Ranking Member's Press

03.13.19

Murray, Portman, Clark, Young Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Support for Homeless Students and Former Foster Youth in Higher Education

Homeless and foster youth often face major barriers and lack support when pursuing higher education and seeking out financial aid Bipartisan legislation would improve financial aid processes and ask colleges and universities to improve outreach to and resources for homeless and foster students (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Representatives Katherine Clark … Continue Reading


03.12.19

Murray, Duckworth, and Democratic Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ensure Equal Access to Reproductive Health Care

Murray, Duckworth, and Democratic colleagues in the Senate introduce bill to ensure access to reproductive health care regardless of income, race, location Bill would lift current restriction preventing women receiving health coverage through government-sponsored plans from having access to the full range of reproductive health care services Congresswomen Lee, Schakowksy, and DeGette introduced corresponding legislation in the House Murray: "As the Trump Administration and its allies… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Murray Statement on the Need for More Accessible Student Aid at Higher Education Act Reauthorization Hearing on FAFSA Simplification and Verification

At Senate HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray submitted a statement for the record outlining the need to increase aid, support, and investment in students in a comprehensive HEA reauthorization Murray also highlighted the importance of easing the burden of verification and targeting FAFSA questions to ensure students are getting the support they need to succeed in higher education Bipartisan work to produce a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is in direct cont… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murray Slams Trump Administration for Backpedaling Effort to Protect Retirees

Senator Murray criticized Trump Administration for reversing Treasury Department's 2015 position on regulating lump-sum payouts, which save companies money by giving retirees more risk and often less money 2015 Notice made clear Treasury would propose rules to address the practice, Trump Administration's new 2019 Notice reverses that position Pensions pay out regularly over a retiree's lifetime, are covered by federal ERISA protections, and backed by the PBGC Lump sum payouts transf… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Democrats, Patients, Women’s Health Leaders Challenge GOP to Protect Women’s Access To Health Care Under Title X

Senators highlight opposition to new gag on health care providers participating in Title X family planning program; call on GOP to stand up for women's access to basic health care Final rule from Trump Administration threatens millions of people's access to contraception, wellness tests, cancer screenings, reproductive health care, and other affordable services Earlier today, Senator Murray released a new memo highlighting comments from stakeholders across the country opposing the Trum… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Murray Releases Memo Lifting Voices Opposed to President Trump’s Rule Undermining Family Planning Program

Senator Murray released a new oversight memo detailing opposition to the Trump Administration's Title X rule from patients, experts, and stakeholders across the country Memo features the comments of patients, providers, city and county officials, and religious organizations opposed to the Administration's changes to the Title X family planning program Changes would block providers at Title X-funded health centers from discussing patients' full reproductive health care options and shut Plan… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Murray: Republicans Can’t Vote for Readler and Claim to Fight for Families’ Health Care

Murray called on Republicans to live up to their claims on fighting for protections for people with pre-existing conditions and oppose judicial nominee who led brief arguing they should be struck down Republican Senator once said Readler's argument in the brief he led against families' health care was "as far-fetched as any I've ever heard." Murray: "Let's be clear. Chad Readler's nomination is the latest test of whether Republicans are serious about fighting for people's health care-and… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Murray, Davis Request Information from U.S. Department of Education on Mismanagement of Federal Student Loan Program

Murray, Davis sent two letters to DeVos on Department's mismanagement of federal student loan program Recent Inspector General report found internal failures by Department in oversight of student loan servicers that receive federal contracts Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), Chair of the House Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommitte… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Murray Stresses Need to Build Vaccine Confidence, Educate People About How Vaccines Are Safe, Effective, and Life-Saving

At HELP hearing, Senator Murray speaks about importance of addressing vaccine hesitancy and getting people the facts they need to keep their families and communities safe and healthy Hearing on vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks comes as several states work to address measles outbreaks WA State Secretary of Health spoke about the ongoing response to the state's current measles outbreak which has infected over 70 people Murray and Alexander recently sent a bipartisan letter t… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Murray Reintroduces Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

Murray, and 24 cosponsors, reintroduce legislation following recent incident where a pregnant woman detained by ICE went into labor prematurely, ending in a stillbirth Murray first introduced the legislation last summer following reports of pregnant women in ICE custody receiving inhumane treatment Last March, Trump Administration publicly ended Obama-era policy against detaining pregnant women despite opposition of more than 250 civil and human rights organizations Murray secured … Continue Reading


03.01.19

Murray, Brown Blast Reports That Trump Administration’s Proposed Overtime Threshold Would Deprive Workers Of Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted the Trump administration following reports that it is poised to set the salary threshold under which workers would be guaranteed overtime pay at $35,000, down from $47,476 set by the Obama Administration. Murray and Brown said the Trump Administration's threshold is not nearly high enough and would deny low- to middle- income w… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Murray Delivers Keynote Speech Outlining Need for Bold, Federal Action in Higher Education to Help Students Succeed

At an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, Senator Murray delivered the keynote address, highlighting her vision for higher education As Senate works to reauthorize Higher Education Act, Murray laid out four priorities that must be included to help students succeed in higher education Democratic priorities are focused around helping students by addressing affordability, improving accountability, expanding access, and keeping students safe on campus **WATCH SENATOR MURRAY… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Murray and Roybal-Allard Reintroduce Bill to Tackle Economic Barriers for Domestic Violence Survivors

Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act of 2019 tackles economic barriers that can prevent survivors of domestic violence from taking steps to keep themselves and their families safe Murray: "No survivor of domestic violence should feel forced to choose between their safety and their paycheck, their job, or their ability to support their family." Roybal-Allard: "When we talk about support for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Murray: DeVos Privatization Proposal is “Dead on Arrival” in Congress

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 today on Secretary DeVos' proposal to create tax credits for privatization vouchers. "Secretary DeVos keeps pushing her anti-public school agenda despite a clear lack of support from parents, students, teachers, and even within her own party. Congress has repeatedly rejected her privatization efforts and she should expect… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Murray Rejects Rao’s Nomination to Replace Kavanaugh on Circuit Court as “Rubber Stamp” for President Trump

Murray: "On so many issues where President Trump wants to do damage and hurt families, Ms. Rao is right behind him with a rubber stamp. Just like Justice Kavanaugh-and so many others President Trump has nominated to the bench." Under Rao's leadership, the Trump Administration has proposed rules attacking rights of women, LGBTQ people, and survivors of sexual assault Murray also raised concerns with Rao's track record on climate issues, public health, and discrimination in the nation's ho… Continue Reading


02.26.19

Murray, Scott, Casey, Hirono Introduce Comprehensive Child Care And Early Learning Bill to Ensure Child Care for All

The Child Care for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Murray and Representative Scott, would ensure high-quality, affordable child care for working families across the country Bill has 35 Senate cosponsors and 98 cosponsors in the House of Representatives Child Care for Working Families Act would create 770,000 child care jobs, and allow 1.6 million parents go back to work Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading


02.25.19

Murray and Colleagues Slam Republican’s Anti-Doctor, Anti-Woman, Anti-Family Bill Amid GOP Show Vote

Murray, Shaheen, Duckworth, Hirono, and Smith speak out against bill that threatens medical providers with jail time for letting medical standards-not politics-guide care, and interferes with women's deeply personal medical decisions Murray: "This bill is government interference in women's health care, in families' lives, and in medicine on steroids. It is… clearly anti-doctor, anti-woman, and anti-family." Shaheen: "This is an effort to intimidate doctors with the threat of crimi… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray On Latest Ruling In Epstein Case: “I’m Going To Keep Pushing For Answers, Transparency, And Accountability In This Case Because We Need To Make Sure Nothing Like This Happens Again”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after a court ruled that federal prosecutors in the case against serial child abuser Jeffrey Epstein broke the law by hiding information about his plea deal from survivors of his abuse. "It is deeply wrong that survivors of the horrific abuse Jeffrey Epstein committed were denied information about the plea deal 'of a lifet… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray: Trump-Pence Women’s Health Gag Rule “Meant To Do One Thing And One Thing Only: Further Erode Women’s Constitutionally Protected Rights”

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump-Pence Administration's rule making it illegal for health care providers at clinics that receive Title X family planning program funds to refer patients for abortions. "This gag rule is meant to do one thing and one thing only: further undermine a woman's constitutionally protected right to safe, legal a… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray, Senate Democrats Press Labor Department for Answers on Unauthorized Apprenticeship Program

11 Senate Democrats urge Department to explain how new apprenticeship program is within the bounds of the law Last week, Department of Labor cancelled an announcement of new apprenticeship funds; reports suggest turmoil surrounding Trump Administration apprenticeship initiative Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 10 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Aco… Continue Reading

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