Ranking Member's Press

10.31.19

Murray Slams DeVos Rule Weakening Higher Education Oversight and Lowering Standards for College Accreditation

Senator Murray: College Accreditation and State Authorization Rule "Undermines Quality Assurance and Oversight of Higher Education," calls for issue to be resolved in comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Washington D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement on Secretary DeVos' rule to weaken oversight of the college accreditation system and lower th… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Murray: Republicans Face Choice with Health Care Vote Tomorrow, Stand with Families and Patients, or President Trump and Big Insurance Companies

Tomorrow, Democrats will force Republicans to vote on legislation to reverse the Trump administration's rule encouraging states to promote junk health insurance plans and threaten pre-existing condition protections Republicans will have to go on the record and show whether they stand with patients and families, or the Trump administration and big health insurance companies Murray: "Democrats are going to bring forward a bill to ensure protections for pre-existing conditions that Leader … Continue Reading


10.29.19

Amid Delay, Senator Murray and Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Democrats slam the ongoing delay and reported weakening of Trump Administration's promised action to address epidemic of youth tobacco use E-cigarette use among teens continues to grow, largely fueled by flavored products Senators: "[The Trump Administration] must not bow to industry or political pressure at the expense of public health" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Heal… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Senator Patty Murray Questions Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi on Record of Helping DeVos Undermine Protections for Student Borrowers

Letter requests information regarding Menashi's role in the case against the Department of Education that has led to a contempt citation against Secretary DeVos for failure to comply with a court order to stop collecting payments from defrauded student borrowers Menashi served as Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education from spring of 2017 to fall of 2018 Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member … Continue Reading


10.25.19

Murray Slams National Labor Relations Board Members for Undermining Workers’ Confidence in Board’s Integrity Following Unprecedented Rulemaking and Potential Ethics Violation

In two letters to NLRB members, Murray criticizes decisions undermining confidence and trust in agency charged with protecting workers' rights In letter to Chairman Ring, Murray criticizes unprecedented break from rulemaking standards, urges NLRB to act fairly and impartially In letter to Board Member Kaplan, Murray demands answers on potential ethics violation Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, an… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Murray, Senate Democrats to Put Republicans on the Record on Health Care, Force Vote to Reverse Trump Rule Eroding Pre-existing Condition Protections

Senate Democrats will be forcing a vote on legislation to reverse President Trump's rule encouraging states to promote junk insurance plans and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions Murray: "I am here today to say that Republicans' transparent health care charade is coming to an end." Murray: "We are going to keep pushing Republicans to do the right thing and stand up for patients and families-even if it means standing against President Trump." ***Watch Senato… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Senators Murray, Wyden Denounce President Trump’s Cruel Policy Denying Visas Based on Health Care Coverage

Senators urge HHS Secretary Alex Azar to reverse the policy and demand more information on why HHS decided to implement it Policy could block up to two thirds of those applying for lawful permanent residence Senators: "President Trump's proclamation undermines the values that we stand for and are embedded in our health care and immigration systems." Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and … Continue Reading


10.21.19

Murray, Durbin: New Report Shows Need to Improve Financial Training for Servicemembers Amid Implementation of New Retirement System

New report shows improvements needed to thoroughly assess financial preparedness of servicemembers and efficacy of financial training efforts New retirement system implemented last year increases importance of providing servicemembers with adequate resources, training, and information on financial management Murray: "Our servicemembers are putting their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, and we owe it to them to make sure we're doing our part to secure their futures as well." … Continue Reading


10.18.19

Murray Demands Answers From Trump EEOC Appointee on New Efforts to Sweep Wage Discrimination Under Rug

Senator Murray condemns Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for abandoning collection of data intended to help fight wage gap, wage discrimination Murray: "People expect the EEOC to hold companies accountable for pay discrimination, not help them sweep it under the rug." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairwoman Janet Dh… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Senators Murray and Duckworth Call For Secretary DeVos to Start Supporting Student Parents Following Her Rejection of GAO Recommendations and Undermining Child Care Programs

GAO report offers recommendations on how Department of Education can help student parents access federal financial aid to pay for child care Contrary to research, Department of Education rejects all three recommendations Senators: "It is time for the Department to abandon its attacks on student parents and the federal programs that support them" Washington, D.C. - Thursday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensio… Continue Reading


10.09.19

Murray Rejects Evasive Response, Continues Pushing for Explanation of Hasty Move to Reorganize Employee Benefits Security Administration

Senator Murray continues pushing Department of Labor to explain hasty move to reorganize Employee Benefits Security Administration Latest letter raises new questions following evasive response to Murray's recent request for answers Murray: Department's woefully inadequate response "failed to provide any of the requested documents… only offered information that was already publicly available without addressing the substantive questions raised in our letter." Murray: "The lack of … Continue Reading


10.08.19

Murray: Proposed Tip Rule “Has the Clear Goal of Allowing Employers to Steal Employees' Tips and to Pay Their Workers Less”

Murray: "President Trump's Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia is already proving exactly what I feared: that he'll really serve as a Secretary of Corporate Interests" Murray: "Proposed rule seems to betray the compromise language Congress put into law just last year" 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 regarding the Department of Labor's proposed ti… Continue Reading


10.02.19

Murray, Wyden, Smith and Grassley Release Report Showing Department of Education Can Do More to Support Students in Foster Care

Students in foster care may change schools frequently, impacting their academic achievement Report shows federal support can help state-level agencies ensure that students in foster care remain at their school even when their foster care placement changes Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) rele… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Murray Demands Senate Republicans Stop Playing Politics with HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions, Continues Push for a Comprehensive Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

In a speech on the Senate floor, Murray urges the Senate to take up FUTURE Act and send it to the President's desk Murray: "Let's not threaten the funding for some of our most valuable institutions. We should pass the act right away. And then continue our committee's discussions." Murray: "Since the start of those discussions, I've been very clear. We need to do this reauthorization in a comprehensive way that really helps our students with the many challenges they face." ***Watch … Continue Reading


09.24.19

Murray Votes NO on Advancing Scalia Out of Committee: “He Will Be a Secretary of Corporate Interests, Not a Secretary of Labor”

At Senate HELP Committee markup, Senator Murray reiterates that Trump's labor nominee is the wrong choice for workers Vote comes after confirmation hearing where Scalia avoided supporting policies designed to protect workers, defended work for corporate clients undermining worker rights Murray: "Unfortunately, last week's hearing confirmed my worst fears: that Mr. Scalia will be a yes-man for President Trump's anti-worker agenda, not a champion for working families, that he will let comp… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Murray Blasts Trump Administration for Weak Overtime Rule that Leaves Millions of Workers Behind

Murray slams Trump Administration for finalizing overtime rule which represents a huge step back from the Obama Administration's proposal Trump Administration's rule denies millions of workers the overtime pay they deserve, and pays them less compared to Obama Administration proposal Earlier this year, Senator Murray cosponsored the Restoring Overtime Pay Act to increase the salary level for overtime pay and codify the Obama-era rule Trump Administration's final rule issued minutes b… Continue Reading


09.23.19

Murray, Scott Press to Delay Reorganization of Employee Benefits Security Administration, Demand Justification for Plan

Murray, Scott, question structural changes to Employee Benefits Security Administration, request delay until the impact on the millions of retirees, workers, and families that EBSA helps are better understood Letter requests explanation for purpose of proposed changes and analysis conducted to inform the reorganization plan Members: "The proposed reorganization appears to be a meaningful structural change from the status quo, shifting authorities to EBSA's politically-appointed deputy a… Continue Reading


09.20.19

ROUNDUP: Murray, Democrats Grill Labor Secretary Nominee Eugene Scalia On His Anti-Worker Record

Washington Post: "Eugene Scalia … faced harsh questioning during his confirmation hearing on Thursday as Democrats criticized the former lobbyist's record defending corporations in legal matters against workers and regulators." Bloomberg Law: "Labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia tried to fend off concerns about his lengthy record defending corporations in court during a Sept. 19 Senate confirmation hearing." The Hill: "Democrats ripped Eugene Scalia, President Trump's nominee to… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Senator Murray Urges Senate to Take Up FUTURE Act; Continues Call for Comprehensive Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Murray: The Senate must "pass the bipartisan FUTURE Act instead of playing politics with valuable and under-resourced institutions." Murray: The FUTURE Act will "give us time to work out a permanent fix for funding for HBCUs, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions through a comprehensive HEA reauthorization-which is what I've been clear is necessary." Murray: "…any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act needs to have real answers to the challenges students are fac… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Murray On Secretary of Labor Nominee Eugene Scalia: “President Trump Has Nominated a Secretary of Corporate Interests”

Murray: "Instead of nominating a Secretary of Labor, President Trump has nominated a Secretary of Corporate Interests." Murray highlights Scalia's long, troubling record attacking workers' rights and protecting corporations Scalia has fought to overturn and undermine laws protecting workers' health and safety, protecting their retirement savings, protecting their wages, and protecting workers with disabilities from discrimination Scalia has worked to help corporate clients avoid acc… Continue Reading

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