Ranking Member's Press


Murray: Trump Administration Apprenticeship Proposal is “A Giveaway to Private Corporations and For-Profit Colleges”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today released the following statement on the Department of Labor's proposed rule to create a system of duplicative, lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs." The proposed rule stems from an executive order signed by President Trump in 2017 to create non-registered apprenticeship programs that would undermine existing, high-quality registere… Continue Reading


Murray, Slotkin Lead Colleagues In Honoring Anniversary of Title IX, Landmark Civil Rights Law Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education

47 Years Ago, the passage of Title IX created unprecedented opportunities for women, girls, and LGBTQIA+ people to find success both in academics and athletics Members of Congress introduce resolution honoring the anniversary, reaffirm commitment to strengthening Title IX and ensuring equity in the education system Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Elissa Slot… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Ask Government Watchdog to Look at Fallout of Trump Administration’s Decision to Abandon Investor Protection Rule Following Fifth Circuit Order One Year Ago

Murray and Scott asked GAO to look at how the financial services industry has responded since the Trump Administration abandoned a rule requiring financial advisors to put their retirement clients' interests before their own following the Fifth Circuit's decision Murray and Scott requested investigation on anniversary of the Fifth Circuit's Order to vacate the Obama-era fiduciary standard that the Trump Administration declined to defend despite a Circuit split Members: "In the past yea… Continue Reading


Ten Years After Landmark Legislation to Fight Tobacco Addiction, Murray Presses FDA for Stronger Response to Threats

Senator Murray and 16 Democrats wrote to the Food and Drug Administration urging "proactive and expedient action" to protect kids from tobacco products Letter comes ahead of ten year anniversary of the landmark Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one in four high school students using e-cigarettes as of 2018 Senators: "This anniversary offers an important reminder of the serious threat posed to p… Continue Reading


During Pride Month, Murray Urges Senate to Reject Trump Judicial Nominee With Hateful and Extreme Anti-LGBTQIA+ and Anti-Women Record

Senator Murray took to the Senate floor to denounce the Trump Administration's nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk to the federal bench Kacsmaryk has a history of targeting vulnerable communities, including fighting tooth and nail against LBGTQIA+ protections Kacsmaryk has also been a fervent crusader against women's reproductive rights, including access to birth control Murray: "Mr. Kacsmaryk is another example of an extreme choice by President Trump to jam courts with individuals who… Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro Statement on Federal Data on How Often Students Are Secluded or Restrained

Washington, D.C. - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statements regarding a new report from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal data on restraint and seclusion collected by the Department of Educa… Continue Reading


Murray Pushes to Continue Momentum, Tackle Greater Health Care Challenges, as Committee Considers Bipartisan Bill to Lower Health Care Costs

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing on bipartisan legislation to lower health care costs Murray highlighted how the bipartisan legislation would take steps to respond to issues like surprise billing, drug costs, vaccine hesitancy, maternal mortality, and more Senator Murray also made clear the biggest health care issues still need to be addressed, and called for Republicans to join Democrats to address President Trump's health care sabotage Murray: "The bill we are discussing today … Continue Reading


#FreeThePill: Murray, Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez, Bera, Hill Introduce Legislation in Push for Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Democrats make clear to Republicans any meaningful effort to increase access to over-the-counter birth control must ensure affordability Legislation issues challenge to Republicans who have yet to support ensuring any FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control is covered by insurance without cost-sharing and without requiring a prescription FreeThePill: "1 in 3 women who have tried to get prescription birth control face obstacles." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading


Murray Slams Republicans’ Attempts to Sabotage Medicaid and Jeopardize Health Care for Millions of People

Murray and Democrats take to the Senate floor to call out Republicans' efforts to undermine Medicaid and health care for millions of people Murray: "People across the country have been absolutely clear they want us to fight for families struggling with high health care costs, and help make sure everyone in our country can get quality, affordable care. Unfortunately, Republicans so far have been equally clear in their answer-we don't care." Murray: "State after state has worked to expand … Continue Reading


Murray, Brown, Scott, Takano Reintroduce Bill To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

Bill Would Make Millions of Workers Newly Eligible for Overtime Pay WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) today reintroduced legislation to make millions of American workers newly eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week, providing economic security to millions of working familie… Continue Reading


Murray Demands Department of Labor Reverse Decision to End Program to Help At-Risk Youth and Protect Natural Lands and Parks

Murray sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Acosta on DOL's decision to end the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC) program and permanently close nine centers Job Corps CCCs provide underserved youth in rural areas with job training and help the U.S. Forest Service conserve natural parks and lands, as well as respond to natural disasters DOL has provided virtually no information for the reasoning behind the closures, or what will happen to the thousands of students and staff at … Continue Reading


PATIENTS OVER PROFITS: Joined by Providers, Patients, and Families, Senator Murray Lays Out Plans to Tackle High Drug Costs

Senator Murray, joined by patients, shared stories of families struggling with prescription drug costs and outlined her plans to help bring costs down Recently, Senator Murray released legislation to remove roadblocks companies use to keep more affordable versions of expensive brand-name drugs off the market and tackle high drug prices Senator Murray: "Our country may be responsible for some of the most advanced medical science in the world… but we can't lose sight of the point of… Continue Reading


Murray Pans SEC’s Flimsy Investor Protection Rule Which Represents a Step Down From Proposed Rule

Murray: "People across the country deserve to know the professionals they turn to for help planning their financial futures are putting their clients' financial security ahead of their own bottom line." 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 the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) new rule which was authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act… Continue Reading


Murray Commemorates Centennial of Amendment Guaranteeing Women’s Right to Vote, Emphasizes Need to Continue Tackling Barriers to the Ballot

Murray joins bipartisan effort from all 25 female Senators to Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senate passage of the amendment securing women's right to vote Murray reflects on progress women have made since securing the right to vote Murray emphasizes the need to continue fighting to make sure all communities have access to the ballot Murray: "Today, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of that important milestone in the march for equality, it's inspiring to see how far wom… Continue Reading


Murray Slams Trump Administration’s Latest Move to Encourage Discrimination and Undermine Health Care

Trump Administration proposal would undermine access to care for the LGBTQ community, women, and individuals who already face barriers to care Murray: "Patients don't need the ideological judgment of President Trump, Vice President Pence, or anyone else for that matter-they need to know that when they seek the health care they need, they won't be turned away because of who they are." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educatio… Continue Reading


Murray, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Crack Down On Sham Drug Patents, Remove Obstacles for Lower Cost Generic Drugs

New legislation aims to prevent drug companies from using sham patents to block competition from cheaper generic drugs Murray: "As families across the country struggle to fill their prescriptions and make ends meet, drug companies should be focused on getting more people the treatments they need, not on keeping cheaper drugs off the shelf." Cornyn: "Americans deserve greater access to lower-cost medications. This legislation will increase transparency and help stop abuse of the patent sy… Continue Reading


Murray, Brown, Sanders Lead 20 Senators In Urging Labor Dept To Withdraw Proposed Rule That Would Deny Millions Of Workers Overtime Pay They Have Earned

Senators to DOL: New Rule would Set Overtime Threshold at Level Not Nearly High Enough, would Deprive Estimated 3 Million Low- to Middle- Income Workers Potential Wages WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) led 20 Senators in writing a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), urging it to withdraw a proposed rule that would deprive an estimated 3 million workers of the overtime pay they have earned. In March, Brown a… Continue Reading


Senators Murray and Warren Lead Colleagues Expressing Support for Agreement That Will Help Military Borrowers Receive the Zero Interest Student Loan Benefit They Are Owed

Eligible servicemembers have potentially overpaid tens of millions in federal student loan interest payments that they did not owe because of lack of communication between federal agencies Text of Letter (PDF) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), led seventeen of their Senate colleagues today in sending a comment letter to the Department of Defense… Continue Reading


Murray Calls on Food and Drug Administration to Take Swift Action on Tobacco Following Court Ruling

Federal court rules against FDA's decision to delay review of newly regulated tobacco products, including e-cigarettes CDC study found one-in-five high school students using e-cigarettes as of 2018 Murray: "As youth tobacco rates skyrocket… it's clearer than ever we can't afford for the Food and Drug Administration to drag its feet on protecting our kids from a new generation of tobacco products." Murray has repeatedly called on FDA to prohibit the use flavors in e-cigarettes … Continue Reading


Murray, Nadler, Scott Introduce Bill to End Forced Arbitration in the Workplace, To Allow Workers to Band Together to Enforce Their Legal Rights

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor introduced the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, legislation to end forced arbitration clauses and protect workers' ability to pursue work-related claims in… Continue Reading

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