Ranking Member's Press

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


05.31.17

Murray: Trump Efforts to Make Women Pay More for Birth Control: “Couldn’t Be More Wrong”

(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 reports of a leaked interim final rule the Office of Management and Budget is considering that would allow employers to claim broad exemptions to cover affordable birth control for women. Under the Affordable Care Act, 55 million women currently benefit from coverage of preventative services with no out-of-pocket costs includin… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Murray, Senate Dems Send Early Warning to OMB Director: Do Not Target Birth Control Access in Upcoming Rule

Due to Trump order, OMB set to review rule that could upend ACA birth control mandate In new letter, Senate Dems urge OMB Director Mulvaney to cease any efforts to target birth control access Today, more than 55 million women receive coverage for preventive services, including birth control, with no out-of-pocket costs Senate Dems: "Access to…contraception is a critical part of women's health care, as well as an economic priority...It should be treated as such" (Washing… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Murray Remarks on Newly-Released CBO Score on Trumpcare

Latest CBO score confirms sky-rocketing costs for families - all for less care Millions of families who rely on Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, stand to lose coverage Murray: "Let's be very clear: the principles behind Trumpcare in the House and Trumpcare in the all-male, closed-door, Senate Republican working group are the same" WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Murray, Booker, Warren Joint Statement on Fiduciary Rule

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) issued the following joint statement on the decision by Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta not to delay the implementation of the conflict-of-interest rule, which requires retirement investment advisers to act in the best interests of their clients. "This common sense rule eliminates conflicts of interests and requires financial advisers to put investors' interests first, putting a stop … Continue Reading


05.23.17

Murray Slams President Trump’s Proposed Budget Attacking Women's Health, Planned Parenthood

Latest proposal by President Trump includes the largest cuts yet proposed to Planned Parenthood Murray: "It's clear as day that undermining women's reproductive health and rights is a centerpiece of President Trump's harmful plan for our health care system" (Washington, D.C.) - Today Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on President Trump's budget proposal released this morning: "With this budget plan, it's clear as day that undermining women's reproductive heal… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Murray on President Trump’s Proposed HHS Budget: “Nothing Short of an Attack on Families’ Health”

Latest proposal from President Trump slashes Medicaid, public health programs, investments in medical research, more (Washington, D.C.) - Today Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on President Trump's budget proposal released this morning for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "President Trump's budget is nothing short of an attack on families' health, and shows yet again that he will go to any lengths to create chaos in our health care system. His … Continue Reading


05.22.17

Murray Statement on Reports Trump Administration Will Heighten Health Care Uncertainty for Insurers, Families

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on reports the Trump Administration will ask a federal court for another 90-day delay for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) cost-sharing program, which reimburses health insurers to help low-income people make co-payments at the doctor or hospital. "It is disturbing to say the least to watch the President of the United States… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Murray Statement on Reports of Trump’s Unfunded Paid Family Leave Plan: “Window-Dressing Won’t Fix It”

(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 reports that President Trump's proposed budget will include an unfunded paid family leave plan that falls short for millions of families. "It is simply wrong that workers in our country are still forced to choose between caring for a loved one and earning a paycheck-and an unfunded patchwork proposal like the one we'r… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Murray on Trump’s Proposed Education Cuts: This Will Come At Expense of Millions of Students

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on reports that President Trump plans to propose massive cuts to education initiatives. "President Trump and Secretary DeVos' budget confirms their extreme ideological commitment to public school privatization will come at the expense of millions of students around the country, from preschool to college and beyond. This budge… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Sen. Murray, Rep. Gottheimer Introduce Bill to End Anti-LGBTQ Credit Discrimination

The Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity when applying for credit Currently, no federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from credit discrimination (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) introduced the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act (FDCA) of 2017, a bill to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit credit discrimination based on se… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Murray Blasts Trump Proposal That Would Upend Bipartisan FDA User Fee Negotiations

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement in response to a letter from Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price seeking to restructure the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee program. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have worked together on reauthorizing the user fee agreements to ensure the FDA can meet its responsibilities to patie… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Hirono, Murray, Davis, Scott Introduce Major Legislation to Secure Pell Grant Program and Make College More Affordable for Low-Income Students

The Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act helps students offset the rising costs of college by permanently indexing Pell Grants to inflation, increasing its purchasing power Bill also makes Pell Grant funding mandatory, providing students with security of stability of program Nearly eight million students currently receive Pell Grants-more than 40 percent of students enrolled in higher education WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Repr… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Murray, Senate Dems Urge President Trump to Drop Damaging Proposed Cuts, Workforce Reductions at HHS

President Trump's latest proposed budget includes an 18% cut in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services In new letter, Senators say these cuts jeopardize implementation of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act Senators to Trump: "Your proposed budget and workforce cuts take us in the opposite direction," leaves families waiting even longer for new cures, treatments (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Educatio… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Murray Statement on Potential Appointment of Bannon Ally Curtis Ellis

(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 reports that Curtis Ellis, a Steve Bannon ally with a history of xenophobic comments, is a finalist to run the Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). "At Secretary Acosta's hearing I made it clear that should he be confirmed, I planned to closely scrutinize whether he prioritized workers or… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Murray Statement on Expected Trump Administration Implementation of Expanded Global Gag Rule

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the expected release of guidance implementing the expanded "Global Gag Rule" by the Trump Administration. "The Trump Administration's new, expanded global gag rule will undermine global health efforts and the reproductive freedom and economic security of women worldwide-and it makes President Trump's blatantly false s… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Murray Remarks on Advancing User Fee Agreements Through HELP Committee

Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following opening statement at a markup to advance legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, which allow industry to support the FDA's work to approve drugs, generics, biosimilars, and medical devices while upholding its gold standard of approval and evaluating these products efficiently. The … Continue Reading


05.08.17

Murray, Wyden Call For Open, Transparent Process on Senate Republican Trumpcare Bill; Hearings on Devastating Impact of Trumpcare

In light of recent reports of ongoing negotiations among Senate Republicans on their version of Trumpcare, ranking members of Senate HELP and Finance Committees urge chairmen to hold public hearings and debate Murray, Wyden call again for an end to partisan political efforts to undermine families' health care (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In light of reports of ongoing negotiations among Senate Republicans on a Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), or Trumpcare, Senators Patty Mu… Continue Reading

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