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In new letter, Senate Democrats admonish Trump Administration for preventing young women from obtaining access to reproductive health care while in federal custody Reports indicate ORR Director personally interfered with Jane Doe, other minors' attempts to obtain abortions Senators: "We remain concerned by the actions of the Office of Refugee Resettlement…to attempt to prevent minors from obtaining legal health care while in the custody of the federal government" (Washington… Continue Reading


Following Government Watchdog Report, Senators Murray and Warren Request Further Details from HHS on Sabotage of Open Enrollment, Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Focus on Key Decisionmakers: Was White House Involved? Trump Administration Decision to Pull ACA Enrollment Outreach Ads Cost $1.1 Million Text of the letter available here (PDF) Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan to provide details about the department's decision to waste $1.1 million in an effort to sabotage open enrollment. Just a few days prior to the e… Continue Reading


Amid Warnings of Bad Flu Season, Widespread Natural Disasters, Democrats Press Trump Administration on Nationwide Preparedness Plans

Trump Administration, CDC have failed to respond to inquiries by Democrats on pandemic flu preparedness plans In new letter, Democrats request immediate information from CDC on preparedness plans; members are concerned Trump Administration is not prepared given "lack of attention to public health preparedness & response efforts" Democrats: "Given this potential for a bad flu season this year, we are especially concerned for the individuals and families displaced by recent natural di… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Latest Effort by Trump Administration to Block Unaccompanied Minors from Exercising Constitutionally Protected Rights

"Trump Administration continues to make clear it will go to any lengths to force its extreme policies on women across our country" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration filing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Jane Doe. More HERE. "At its core, this is about powerful men targeting young, vulnerable wo… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Secretary of Energy’s Proposed Solution to Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's suggestion that electricity might help prevent sexual assault. "Hopefully Secretary Perry has now been informed that sexual assault in our country and around the world can't simply be solved with more 'fossil fuels.' And as Secretary DeVos weighs rolling back critical sexual assault… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Trump Administration Move to Slash Medicare Payments to Hospitals Providing Care to Low-Income Patients

Last month, Murray joined a bipartisan group of Senators warning the Trump Administration that cuts to 340B program would "strain already scarce resources" - 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 the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) drastically reducing resources for the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HR… Continue Reading


Murray to Leader McConnell: Allow the Senate to “Stand Up for Regular Order & Bipartisanship” By Voting on Alexander-Murray As Quickly As Possible

ICYMI-More Than 200 Health, Business Groups Support Alexander-Murray-LINK NEW: "Blue Dog" House Democrats Endorse Alexander-Murray-LINK MORE: Sens. Frist, Daschle Pen Open Letter To Congress On Advancing Alexander-Murray-LINK Murray: "There Is No Excuse For Getting In The Way Of Lower Health Care Costs & More Certainty For Patients" (Washington, D.C.) - As Alexander-Murray continues to rack up endorsements across the political spectrum, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Me… Continue Reading


Senators Keep Up Pressure on VA Secretary Shulkin to Uphold Protections Against For-Profit College Corruption Following Decision to Back Down From Blanket Ethics Waiver

After Senate Dem's efforts, VA Sec. Shulkin bowed to public pressure and withdrew blanket ethics waiver-LINK In new letter, Senate Dems continue to push for protections for veterans against for-profit colleges Senators: "We strongly urge you not to take any action that would allow predatory for-profit colleges to take advantage of our nation's veterans." (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)… Continue Reading



President Trump, Senate GOP accelerate push to confirm extreme, conservative judges for lifetime court appointments Murray on Senate floor: "It is clear that as Republican leaders' list of legislative failures grows longer-their effort to enact their agenda by Administrative action and by stacking the courts is only going to accelerate" ***Watch video of Murray's floor speech HERE (starts at 6:15)*** (Washington, D.C.) - Following remarks on the start of health care open enrollment,… Continue Reading


Murray: Congress Needs Answers on Trump Administration Treatment of Young Women in HHS Custody

HHS under fire for attempting to block young women from exercising constitutional rights to abortion Office of Refugee Resettlement has yet to respond to letter sent two weeks ago demanding answers on ORR treatment of unaccompanied minors by October 31st WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) failed to re… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Murray on Start of Open Enrollment: President Trump “Openly & Uncaringly” Rooting for Families’ Health Care to “Implode”

Murray on Senate floor: "Good news" is bipartisan bill with Chairman Alexander would tie Trump's hand on sabotage & protect families from higher premiums **FULL VIDEO OF MURRAY'S SPEECH ON SENATE FLOOR HERE** Murray: "I would once again urge the Majority Leader to allow our legislation to get a vote…there's no reason to wait-there's absolutely no excuse for inaction" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, helped lead Se… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray, Rep. Roybal-Allard Renew Efforts to Empower Domestic Violence Survivors By Breaking Down Economic & Educational Barriers

Top Senate, House Democrat re-introduce legislation-SAFE Act-to ensure women experiencing domestic violence can get help without fearing for their jobs, economic security SAFE Act invests in national awareness campaign to encourage culture of prevention & support NEW-SAFE Act would seek to examine implications, find solutions to address student loan burden for domestic violence survivors (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Educa… Continue Reading


Murray Continues Bipartisan Push to Ensure New Medical Innovation Law Improves Care for Patients & Families Through Health Information Technology

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing on implementation of bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, electronic health information reforms Murray: "A strong health IT infrastructure is critical to building a health care system that works for patients and families-and puts their needs first." (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on: "Imple… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on OSHA Nominee: “I Look Forward To Hearing How He Plans Up To Stand Up For Workers”

(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 President Trump's intention to nominate Scott Mugno as the Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health. "Given President Trump's unrelenting commitment to undermining worker protections and making it easier for corporations to take advantage of workers, it is critical that OSHA remains committed to enforci… Continue Reading



Ahead Of An Anticipated Announcement By President Trump, Top Senators In Charge Of Health Nominations For Democrats Release List Of Priorities For Tom Price's Replacement At The Department Of Health & Human Services Murray & Wyden: "We Will Closely Scrutinize Any Potential Nominee To Ensure He Or She Is First And Foremost A Champion For Policies That Put Patients And Families First And Stands Up To This Administration's Harmful, Politically-Driven Agenda" (Washington, D.C.) - Se… Continue Reading


Murray: Department of Labor Needs to Defend and Implement Updated Overtime Rule: It’s “The Right Direction For Families and Our Economy”

(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 Department of Labor's decision to appeal a flawed decision by a Texas judge that ruled against the Obama Administration overtime rule. The updated overtime rule would help provide economic security for millions of working families by making 4.2 million low-wage workers eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 ho… Continue Reading


Murray: It Is Appalling That Secretary DeVos Believes Defrauded Students Only Deserve Some of Their Money Back

(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 that Secretary DeVos is considering providing partial relief who were defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges, including Corinthian Colleges. Under the "borrower defense" rule, students who were cheated out of their education and savings are entitled to a full discharge, and in some cases, a refund of their loans. … Continue Reading



According to Draft Plan by HHS, Trump Admin Will Intensify Efforts Throughout 2018-2022 to Undermine Health Care for Women, LGBTQ Individuals, Racial & Ethnic Minorities, & Other Vulnerable Populations In New Letter, Senate Dems Call On HHS to Bring Priorities to 21st Century; Uphold HHS Mission to "Enhance & Protect the Health & Well-Being of All Americans" Senators on Draft Plan: "Troubling Continuation of Policies Since the Beginning of the Trump Administration" to U… Continue Reading


Murray: “DeVos is Dead Set on Rolling Back All The Progress We’ve Made for Our Children of Color & Students with Disabilities”

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) today continued to urge Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse course on any action to undermine rights for students of color and students with disabilities by rolling back protections issued by the Obama Administration to address disparities in special education and disciplinary practices. "There can be no further question: Secretary DeVos is dead set on rolling back all the progress we've made for our children of co… Continue Reading


Following Trump’s Threats to Withdraw Hurricane Response Efforts, Murray, Wyden Push HHS For Commitment to Remain in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands As Long As Public Health is At Risk

Weeks after Hurricane disasters, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands continue to lack safe, running water, electricity, fuel, & other critical public health needs President Trump has threatened to withdraw resources amid criticism over federal government's response In new letter, Sens. seek answers from Acting Sec. Hargan on resources HHS has devoted to Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands; Request information on access to health services, disease outbreaks, women's health & s… Continue Reading

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