Ranking Member's Press

12.11.18

Murray Continues Fight Against President Trump’s Far-Right Judicial Nominees, Opposes Nominee Tied to Fake Women’s Health Clinics

Murray spoke on the Senate floor against Circuit Court nominee Jonathan Kobes and laid out why his volunteer work for fake women's health centers is disqualifying Kobes volunteered to help defend a law that interfered in the relationship between providers and patients by requiring providers to give fake information to women seeking reproductive care Kobes is the sixth nominee from President Trump to be rated "unqualified" by the American Bar Association ***Watch Senator Murray's ful… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Murray, Kaine, and Senate Democrats Urge Department of Justice Watchdog to Investigate Decision-Making Process for Epstein Case

In 2007, then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta entered a non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, accused of abusing and coercing young girls into sex acts According to new Miami Herald investigation, Epstein was given "the deal of a lifetime" Senate Democrats raised alarm during Acosta's nomination process for Secretary of Labor, new details raise further questions about Acosta's handling of the case Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Hold Student Loan Companies Accountable, Increase Transparency to Ensure Companies Are Following the Law

Following DeVos' troubling pattern of shielding student loan companies from accountability, Senators urge DeVos to increase transparency and accountability for companies receiving taxpayer-funded contracts Senators: "Borrowers, taxpayers, schools, and policymakers are poorly served by the lack of transparency over student loan servicing" Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 25 Sen… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Murray, Durbin, Markey, and Colleagues Keep Pressure on Food and Drug Administration to Go Further in Combating Youth Tobacco Use

Murray, Durbin, Markey, and 18 of their colleagues wrote to Commissioner Gottlieb supporting plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and urging additional action to reduce youth e-cigarette use Recent study found a sharp spike in youth e-cigarette use, with one-in-five high school students using e-cigarettes as of 2018 Senators: "It is well past time to end the marketing of products that so clearly impact the health of our youth, and we urge the agency to act quickly to mak… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Murray Highlights Bipartisan Success as Committee Passes Legislation to Help Families and Communities

HELP Committee passes five more bills to help families and communities across the country Legislation is focused on access to maternity care services, Alzheimer's, Traumatic Brain Injury, children's emergency care, and museums and libraries Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered opening remarks at the Committee's November markup hearing where members on both sides of the aisle … Continue Reading


11.29.18

Murray: Trump Administration Offers “How-to Guide for Health Care Sabotage”

Trump Administration reveals templates showing states how to apply for permission to flout patient protections under new guidance for 1332 waivers Last month the Trump Administration issued a new guidance that warped 1332 waivers by weakening enforcement of the guardrails for the program and undermined protections for people with pre-existing conditions Murray and other Democratic Leaders have urged the Trump Administration to reverse course and warned the new guidance is inconsistent wi… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Senator Murray Seeks Update on Ebola Outbreak Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Senator Murray requests information regarding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's capabilities to respond to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Current outbreak includes 375 confirmed cases and 195 deaths, according to the World Health Organization's latest update Murray: "Ensuring the health and security of our country means having a robust response to public health threats and outbreaks globally." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading


11.28.18

Murray, Hassan, Advocates and Survivors of Sexual Assault Urge Secretary DeVos to Withdraw Title IX Rule, Urge Students and Survivors to Make Their Voices Heard

Senators Murray and Hassan, advocates, and sexual assault survivors urged Secretary DeVos to withdraw her rule, listen to students and survivors, and aggressively implement student protections Secretary DeVos' proposed Title IX rule would weaken protections for survivors and make it easier for schools to shirk their responsibility to keep students safe *Watch a livestream of the press conference here* (Washington, D.C.) Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate … Continue Reading


11.28.18

Murray Calls On Republicans to Listen to Voters, End Health Care Sabotage Agenda, and Return to Negotiating Table to Lower Costs

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray calls on Republicans to listen to voters, return to negotiating table to address Trump sabotage and lower health costs Murray: "The will of the people could not be clearer-they are tired of President Trump's broken promises, backwards steps, and blatant gimmicks. They want real solutions to make sure quality health care is accessible and affordable." Murray: "I hope Republicans finally got the message and are ready to turn over a new leaf. I hope th… Continue Reading


11.27.18

Senators Criticize Trump Administration After Watchdog Finds Vulnerabilities at Facility Charged with Caring for Children in Health Department’s Custody

Senators Murray, Feinstein, Wyden, and Durbin all issued statements following new report on failures of grantee entrusted to care for children in the custody of the Health Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of t… Continue Reading


11.21.18

Murray Statement on DeVos Decision to Reinstate Controversial For-Profit College Accreditor

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 on Secretary DeVos' decision to reinstate the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a federally-recognized accreditor. ACICS lost its federal recognition in 2016 after the Obama Administration determined it was not adequately reviewing for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthi… Continue Reading


11.20.18

Murray, Feinstein Lead Colleagues in Urging Trump Administration to Rescind Rule Unnecessarily Punishing International Students

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued guidance that could cause serious harm to international students in the United States Due to complex immigration law, many international students do not know they have violated terms of their visa-now could be barred from re-entering U.S. for up to 10 years Senators: "The policy change would unnecessarily punish minor or technical violations of immigration status by students, scholars, and exchange visitors who become confused by our comp… Continue Reading


11.16.18

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


11.15.18

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


11.08.18

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


11.02.18

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


10.31.18

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


10.31.18

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


10.30.18

RANKING MEMBERS MURRAY, NADLER & SCOTT RELEASE BILL TO END FORCED ARBITRATION IN THE WORKPLACE, RESTORING CRITICAL RIGHTS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS

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


10.24.18

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

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