Ranking Member's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


Murray, Warren Release Report Showing Trump Administration’s Opioid Response Falls Short of Big Promises

Report shows Administration has done little to make use of highly publicized emergency declaration President Trump's emergency declaration resulted in use of only 3 new authorities Administration officials recently confirmed renewal of emergency declaration Despite big talk, Administration has done little to live up to promises and lead on opioid response Trump Administration has previously proposed cuts to Medicaid which could impact addiction treatment, as well as near elimin… Continue Reading


Murray Blasts Trump Administration for Continuing to Break Health Care Promises by Expanding Loopholes and Weakening Patient Protections

New guidance encourages support for junk plans that flout protections for people with pre-existing conditions Murray: "The only thing more insistent than President Trump and Republicans' false promises to protect pre-existing conditions, are their efforts to do the exact opposite." Murray: "President Trump lit a fire with his decision to offer junk plans that give insurance companies power to ignore protections for people with pre-existing conditions, now he's pouring on the gasoline wi… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Applauds Implementation of New Protection for Defrauded Students Despite Attempted Delay From Secretary DeVos

Murray: "Now it's up to Secretary DeVos to do the right thing and immediately begin discharging outstanding loans in full from students who were cheated, defrauded, or left in the lurch, and to stop putting lobbyists and shady for-profit colleges ahead of the students and borrowers she is supposed to work for." 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 in re… Continue Reading


Senators Call On DeVos to Stop Plan That Would Weaken Sexual Assault Protections, Start Listening to Students’ Concerns

In letter to Secretary DeVos, Senator Murray and colleagues ask Department to postpone alarming draft regulation and take time to engage with students and stakeholders about their concerns Draft regulation would weaken responsibility for colleges to address sexual assault, restrict protections for students by adopting dangerous and burdensome definition of sexual harassment Recent analysis indicates Department ignored 95 percent of public comments submitted during previous regulatory pro… Continue Reading

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