug costs for patients-including Medicare negotiation Murray: "After years of skyrocketing drug prices, patients cannot afford to keep waiting for further action to finally get this problem under control." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray … Continue Reading


12.22.20

Murray: Funds for Testing and Vaccines in COVID Relief Package “Long Overdue” But Work “Far From Over”

New COVID package passed by Senate includes $22.4 billion in new testing funds Package would provide $8.75 billion for distribution of vaccines, and $23 billion for development and procurement of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical supplies Package designates dollars for high-risk and underserved populations, including communities of color and rural communities Senator Murray: "This funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccines is long overdue, but our work to protect famili… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Murray: Asking Trusted Public Health Voice Like Dr. Murthy to Return as Surgeon General “Sends Exactly the Right Message”

Murray: " At a time when we absolutely need to be listening to experts and having them lead our response to this pandemic, nominating an experienced public health official like Dr. Murthy to return as Surgeon General sends exactly the right message." (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 after meeting by phone with Dr. Vivek Murthy, President-elect Biden's… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Murray Impressed After Call With President Biden’s HHS Nominee Becerra, Calls for Swift Confirmation

Becerra has fought tobacco companies responsible for rising youth tobacco use, opioid companies connected to the addiction crisis, and drug companies that have blocked cheaper generic competition Becerra was a key leader in passing the Affordable Care Act in Congress, and has led efforts to defend the law in court against the Trump Administration's efforts to strike it down Murray: "With a record like that there can be no doubt he is going to continue to be a champion for patients as Sec… Continue Reading


12.15.20

Sen. Murray and Rep. Scott: Trump Administration’s Weak Fiduciary Rule Will Hurt Families, Benefit Unscrupulous Financial Advisors

Murray and Scott: "People are looking for reliable help as they try to navigate the painful economic fallout of this pandemic-but this rule will make that unbiased help even harder to find." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, released the following statement in response to the Departmen… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Democrats Press Trump Administration On Decision Not to Pre-Order More Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, Need for Transparent Plan Going Forward

FDA granted an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last Friday Reporting revealed the Trump Administration turned down an option this summer to pre-order additional doses of Pfizer's vaccine Senators: "We are concerned the failure to secure an adequate supply of vaccines will needlessly prolong the COVID-19 pandemic in this country, causing further loss of life and economic devastation." Senators: "…the Administration must be more transparent about its pr… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Murray: FDA Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine “Good News” But “Far From Mission Accomplished”

Murray: "To go from vaccines on shelves to vaccinations in arms, we are going to have to roll up our sleeves-literally and figuratively." Murray: "The undertaking ahead… is enormous, and I remain deeply concerned the Trump Administration's preparations so far are not adequate for the task at hand."Murray: "States and Tribes need more leadership from the federal government, as well as serious funding from Congress dedicated specifically to vaccine distribution." Murray cites work a… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Senator Murray Announces Bipartisan Deal to Protect Patients, End Surprise Medical Bills

New bipartisan legislation would build on strong state laws like Washington state's to expand protections and end surprise medical bills for all patients, without increasing premiums Murray on the need to swiftly pass surprise billing legislation: "Getting this done is especially important right now, because we have seen during this pandemic just how devastating it is for patients to get a surprise bill they didn't expect and can't afford, for lifesaving care they thought was covered." S… Continue Reading

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