Ranking Member's Press

04.12.17

Murray Statement on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Decision to Scrap Student Loan Service Reforms

(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 Secretary of Education's decision to halt Obama-era reforms that included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "I am very disappointed to see President Trump and Secretary DeVos continue to put the financial interests of student loan companies ahead of bo… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Senate Democrats Demand Fair and Consistent Treatment of Student Loan Borrowers in Public Service

Senators: "Our nation's student loan borrowers who uphold their commitments expect the federal government to do the same." Recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Education suggest some borrowers can't rely on their prior notices about debt relief - LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), 36 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing concern over … Continue Reading


04.05.17

Murray Questions President Trump’s Nominee to Lead FDA About Potential Conflicts of Interest, Commitment to Providing Independent Leadership

Murray, top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today pressed Dr. Scott Gottlieb about his "unprecedented financial entanglements" Murray at today's hearing: I am concerned about "how you can provide the strong, independent, and science-based leadership that families in my state and across the country rightly expect" Dr. Gottlieb also faced questions about his record on women's health issues, protecting kids from tobacco products, and past troubling statements made on FDA's core miss… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Murray Statement on Trump Administration’s Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule

(Washington, DC) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's delay of the conflict of interest rule: "I am deeply disappointed the Trump Administration has decided to double down on their efforts to interfere with vital protections that ensure financial advisers put their clients' best interests ahead of their own," said Senator Murray. "I would also note… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Senator Murray Statement on Department of Education Retreating from Crackdown on Student Debt Collectors

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the statement below following reports that the U.S. Department of Education has decided to reconsider a February 2015 decision to end contracts of four companies that collect student loans on behalf of the federal government, and could potentially award new business to the collectors. The companies' contracts were scheduled to wind down after the Depart… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Following New Reports of Drug-Resistant Outbreak, Sen. Murray Calls on Olympus to Verify Medical Scopes are Safe for Use in U.S.

Murray "alarmed" Olympus duodenoscopes have once again been linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infections In new letter, Murray presses Olympus for confirmation that "repaired" duodenoscopes are safe for use Back in 2015, Olympus duodenoscopes were linked to tragic infections at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle Murray investigation led to FDA recall and legislation Murray: Following the tragic impacts these outbreaks have had on patients and families in Washingto… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Murray, Stakeholders Meet to Discuss User Fee Reauthorization, Ensure FDA Maintains “High Bar of Safety and Effectiveness” for Patients

Murray: "Moving forward with these agreements is absolutely necessary if Congress wants to advance safe, effective, and innovative medical products for patients and families across the country" During a hearing on the user fee agreements, Murray warned of efforts by the Trump Administration to "undermine" and "alter" these agreements Murray called the hearing an "important opportunity" to highlight the need for action on prescription drug prices Murray also called for additional st… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Murray, DeLauro Mark Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Equal Pay Day marks the amount of time women have to work to catch up to what men earned in 2016 Murray: "This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I'm proud to join my colleagues to keep up the fight to ensure that all the hardworking women across this country are getting paid what they've earned." DeLauro: "Women and men in the same job should have the same pay, and the Paycheck Fairness Act is a strong step forward in ensuring that we close the wage gap once and for all." (Washin… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Senator Murray Statement on Pell Grant Eligibility Restoration

(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 the announcement from the U.S. Department of Education that they will begin restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended now-closed schools. "I am pleased that the Department of Education is taking this step that I pushed for and finally restoring Pell Grants for students previously enrolled in dishonest, fail… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Murray, Warren Question Department of Education Official’s Ties, Conflicts of Interest with For-Profit College Chain

Robert Eitel is a senior advisor to Secretary DeVos and still employed at for-profit college, Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Murray: "The Department's policies related to higher education… directly and substantially impact Bridgepoint, raising questions about how Mr. Eitel has addressed conflicts of interest between his employment at Bridgepoint and work at the Department" Warren: "My concerns about Mr. Eitel's arrangement have been exacerbated by one of [Secretary DeVos's] first maj… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Murray Slams GOP Vote to Thwart Retirement Programs as “Indefensible,” Urges GOP to “Reverse Course”

(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 today's vote by Senate Republicans to thwart cities from expanding retirement savings programs for over 2 million workers, including workers in Seattle, Washington: "Today's action by Republicans to deny over two million workers the opportunity to save for retirement is indefensible," said Senator Murray. "Once again, President… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Murray To Vote Against Second Trump Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Murray: "Workers made clear that they want a true champion as Secretary of Labor, who will stand up for their rights, wages, and wellbeing" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor. Acosta was nominated following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump's initial nominee for the Department. "Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw from consideration was a victory for women… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Murray Statement on Meeting with FDA Commissioner Nominee Scott Gottlieb

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after meeting with Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. "Today I met with President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, to discuss the FDA's critical role in public health. I made clear that the next FDA Commissioner's vision for the agency must be one based in science and fact, not partisan politics. "I am deeply conc… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Murray, Scott Condemn President Trump for Weakening Accountability for Students, Parents, Teachers and Communities

President Trump signed two resolutions jammed through Congress by Republicans that weaken both the Every Student Succeeds Act and accountability for teacher preparation programs Murray: "I am disappointed - but not surprised - that President Trump is following the lead of Congressional Republicans in retreating from the bipartisan commitment made in the Every Student Succeeds Act that put in place strong federal guardrails put in place to help prevent students from falling through the cracks… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Murray On Failure of Trumpcare Bill: Women, Families, and Seniors Have Spoken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the decision by President Trump and Speaker Ryan to pull Trumpcare from the House floor. "Republicans spent seven years vowing to turn back the clock on health care for women, seniors and families-but it took just a few weeks of them trying to jam Trumpcare through Congress to realize that people across the country absolutely reject their plans to increase premiums, cut millions of people off of thei… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Murray Statement on Updated CBO Score for Trumpcare

(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 updated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the House Republican Trumpcare bill: "CBO has yet again confirmed that Trumpcare would be an absolute disaster, and yet Republican leaders are intent on pulling out all the stops and making this bill even more terrible to appease extreme House conservatives. The … Continue Reading


03.23.17

On 7th Anniversary of ACA Signing, Sen. Murray Calls on Republicans to Reverse Course on Plan to Rip Away Health Care for Millions of Americans

On 7th Anniversary of ACA Signing, Sen. Murray Calls on Republicans to Reverse Course on Plan to Rip Away Health Care for Millions of Americans House could vote as soon as today on Trumpcare, legislation that would jeopardize care for millions of people, including hundreds of thousands in WA state In floor speech, Murray spoke about standing with Marci Owens-health care and transgender rights activist from Seattle-when Affordable Care Act was signed into law Murray also highlighted … Continue Reading


03.23.17

Murray Slams Trump Administration for “Appalling,” Anti-LGBTQ Pick to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

(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 Trump Administration's decision to appoint Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "I am deeply troubled but unfortunately not surprised to learn of this appalling hire by the Trump Administration," said Senator Patty Murray. "Not only is this … Continue Reading


03.22.17

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Murray Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

Last year, Sen. Murray, Rep. Scott led a bicameral group of 118 current and former Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in the case-LINK (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 today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case about the level of educational benefit school districts must provide students … Continue Reading


03.22.17

Murray Questions President Trump’s Nominee for Labor Secretary on Commitment to Put Workers First, Troubling Record at Justice Department

Following failed nomination of Andrew Puzder, today Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on second Trump Labor nominee, Alexander Acosta At the hearing, Acosta faced questions about his troubling record leading the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division Murray cited concerns that Acosta can be an "independent voice for workers" Murray: "Families want a Secretary of Labor who will stand up for the core mission of the Department and fight for their interests" (Washington, D.C… Continue Reading

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