Ranking Member's Press


ROUNDUP: Murray Expresses Frustration, Holds Officials Accountable Over Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Response

ABC: Washington State senator 'frustrated' residents can't get tested for new coronavirus Spokesman-Review: 'Way behind the 8-ball': Sen. Murray decries COVID-19 testing lag time, shortage as virus spreads The Stranger: Patty Murray Grills Trump Administration Over Seattle's Coronavirus Outbreak: "This Is A Really Frightening Time" Washington Times: Sen. Patty Murray: Lack of prep, direction on coronavirus is 'completely unacceptable' (Washington, D.C.) - This week, U.S. Senator… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden, Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Murray, Wyden and 37 Democratic Senators urge the Trump Administration to prioritize patients' access to care in order to promote public health Senators demand Trump Health Department reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone… Continue Reading


CORONAVIRUS: At Hearing, Murray Presses Public Health Officials on Administration Response to Coronavirus

At hearing with health officials from the CDC, NIH, HHS and FDA, Senator Murray presses officials about ability to quickly scale up testing Senator Murray also asks about public health implications of not guaranteeing paid medical leave Hearing comes following reports of new cases across the country, declaration of state of emergency in Washington state Yesterday, Murray also pushed the Departments of Education and Labor to provide details on how they plan to protect students, teache… Continue Reading


CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Ask Scalia How He Plans to Protect Workers

CDC has urged businesses to plan for the coronavirus and its impact on workers Labor Committee Democrats ask Scalia to outline his plan to protect workers, especially workers on the front-line of coronavirus response, low-income workers, and workers who may not be able to work remotely Democrats: "As businesses work to develop plans to respond to COVID-19, it is critical we ensure they are taking the best interests of workers into account" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Pa… Continue Reading


CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Ask DeVos How She Plans to Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff

CDC has urged schools to prepare for the possible spread of coronavirus Education Committee Democrats ask DeVos to outline her plan for students, teachers, and other school staff, following her announcement of an Education Department coronavirus task force Democrats: "We write to understand how the U.S. Department of Education is preparing for the possible spread of the virus and … how to best protect students, teachers, and other staff" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


Murray Weighs In On SCOTUS Decision to Hear Republicans’ Partisan Health Care Lawsuit

Murray: "As people across the country are asking how to protect themselves and stay healthy, the Trump Administration is preparing to explain why it thinks the Supreme Court should take families' health care away." Supreme Court announced today it would hear Republicans' lawsuit which could jeopardize care for families across the country A Republican victory at the Supreme Court could undermine health care for hundreds of millions, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a… Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Peters Question Why Trump Administration Ignored Public Health Experts In Transport of People Infected with Coronavirus

Senators question decision to ignore advice of public health experts and transport people infected with novel coronavirus on flight with uninfected people Senators: "We are concerned the expertise of public health officials may not have been given necessary and appropriate weight, resulting in the potential exposure of uninfected passengers to this highly contagious disease." Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, L… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren Demand Answers On Staffing Cuts at Civil Rights Agency

EEOC staffing cuts would leave the agency with historically low staffing levels Cuts come even after Congress increased agency funding for the express purpose of bolstering front-line and investigative staff Senators: "We are deeply worried these cuts in personnel threaten the agency's ability to meet the demand for its services and to provide the crucial protections to which workers are entitled under federal law" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking… Continue Reading


Murray to Trump: Replace Pence with Public Health Expert

Murray cites Vice President Pence's lack of public health experience and record of putting ideology over science Vice President Pence mishandled one of the largest HIV outbreaks in the United States in recent decades Murray: "Vice President Pence is neither a responsible nor a reliable selection to lead the coronavirus response." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged P… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Rule

Murray: NLRB rule "shields the largest corporations from being held accountable for workers' rights, and significantly restricts the ability of workers to bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions" 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 National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) joint employer rule, which will make it ha… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats to Trump Administration: E-Cigarette Backstep Would Open Loopholes for Tobacco Companies

Senator Murray and 10 fellow Democratic Senators write to Secretary Azar following his radio program statement implying the FDA might not review all vaping products Azar's comments suggest Trump Administration could allow major exceptions for FDA premarket review of new tobacco products Trump Administration's about-face after previously promising tough vaping regulation comes amid epidemic of youth e-cigarette use Senators: "It is incredibly alarming that while youth e-cigarette use … Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Push Departments of Education and Labor to Withdraw Rules Allowing for Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

Departments of Education and Labor propose rules allowing for federally funded service providers to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women Proposed rules are part of the Trump Administration's roll-out of similar rules at six other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services Murray leads Democratic senators in opposing rules and urging Secretaries DeVos and Scalia to withdraw them immediately Senator Murray: "These rules are nothi… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden, Democrats Urge Secretary Azar to Halt Rule Expanding Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

HHS proposes new rule allowing for federally funded service providers to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, the non-religious, and religious minorities Proposed rule is part of the Trump Administration's roll-out of similar rules at seven other federal agencies, including the Departments of Labor and Education Murray, Wyden, and 21 Democratic senators oppose rule and urge Secretary Azar to withdraw it immediately Senators: Proposed rule is "yet another ins… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren, Senate Colleagues Urge National Security Advisor to Appoint a Senior Global Health Security Expert as U.S. and Global Threat from Coronavirus Grows

For almost two years, no dedicated senior public health expert has been in place as head of global health security at the National Security Council Washington, DC - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), led 25 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien pressing him to appoint a qualified, dedicated, senior global health security exp… Continue Reading


Murray, Murphy, Democrats Urge FDA to Immediately Ban the Use of Electrical Shock Devices on Children and Adults with Disabilities

After years of delay, Democratic senators call on the FDA to immediately take action to ban the use of electric shock devices on children and adults with disabilities Until the FDA acts, the practice of using electrical shocks to punish children and adults with disabilities will still be allowed Murray: "It is unconscionable that in 2020, it is still legal to shock children and adults with disabilities to control behavior." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez Press Trump Administration to Fully Fund Pandemic Preparedness and Response Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts in light of the global Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected tens of thousands of individuals and killed more than 500 worldwide. Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez serve as the Ranking Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Committee on Appropriati… Continue Reading


House and Senate Health Committee Leaders Statement on Surprise Billing Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senate Health Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) today released the following statement on the surprise medical billing proposals from the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee: "Surprise medical bills are the outrageous result of a broken system that takes advantage of vulnerable pati… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, Representative Kilmer Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter of 48 Lawmakers from States with Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Cases Urging CDC to Distribute Rapid Diagnostic Tests to State and Local Health Officials, Prioritize States with Confirmed Cases

Washington, D.C. - Following the Department of Health and Human Service's announcement declaration that the 2019 novel coronavirus is a public health emergency, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led 48 bipartisan lawmakers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in a letter calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to distrib… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Slams Trump Administration for Advancing Republican Plan to Gut Medicaid

Trump Administration announces new guidelines for states seeking to convert Medicaid to block grants States allowed to shift to block grant approach would have their federal Medicaid funding capped even during recessions and public health emergencies Murray: "President Trump continues to make clear his number one priority when it comes to families' health care is making it more expensive and harder to get." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of… Continue Reading


Murray Joins Democrats in Demanding Trump Retract Comments, Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Senators respond to Trump's comments at Davos that he would consider cutting Medicare & Social Security Senators: "American workers who for decades have paid into Social Security and Medicare should not be forced to relinquish their health and retirement security to pay for your tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, joined Se… Continue Reading

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