Ranking Member's Press

04.04.19

Murray Calls for Continued FDA Investigation into Whether Cosmetics Marketed to Teens and Children are Contaminated by Asbestos

Senator Murray sends letter to Food and Drug Administration requesting further investigation into whether cosmetics products marketed to teens and children are contaminated by asbestos Senators: "People want to know the cosmetics products being sold to them and their children are safe." Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commission… Continue Reading


04.02.19

On Equal Pay Day, Republicans Strike Down Murray Attempt to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Loopholes in Equal Pay Act

Murray asked for "unanimous consent" to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act-which passed the House of Representatives last week with bipartisan support More than 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women on average only make 80 cents for every dollar white men make The pay gap is even wider for women of color-African American women's equal pay day is in August and Latinas have to work until November to make what their white male colleagues made last year The Paycheck Fai… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Murray Slams DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Rule, Urges Committee to Listen to Survivors’ Stories and Experiences As Committee Works to Address Campus Sexual Assault

At HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Murray highlights need for Congress to address epidemic of campus sexual assault by finding legislative solution to protect students from sexual assault and harassment Murray condemns Secretary DeVos' proposed changes to Title IX, which would once again sweep sexual assault under the rug by allowing schools to shirk their responsibility to keep students safe Murray to student survivors: "I stand with you and I'm going to keep fighting to stop what hap… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Murray, Feinstein, DeLauro Send Letter to U.S. Soccer Federation on Equal Pay Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today sent a letter to the President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Carlos Cordeiro, urging the Federation to address the persistent pay inequities between women and men on the U.S. National Soccer Teams. The Members of Congress expressed their disappointment that U.S. Soccer has failed to rem… Continue Reading


03.30.19

After Murray Questions Secretary DeVos on Student Borrower Relief, Department of Education Confirms No Claims Have Been Approved

New data provided by Department of Education confirms that no claims filed by students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges were approved in last quarter of 2018 At Senate Appropriations hearing, Secretary DeVos was unable to recall last time her department has approved a "borrower defense" claim In October 2018, a federal court ordered the Department of Education to implement protections for defrauded students, despite DeVos' attempted delays Murray: "Ther… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Ahead of Equal Pay Day, Murray, Schakowsky, Underwood Announce Bill to Address Retirement Gap, Strengthen Women’s Financial Futures

Women lose over $400,000 over a forty-year career due to the wage gap, and are 80 percent more likely than men to face poverty in retirement Bill changes minimum participation standards for long-term, part-time workers-most of whom are women- to expand access to retirement plans Legislation extends spousal protections against one spouse undermining a couple's retirement resources without the other's knowledge and consent Bill includes grants to help low-income women and survivors of … Continue Reading


03.28.19

Murray, Wyden Press Trump Administration to Explain Decision to Roll Back Key Retiree Protections

Senators Murray and Wyden write to Treasury and IRS seeking explanation of decision to reverse 2015 policy on regulating lump-sum payouts to retirees Lump-sum payouts help companies save money by dumping financial risk onto retirees-who also often receive less money than they would otherwise 2015 Notice made clear Treasury would propose rules to address the practice, Trump Administration's new 2019 Notice reverses that position to allow it Pensions pay out regularly over a retiree's … Continue Reading


03.26.19

Murray Highlights Role Health Data and Technology Can Play Improving Patients’ Lives, Providers’ Care Decisions

At HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Murray outlines key issues regarding health information technology as more hospitals adopt electronic health records Use of electronic health records has skyrocketed since Congress passed the HITECH Act in 2009 to support adoption of health information technology Murray spoke to the importance of implementing steps Congress included in the 21st Century Cures Act to stop information blocking and promote interoperability Murray also emphasi… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Murray Sounds Alarm as Trump Administration Doubles Down on Ending Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions, Taking Away Families’ Coverage

Trump Administration filed letter in support of ruling that would fully strike down the Affordable Care Act If Trump Administration gets its way, protections for people with pre-existing conditions would end, millions of people would lose their health coverage, and costs would skyrocket for millions more Murray: "President Trump has just sent his clearest message yet to patients and families that he sees their health care coverage as a political football and nothing more." (Washingto… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Murray, Feinstein Demand Answers After Report Reveals Trump Administration Tracked Pregnancies of Young Women in Its Custody

Senators write to Secretary Azar after report reveals Trump Administration's Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) kept spreadsheet monitoring pregnancies of young women in its custody Last year a federal judge issued an injunction barring ORR from obstructing pregnant unaccompanied minors in its custody from accessing abortion care Murray and Feinstein have previously criticized former ORR director Scott Lloyd for his decisions to personally interfere with the reproductive health c… Continue Reading


03.18.19

Murray: White House Higher Education Proposal “Would End Up Hurting Students,” Commits to Working with Chairman Alexander to “Find Real and Serious Solutions”

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 White House proposal to reform the Higher Education Act. Senator Murray is currently working with Chairman Alexander on a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that addresses student-centered priorities, including addressing college affordability, increasing accountability, expanding access to histori… Continue Reading


03.15.19

Murray Demands Answers from Claire’s Stores After Food and Drug Administration Confirms Presence of Asbestos

Murray writes to CEO of Claire's after FDA announcement last week confirming presence of asbestos in some Claire's products Claire's has issued a recall of three cosmetics products since FDA's announcement Claire's customers are mainly teens, tweens, and children, and the company serves approximately 900 million women and girls across the globe Murray: "Claire's top priority should be ensuring the safety of its products, especially as a retailer that primarily sells products to teena… Continue Reading


03.15.19

Murray Statement on DeVos Finally Implementing Rule to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Colleges

After court order, Department of Education finally implemented a 2016 "borrower defense" rule intended to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges 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 Department of Education's notice that they are finally moving to implement the 2016 Obama Administration "borrower defense" rule which has been in effect since… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Murray, DeLauro Reintroduce Paid Sick Days Bill

Healthy Families Act Would Allow Millions of Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Labor, today reintroduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are ill, to care for a sick family … Continue Reading


03.13.19

Murray, Portman, Clark, Young Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Support for Homeless Students and Former Foster Youth in Higher Education

Homeless and foster youth often face major barriers and lack support when pursuing higher education and seeking out financial aid Bipartisan legislation would improve financial aid processes and ask colleges and universities to improve outreach to and resources for homeless and foster students (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Representatives Katherine Clark … Continue Reading


03.12.19

Murray, Duckworth, and Democratic Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ensure Equal Access to Reproductive Health Care

Murray, Duckworth, and Democratic colleagues in the Senate introduce bill to ensure access to reproductive health care regardless of income, race, location Bill would lift current restriction preventing women receiving health coverage through government-sponsored plans from having access to the full range of reproductive health care services Congresswomen Lee, Schakowksy, and DeGette introduced corresponding legislation in the House Murray: "As the Trump Administration and its allies… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Murray Statement on the Need for More Accessible Student Aid at Higher Education Act Reauthorization Hearing on FAFSA Simplification and Verification

At Senate HELP Committee hearing, Senator Murray submitted a statement for the record outlining the need to increase aid, support, and investment in students in a comprehensive HEA reauthorization Murray also highlighted the importance of easing the burden of verification and targeting FAFSA questions to ensure students are getting the support they need to succeed in higher education Bipartisan work to produce a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is in direct cont… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Murray Slams Trump Administration for Backpedaling Effort to Protect Retirees

Senator Murray criticized Trump Administration for reversing Treasury Department's 2015 position on regulating lump-sum payouts, which save companies money by giving retirees more risk and often less money 2015 Notice made clear Treasury would propose rules to address the practice, Trump Administration's new 2019 Notice reverses that position Pensions pay out regularly over a retiree's lifetime, are covered by federal ERISA protections, and backed by the PBGC Lump sum payouts transf… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Democrats, Patients, Women’s Health Leaders Challenge GOP to Protect Women’s Access To Health Care Under Title X

Senators highlight opposition to new gag on health care providers participating in Title X family planning program; call on GOP to stand up for women's access to basic health care Final rule from Trump Administration threatens millions of people's access to contraception, wellness tests, cancer screenings, reproductive health care, and other affordable services Earlier today, Senator Murray released a new memo highlighting comments from stakeholders across the country opposing the Trum… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Murray Releases Memo Lifting Voices Opposed to President Trump’s Rule Undermining Family Planning Program

Senator Murray released a new oversight memo detailing opposition to the Trump Administration's Title X rule from patients, experts, and stakeholders across the country Memo features the comments of patients, providers, city and county officials, and religious organizations opposed to the Administration's changes to the Title X family planning program Changes would block providers at Title X-funded health centers from discussing patients' full reproductive health care options and shut Plan… Continue Reading

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