Ranking Member's Press

08.28.20

Murray, Schumer Blast Trump Administration’s Constant, Dangerous Political Interference In COVID-19 Response

Murray, Schumer, and colleagues write to Secretary Azar condemning the Trump Administration's continued political interference in COVID-19 response Democrats: "More than ever, public trust in our core public health agencies must be fiercely protected." Over the past week, President Trump has undermined FDA with conspiracy theories, and officials reportedly pressured CDC to change testing guidelines Moves are latest in long pattern of steps from Trump Administration that have put poli… Continue Reading


08.28.20

Murray Releases Report On Barriers Women Face Securing Retirement Assets Following Divorce

New Government Accountability Office report looks at barriers women face in obtaining paperwork required to divide pensions or retirement accounts following a divorce Murray wrote to GAO in 2018 urging them to look at the process for obtaining Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) While more than a third of adults over 50 have experienced divorce, few successfully obtain a QDRO Experts interviewed warned cost of legal fees can deter women with low incomes from obtaining asset… Continue Reading


08.27.20

Murray Warns Trump Administration Against Move to Undermine Experts, Weaken COVID-19 Testing Reliability

Murray demands briefing from Trump Administration regarding move to stop FDA from regulating laboratory-developed tests Trump Administration's move stops FDA from regulating tests designed, manufactured, and used within a single facility, such as hospitals, or academic and clinical laboratories Decision risks reliability of testing results by allowing COVID-19 tests without FDA authorization to flood the market Murray: "It's unconscionably reckless for the Trump Administration to al… Continue Reading


08.22.20

Murray Criticizes President Trump for Peddling Dangerous Conspiracy Theory, Presses FDA for Transparency on COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments

Murray: "The American public needs to have absolutely no doubt FDA is basing its decisions on science, not the President's conspiracy theories." To ensure public confidence, Murray urges transparency and scientific rigor from FDA in review of treatments and vaccines for safety and efficacy (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to Presi… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Murray: Stalled Progress Indicated By Trump Administration’s Latest Demographic Data Report is Unacceptable

Updated report shows stalled progress in collecting demographic data Report shows small increase in cases reporting racial data, small decrease in cases reporting ethnic data, and no change in cases reporting both Senator Murray: "While this virus is still surging, the Trump Administration's efforts on testing, tracing, and tracking the data we need to address disparities are stalling." CDC report on demographic data: "… further progress in reaching improved completeness is neede… Continue Reading


08.07.20

Democrats Demand Trump Administration Rescind Proposals Leaving Workers’ Retirement Savings at Risk

Members: "These proposals would move the nation backwards by reinstating a broken status quo that allows financial advisors to evade their fiduciary duties and denying retirement savers meaningful remedies when they have been harmed." WASHINGTON - Yesterday, in a letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, House Financial Services Com… Continue Reading


08.07.20

Murray, Reed Warn Against Sidelining Experienced Public Health Experts In Vaccine Distribution Efforts

Senators make clear CDC should lead vaccine distribution given its decades of expertise CDC annually distributes over 80 million vaccine doses across the country Senators: "Our nation's ability to beat this pandemic relies on the successful distribution and widespread administration of safe and effective vaccines." Senators: "It is essential the Trump Administration use existing expertise, systems, and infrastructure as it also seeks to leverage the logistical expertise of the Departme… Continue Reading


08.04.20

After Months of Delay on COVID Relief, Senator Murray Asks Republicans: “Why Are You Determined to Make Things Harder” for Struggling Students, Families and Workers?

In remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Murray called for Republicans to end their months-long delay and pass meaningful relief for students, families and workers, including her Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA) Senator Murray: "My question to Republican leaders is why, when things are already so hard, are you determined to make them harder for people who are already struggling so much?" Senator Murray: "We owe every worker and family … relief that reflects the… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Murray, Democrats: Rule Discouraging Socially-Conscious Investing is Contradicted By Evidence, Trump Administration’s Own Actions

Letter details how proposed rule ignores the evidence about the value of investments based on environmental, social, and governance factors, and contradicts the Administration's own recent actions Despite Labor Department's baseless assertions to the contrary, evidence shows ESG investments have outperformed traditional investments Senate Democrats highlight the value of considering issues like climate change and racial justice in investments Reasoning behind proposed rule contradic… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Murray: Republican Plan Does Nothing To Help Ensure Affordable Health Care Amid Pandemic

Murray: "Republicans' latest response plan does nothing to address the fact that millions of people have already lost their health coverage and are worried about how they can afford the care they need during this crisis." (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 about the importance of addressing health care costs, expanding access to quality, affordable health… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Senator Murray Votes to Confirm Democratic Nominee to the NLRB, Demands Republicans Abandon Inadequate COVID Relief Proposal and Finally Support Workers

Senator Murray votes to confirm Lauren McFerran to the NLRB and votes against Republican nominee Marvin Kaplan Senator Murray: "Workers right now are dealing with unprecedented challenges and are making great personal sacrifices to keep the country running during this crisis. And the nominees under consideration today for the National Labor Relations Board will play a critical role in safeguarding their rights and protections." (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Murray: GOP Proposal Woefully Inadequate On Testing Funds, Silent On Testing Plan

Murray: "Republicans' proposal, which is woefully inadequate on funding and is silent on the need for a serious testing plan, simply isn't going to fix things." Murray: "We absolutely cannot settle for the status quo here, we need to demand a serious change of course from the Trump Administration before this pandemic spirals even further out of control." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commi… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Senator Murray Applauds House Passage of Child Care is Essential Act, Urges Senate Republicans to Include in COVID Relief Legislation

Senate Republican proposal dramatically underfunds child care Senator Murray: "With nearly half of our country's child care providers at risk of permanent closure and parents across the country in need of quality, affordable child care in order to return to work, a massive investment in our child care sector is absolutely critical to our COVID response." (Washington, D.C.) - Following House passage of the Child Care is Essential Act, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of … Continue Reading


07.29.20

Murray Criticizes Republicans for Failing to Require End-to-End National Vaccines Plan, Ensure Eventual Vaccine is Available Cost Free

Murray: "This proposal still falls far short of what we need to do to ensure we develop and produce at scale a safe, effective vaccine that is cost free for all and widely and equitably distributed and administered-which is the only way we are going to end this crisis." Murray: "We need to take action to make sure the investments we make benefit public health, not just pharmaceutical companies. Which is why we must provide funding that ensures CDC isn't shortchanged or sidelined when it com… Continue Reading


07.28.20

Murray, Scott: Republican K-12 Proposal is “a recipe for more chaos and illness”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, released the following statement on the Republican proposal to condition K-12 funds by requiring schools to operate in-person, and directing federal funding to unaccountable private schools: "Democrats want schools to re-open for in-person learning if it can be done saf… Continue Reading


07.28.20

Murray Presses for Bipartisan Work On Multiemployer Pension Crisis After Republicans Fail to Offer Solution In Latest COVID-19 Proposal

Murray: "We cannot drag our feet and leave workers and retirees dangling in the face of a sudden cut to the pensions they have earned." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement urging Republicans to work with Democrats to address the multiemployer pension crisis in the next COVID-19 response package, after Republicans' latest set of proposals offered no … Continue Reading


07.22.20

Murray, Cornyn Re-Introduce Legislation to Crack Down On Sham Drug Patents

Updated legislation aims to increase scrutiny to prevent drug companies from using sham patents to block competition from cheaper generic drugs Murray: "We need to be doing everything we can to help bring down prescription drug costs, and that means making it harder for drug companies to get away with using sham patents to keep cheaper generic drugs off the shelf." Cornyn: "Generic prescription drugs allow Texans to get the medicine they need at a reasonable price. This legislation will … Continue Reading


07.17.20

Democrats Press Trump Administration To Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

The White House gave hospitals 48 hours to switch their data reporting to a new system it set up from the system at CDC they have used for years Hospitals have been forced to spend precious time and resources making the switch, and those unable to do so in 48 hours could lose access to critical supplies States which have built COVID-19 response and data systems on the CDC-run data feed, could lose access to critical information Senators: "Waging interdepartmental jurisdictional battl… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Murray on Trump Administration’s New Demographic Data Report: “We Still Aren’t Even Close to Having the Full Picture”

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration provided Congressionally required 30-day update to COVID-19 demographic data report Latest report is still missing race or ethnicity data in more than half of COVID-19 case reports Senator Murray: "It's unacceptable that two months after the Trump Administration submitted its first wholly inadequate report on demographic disparities, we still aren't even close to having the full picture." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murra… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Murray Demands Transparency On Trump Administration Move to Upend COVID-19 Data Collection

Senator Murray: "It's entirely unclear why the Trump Administration has asked states and hospitals to upend their reporting systems in the middle of a pandemic-in 48 hours nonetheless-without a single explanation as to why this new system is better or necessary." Murray wrote to the Administration in June questioning the decision to offer a non-competitive, multimillion dollar contract to build a duplicative data system-the one now being used displace CDC from data collection (Washington… Continue Reading

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