Ranking Member's Press

09.13.18

Murray Reintroduces Bill to Address Retirement Gap, Bolster Women’s Financial Security

Women's Pension Protection Act addresses set of retirement security challenges disproportionately affecting women Women are 80 percent more likely than men to face poverty in retirement Legislation extends spousal protections to prevent one spouse from undermining a couple's retirement resources without the other's knowledge and consent Changes minimum participation standards for long-term, part-time workers to expand access to retirement plans Bill includes grants to address the… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senator Murray Continues Push for Action Following Announcement Regarding Curbing Tobacco Use Among Youth

Food and Drug Administration issued over 1,300 warnings and fines for illegal sale of e-cigarette products to minors, warned that e-cigarette use among youth has reached "epidemic proportions" FDA sent letters to e-cigarette manufacturers demanding plan to reduce youth use, is considering ban of flavored products Murray: "We have seen before just how damaging an unchecked tobacco industry can be for public health, and just how dangerous it is to let tobacco products that appeal to youths… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Murray Praises Bipartisan Deal on Opioids Response Legislation

Package includes over 70 proposals from five Senate committees Washington, D.C. - Last week, the Senate agreed to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA)-a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals recommended to the full Senate by five committees: Health, Finance, Judiciary, Commerce and Banking-this week. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the agreement: "The com… Continue Reading


09.06.18

After Secret Document Unveiled Highlighting Kavanaugh’s Views on Roe v. Wade, Murray and Senate Democrats Join Women to Emphasize Stakes of Supreme Court Fight for Women’s Health and Rights

Senators and advocates shared personal stories about the impact of Roe v. Wade and the stakes of Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Murray: "Women and men across the country are sharing these deeply personal stories because they want to be sure there is no question about what's at stake here. Women's rights are at stake. Women's health is at stake. Women's economic security is at stake. And women's lives are at stake." Murray: "… to be very clear, Judge Kavanaugh personall… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Murray Slams Trump’s Reckless Trade Policies, Calls for A Coherent Policy That Levels the Playing Field for American Workers and Businesses

In hearing, Murray highlights impacts of President Trump's trade war on workers in Washington state, across the country Murray also called for fair trade policies that lift up workers here and abroad Murray: "President Trump is playing a very dangerous game right now and it's the American workers who are being forced to pay the price" **WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING STATEMENT HERE** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educat… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Senate Democrats Condemn DeVos Proposed Rule As Another Giveaway to Predatory For-Profit Colleges

In comment letter, 45 Senate Democrats urge Secretary DeVos to abandon her proposed "borrower defense" rule Proposed rule is the latest in a number of steps taken by Secretary DeVos to make it harder for cheated or defrauded students to get the relief they are entitled to under law Senators: Proposed rule "fails to protect students and will encourage precisely the kind of abuse that harmed so many borrowers in recent years." Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Murray, Senators Urge DeVos to Abandon Proposal to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Arm Teachers

Last week, the New York Times reported that Secretary DeVos is proposing allowing states and school districts to purchase firearms and firearm training with federal funds Senators: "This plan runs counter to the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and will make our schools more dangerous, and our students less safe" Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 44 Senate Democrats sent a… Continue Reading


08.30.18

TITLE X FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Murray Slams Trump Administration Gimmick to Speed Up Damaging Restrictions to Family Planning Program that Will Jeopardize Care for Women

Health Department plans to announce Title X family planning grants with shortened six-month duration, half that of past funding cycles Decision will hasten Trump Administration's ability to implement its damaging proposed changes to the program which will restrict access to care for women and institute a domestic gag rule on care providers State-by-state data from HELP Committee Democratic staff show current impact of Title X Program for women across the country Earlier this week Sen… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Murray: “It’s Shameful And Appalling That Secretary DeVos Is Considering Issuing A Rule Would Make It Harder For Students To Seek Justice”

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 the reports that Secretary DeVos is considering proposing a rule that would make it harder for survivors of campus sexual assault to seek justice and lessen the liability of colleges to act on reports of sexual harassment and assault. Last year, Secretary DeVos rescinded Obama Administration-era guidance that provided clear … Continue Reading


08.27.18

Murray Presses Trump-Pence Health Department for Analysis of Rule that Would Restrict Health Care Access for Millions of Women

Senator Murray wrote to Secretary Azar requesting the Trump Administration examine impacts to women from proposed restrictions to Title X family planning program Proposed rule would restrict family planning funds and jeopardize access to health care for millions of women Domestic gag rule proposed by Trump Administration would hinder providers from informing patients about their full range of reproductive care options. State-by state data from HELP Committee Democratic staff show curre… Continue Reading


08.27.18

Murray to Grassley: Allow Working Families to See Kavanaugh’s Full Record of Undermining Workers’ Rights

In letter to Chairman Grassley, Murray raises concerns about Kavanaugh's long record of undermining workers and their right to collectively bargain Kavanaugh has a long history of hostility to workers and their rights, repeatedly sided with corporations and management as a Judge Murray is requesting documents from Kavanaugh's tenure in Bush White House, when Administration took a number of steps to hurt workers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of th… Continue Reading


08.27.18

Democratic Health Leaders Press Trump Administration on Recommendations from Report Criticizing Its Abysmal Health Care Enrollment Effort

Recent Government Accountability Office report outlines multiple flaws with Trump Administration's management of health care enrollment period Report found confusion and higher cost related to Trump Administration's approach led to lower enrollment Democrats sent letter to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma pressing for response to recommendations in report Democratic health leaders: "The nation's health department, which has the self-identified objective of 'improving Americans'… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Murray: Republican Gimmick Does Nothing to Prevent Insurers From Discriminating Based on Gender and Age

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement in response to a new health care proposal from Republicans regarding protections for people with pre-existing conditions. "This Republican gimmick does absolutely nothing to prevent insurers from discriminating against patients based on gender and age or stop President Trump's health care sabotage from driving up costs.… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Murray: Using Taxpayer Dollars to Add More Guns to Schools “Is Wrong and Will Make Schools More Dangerous and Students Less Safe”

Secretary DeVos is reportedly considering allowing states to use federal grant program to purchase guns for schools Grant program was created in bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, intended to support students and provide academic enrichment opportunities Murray previously voiced concerns about Secretary DeVos' commitment to keep students safe during meeting regarding school safety commission Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health,… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Murray to Grassley: Release Kavanaugh Documents, Don’t Let Him Hide Full Extent of His Opposition to Women’s Health and Rights

In letter to Chairman Grassley, Murray raises concerns with rushed confirmation timeline and refusal to provide public access to Judge Kavanaugh's records No records are publicly available from a period Judge Kavanaugh described as the most formative preparation he had for becoming a judge Currently available documents-vetted by a private, partisan attorney-represent only 2 percent of Judge Kavanaugh's available White House records Documents currently available show Judge Kavanaugh… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Top Democrats: CMS Rule Undermines Home Health Care Workers, Jeopardizes Quality of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

"The proposed rule lacks any statutory basis for targeting the process by which individual providers voluntarily contribute to their union or other benefits, such as health insurance, with their own wages." WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, submitted a public comment to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Admini… Continue Reading


08.10.18

Murray Statement on DeVos Proposal to Abandon Gainful Employment Rule: “Proof There Is No Line DeVos Won’t Cross to Pad the Pockets of For-Profit Colleges”

Department of Education proposing to scrap an Obama-era rule to protect students from predatory career training programs By Department's own estimates, abandoning this rule will cost taxpayers $5.3 billion 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 today on the Department of Education's proposal to abandon an Obama Administration-era "gainful employment" rule-w… Continue Reading


08.07.18

Murray, DeLauro Question National Institutes of Health on Efforts to Address Harassment in Research Community

Top Democrats on Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing NIH ask Director Collins about efforts to address harassment in facilities that receive NIH funding Murray, DeLauro request information on past harassment cases and current practices to prevent harassment, and encourage greater accountability One third of women in biomedical research report experiencing harassment on the job Members: "Federal funding should not support laboratories and institutions where workp… Continue Reading


08.07.18

Murray, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration for Rescinding Civil Rights Guidance Promoting Diversity in Education

Attorney General Sessions and Secretary of Education DeVos rescinded guidance last month that clarifies to schools how to promote diversity and open doors of opportunity for underrepresented students Senators raised concerns that actions by Trump Administration are another way to undermine the law, divide communities, and destabilize American values Washington, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Com… Continue Reading


08.06.18

Murray Calls for Continued U.S. Leadership and Investment in Global Health Security, Highlights Past Successes, Ongoing Threats, and Impact on Families

Murray delivered keynote at Seattle event for Commission focused on ensuring global health security Murray called for U.S. leadership and investments, highlighted successes of U.S. AIDS/HIV initiative, Global Health Security Agenda, and UN Population Fund Murray warned about health threats facing families living amid disorder in places like Venezuela, North Korea, and Syria, and the global threat of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria Speech comes as new Ebola outbreak develops in Democ… Continue Reading

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