Ranking Member's Press

02.27.20

Murray, Warren Demand Answers On Staffing Cuts at Civil Rights Agency

EEOC staffing cuts would leave the agency with historically low staffing levels Cuts come even after Congress increased agency funding for the express purpose of bolstering front-line and investigative staff Senators: "We are deeply worried these cuts in personnel threaten the agency's ability to meet the demand for its services and to provide the crucial protections to which workers are entitled under federal law" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking… Continue Reading


02.27.20

Murray to Trump: Replace Pence with Public Health Expert

Murray cites Vice President Pence's lack of public health experience and record of putting ideology over science Vice President Pence mishandled one of the largest HIV outbreaks in the United States in recent decades Murray: "Vice President Pence is neither a responsible nor a reliable selection to lead the coronavirus response." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged P… Continue Reading


02.25.20

Senator Murray Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Rule

Murray: NLRB rule "shields the largest corporations from being held accountable for workers' rights, and significantly restricts the ability of workers to bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions" 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 on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) joint employer rule, which will make it ha… Continue Reading


02.20.20

Senate Democrats to Trump Administration: E-Cigarette Backstep Would Open Loopholes for Tobacco Companies

Senator Murray and 10 fellow Democratic Senators write to Secretary Azar following his radio program statement implying the FDA might not review all vaping products Azar's comments suggest Trump Administration could allow major exceptions for FDA premarket review of new tobacco products Trump Administration's about-face after previously promising tough vaping regulation comes amid epidemic of youth e-cigarette use Senators: "It is incredibly alarming that while youth e-cigarette use … Continue Reading


02.19.20

Murray, Democrats Push Departments of Education and Labor to Withdraw Rules Allowing for Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

Departments of Education and Labor propose rules allowing for federally funded service providers to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women Proposed rules are part of the Trump Administration's roll-out of similar rules at six other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services Murray leads Democratic senators in opposing rules and urging Secretaries DeVos and Scalia to withdraw them immediately Senator Murray: "These rules are nothi… Continue Reading


02.19.20

Murray, Wyden, Democrats Urge Secretary Azar to Halt Rule Expanding Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

HHS proposes new rule allowing for federally funded service providers to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, the non-religious, and religious minorities Proposed rule is part of the Trump Administration's roll-out of similar rules at seven other federal agencies, including the Departments of Labor and Education Murray, Wyden, and 21 Democratic senators oppose rule and urge Secretary Azar to withdraw it immediately Senators: Proposed rule is "yet another ins… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Murray, Warren, Senate Colleagues Urge National Security Advisor to Appoint a Senior Global Health Security Expert as U.S. and Global Threat from Coronavirus Grows

For almost two years, no dedicated senior public health expert has been in place as head of global health security at the National Security Council Washington, DC - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), led 25 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien pressing him to appoint a qualified, dedicated, senior global health security exp… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Murray, Murphy, Democrats Urge FDA to Immediately Ban the Use of Electrical Shock Devices on Children and Adults with Disabilities

After years of delay, Democratic senators call on the FDA to immediately take action to ban the use of electric shock devices on children and adults with disabilities Until the FDA acts, the practice of using electrical shocks to punish children and adults with disabilities will still be allowed Murray: "It is unconscionable that in 2020, it is still legal to shock children and adults with disabilities to control behavior." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


02.07.20

Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez Press Trump Administration to Fully Fund Pandemic Preparedness and Response Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts in light of the global Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected tens of thousands of individuals and killed more than 500 worldwide. Peters, Leahy, Murray and Menendez serve as the Ranking Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Committee on Appropriati… Continue Reading


02.07.20

House and Senate Health Committee Leaders Statement on Surprise Billing Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senate Health Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) today released the following statement on the surprise medical billing proposals from the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee: "Surprise medical bills are the outrageous result of a broken system that takes advantage of vulnerable pati… Continue Reading


02.03.20

Senator Murray, Representative Kilmer Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter of 48 Lawmakers from States with Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Cases Urging CDC to Distribute Rapid Diagnostic Tests to State and Local Health Officials, Prioritize States with Confirmed Cases

Washington, D.C. - Following the Department of Health and Human Service's announcement declaration that the 2019 novel coronavirus is a public health emergency, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) led 48 bipartisan lawmakers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in a letter calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to distrib… Continue Reading


01.30.20

Senator Murray Slams Trump Administration for Advancing Republican Plan to Gut Medicaid

Trump Administration announces new guidelines for states seeking to convert Medicaid to block grants States allowed to shift to block grant approach would have their federal Medicaid funding capped even during recessions and public health emergencies Murray: "President Trump continues to make clear his number one priority when it comes to families' health care is making it more expensive and harder to get." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of… Continue Reading


01.28.20

Murray Joins Democrats in Demanding Trump Retract Comments, Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Senators respond to Trump's comments at Davos that he would consider cutting Medicare & Social Security Senators: "American workers who for decades have paid into Social Security and Medicare should not be forced to relinquish their health and retirement security to pay for your tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, joined Se… Continue Reading


01.27.20

Murray, Democrats Press Health Department for Updates on Novel Coronavirus, Call for Continuing Robust, Science-Driven Response

31 Democratic Senators write to Health Department requesting updates on response to novel coronavirus outbreak There are currently 5 confirmed U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus Senators: "A quick and effective response to the 2019-nCoV requires public health officials around the world work together to share reliable information about the disease and insight into steps taken to prevent, diagnose, and treat it appropriately." Senators: "Outbreaks like this serve as a solemn reminder o… Continue Reading


01.24.20

HELP and SFRC Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, respectively, today released the following statement after holding an all-senator briefing with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China: "We are monitoring… Continue Reading


01.22.20

Senator Murray: Despite Republican Attacks, Support for Right to Safe, Legal Abortion Stronger Than Ever On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

47 years after Roe decision, 70 percent of voters want the right to a safe, legal abortion upheld In video, Murray calls out Republicans' attacks on reproductive rights and vows to continue standing with people across the country who are speaking out about what's at stake Murray: "While there are many attacks on women's reproductive rights, there are even more people like Jennifer-women and men across the country willing to stand up and speak out about what this fight means for them, an… Continue Reading


01.21.20

Murray, Warren, and Kuster Press Drug Enforcement Administration On Long-Overdue Steps to Expand Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Murray, Warren, Kuster send letter to Drug Enforcement Administration over delay in action to help people struggling with opioid addiction Members call out two specific steps to expand treatment access that have gone unresolved despite being on DEA's agenda for two years DEA missed October deadline requiring it to increase access to medication-assisted treatment via telemedicine DEA has yet to allow licensing of new mobile methadone clinics Members "To not make progress quickly o… Continue Reading


01.16.20

Senator Murray’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal to Expand Federally-Sanctioned Discrimination Against the LGBTQIA+ Community and Women

Trump Administration proposes faith-based regulations, allowing for 8 federal agencies to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ communities and women Murray: "These latest rules are nothing less than a license to discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women." 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 the Trump Administration's… Continue Reading


01.16.20

Murray, Democrats Slam NLRB Proposal to Strip Students Employed by Private Universities of Workplace Rights

NLRB proposes rule asserting students working for private universities are not employees, denying them the right to join and form unions Murray, 13 Democratic senators slam rule, noting it will strip students of fundamental rights Senators: "proposal…will harm working students, many of whom already struggle to attend class, maintain a job, and pay for the extraordinary costs of higher education" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate … Continue Reading


01.16.20

Following Requests from Murray, Wyden, Durbin: IRS, Treasury Expand Tax Relief for Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

Broad guidance extends tax relief for defrauded student borrowers who took out federal and private loans to attend predatory colleges following multiple requests from Sens. Murray, Wyden and Durbin Over 18,000 students across the country will receive tax relief for discharged loans taken out to attend predatory colleges WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking m… Continue Reading

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