Ranking Member's Press

06.01.18

Democratic Health Leaders Call on Departments to Hold Off on Junk Insurance Rule and Redo Dubious Analysis

Democratic heath leaders question large discrepancies between Departments' analysis and nonpartisan analyses regarding potential damage of rule to expand junk insurance plans Departments' analysis is far off from others by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Urban Institute, and Oliver Wyman that show large potential harm of the proposed rule Members call for the Departments to hold off on finalizing the rule, update their analysis, and re-open the public comment period… Continue Reading


05.29.18

Senator Murray Praises Bipartisan Work as HELP Moves Forward Vital Public Health Preparedness Bill

Senator Murray praised bipartisan work to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, highlighting the contributions of colleagues and new steps in the bill Murray: "The recent resurgence of Ebola in the Congo should serve as a stark reminder that the threats we are working to address in this bill aren't hypothetical. They are real, and present, and deserving of serious attention…" Murray highlighted bipartisan commitment to funding critical research and developmen… Continue Reading


05.25.18

Murray Takes Another Step to Shine a Spotlight on Workplace Harassment, Requests Information from Groups Representing Tech Industry on Efforts to Address and Combat Harassment

Murray sent letters to associations representing companies in the technology and venture capital industries, inquiring about harassment statistics and steps being taken to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace Leaders in this sector have made national headlines over the last year for discriminatory and abusive behavior One study found 60% of women in the tech industry received unwanted sexual advances in the workplace Murray: "Workers across the country are speaking … Continue Reading


05.25.18

Murray, Baldwin, Gillibrand Introduce Resolution Opposing Trump-Pence Administration’s Radical Restriction on Family Planning Funds

Murray, Baldwin, and Gillibrand introduced a resolution opposing new domestic gag rule to restrict Title X family planning funds New restriction on family planning funds would undermine health care access for millions of patients Gag rule would interfere with the ability of providers receiving Title X funding to discuss the full range of reproductive care with patients (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor,… Continue Reading


05.25.18

Murray, Wyden Ask President Trump to Explain Sudden Replacement of Director at Critical Agency Working to Address Nation’s Pension Crisis

Senators Murray and Wyden sent a letter to President Trump questioning his sudden decision to replace Reeder at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Reeder's term was set to expire in 2020, just a few years shy of the projected insolvency of PBGC's multiemployer program Senators: "In light of your Administration's pattern of politically motivated and ethically questionable personnel decisions, the decision to replace Mr. Reeder, who has decades of experience working on pensions and… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Murray Supports Bipartisan Reform of Congressional Harassment Policies; Calls for Continued Work

Murray: "This is a long-overdue and much-needed step toward overhauling the way harassment is addressed in the United States Congress." Murray: "I also want to make very clear that while this legislation is an important step, it is the first step and cannot be the last. There is so much more we need to do to ensure that no matter where someone is employed, she can focus on the job she came to do without fear of harassment." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Murray, Senators Denounce Move By Secretary DeVos to End Investigations and Office Responsible for Protecting Students from Predatory Colleges

Secretary DeVos has sidelined investigators tasked with protecting students from predatory for-profit colleges, according to recent media reports In letter, 29 Senators urge Department to reverse course by adequately staffing the Student Aid Enforcement Unit's investigations team and resume investigating fraudulent practices by predatory for-profit colleges Senators also cite recommendations of independent Office of Inspector General, which urged strong oversight of predatory colleges by… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senator Murray: New Report Shows How Trump-Pence Gag Rule to Restrict Family Planning Funds Would Hurt Washington State

Senator Murray, Senator Smith, and advocates and experts from Planned Parenthood, NFPRHA, and the Guttmacher Institute discussed the impact of the Trump-Pence Administration's proposed domestic gag rule Murray released a new report showing the harmful impact Title X restrictions would have on family planning services and women's health in Washington state Title X-funded health care providers delivered contraceptive care to more than 80,000 patients in Washington state in one year Murra… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senator Murray Highlights Bipartisan Health Care Workforce Programs, Condemns Harmful Cuts Proposed by President Trump

Senator Murray discussed the challenges facing the health care workforce and vital health workforce training programs targeted to address them Murray highlighted Washington state's leadership in addressing workforce needs for seniors and care in rural and underserved communities President Trump's budget proposal would have cut health workforce programs by 90 percent Bipartisan budget deal increased funding for behavioral health training and support for underserved communities Mur… Continue Reading


05.21.18

Murray Statement on Decision to Weaken Workers’ Rights to Join Together: This Decision Sends A Chilling Signal To Workers That They Must Stand Alone

Washington, D.C. - 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 5-4 Supreme Court decision Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which ruled employers can ban workers from joining together in a legal dispute when their rights are being violated. "As more and more women and men are coming forward and bravely sharing their stories of workplace harassment, we're witnessing the power of many… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Murray Vows to Fight Trump-Pence Administration’s Latest Radical Attack on Women’s Access to Health Care

New domestic gag rule would forbid health care providers who receive federal family planning funds from discussing the full range of reproductive health care options with patients Murray: "Let me be clear: President Trump and Vice President Pence's opinions have no place in a woman's conversations with her doctor about her health care-and I and women nationwide are going to fight this deeply harmful, ideological effort every step of the way." Earlier this week Senator Murray joined Senat… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Murray Stands With Gillibrand to Demand Reform of Congressional Policies on Sexual Assault and Harassment

Senator Gillibrand today marked 100 days since House passage of key reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995; Murray joined call for action in Senate Murray: "…to say we in the Senate are overdue for action is a massive understatement." Murray: "… the longer we wait to act, the longer the Senate is sending a message that it's still business as usual, that sexual assault and workplace harassment can still be swept under the rug." Murray: "Women and worker… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senator Murray Questions President Trump’s Decision to Replace Director in Charge of Protecting Retirees, Vows Careful Vetting of New Candidate

President Trump has nominated Gordon Hartogensis to lead the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation If confirmed, Hartogensis would replace Director Reeder who was sworn in for a five-year term in 2015 News comes as the nation grapples with multiemployer pension crisis threatening many workers' retirement resources Senator Murray demanded a clear explanation for the change and promised to carefully vet the new candidate (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranki… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Senator Murray Calls for Strengthening Drug Discount Program Undermined by President Trump

Senate HELP Committee held second hearing on the 340B program that helps make drugs more affordable for safety net care providers President Trump delayed a rule to prevent drug companies from overcharging 340B care providers and withdrew guidance that aimed to provide clarity on program rules. The Trump Administration has cut Medicare payments to 340B care providers by nearly 30 percent Murray: Given President Trump's record on 340B, recent promises to lower drug prices "not going t… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Murray Urges Senate to Reject Secretary DeVos’ Right Hand Man, Calls for Department of Education to Once Again Stand Up for Students

Murray Urges Senate to Reject Secretary DeVos' Right Hand Man, Calls for Department of Education to Once Again Stand Up for Students Murray calls on colleagues to reject Deputy Secretary of Education nominee General Mick Zais Zais has a controversial history as South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Like DeVos Zais has extreme views on privatization and lacks basic understanding of key education issues Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senator Murray Demands Transparency on Pharmaceutical Company’s Million Dollar Contract for Access to Trump Administration

Contract paid lawyer connected to President Trump over one million dollars as pharmaceutical company sought access to White House Murray: "It's important that people have the transparency they need to hold their government accountable, and that must include transparency about how money is spent in efforts to gain attention and favor from public officials." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senator Murray on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Efforts: “All Tweets and No Leadership”

Following President Trump's lackluster drug pricing speech, Senator Murray criticized his efforts as "all tweets and no leadership" Murray: Unless Republicans come to the table to work on substantive solutions, "speech was simply more of the same from a President who hasn't done the work and hasn't delivered" Democrats are pushing for commonsense proposals like allowing Medicare to negotiate to reduce drug prices (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Murray: Trump Administration Is “Giving Student Loan Corporations the Green Light to Take Advantage of Students”

CFPB is eliminating the watchdog unit responsible for handling student loan borrower abuses Murray: "It's telling that President Trump's reaction to millions of borrowers struggling to pay back their student loans and asking for help with unmanageable debt is to shut down the only office focused on serving student loan borrowers" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the followin… Continue Reading


05.07.18

Senator Murray Praises Victory for Families as Menu Labeling Rule Goes into Effect

Menu labeling law passed eight years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act Law requires food menus to provide more nutritional information to consumers, including calorie counts Information about sodium, saturated fat, sugar, and other nutrients must also be available in writing Murray called out the Food and Drug Administration last year for unnecessary delays in implementing the law Murray: "This is an important victory for families-and one that's long overdue." (Washingto… Continue Reading


05.02.18

Gillibrand, Murray Urge Department of Labor to Start Taking Workplace Harassment Seriously, Reconsider Decision Not to Collect Economic Data

In letter, 21 Senators urge Department of Labor to reconsider its decision not to collect data on the economic impact of workplace harassment BLS declined a request from Gillibrand and Murray, citing complexities and costliness of collecting economic data BLS is uniquely qualified to collect complex economic data Senators: "While your letter indicated the Department takes workplace sexual harassment 'very seriously,' your lack of commitment to collect this data undermines your assura… Continue Reading

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