Ranking Member's Press

02.23.18

Democratic Health Leaders Demand Explanation on Idaho’s Illegal Junk Plans

Members question Idaho Department of Insurance on move to allow plans that ignore federal law and consumer protections Proposed plans would illegally charge higher premiums for older and sicker patients (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Hou… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Murray: After Potential Ethics Violations, Board Needs to Reconsider Case that Shields Corporations from Responsibility and Undermines Worker Protections

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 on National Labor Relations Board Inspector General's ongoing investigation into Board Member William Emanuel's participation in actions regarding the joint employer issue, including the Hy-Brand case-an eleventh hour decision made before Chairman Miscimarra's term expired to overturn the Board's joint employer protections. In a r… Continue Reading


02.20.18

Senator Murray: President Trump’s “Junk Plans” Rule Helps Insurance Companies; Raises Patients’ Costs

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to allow insurance companies to offer short-term health insurance plans that aren't subject to protections included in the Affordable Care Act. "President Trump's latest step backward on health care will help insurance companies skirt the rules to boost their profits, while rai… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Alexander, Murray Seek Input on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act

WASHINGTON, February 13-The Senate education committee is working on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with all members of the Committee, are seeking comments or suggestions for the Committee's consideration. Comments are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please send comments to HigherEducation2018@help.senate.gov. ###… Continue Reading


02.15.18

DISABILTY RIGHTS: Senator Murray Responds to House Vote on Anti-Civil Rights Bill

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement following a vote in the House of Representatives to pass the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) which would undermine important protections for people with disabilities. "This anti-civil rights legislation is a national embarrassment that would chip away at important protections that have prevented discrimination ag… Continue Reading


02.15.18

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Senator Murray to Secretary DeVos: I Agree, Let’s Hold Hearings on School Shootings and Gun Safety

DeVos today: "Congress needs to be holding hearings on these issues" Murray today: "I wholeheartedly agree" Murray commits to working with Chairman Alexander to set hearings up, invite Secretary DeVos to testify 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 response to Secretary DeVos calling for Congressional hearings into school shootings. "As… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Murray Asks Students, Parents, and Workers to Share Personal Stories as Congress Kicks Off Work to Update Higher Education Law

As Senate Education Committee works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Senator Murray is committed to making sure the voices of students and parents are heard Students, parents, and workers can submit their personal stories HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today urged current, former, and future students and their families to share their personal stories about what they th… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Murray: Illegal Idaho Junk Plans Make Clear Republicans and Democrats Need to Come Together; Focus on Lowering Health Costs

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 news that Idaho will allow "junk plans" to be sold that will raise premiums for people enrolled in the exchanges and potentially price people with pre-existing conditions out of the market entirely. Murray is pushing for additional measures to lower health care costs as part of bipartisan negotiations on changes to the… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Wyden, Murray, Senate Democrats Call on Trump Administration to End Unlawful Attacks on Women’s Health Care

Restricting Women's Choice of Provider in Medicaid Violates Intent of the Program, Undermines Access to Critical Health Care Washington, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray, D-Wash., along with 37 Senate Democrats, today urged the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to rollback protections that prevent states from excluding qualified women's health care … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Murray on Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating With Hate Group to Restrict Women’s Health Care Access

(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 news that officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) closely coordinated with an identified hate group on policies designed to prevent Planned Parenthood from serving Medicaid patients. "This is another clear and alarming sign that President Trump is more concerned with following a far-right … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Senator Murray Working Toward Bipartisan Reauthorization of Animal Drug User Fee Agreements

Senator Murray: Congress can build on bipartisan track record of reauthorization "if we keep our focus on ensuring the health and safety of our families and animals." Senate and House health committee leaders recently released a discussion draft to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements ***WATCH SEN. MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Hea… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Senator Murray Blasts Legislative Assault on Disability Rights from House of Representatives

Senator Murray: "We should be building on [the Americans with Disabilities Act's] important protections, not chipping them away" Proposed attack on disability rights "misguided, harmful, and an embarrassment" House bill is an "absolute nonstarter" in the Senate (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives on the ADA E… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Senator Murray on Trump-DeVos Refusal to Protect Transgender Students: “Deeply Disappointed and Disgusted”

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement on reports confirming that the Department of Education is officially refusing to respond to complaints filed by transgender students under Title IX law. "I had hoped that Secretary DeVos and President Trump would have listened to common sense and people across the country who have been pleading for all students to be protected n… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Concerned with Pervasive Sexual Harassment in Industries Outside the Spotlight, Murray Requests Information from Trade Associations in Industries with Millions of Workers

Murray sent letters to 12 major trade associations inquiring what steps are being taken to prevent and address sexual harassment in their industries As more powerful and famous people come forward with stories of sexual harassment, Senator Murray is seeking information on harassment of millions of women and men whose voices may not be heard Murray: "In recent months, stories of sexual harassment have dominated the headlines and sparked a national conversation about change, power dynamics… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Senator Murray Spotlights Stories of Families and Children Impacted by Opioid Epidemic

Committee hearing brought voices of parents and family care experts to opioid discussion Senator Murray stressed need to address "ripple effect that impacts entire families and communities" Senator Murray: "We must confront the challenges of everyone this crisis affects… in partnership with everyone who can help effect change" Senator Murray: Reality of crisis shared by "parents who have watched as the children they would do anything for struggle with a disease they feel helpl… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration Cover Up of Evidence Showing Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Employers to Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

Last week, news reports revealed the Department of Labor concealed the deeply damaging impacts of its proposed change to the tip rules Democrats slam the move as another example of the Trump Administration putting corporate interests ahead of workers Senators: "This is a stark example of how far the Trump Administration is willing to go to appease business interests at the expense of working families" Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the … Continue Reading


02.06.18

Senator Murray Calls for Work to Reverse Trend of Eroding Worker Benefits, Protections, and Retirement Security

Senator Murray: Gig economy puts new face on "damaging trend of erosion in workers' protections and benefits" Senator Murray calls for increased accessibility, portability, and security in retirement plans Almost half of families in the country do not have a retirement account Senator Murray working on federal version of Washington state's Small Business Retirement Marketplace ***WATCH SEN. MURRAY'S SPEECH HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Rank… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Democrats Urge Labor Board Member William Emanuel to Explain Conflicts of Interest on Decision to Weaken Workers’ Rights, Shield Corporations from Responsibility

In December, the National Labor Relations Board held vote to bring joint employer case back to Board, one day before Republican NLRB chair's term expired Despite former law firm's role in case, NLRB member William Emanuel participated in vote Emanuel gave conflicting answers to Congress on his participation Democrats: "This action appears to be in direct contravention of your commitments to the Office of Government Ethics, to the requirements of the Ethics Pledge, and to the require… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Higher Education Act: Murray Highlights Need to Address Rising Costs of College and Massive Burden of Student Debt

Far too many students and borrowers cannot afford the costs of college, or struggle with the burden of student debt with no end in sight In hearing, Murray makes the case for helping students afford college at every phase of their education: before they apply, while they're enrolled, and after they graduate Murray: "The way we finance higher education by asking everyone to take on debt is sending a clear message that college is for the wealthy-not the students who have the most to gain… Continue Reading


02.06.18

More than 120 Democrats Urge Department of Labor to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member on the Education and the Workforce Committee, and 122 Democrats submitted a public comment to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed change to the tip rules. DOL is considering changing existing rules to allow employers to pocket tips of workers, which… Continue Reading

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