Ranking Member's Press

10.23.18

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


10.22.18

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


10.16.18

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


10.12.18

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


10.11.18

Murray Pushes Surgeon General to Address Rising STD Rates

Following report showing increase in STDs, Senator Murray sends letter demanding Surgeon General take action Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, a 9 percent increase from 2016 Murray calls for response that also addresses large health disparities shown by CDC report STDs can be prevented with quality sex education, safe sex practices, vaccines, and frequent STD screenings Murray: … Continue Reading


10.10.18

Murray: Difference on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions “Night and Day,” Democrats Fight for Them, Republicans Undermine Them

Murray urges colleagues to support effort to overturn President Trump's junk plans rule Murray outlines how rule that went into effect last week gives insurance companies more power to sell junk insurance plans and ignore protections for people with pre-existing conditions Democrats have led the charge against President Trump's efforts to undermine pre-existing condition protections by passing Trumpcare, refusing to defend the protections in court, and expanding junk plans Republic… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senator Murray Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Root Causes and Ripple Effects of Opioid Crisis

Senator Murray cheers passage of sweeping package to tackle growing opioid epidemic, bill on track to be signed into law Package includes legislation Senator Murray championed in Senate HELP Committee In her remarks Senator Murray spoke about the challenges she heard from families in Washington state and provisions in the opioid package to help address them Senator Murray: "Of course while this is an important bill and an impactful step forward, it is not a final step by any means.… Continue Reading


10.03.18

After Secretary DeVos Forced to Delay Attacks on Student Protections, Senator Murray Vows to “Keep Fighting to Stop the Department In Its Tracks”

Department's final rules to deny debt relief and roll back protections against predatory career training programs will not be published by crucial November 1st deadline Failure to meet the deadline follows outpouring of comments to the Department and widespread opposition from students and families to proposed changes Missing the deadline means no final rule on "borrower defense" or "gainful employment" can go into effect before July 1, 2020-a year later than if the deadline had been met… Continue Reading


09.25.18

Murray Slams DeVos’ Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act, Urges Republicans to Work to Uphold Bipartisan Law and Key Equity Protections for Students

At Senate HELP Committee hearing on implementation of ESSA, Senator Murray stressed the negative impacts on students due to Secretary DeVos' approval of state plans that do not comply with all of the law's equity guardrails Murray also said DeVos' decision to allow states to use federal funds to purchase guns and firearm training will make students less safe Murray: "[Our federal education law] should be about providing every student no matter where they live, how they learn, or how mu… Continue Reading


09.20.18

Murray Requests Oversight of Process for Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce

Murray asks Government Accountability Office to look into process of obtaining paperwork required to divide pensions or retirement accounts following a divorce Women's economic security is negatively impacted by divorce, and women are more likely to face poverty in retirement In 2015, Senator Murray released a report detailing the systemic challenges that contribute to stark gender retirement gap Murray asks for study on process for dividing retirement assets that looks at the timel… Continue Reading


09.19.18

Murray, Durbin Slam Department of Education After New Data Shows One Hundred Thousand Cheated or Defrauded Students Are Awaiting Relief

Newly released data shows Department of Education has not processed more than 105,000 borrower defense claims Students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges are entitled to relief under the law Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statements today on data showing that Department of Education has approved less than on… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Murray: President Trump’s Sabotage Has Increased Chaos, Not Transparency

At latest HELP hearing on health costs, Murray stressed importance of transparency to improve health care Since taking office, President Trump has cut program to help people navigate complexity of health care system from $63 million to $10 million Murray: "Unfortunately, instead of taking steps toward greater transparency, President Trump has only taken steps toward greater chaos by sabotaging our health care system." Murray: "… transparency alone is absolutely not enough. A … Continue Reading


09.17.18

Senate and House Democrats Condemn DeVos for Her Latest Attempt to Put Predatory Corporations and Institutions Over Students

In comment letter, 32 Senate Democrats and 76 House Democrats urge DeVos to suspend sweeping rulemaking process that could undermine protections for students Protections at stake include preventing unaccredited education providers from receiving taxpayer funds and ensuring students are able to receive substantive faculty instruction and interaction Members: "By initiating a process to weaken rules, this Administration is clearly attempting to rewrite the HEA through regulation in a way … Continue Reading


09.14.18

Murray: “Board Is Once Again Attempting To Give Big Corporations The Green Light To Shirk Their Responsibility To Bargain With Workers”

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 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposal to rewrite the joint employer standard. The current standard requires all corporations with control over workers' health, safety, hours, pay, or other working conditions to be at the bargaining table with workers. "After a botched attempt to undermine workers' ri… Continue Reading


09.13.18

Senate Democrats Condemn DeVos Proposal to Abandon Student Protections From Predatory Career Training Programs

In comment letter, 31 Senate Democrats urge Secretary DeVos to reverse course on her proposal to rescind Obama Administration "gainful employment" rule Gainful employment is intended to hold predatory career training programs accountable when they fail to serve students and give students upfront information about their debt and employment prospects after graduation Senators: "It is clear that this Department has little interest in protecting students from enrolling in low-quality program… Continue Reading


09.13.18

Murray Reintroduces Bill to Address Retirement Gap, Bolster Women’s Financial Security

Women's Pension Protection Act addresses set of retirement security challenges disproportionately affecting women Women are 80 percent more likely than men to face poverty in retirement Legislation extends spousal protections to prevent one spouse from undermining a couple's retirement resources without the other's knowledge and consent Changes minimum participation standards for long-term, part-time workers to expand access to retirement plans Bill includes grants to address the… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senator Murray Continues Push for Action Following Announcement Regarding Curbing Tobacco Use Among Youth

Food and Drug Administration issued over 1,300 warnings and fines for illegal sale of e-cigarette products to minors, warned that e-cigarette use among youth has reached "epidemic proportions" FDA sent letters to e-cigarette manufacturers demanding plan to reduce youth use, is considering ban of flavored products Murray: "We have seen before just how damaging an unchecked tobacco industry can be for public health, and just how dangerous it is to let tobacco products that appeal to youths… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Murray Praises Bipartisan Deal on Opioids Response Legislation

Package includes over 70 proposals from five Senate committees Washington, D.C. - Last week, the Senate agreed to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA)-a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals recommended to the full Senate by five committees: Health, Finance, Judiciary, Commerce and Banking-this week. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the agreement: "The com… Continue Reading


09.06.18

After Secret Document Unveiled Highlighting Kavanaugh’s Views on Roe v. Wade, Murray and Senate Democrats Join Women to Emphasize Stakes of Supreme Court Fight for Women’s Health and Rights

Senators and advocates shared personal stories about the impact of Roe v. Wade and the stakes of Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Murray: "Women and men across the country are sharing these deeply personal stories because they want to be sure there is no question about what's at stake here. Women's rights are at stake. Women's health is at stake. Women's economic security is at stake. And women's lives are at stake." Murray: "… to be very clear, Judge Kavanaugh personall… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Murray Slams Trump’s Reckless Trade Policies, Calls for A Coherent Policy That Levels the Playing Field for American Workers and Businesses

In hearing, Murray highlights impacts of President Trump's trade war on workers in Washington state, across the country Murray also called for fair trade policies that lift up workers here and abroad Murray: "President Trump is playing a very dangerous game right now and it's the American workers who are being forced to pay the price" **WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING STATEMENT HERE** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educat… Continue Reading

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