Ranking Member's Press

03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Introduces Bill to Support Students, Teachers, School Staff Amid School Closures

Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act will provide resources to assist early childhood programs, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education The bill follows Senator Murray's ongoing efforts to push the Department of Education to provide guidance to schools in the wake of widespread school closures Senator Murray: "I've introduced a bill to ensure that our coronavirus response provides the resources our students, teachers, school staff, and schools so desperately ne… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senator Murray Statement on the Trump Administration’s Apprenticeship Rule

DOL finalizes rule to create duplicative industry-recognized apprenticeship that don't include the same crucial protections as registered apprenticeships Senator Murray: "This rule undermines Registered Apprenticeship Programs in favor of an untested system that that lacks sufficient accountability and crucial worker protections." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on the Department of Labor's (DOL) newly released apprenticeship… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senators Murray and Warren Urge NIH and FDA to Incorporate the Needs of Pregnant People and Other Underrepresented Populations as Companies Develop Vaccines and Therapeutics for COVID-19

Senators: "Pregnant people have historically been left out of research agendas and clinical trials due to the added complexities of ensuring their safety and that of their children" Senators: "We urge you to account for the unique risks and concerns of populations that have historically been excluded from pandemic research agendas" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Eliza… Continue Reading


03.11.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Push Scalia to Advocate for Workers, Question DOL’s Absence from Task Force

As coronavirus continues to impact workers, Department of Labor still absent from the President's Coronavirus Task Force Murray, Democrats push Secretary of Labor Scalia for answers, urge him to advocate for workers Senators: "We call on you - as the lead federal government official responsible for the protection and advocacy of workers - to ensure response efforts incorporate both the immediate and long-term needs of workers." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), r… Continue Reading


03.11.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Push DeVos to Issue Clear Guidance for Schools and Families, Following Widespread School Closures

Murray, Democrats push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans Senators: "We urge the U.S. Department of Education to consider several serious issues related to school closure." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 32 Democratic Senators in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clarity and guidance for school … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Murray, Schumer, And Wyden Send Letter To Vice President Pence Demanding Answers On The Alarming Lack Of Access To Coronavirus Testing, Patients Need Assurances That Testing Will Be Free For Those Who Need It

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter today to Vice President Pence regarding the mass confusion and lack of clarity around the availability of coronavirus testing and out-of-pocket costs associated with getting tests and treatment. Senators Murray, Schumer, and Wyden today sent a letter to Vice President Pence demanding the Trump … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Editorial Boards Agree: We Need Emergency Paid Sick Leave to Fight the Coronavirus

Murray, DeLauro bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Everett, WA: "Paid sick leave an effective tool against Covid-19, " The Herald Editorial Board Orlando, FL: "Coronavirus sick time: Congress should do the job if Florida won't," The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board New York, NY: "We Are Ignoring One Obvious Way to Fight the Coronavirus," New York Times Edito… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Murray, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Workers against COVID-19

The senators urged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard to protect all workers against the coronavirus outbreak (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today led a group of colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect American workers a… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Murray Introduces Lump-Sum Transparency Bill to Address Trump Administration Roll Back of Retiree Protection

Bill would require participants and retirees to be provided critical information when offered a lump-sum buyout of pension benefits Lump-sum buyouts often provide less money than lifetime pension benefits, and transfer all the risk from employers to retirees and participants One year ago, the Trump Administration announced it would not pursue an Obama-era proposal prohibiting such buyouts Murray: "No one should ever have to make a decision that could seriously affect their plans t… Continue Reading


03.06.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, DeLauro Introduce New Emergency Paid Sick Days Legislation

Murray, DeLauro bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Outside of public health emergencies, legislation requires employers to provide 7 days of accrued sick leave, building off Murray, DeLauro Healthy Families Act (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Murray: New Report Details How Disastrously Incompetent Implementation of Trump Administration’s Inhumane Family Separation Policy Further Hurt Families

Investigation was launched following request from Senator Murray and Senate Democrats Murray: "It was clear from the start that the Trump Administration's family separation policy was utterly inhumane, and this report shows how the Administration's incompetence caused further harm to families." HHS OIG: "HHS's lack of planning for the possibility of larger-scale family separation left the Department unable to provide prompt and appropriate care for separated children when the zero-tolera… Continue Reading


03.05.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Demands Answers From Vice President Pence Over Coronavirus Diagnostic Testing Delay

Senator Murray writes to Vice President Pence demanding answers about delays and issues with coronavirus diagnostic testing Senator Murray grilled FDA Commissioner Hahn at a HELP hearing earlier this week about the test production issues Murray: "I am extremely frustrated by how the Trump Administration has handled the deployment of such tests, including how it has communicated to Congress and the public about when, where, and to whom tests will be available." (Washington, D.C.) - T… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Senators Murray and Murphy Statements on FDA Rule to Ban Use of Electrical Shock Devices on Children and Adults with Disabilities

After request from Senators Murray and Murphy, FDA finalizes rule first proposed in 2016 Rule will finally end the practice of using electrical shocks to punish children and adults with disabilities Murray: "I'm glad FDA finally took this important step to protect children and adults with disabilities." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) rel… Continue Reading


03.04.20

ROUNDUP: Murray Expresses Frustration, Holds Officials Accountable Over Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Response

ABC: Washington State senator 'frustrated' residents can't get tested for new coronavirus Spokesman-Review: 'Way behind the 8-ball': Sen. Murray decries COVID-19 testing lag time, shortage as virus spreads The Stranger: Patty Murray Grills Trump Administration Over Seattle's Coronavirus Outbreak: "This Is A Really Frightening Time" Washington Times: Sen. Patty Murray: Lack of prep, direction on coronavirus is 'completely unacceptable' (Washington, D.C.) - This week, U.S. Senator… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Murray, Wyden, Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Murray, Wyden and 37 Democratic Senators urge the Trump Administration to prioritize patients' access to care in order to promote public health Senators demand Trump Health Department reverse efforts to promote junk plans and undermine Medicaid, and commit to ensuring that any potential coronavirus vaccine is affordable for all Senators: "We are deeply concerned both by your refusal to commit that a potential vaccine for coronavirus will be affordable to anyone… Continue Reading


03.03.20

CORONAVIRUS: At Hearing, Murray Presses Public Health Officials on Administration Response to Coronavirus

At hearing with health officials from the CDC, NIH, HHS and FDA, Senator Murray presses officials about ability to quickly scale up testing Senator Murray also asks about public health implications of not guaranteeing paid medical leave Hearing comes following reports of new cases across the country, declaration of state of emergency in Washington state Yesterday, Murray also pushed the Departments of Education and Labor to provide details on how they plan to protect students, teache… Continue Reading


03.02.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Ask Scalia How He Plans to Protect Workers

CDC has urged businesses to plan for the coronavirus and its impact on workers Labor Committee Democrats ask Scalia to outline his plan to protect workers, especially workers on the front-line of coronavirus response, low-income workers, and workers who may not be able to work remotely Democrats: "As businesses work to develop plans to respond to COVID-19, it is critical we ensure they are taking the best interests of workers into account" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Pa… Continue Reading


03.02.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Ask DeVos How She Plans to Protect Students, Teachers, School Staff

CDC has urged schools to prepare for the possible spread of coronavirus Education Committee Democrats ask DeVos to outline her plan for students, teachers, and other school staff, following her announcement of an Education Department coronavirus task force Democrats: "We write to understand how the U.S. Department of Education is preparing for the possible spread of the virus and … how to best protect students, teachers, and other staff" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Murray Weighs In On SCOTUS Decision to Hear Republicans’ Partisan Health Care Lawsuit

Murray: "As people across the country are asking how to protect themselves and stay healthy, the Trump Administration is preparing to explain why it thinks the Supreme Court should take families' health care away." Supreme Court announced today it would hear Republicans' lawsuit which could jeopardize care for families across the country A Republican victory at the Supreme Court could undermine health care for hundreds of millions, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Senators Murray, Peters Question Why Trump Administration Ignored Public Health Experts In Transport of People Infected with Coronavirus

Senators question decision to ignore advice of public health experts and transport people infected with novel coronavirus on flight with uninfected people Senators: "We are concerned the expertise of public health officials may not have been given necessary and appropriate weight, resulting in the potential exposure of uninfected passengers to this highly contagious disease." Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, L… Continue Reading

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