Ranking Member's Press

04.03.20

Murray Presses Labor Department to Quickly Use New Authority, Extend Filing Deadline as COVID-19 Drives Influx of Hardship and Loan Requests

Senator Murray urges Department of Labor to use new authority, extend deadlines for plan administrators and record keepers due to challenges of COVID-19 Recently-passed COVID-19 response bill gave Labor Department authority to extend filing deadlines under ERISA Murray: "This simple step would help plan administrators and record keepers across the country… prioritize the significant increase of requests and applications from families seeking help managing financial hardship over c… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Murray, DeLauro to DOL: Remove Loopholes for Employers from Paid Leave Guidance

The bipartisan, bicameral Families First Coronavirus Response Act-which was signed into law by President Trump-includes historic provisions providing paid sick and family leave The Department of Labor has released guidance for employees and employers that significantly reduces the number of workers who are eligible for paid leave Murray, DeLauro: "Given that congressional intent was to respond to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, DOL has the responsibility to provide the maximu… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Bicameral Democratic Health Leaders Condemn Trump Refusal to Reopen Enrollment on the Marketplaces

WASHINGTON - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a joint statement today condemning President Trump's decision not to establish a special Affordable Care Act open enrollment period in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. "President Trump's refusal to giv… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Murray, Warren, Gillibrand Urge Secretary DeVos to Halt Title IX Rule; Focus on Helping Schools During the COVID-19 Crisis

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged Secretary DeVos not to release the final Title IX rule while K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are grappling with an unprecedented public health crisis. In a letter sent to Secretary DeVos, the Senators expressed their strong opposition to finalizing this … Continue Reading


03.27.20

Bicameral Democratic Health Leaders Call for Additional Action to Ensure Cost is Not a Barrier for COVID-19 Treatment

(Washington, D.C.) - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a joint statement today calling for additional congressional action to ensure that COVID-19 treatment and vaccines are free of charge for patients as well as new measures to reduce the cost of health i… Continue Reading


03.27.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Calls for Multiemployer Pension Crisis Solution to Protect Families From Additional Financial Uncertainty

Senator Murray urges colleagues to include multiemployer pension crisis fix in ongoing COVID-19 response efforts As pandemic throws families into economic uncertainty, Murray stressed the need to avoid additional crises for workers and retirees Murray: "Through no fault of their own, millions of workers and retirees are at risk of losing the pensions they have earned at the worst possible time. We can't let that happen." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), r… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Murray, Democrats Press Trump Administration on Failure to Help States with Dire Medical Supply Shortages

Murray, Wyden, Peters, Brown, Cortez Masto, Rosen write to Vice President Pence demanding answers on the Trump Administration's lack of timely action and transparency regarding steps taken to stabilize the medical supply chain despite months of warning Rather than provide leadership and assistance, President Trump has told governors to fend for themselves to obtain scarce equipment and supplies Senators: "We are deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's continued failure to assist st… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Murray Responds to Alarming New Report on COVID-19 Threat: “Now Is Not the Time to Retreat”

Senator Murray responds to new University of Washington report forecasting current trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. Murray: "People in my state and across the country have made incredible personal sacrifices to help slow the spread of this disease-now is not the time to retreat and let those efforts go to waste." Director of UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: "The trajectory of the pandemic will change - and dramatically for the worse - if people ease up on social d… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Senator Murray Vows to Continue Fighting for the Disability Community during the Coronavirus Crisis

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), successfully blocked Republican efforts to give Secretary DeVos a blank check to waive students' civil rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Republican efforts to restrict providers that serve the disability community from receiving crucial financial assistance. As we continue to respond to this crisis, Senator Murray vo… Continue Reading


03.26.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Highlights Steps to Give Families More Financial Flexibility to Weather Crisis

Senator Murray secures steps in bipartisan Senate bill to increase people's flexibility to manage their retirement resources to navigate COVID-19 crisis Bill waives penalty for people forced to withdraw retirement savings early Bill allows people who would otherwise be forced by age requirements to start drawing from their retirement plan to hold off amid market uncertainty Murray: "We need to make sure workers, retirees, and families across the country have every possible tool avail… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Murray Opposes Partisan GOP Coronavirus Bill; Calls Republicans Back to Negotiating Table

(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 the inadequate, partisan Republican coronavirus response legislation. "In the midst of an unprecedented national crisis, Republicans can't seriously expect us to tell people in our communities who are suffering that we shortchanged hospitals, students, workers, and small businesses but gave big corporations hun… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Senator Murray Statement on Senate Republicans’ Proposed Coronavirus Relief Package

Murray: "Since the beginning of our response efforts I've made two things clear: we need to address this as the public health crisis it is, and the people who are most directly impacted-health care workers, families, communities, small businesses-must be put first, not big corporations." (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 the Senate Republicans'… Continue Reading


03.20.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Step Up and Help Student Loan Borrowers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Last week, President Trump announced that he would waive student loan interest, acknowledging how relief for student loan borrowers must be part of our coronavirus response Murray, Senate Democrats urged Secretary DeVos to use her existing authority to do more to provide immediate relief for borrowers and help the economy Democrats: "The President's announcement that student loan interest will be waived is simply not enough. The outbreak of this global pandemic necessitates bold action … Continue Reading


03.19.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Asks Government Watchdog to Investigate Trump Administration’s Testing Missteps

Senator Murray asks the Health Department's Inspector General to investigate the Trump Administration's flawed efforts to develop, deploy, and analyze diagnostic tests for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Murray: "We must understand where HHS has erred in this process and implement lessons learned as soon as possible to mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and future diseases moving forward." Murray: "It is clear HHS's grave errors in managing every aspect of the testing process&hell… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren Unveil Bold, New Plan To Cancel Student Loan Payments For Duration Of Coronavirus Emergency And Provide Minimum $10K Payoff For All Federal Student Loan Borrowers

Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren's New Proposal Would Provide Immediate, Much-Needed Relief To Federal Student Loan Borrowers Through Minimum $10K In Student Loan Payments New Proposal Would Authorize Congress To Make Monthly Payments On Behalf Of Borrowers For Duration Of National Emergency And Be Followed By 3-Month Grace Period At Program Termination Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren: Borrowers Need Immediate Relief From Financial Strain Of Student Loan Debt Amid Coronavirus… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Senator Murray Statement on Senate Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In remarks on the Senate floor, Murray promises to continue pushing for paid sick days and medical leave provision in the next coronavirus response package Senator Murray: "While I'm glad we finally passed this second round of relief, there continues to be an enormous amount we've got to do to ensure that workers, families, those on the front lines of our health care system, and small businesses have the resources and support to deal with the enormous challenge the coronavirus presents in Wa… Continue Reading


03.17.20

PAID Leave Act: Murray, DeLauro, Gillibrand to Introduce Updated Emergency Paid Leave; Small Business Support Bill In Response to Worsening Coronavirus Crisis

PAID Leave Act builds on bipartisan agreement in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to ensure U.S. has a federal paid leave policy Under new PAID Leave Act, all workers will be allowed to take advantage of 14 paid sick days and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave Bill will fully and quickly reimburse employers for all paid sick days and paid leave in 2020 and 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educat… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Senator Murray Statement on the Nominations of Jocelyn Samuels to the EEOC and Lauren McFerran to the NLRB

Senator Murray supports both Democratic nominees, highlighting their extensive experience and qualifications Nominations come after years of Republican obstruction has left both agencies unbalanced Murray: "I'm relieved that these nominations have finally arrived, but let me be perfectly clear-it should never have taken this long and I still expect the White House to nominate a second Democrat to the NLRB immediately…" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA… Continue Reading


03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: U.S. Senators Murray, Smith, Peters, Schumer, Wyden Lead Democratic Senate Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

Legislation Would Provide Free Diagnostic Testing and Related Health Care Services for Americans Receiving Tests to Confirm Coronavirus Infection (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in leading a number of their Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing t… Continue Reading


03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: Following Murray Letter, Pence Appoints New Head of Testing to Resolve Issues

Yesterday Sen. Murray sent Vice President Pence a letter calling on him to appoint an individual solely responsible for immediately improving testing efforts The Administration has since announced Admiral Giroir, HHS Assistant Secretary, will be in charge of testing efforts among public health service agencies Murray to Pence: "It is unconscionable that months after this outbreak began, we are unable to provide clear, consistent information about testing capability for COVID-19, and my f… Continue Reading

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