Ranking Member's Press

06.26.20

Senator Murray Slams Trump Administration For Unwavering Commitment to Striking Down Health Care and Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Despite Dire Consequences

Senator Murray slammed the Trump Administration for pressing ahead with its effort to strike down health care for tens of millions of people during a pandemic A Republican victory in court would strip health care from tens of millions of people, end protections for pre-existing conditions, increase heath care costs, and more The harmful impacts of a Republican victory would have a disproportionate impact on communities of color already facing health disparities that are being exacerbated… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Murray Blasts Trump Administration For Plan To Close Testing Sites As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Trump Administration is ending federal funding for 13 COVID-19 testing sites at the end of the month Move comes as several states continue to see COVID-19 cases increase at record breaking rates Senator Murray: "The pandemic is clearly getting worse in states nationwide-and instead of trying harder to stop it, President Trump is apparently trying harder to hide it." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and P… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Senator Murray Warns Republicans Against Moving On From COVID-19 As Pandemic Continues to Rage

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray warned her colleagues that immediate action is still needed to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Senator Murray: "I want to be absolutely clear from the start: reflecting on how we prepare for the next crisis is no substitute for responding to the crisis at hand, which has infected over 2 million people in our country, killed over 120,000, and which continues to spread." President Trump and Vice President Pence have wrongly suggested the COVI… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Murray, Scott: Latest Partisan EEOC Action Undermines Agency’s Ability to Hold Employers Accountable for Discrimination

Recent reporting indicates that EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon unilaterally overhauled the EEOC's conciliation process to addresses workplace harassment and discrimination-without consideration from the full EEOC New pilot would make it harder for EEOC to hold employers accountable for workplace harassment and discrimination Murray, Scott urge Dhillon to suspend the pilot until it is properly reviewed Murray, Scott: "The pilot will weaken this critical enforcement tool by stripping discre… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Murray and DeLauro Concerned Trump Administration’s Leadership Changes to COVID-19 Vaccine Project Could Delay Progress

Senator Murray and Congresswoman DeLauro press Secretary Azar on Trump Administration's removal of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) employees from COVID-19 vaccine project leadership Removal of BARDA employees from leadership positions undermines scientists and threatens to create unnecessary delays in the development of the urgently needed COVID-19 vaccine Trump Administration previously came under fire for removing BARDA chief after he raised concerns abou… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Murray, Wyden Push Trump Administration to Ensure All Eligible Students and Families Receive Economic Impact Payments

Millions of FAFSA applicants and student loan borrowers do not file taxes and thus have struggled to access the direct payments made available through the CARES Act In a letter, Murray, Wyden push Trump Administration to conduct public awareness campaign to reach all eligible students and their families Senators Murray, Wyden: "In this difficult economic environment, these payments may serve as a lifeline for these Americans." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Senator Murray: Watchdog Reveals “Troubling” Gaps in Safety Protocols at Federal Facilities Caring for Unaccompanied Minors

Senator Murray: " The reports from the HHS inspector general lay bare the troubling gaps in safety and reporting protocols that are far too often leaving children under federal care in harm's way." (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 in response to two new reports released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Murray and DeLauro Press Trump Administration On Nursing Home Oversight As Millions of Dollars Provided by Congress Remain Unspent

Senator Murray and Congresswoman DeLauro press Secretary Azar on Trump Administration's slow process for disbursing funds for nursing home oversight CARES Act provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services $200 million for COVID-19 response-at least half of which is to be spent on supporting oversight of nursing homes As of the beginning of June, the Trump Administration had provided only $1.5 million to state oversight agencies Nursing homes account for two out of five COV… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Murray: Trump Administration’s Latest Demographic Data Report ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Inadequate’

Trump Administration's updated report on COVID-19 demographic data remains incomplete and still falls short of what Congress required Report shows that race and ethnicity data is still missing in over half of COVID-19 case reports Report fails to include data on sex and geographic regions Administration's previous submission was a four-page copy and paste project Murray: "This Administration needs to change gears now and start doing everything it can to address the reality that B… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Murray Slams Trump Rule Allowing Health Care Discrimination as “Presidential Malpractice”

Murray slams decision to weaken protections against discrimination in health care during a pandemic and amid nationwide cry for action against racism Murray: "This is presidential malpractice… We need a leader focused on keeping everyone safe and healthy. Instead, President Trump chose to focus on politics with a cruel step that will make it harder for people who already struggle with care to get it, and at the worst possible time." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty … Continue Reading


06.11.20

Senator Murray: New DeVos Rule Restricting Emergency Financial Aid is Cruel

Senator Murray: "As students across the country are struggling to make ends meet in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, Secretary DeVos' efforts to deny some much-needed aid is cruel." (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 on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' harmful and unauthorized new regulation restricting more than 7.5 million stud… Continue Reading


06.10.20

At Hearing, Senator Murray Pushes for Federal Aid To Help K-12 Schools Address Growing Inequity Due to COVID-19

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray pressed K-12 education leaders on their plans to address growing inequity and keep schools safe Senator Murray calls for more federal funding as schools face enormous budget cuts Senator Murray: "…whether schools are able to open physically, operate virtually, or use a hybrid of both-we have to ensure school districts deliver quality and equitable educational, social, emotional, and health, including mental health, services to students." … Continue Reading


06.08.20

Murray, Wyden, Democrats Urge DOL to Address Organized Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Ensure Much-Needed Benefits Are Not Delayed

Recent report shows that a fraudulent crime network has been filing unemployment claims Murray, Wyden, Democrats: "We all share a common goal of ensuring the integrity of the unemployment insurance program … However, any long-term solution will require additional guidance, resources, and support from the Department" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Senator Murray Urges Careful Preparation Before Colleges Reopen and Stresses Need to Address Inequities for Students Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Crisis

At HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray pressed higher education leaders to ensure that in their COVID-19 response, institutions put public health first and address disproportionate impacts of the virus on Black students and staff and other communities of color Senator Murray: "We must recognize and address the disproportionate impact this crisis is having on… students of color, first-generation college students, students experiencing homelessness, and student parents-and we must l… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Murray Urges Trump Administration Not to Eliminate Position Tasked With Leading COVID-19 Testing Efforts

Murray urges Trump Administration to reverse course after it announced testing lead would step down with no replacement planned Trump Administration plans to eliminate position even as the U.S. remains far off from what experts say is needed to safely reopen Move is latest example of Trump Administration failing to lead on testing, including submitting an inadequate national testing plan, incomplete demographic data report Murray: "I strongly urge you to reconsider walking away from … Continue Reading


06.04.20

Murray, Democratic Senators Urge DeVos to Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule and Focus on Student Safety

Secretary DeVos' new rule governing how schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault will weaken protections for survivors Despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis on schools across the country, Secretary DeVos gave schools only 100 days to implement the harmful rule Senators: "Not only does your misguided rule make it harder for students to report sexual assault and harassment … but the timing of the rule is completely inappropriate in light of the COVID-19 cri… Continue Reading


06.03.20

Murray Demands Answers Regarding Non-Competitive, Multimillion Dollar Contract for Duplicative Health Data System

Murray questions Trump health officials about decision to award non-competitive, multimillion dollar contract that doesn't address critical gaps in COVID-19 data While country still lacks detailed information on tests, supplies, production and manufacturing gaps, and comprehensive demographic data, new contract duplicates existing CDC work Murray: "Clear, accurate, comprehensive data is desperately needed in our fight against COVID-19." Murray: "While… critical data remain out … Continue Reading


06.03.20

Murray, Warren, Smith, Gillibrand, Casey Introduce $50 Billion Bill to Address Child Care Crisis

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, led Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bob Casey (D-PA) in introducing the Child Care is Essential Act, to address the child care crisis exacerbated by coronavirus by creating a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund. The legislation will provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care … Continue Reading


06.03.20

Senator Murray Votes NO on Trump Nominees for Worker Protection Agencies, Demands Administration Finally Fill Empty Democratic Seat on the NLRB

Committee also advances nominations of Democratic nominees Lauren McFerran and Jocelyn Samuels to the NLRB and EEOC Senator Murray: "As workers across the country face unprecedented struggles in light of the coronavirus crisis, these worker protection agencies are more important than ever before." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voted against advancing three Trump Administ… Continue Reading


06.02.20

Murray Responds to Trump Administration’s Latest Backstep On COVID-19 Testing

As COVID-19 testing lags far behind what experts say is needed to safely reopen, Trump Administration announces testing "czar" to step down this month ICYMI: Murray in Seattle Times Op-Ed: "Our country isn't just facing a historic public health crisis, but also an inexcusable and unprecedented leadership crisis." Murray: "Let's be clear: this pandemic is, sadly, by no means over and neither is the federal government's obligation to lead." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading

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