Ranking Member's Press

10.25.17

In Light of Court Ruling, Murray Pushes for Quick Vote on Murray-Alexander Bill to Lower Patients’ Health Care Costs, Stabilize Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on today's court ruling rejecting a temporary stay that would have required the Trump Administration to resume out-of-pocket cost reduction payments. "The law is very clear that the Administration is required to make out-of-pocket cost reduction payments, and today's ruling only makes it more critical that the Senate take up… Continue Reading


10.25.17

NEW—Government Watch Dog Investigation Confirms Trump Administration Sabotaged Open Enrollment Without Any Analysis of Impact on Patients & Families

HHS Inspector General Report Requested by Sens. Murray, Warren after Administration Officials Pulled ACA Enrollment Outreach Ads Washington, DC - United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today released a report written by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) that details results from an investigation into the Trump Administration's decisions to pull Affordable Care Act (ACA) advertisements just a few days prior to the end of the 2017 op… Continue Reading


10.25.17

CBO: Alexander-Murray Will Provide Savings; Benefit Taxpayers and Low-Income Americans, Not Insurance Companies

"On net, CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that implementing the legislation would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period relative to CBO's baseline. … "CBO and JCT expect that insurers in almost all areas of the country would be required to issue some form of rebate to individuals and the federal government." - Congressional Budget Office report, October 25, 2017 WASHINGTON, October 25, 2017-Senate health c… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Murray, Senators Demand DeVos Enforce Civil Rights Laws in Schools As Incidents of Harassment, Bullying & Racism Are On the Rise Following President Trump’s Election

Incidents of harassment, intimidation have increased in K-12 schools, as well as colleges & universities since the election, raising questions about whether all students truly have equal access to education in a safe & supportive environment In new letter, Murray, Senators call on Trump Administration to protect students' civil rights after rise in harassment in schools Senate Democrats: "We are deeply concerned that President Trump's tweets and remarks have normalized bigotry, r… Continue Reading


10.23.17

Murray to DeVos: “Stop Creating Chaos & Confusion” for Students & Workers with Disabilities

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' decision to rescind guidance outlining rights for students and workers with disabilities. "I'm deeply disappointed in Secretary DeVos' decision to rescind guidance meant to protect students and workers with disabilities without any explanation about the impacts this will have," said … Continue Reading


10.20.17

Murray: “Secretary DeVos Needs to Stop These Outrageous Delays and Start Providing Relief” to Defrauded Students

(Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on Secretary DeVos' decision to further delay the effective date of the "borrower defense" rule for another two years, which provides relief to students who have been defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges, including Corinthian Colleges. In June, Secretary DeVos delayed implementation of the rule, which was set to go into effec… Continue Reading


10.20.17

Tax “Reform”: Murray on Latest Attack by GOP on Workers’ Retirement Security

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on press reports that the Republican tax proposal may cap the amount of pretax money working families can contribute to their retirement plans: "From thwarting state retirement programs to delaying protections that ensure financial advisers act in their clients' best interests, President Trump and Congressional Republican… Continue Reading


10.20.17

SENATE DEMOCRATS DEMAND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION STOP BLOCKING UNDOCUMENTED MINORS’ ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE

Disturbing Reports Find Trump Officials Personally Denying Abortions To Undocumented, Pregnant Teens In New Letter, Senate Democrats Call On Trump Administration To Immediately Cease "Unprecedented" Interference; Request Immediate Briefing, All Related Documents, Correspondence From Acting HHS Director More On Case Involving Undocumented Teen In Texas Currently Being Held By Trump Administration-LINK Senate Democrats: We Have A Moral And Legal Obligation To Ensure These Youth … Continue Reading


10.19.17

SENATE FLOOR: Murray Announces Bipartisan Support for Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs for Patients & Families Nationwide, Stabilize Individual Insurance Market

Murray joins Alexander in announcing bipartisan group of first round of cosponsors: 12 Republicans & 12 Democrats Murray in speech: "We're able today to put forward an answer: a bipartisan solution that prevents families from paying the price for sabotage and uncertainty" *Video of Murray's remarks here* (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, joined Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Senate floor today to announce a … Continue Reading


10.19.17

NEW—Senate, House Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Bill spearheaded by Sens. Murray & Casey would nullify President Trump's attack on ACA's birth control mandate; Protect women's continued access to contraceptive coverage (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), today 41 Senate and House Democrats introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim f… Continue Reading


10.18.17

Murray Joins Brady Campaign, Public Health Advocates to Unveil New Report on Pressing Need for Stronger Investments in Gun Violence Research

GAO report, the result of Murray's 2015 request, finds funding for gun violence prevention research is a fraction of other public health investments Murray: "There is so much we can and absolutely should be doing to address gun violence" **Video of Murray's remarks HERE** (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the Brady Campaign, and public he… Continue Reading


10.17.17

MURRAY ANNOUNCES BIPARTISAN DEAL WITH CHAIRMAN ALEXANDER TO PROTECT FAMILIES FROM RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS

On Senate floor, Murray & Alexander announce bipartisan deal to stabilize & strengthen health care market Bipartisan deal negotiated by Murray and Alexander: Funds payments to help lower costs for families - Provides added flexibility to states while protecting essential health benefits for patients - Restores investments for open enrollment outreach Bipartisan deal reflects input from patients, governors, hospitals, insurers & majority of Senate members Murray: "This i… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Murray Pushes for Bipartisan Action at Hearing on Prescription Drug Prices: We Must Get At Root of Problem Causing “Soaring” Costs for Patients & Families

Senate HELP Committee holds second hearing on high cost of prescription drugs At hearing, Murray cites several Dem priorities to tackle drug prices & hold manufacturers accountable: increased transparency from pharmaceutical companies, crack down on price gouging & anti-competitive practices Murray also calls out President Trump for tough talk, no action on drug prices Murray during hearing: "In order for competition to bring down costs, we must ensure the market's actually … Continue Reading


10.16.17

Murray Calls Out FDA Commissioner for Delay of Food Labeling Standards: Pushing Off Implementation Threatens Public Health Efforts & “Your Commitments to Put Families’ Health First”

Despite pressing need for families to access clear nutritional information, FDA continues to "unreasonably postpone" food labeling requirements In new letter, Murray urges FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to comply with timeline & protections as intended; "Cease FDA's recent practice of pushing off compliance for key public health protections" Murray to Gottlieb: "This would be a step backward for consumers seeking to make informed dietary choices" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Mu… Continue Reading


10.16.17

Murray, Senators Ask DeVos to Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools

On September 27, Secretary DeVos rescinded guidance that directs schools on how to handle sexual assault investigations, and issued confusing interim guidance Advocates warn DeVos' interim guidance may result in fewer survivors coming forward and may make it harder for survivors to seek justice Senators: "The interim guidance is vague and often contradictory, and has caused confusion among college administrators, teachers, and students across the country" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Led by Murray & Wyden, Senate Democrats File Amicus Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood; Stand Up for Women’s Health & Rights in Texas

In yet another affront to women's health & rights, Texas has attempted to block women's access to health care by preventing Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding 5th Circuit Court of Appeals expected to hear case challenging Texas' "purely ideological" decision Today, Senate Democrats file amicus brief in support of Planned Parenthood: "Texas terminated the Medicaid provider agreements of three Planned Parenthood organizations for reasons unrelated to their medical… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Murray Statement on Trump’s “Reckless” Decision to Cut Off Payments Helping Lower Health Care Costs for Families

Non-partisan CBO analysis: Trump to increase premiums by 20% in 2018, 25% by 2020 Murray: [Trump's] pattern of governing by sabotage only makes it more critical that Congress…work together to undo the damage [he is] causing" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's decision to unilaterally cut off the cost-sharing reduction (CS… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Murray and Scott on DeVos Decision to Make Privatization a Priority When Awarding Federal Grants

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statements on Secretary DeVos proposing a list of priorities when distributing competitive grants from the Department of Education. Among others, the list includes privatization-a top priority for Secretary DeVos, whose only experience befor… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Murray Statement on President Trump’s Latest, Worst Step to Create Trumpcare by Sabotage

Murray: Trump executive orders will force patients to pay more, lose quality coverage options "The only way to get results for patients and families on health care is to work across the aisle and find common ground-and we're doing exactly that in the Senate" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order intended to undermine t… Continue Reading


10.06.17

Murray Statement on President Trump’s Tax on Women’s Health Care: “Wrong and Outrageous”

Murray: "I will be pushing every Republican who claims to care about women's health and economic security to join me in fighting back" Today's sweeping move by President Trump to target women's access to birth control confirms concerns first brought up by Murray to OMB Director Mulvaney in May - VIDEO LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on the … Continue Reading

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