Ranking Member's Press


Senator Murray Votes Against FDA Nominee for Refusal to Commit to Implement Strong Tobacco Policy Amid Trump Administration’s Walk Back On E-Cigarette Regulation

Senator Murray voted against advancing the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn for FDA Commissioner in HELP Committee markup After initially promising a strong flavored e-cigarette policy amid skyrocketing youth e-cigarette use, the Trump Administration backtracked after hearing from the tobacco industry When pushed by Murray and other senators, Dr. Hahn refused to commit to following through with the Trump Administration's promise to ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that have not underg… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Release New GAO Report Showing Significant Income, Racial Barriers to Accessing Rights for Students with Disabilities

Release of data reveals low-income students, student of color face significant barriers to accessing rights under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Washington, D.C - Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today reveals the dramatic effect of income and race on access t… Continue Reading


Democrats Stand Up for Constitutionally Protected Right to Abortion; File Bicameral Amicus Brief in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee

197 members of the Senate and House urge the Supreme Court to uphold constitutionally protected reproductive rights in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee Washington, D.C. - Today, 36 members of the U.S. Senate led by Senators Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blumenthal, along with 161 members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Diana DeGette, Barbara Lee and Judy Chu, filed an amicus … Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Over Latest Walk Back from Strong Tobacco Regulation

23 Democratic Senators call out President Trump for repeatedly putting companies' profits ahead of families' health and abandoning strong steps to address nicotine addiction After meeting with industry, Trump Administration backed away from recent promise to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that had not undergone FDA review Trump Administration also abandoned a previously announced policy to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes New data shows e-cigarette use has more than … Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Urge Secretary Azar to Ensure HealthCare.Gov is Fully Functional Throughout Open Enrollment Period

As many as 100,000 fewer people may have signed up for coverage on the first day of Open Enrollment due to technical issues with HealthCare.gov Democratic health leaders urge Trump Administration health officials to resolve all technical issues and ensure that families across the country can access quality, affordable health coverage Members: "Families across the country rely on this website to search for and enroll in quality, affordable health coverage, and they need to know they won't… Continue Reading


Following New GAO Information, Senator Murray Urges DeVos to Reverse Course on Proposed Barriers to Income-Driven Repayment

Government Accountability Office provides Senator Murray with new information invalidating DeVos' claims of "significant risk" of borrower fraud Senator Murray calls on DeVos to immediately suspend her proposal in light of new GAO information Senator Murray: "New information provided by GAO makes clear that Department efforts to implement verification are justified by unsupportable assumptions, and I strongly urge the Department to reverse course." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pa… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Asks FDA Nominee to Commit to Putting Families, Data, and Science Ahead of Politics, Ideology, and Corporate Profits

In a confirmation hearing earlier today, Senator Murray demanded Dr. Hahn, President Trump's nominee to lead the FDA, commit to putting data, science, and families' health first Senator Murray expressed concerns regarding Dr. Hahn's lack of experience or expertise to lead the agency, particularly in light of President Trump's track record of troubling nominees Murray pressed Dr. Hahn to commit to banning non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes that have not undergone FDA review following repor… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, 27 Democrats Slam DeVos’ Decision to Mask Educational Inequities by Halting Critical Elements of Civil Rights Data Collection

DeVos proposes significant changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection, eliminating key data related to bullying and harassment, early childhood education, teacher quality Senators also urge the Department to address glaring gaps in data collection related to assault and harassment Senators: "These proposed changes will leave the Department under-informed and ill-equipped to help our most vulnerable students." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the… Continue Reading


PATIENT OF THE DAY: Senator Murray Shares Story of Washington State Mother to Highlight Stakes in Fight Against Republican Attacks on Families’ Health Care

Murray shares the story of Natasha, a mother in Washington state, to highlight the real world stakes for families as Republicans attack their health care Murray: "Republicans' approach to patient's health care-making it more expensive, harder to get, and lower quality- is clearly designed to work for big insurance companies, not patients like Natasha." Speech is part of Democrats' Patient of the Day campaign to show just how harmful Republicans' health care policies are ***Watch Sena… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Urges U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Support Efforts to Repeal Discriminatory Wage Policy for Workers with Disabilities

TOMORROW: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to hold a public briefing on an outdated, discriminatory policy that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wage Ahead of the briefing, Murray reaffirms that the outdated policy "continues to segregate and subject workers with disabilities to discrimination" and that all workers "deserve a uniform and nondiscriminatory minimum wage" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Comm… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Presses Trump Administration On Lackluster E-Cigarette Efforts Amid Outbreak of Vaping-Related Illness, Rising Youth Tobacco Use

Murray: "President Trump and his team have shown little interest in taking on the tobacco industry behind this epidemic and fighting for our children." Since the Trump administration delayed oversight of e-cigarettes in 2017, youth e-cigarette use has doubled among high school students, tripled among middle schools students Outbreak of vaping-related lung illness has impacted over 2,000 people Over two months after announcing an upcoming ban on flavored e-cigarettes, reports suggest … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Senator Murray Delivers Floor Remarks Condemning Menashi Nomination

**Watch Senator Murray's full speech here** Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the Senate floor vote on the nomination of Steven Menashi to serve as United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to condemn Mr. Menashi's history of bigoted remarks and his recently-reported record of helping Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, 28 Democrats Oppose EEOC Decision to Stop Collecting Data Needed to Combat Wage Discrimination

Without justification, EEOC stops requiring employers to collect data on pay and hours based on race, sex, ethnicity and job category Murray, 28 Senate Democrats urge the EEOC to reconsider and take into account the impact on workers, particularly women and communities of color Senators: "Ending the collection of Component 2 data … will worsen pay inequities in the workplace" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health,… Continue Reading


Senator Murray, Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Trump Administration’s Rule Permitting Widespread Discrimination in Health Care

(Washington, D.C.)-Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, along with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), introduced the Put Patients First Act, following the Southern District of New York's decision to block the Trump Administration's attempt to refuse to provide lifesaving care on religious or "conscience" bases. This legislation affirms the court's decision and further safeguards the health of all Amer… Continue Reading


Senators Murray, Shaheen, and Merkley Continue Pressing Trump Administration Over Decision to Withhold Funding for Humanitarian Crises and Women’s Health

Senators press Trump administration over decision to put ideology over the lives of women and children worldwide and continue withholding bipartisan funding from the UN Population Fund Letter comes as UN Population Fund celebrates 50th anniversary, kicks off major conference in Nairobi Senators: "The absence of these programs will put women and children who are in need of quality medical care in danger." Senators: "Rather than providing funding for a vital program with bipartisan sup… Continue Reading


Murray, Democrats Urge Department of Transportation to Ensure Worker Protections for WA Truckers

Department considers actions to override trucker protections, preempting states' rights to set their own labor standards WA truckers would face elimination of crucial meal and rest breaks Democrats urge Department to follow the law and respect WA protections for truckers Lawmakers: "We urge you to listen to workers and worker advocates instead of favoring special interests" Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health… Continue Reading


Murray, Casey, Hassan Press Health Department to Work to Prevent Suicide After Public Health Emergencies

Murray, Casey, and Hassan call for Health Department to ramp up suicide prevention efforts in preparing for and responding to natural disasters and public health emergencies Senators press Department on implementation of provisions in recently passed legislation focused on helping families deal with the mental health consequences of public health emergencies Victims of emergencies and disasters have rates of PTSD and depression five times higher than those of the general public and are m… Continue Reading


Murray to Press FDA Nominee on Prioritizing Science, Not Ideology; Addressing Epidemic of Youth Tobacco Use

Murray: "Families across the country who count on the FDA to keep them safe should be able to trust it is being run capably and without interference from partisanship or ideology." Murray promises to push nominee on youth tobacco use amid youth vaping epidemic and continued delay from Trump Administration after promise to ban flavored e-cigarettes over a month ago Murray also to hold accountable new Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Giroir, given his record of putting ideology ahead of women … Continue Reading


Senator Murray Calls to Build on Bipartisan Efforts as HELP Committee Advances Bills Tackling Variety of Health Issues

Yesterday, Senate Democrats and Republicans on the HELP Committee voted to advance eight bills out of committee to address health challenges families and communities face Murray: "These eight bills are a testament to what's possible when we focus on bipartisan, common sense solutions." Murray: "I hope we can build on the progress that these bill represent. Democrats have lots of other ideas ready to go to protect families' health care, repair the damage President Trump has caused, and … Continue Reading


Murray Slams DeVos Rule Weakening Higher Education Oversight and Lowering Standards for College Accreditation

Senator Murray: College Accreditation and State Authorization Rule "Undermines Quality Assurance and Oversight of Higher Education," calls for issue to be resolved in comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Washington D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on Secretary DeVos' rule to weaken oversight of the college accreditation system and lower th… Continue Reading

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