Ranking Member's Press

06.27.17

Senate Democrats Blast Secretary DeVos for Harmful Actions on Civil Rights Protections, Enforcement

Senators highlight numerous steps taken by Secretary DeVos to roll back civil rights enforcement and protections for students Senators: "You claim to support civil rights and oppose discrimination, but your actions belie your assurances." (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 34 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary DeVos citing major concerns with steps the U.S. Department of Edu… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Murray on Updated Senate Trumpcare Plan: “Republican Leaders Have Somehow Managed to Take This Mean Legislation and Make It Even Meaner”

Murrays slams new "continuous coverage" provision as a handout to insurance companies; "Making it harder for people who have gaps in coverage to get insured" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the updated Senate Republican Trumpcare plan, which would allow insurance companies to lock patients out from coverage for 6 months if they fail to maintain cont… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Murray Remarks on Newly-Released Analysis of Senate Republican Trumpcare Bill

***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE*** Families' costs would rise across the board: premiums, maternity care, mental health care, prescription drugs, and much more CBO score confirms-Updated Republican bill worse than previous version 22 million people stand to lose coverage Murray: "The bottom line is Trumpcare is a minefield of higher health care cost for patients and families-and a massive giveaway to special interests in the health care industry" (Washington, D.C.) - … Continue Reading


06.22.17

VIDEO: In Testy Exchange on Senate Floor, Sen. Murray Slams Republicans’ Secretive Process on Trumpcare Plan: “The American Public Deserves Better”

***WATCH VIDEO HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Democrats on the Senate floor to blast Republicans for the secretive process in which they crafted their cruel Trumpcare plan and slammed Senate Republicans for trying to rush through their version of Trumpcare, which would raise costs for families, defund Planned Parenthood, gut Medicaid, take health care coverage away fr… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Senators Hassan, Murray Send Letter to Secretary DeVos Requesting Clarification on Her Position on Vouchers and Students with Disabilities

The Senators request that Secretary DeVos confirm that any new federal voucher program will ensure all schools provide full protections for students with disabilities (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting clarification on her position regarding the rights of students with disabilities. Specifically… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Republican Leader Says Secret Health Care Meetings Open to “Anybody”: Senate Democrats RSVP to Attend

Senator Thune to his constituents: "There's been a lot written about this so-called working group and the small group of people meeting in secret, but those meetings are open to anybody" Senate Republican leaders have refused to hold hearings or bipartisan meetings, blocked Democrats' attempts to open up process and help people across the country understand how "mean" Trumpcare would be for them and their families Democrats send RSVP cards saying they will attend, ask for details on tim… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Murray: Trumpcare “Is A Gut Punch… It Could Be A Death Sentence”

Murray urges Senate Republicans to abandon "mean" Trumpcare bill, to listen to the millions of people whose lives are at risk if Trumpcare is passed Murray: "This is a man who knows about mean-from making fun of a reporter with disabilities, to belittling our friend the junior Senator from Florida, to even impugning the Senior Senator from Arizona, a war hero-when President Trump says something is mean-that certainly means something!" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-W… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Murray Applauds Final Step by Department of Education to Restore Year-Round Pell Grants to Help Make College More Affordable for Students and Families

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's guidance to implement year-round Pell Grants. As ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee dealing with the U.S. Department of Education, Senator Murray worked to restore year-round Pell Grants in the bipartisan FY17 appropriations bill passed in May. "Allowing students to access … Continue Reading


06.19.17

Murray: “Why are Republican Leaders So Focused on Keeping Their Trumpcare Work Secret? … What Are They So Ashamed Of?”

Murray, Democrats hold Senate floor to highlight Senate Republicans' efforts to jam their version of Trumpcare through the Senate before patients and families can see it Murray: Republican leaders are treating Trumpcare like President Trump's tax returns-and not allowing it to see the light of day Murray shares story of Washington state veteran who relies on Medicaid, has pre-existing condition (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Heal… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Murray Joined By Advocates to Highlight Devastating Trumpcare Medicaid Cuts and Impacts on Military Families and Children with Disabilities

WATCH VIDEO HERE Senate Republican Trumpcare bill would put military children with disabilities at risk of losing coverage they rely on depending on where their families are transferred Republicans are working on a secret Trumpcare bill behind closed doors that would raise costs for millions of people and end Medicaid as we know it (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, hosted a pr… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Warren, Murray, Brown, Durbin Urge Secretary DeVos to Put Students Before Predatory Colleges, Continue Path to Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

Recent reports suggest Secretary DeVos is considering delaying a rule that provides student debt relief to students defrauded by institutions, including Corinthian and ITT Tech Senators cite concerns that Secretary DeVos is putting financial interests of for-profit colleges ahead of students who had been cheated and defrauded by predatory colleges (Washington, D.C.) -Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Secret… Continue Reading


06.13.17

VIDEO: Murray Demands Hearings on Trumpcare Bill: GOP Chairman Refuses, Defends Keeping it Secret from Democrats and People Across Country

**WATCH VIDEO HERE** Murray reminds Republicans: Health Committee held dozens of open bipartisan hearings and meetings before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law GOP Chairman refuses request for a hearing on the secret bill, asks Senator Murray and other Democrats to focus on the hearing he has permitted Murray: Republicans "dead-set on jamming their version of Trumpcare through the Senate in a matter of days" with "no hearings…no public debate…no information f… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Murray, Warren, Scott, Bonamici Urge Secretary DeVos to Protect Students, Reverse Student Loan Decisions

Over 150 Members of Congress highlight concerns surrounding Secretary DeVos' decision to change the federal student loan servicing contract process Members of Congress also cited concerns with Secretary DeVos' decision to reward just one company with all federal student loans-a move that would hurt both borrowers and taxpayers Murray, Warren, Scott, and Bonamici also led a letter on April 26 urging Secretary DeVos to reverse a decision to rescind protections for student loan borrowers … Continue Reading


06.08.17

Murray on HHS Secretary’s Day of Hearings on Trumpcare: Doubled Down on Sabotage, Higher Costs for Families

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on comments made by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price during the Senate Finance Committee hearing about the President Trump and Secretary Price's proposed HHS budget. Price refused to commit whether the Administration would continue to make payments in the health care system and made false statements… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Murray: “Trumpcare Would Turn Our Health Care System into a Minefield of Higher Costs and Worse Care for Families”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a floor speech highlighting the ways Trumpcare would raise health care costs, take coverage away from tens of millions of people, and create even more chaos in our health care system than Republicans have already provoked. Murray urged families to continue speaking out and making their voices heard in opposition to this deeply harmful legisl… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Murray: Trump Hire Sends Concerning Signal for Existing Campus Sexual Assault Guidance

U.S. Department of Education announced hiring today of critic of current efforts to combat campus sexual assault, supports high burden of proof for survivors Murray: "If there was ever a President who needed to take issues of sexual assault more seriously, it's President Trump-and this is yet another indication his Administration is falling disturbingly short" (Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commi… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Murray, HELP Committee Staff Release Memo Highlighting Threats to Women’s Health Posed By Trump Administration Appointees

Yoest and Manning, political appointees at HHS, both have extreme, anti-women views and histories of spreading misinformation on women's health Murray: "In the first few months of the Trump Administration, we have seen an unprecedented assault on women's access to basic health care services and on women's reproductive rights" Senator Murray sent letter to colleagues urging them to stay vigilant in their oversight of Trump Administration (Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Murray Statement on Reinstatement of Financial Aid Tool for Struggling Borrowers

(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 the U.S. Department of Education's announcement that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is now available for borrowers applying for and recertifying income-driven repayment for their student loans. More than 4.5 million borrowers each year utilize the Data Retrieval Tool for this purpose. The Data Retrieval Tool also helps student… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Murray Questions Department of Labor’s Rescission of OSHA Walkaround Rule, Cites Concerns of Undermining Protections for Workers

Murray cites concerns that Acosta is continuing pattern by Trump Administration to undermine worker protections OSHA walkaround rule allows workers to request outside representatives to accompany OSHA investigators, helping better inspect unsafe workplace conditions (Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter today to Labor Secretary Acosta citing concerns about the recent rescission … Continue Reading


05.31.17

Murray Questions Secretary DeVos’ Potential Conflict of Interest and Ethics Agreement Violation with Speech at American Federation for Children Event

Murray cites concern that DeVos is putting her privatization agenda ahead of students' best interests DeVos spoke at pro-privatization summit hosted by American Federation for Children (AFC) DeVos has extensive financial ties to AFC; signed ethics agreement recusing herself from matters related to AFC for one year (Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter citing concerns regarding S… Continue Reading

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