Ranking Member's Press

02.15.19

Democrats Object to “Unconventional and Nontransparent” Review Process for Rule to Undermine Family Planning

Sens. Murray, Harris, and Hassan, and Rep. Cummings question the Trump Administration's review of a rule that would restrict women's access to care and institute a domestic gag rule on health care providers. Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Patty Murray, the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Murray: Democrats Stand With Doctors, Nurses, Women Against Latest GOP Show Vote Attacking Women’s Rights And Health Care

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on Senator McConnell's announcement of a show vote on anti-abortion legislation leading medical organizations have vocally opposed. "This bill is unnecessary, harmful, and would put Vice President Pence and Republicans in Congress right where they don't belong: in between a woman and her health care provider as she is makin… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Murray Statement on Independent Watchdog Report Finding Failures In Department of Education’s Management of Federal Student Loan Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on report released by the Department of Education's independent watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, which found internal failures at the Department to appropriately oversee student loan servicers that receive federal contracts. The report discloses "noncompliance" by all nine federal servicers, and sometimes repeated no… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Murray, Scott Request Oversight of Cybersecurity in the Retirement System

Senator Murray and Congressman Scott ask Government Accountability Office to examine cybersecurity of the private retirement system Members call for oversight of policies to protect plan participants, and their personal data, from cyberthreats As of 2017 over $5 trillion dollars are held in defined contribution plans like 401(k)s Members: "It is important that workers and retirees know their savings are in fact safe, and that a cyberattack will not throw the retirement they have spen… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Murray Emphasizes Importance of Addressing the Needs of People Managing Pain During Continued Opioid Response Efforts

At HELP hearing, Senator Murray highlights the need to make sure patients living with pain can access the treatments they need 20 million people suffer from persistent chronic pain that interferes with their work and daily activities Murray: "We have to find responsible, comprehensive solutions for pain management that ensure opioids are marketed, prescribed, and used responsibly but, at the same time, are within reach for people dealing with chronic pain." Murray: "Pain isn't one-… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Murray, Alexander Press Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Continue to Address Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Measles Outbreaks in Under-Vaccinated Areas Across the Country

Senators Murray and Alexander send bipartisan letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health asking about efforts to promote vaccination and vaccine confidence as multiple states face outbreaks of measles Already this year, 79 measles cases have been confirmed, following 372 measles cases in 2018 Senators: "While vaccination rates in the U.S. continue to be generally high, pockets of unvaccinated people and decreasing… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Sen. Murray Statement On Announcement of Investigation Into Epstein Case By DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray issued the following statement on the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has opened an investigation into the DOJ's prosecution of serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein. "As I've made clear, it's crucial that we understand fully whether DOJ policies were followed with respect to Jeffrey Epstein, and if they were, why there are policies in place that allowed a wealthy, well-connected m… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Murray, Murkowski to Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act helps develop national standards of care for survivors of sexual assault and tackle barriers they face when seeking care 2016 GAO report requested by Senator Murray found major barriers for survivors seeking care after sexual assault SASCA introduced in Senate with more cosponsors than ever before Congresswoman Jayapal and Congressman King to reintroduce corresponding legislation in the House Murray: "When a survivor of sexual assault go… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Murray Stresses Helping Families Get Primary Care As Key Part of Tackling Health Costs

At HELP hearing, Senator Murray highlights innovative primary care approaches in Washington state driving down health costs and improving outcomes Murray emphasized the importance of addressing barriers to primary care access like cost, distance, and language Murray: "While primary care providers can play a critical role in coordinating care and reducing costs, they can only play that role when people have access to care. In fact… lack of access can actually drive costs higher. … Continue Reading


02.05.19

Murray, HELP Committee Democrats Call On Pharmaceutical Companies to Explain Skyrocketing Insulin Prices

Murray leads HELP Committee Democrats in writing to pharmaceutical companies demanding explanation of rising insulin prices Diabetes costs have risen 26 percent since 2012, making it the most costly chronic condition in the country One-in-four diabetes patients have reported rationing medication because of cost House Energy and Commerce Committee has also requested companies explain skyrocketing insulin costs Senators: "It is clear that these steep price increases are resulting i… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Senate, House Dems Demand Answers from Secretary DeVos Following Move to Replace Education Department’s Independent Watchdog with Top Department Official

Senator Murray, Chairman Scott, and Chair DeLauro Warn DeVos' New Acting Inspector General Could Block Investigations into Education Department Actions WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Murray, Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Listen to Students and Survivors of Sexual Assault, Start Over on Title IX Rule

In comment letter to Secretary DeVos, 36 Senate Democrats urged Secretary DeVos to withdraw her Title IX proposal, listen to survivors, and write a rule that will build on progress made to keep students safe from sexual assault and harassment Sexual assault and harassment are widespread epidemics in classrooms, schools, and on college campuses across the country DeVos' rule would weaken student protections and allow schools to shirk their responsibility to keep students safe Senate D… Continue Reading


01.30.19

Murray, DeLauro Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and ensure women are paid what they deserve Bill introduction comes 10 years after President Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, marking an important step in the fight to end the gender wage gap Paycheck Fairness Act was cosponsored by 45 Senators and every Democratic Member of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Heal… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Murray Calls for Long-Term Funding for Critical Primary Care Programs That Serve Communities Nationwide

At HELP hearing, Murray emphasizes impact of funding uncertainty last year on community health centers and the families they serve, touts bipartisan bill to provide stable funding for years to come Community health centers help 27 million patients a year find care close to home Teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps help support centers and bring medical professionals to practice in underserved areas Murray: "This time last year… community health center… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Murray Demands Information From Johnson & Johnson Following Reports of Cover Up of Potential Asbestos in Baby Powder

Murray demands answers from Johnson & Johnson CEO following Reuters report indicating the company covered up potential asbestos in its baby powder for decades Murray: "I am troubled by recent reports of an alleged decades-long effort by Johnson & Johnson to potentially mislead regulators and consumers about the safety of one of its products, which may have resulted in long-term harm for men, women, and children who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder." Washington, D.C. - Yeste… Continue Reading


01.17.19

Murray Criticizes Trump Administration for Proposing New Rules to Sabotage Health Care Amid Government Shutdown

Proposed changes would amount to a health care tax on families across the country Nonpartisan analysis found the change would lead to higher premiums and less coverage for families across the country Murray: "Even 27 days into the shutdown he caused, President Trump has somehow found time to further sabotage health care for patients, families, and women." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Com… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Murray Slams Republicans for Attacking Women’s Health Care Instead of Addressing the Ongoing Trump Shutdown

Republicans are preparing to vote on backwards legislation to undermine women's health care and chip away at their constitutionally protected reproductive rights Republicans are not preparing to vote on legislation to open the government, pay workers across the country, and end the chaos caused by President Trump's shutdown Murray: "All it would take [to end the shutdown] is a vote-we know it would pass… But what have Republican leaders done instead? …They've scheduled a v… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Top Democrats Introduce Bill Gradually Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and House and Senate leadership to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the… Continue Reading


01.11.19

Murray and 33 Democratic Colleagues Investigate Shutdown’s Impact on Safety of Nation’s Food Supply and Approval of Medical Products

Murray and 33 other Democratic Senators sent a letter asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the shutdown's impact on its efforts to ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and approval of medical products Senators requested information on how FDA has scaled back oversight of foreign and domestic food facilities due to the shutdown Shutdown could cause a backlog and hinder approval of new medical products Senators also asked what the agency is doing to address the… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Murray, DeLauro Urge DeVos To Extend Comment Period for Title IX Rule So Students Can Make Their Voices Heard

Secretary DeVos' rule would drastically change how schools handle sexual assault and harassment, including allowing schools to shirk their responsibility to respond to sexual assault Many students and survivors have said Secretary DeVos proposed a rule without listening to their stories and experiences of sexual assault Murray and DeLauro: "We ask that you ensure every voice is heard in this process and that includes allowing the public a meaningful opportunity to comment" Washingto… Continue Reading

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