Ranking Member's Press

03.08.17

Murray Asks Secretary of Labor Nominee Acosta to Provide Three Years of Tax Returns

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter today to President Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta asking him to voluntarily provide three years of tax returns to ensure the HELP committee has the opportunity to fully understand any issues that may arise with his financial situation before his upcoming confirmation hearing. As you may know, in December I called on all of … Continue Reading


03.08.17

Murray Blasts Republicans for Playing Politics to Weaken Bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today delivered the following floor speech urging her colleagues to reject a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would weaken the Every Student Succeeds Act and give Secretary DeVos a blank check to promote her anti-public school agenda. Key excerpts of Senator Murray's remarks: "At its heart, the Every Student Succeeds Act is a civil rights law. And the… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Murray Slams Trumpcare on Senate Floor, Calls Deeply Harmful Repeal Bill “Definition of Taking our Health Care System Backwards”

Murray vows to "fight back against" House GOP bill that guts Medicaid, investments in mental health care and opioid epidemic fight Trumpcare doubles down on defunding Planned Parenthood Murray: "Bill is a wish list by and for the extreme politicians who insist on telling women what to do with their own bodies" "Broken promise to patients and families" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Comm… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Murray: “Trumpcare Falls Miles Short Of The Promises The President And His Party Made”

(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 on House Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and undermine the health care system. "Trumpcare falls miles short of the promises the President and his party made to families and communities. It would take coverage away from people across the country, raise patients' health care costs, put pow… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Murray, Senate Dems Blast GOP for Overturning Safeguards for Millions of Workers, Taxpayers, Businesses

Led by Murray, Senate Dems took to Senate floor to speak against Republican-led vote to eliminate "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rule "Fair pay" rule is critical step to safeguard workers, taxpayers, and level playing field for businesses-LINK Workers, advocates, unions all support rule-ACLU: "It's mind-boggling that we're even having this fight"-LINK Murray called out Republicans for action that will "hurt workers, hurt the middle class, and hurt the economy" Murray: "Let's be… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Murray, Colleagues Demand Answers on High Price of Drug for Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder

Marathon Pharmaceuticals announced plans to sell recently approved treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at prices exponentially higher than are justified by research and development costs In new letter, Senator Murray and colleagues question the dramatically high price Marathon expected patients to pay for a compound that has been used to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for decades (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education,… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Murray, Ranking Members of Key Committees Call On President Trump to Maintain Integrity, Independence of Bureau of Labor Statistics

President Trump and senior Administration officials have expressed skepticism of unemployment statistics in the past Bureau of Labor Statistics provides independent, unbiased data on key economic indicators In new letter, Ranking Members of eight key Senate committees urge President Trump to commit to providing objective data on unemployment rates (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Murray Calls on Trump Administration to Listen to Women, Protect Access to Birth Control

Trump Administration Department of Justice stalls rather than defending birth control requirements included in the Affordable Care Act (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 after the Department of Justice declined in court filings to provide an update on ongoing litigation related to the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage measures, a move tha… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Murray Slams Trump Administration for Delaying Vital Protections for Workers, Retirees

(Washington, DC) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's delay of the conflicts of interest rule: "This misguided delay is yet another clear signal from the Trump Administration that they intend to stand with Wall Street rather than working families nationwide who are worried about when, and if, they'll be able to retire," said Senator Murray. "I know Presi… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Led by Murray, Cortez Masto, Blumenthal, Senators Call On Mitch McConnell to Drop Republican Efforts to Gut Family Planning Centers

Title X family planning centers provide millions of low-income women and men health care services President Obama reinforced protections in the Title X family planning program before leaving office-LINK In new letter, Senators urge Leader McConnell not to consider House Republican legislation seeking to overturn these protections Health care providers nationwide have opposed efforts to overturn Title X protections Senators: "Family planning services, like those provided at Pl… Continue Reading


02.24.17

Murray Calls on President Trump and Senate Republicans to Keep Promises, Reject House Republican Plans to Undermine Health Care System

(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 new information about House Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and undermine the health care system. "The deeply harmful path House Republicans have laid out would spell disaster for families nationwide-causing millions of people to lose health care coverage, raising premiums, slashing states' Med… Continue Reading


02.23.17

Following Reports Jerry Falwell Jr. to Lead Presidential Task Force, Senate Dems Call On Education Secretary DeVos to Guard Against Potential Conflicts of Interest

President Trump has reportedly asked Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, to lead new "task force" recommending changes in higher education Falwell has repeatedly stated interest in rolling back so-called "overreaching regulation" protecting students and loan borrowers from abuse Today Murray, Warren lead Senate Democrats in writing to Secretary DeVos calling for "clarity" and "transparency at every stage of the task force's work" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator… Continue Reading


02.22.17

Murray Blasts Trump Administration for Targeting Transgender Students in “Shameful” Rollback of Protections

(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 decision by the Trump Administration to instruct the Departments of Education and Justice to withdraw guidance for schools and institutions of higher education pertaining to transgender students and the legal requirements surrounding the Title IX law. "This is deeply disappointing and a huge step in the wrong direc… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Murray Statement on House Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Interfere With Women’s Health Care

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the vote in the House of Representatives to roll back protections for Title X family planning programs. "Millions of people have spoken out, marched, and made it very clear that they don't want politicians turning back the clock on women's health and rights-but this legislation would do exactly that, by making it har… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Murray Statement on Nomination of Alexander Acosta to Serve as Secretary of Labor

(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 the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor, following Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from consideration. "People across the country have sent a very clear message that they want a true champion for workers as Secretary of Labor, one who will work for them, not just those at the top-and I am committed t… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Murray and Wyden Release Statements on Proposed CMS Marketplace Rule

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore. today issued statements following the release of a proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule related to the individual and small group health insurance markets: "It is outrageous that President Trump and Republicans have taken action to raise premiums and to make it harder for families that need care to get en… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Murray Statement on Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder as Trump Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Murray: "Workers and families across the country spoke up loud and clear that they want a true champion for all workers in the Labor Department" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement today on the withdrawal of CEO Andrew Puzder from consideration for the role of Secretary of Labor under President Trump. "President Trump's decision to nominate Andrew Puzder was a broken promise to the workers he said he would put first on the campaign trail. F… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Amid Revelations of Unpaid Employee Taxes, Murray Renews Call for Andrew Puzder to Release Tax Returns, Allow for Full Review of Past Financial History

President Trump's Labor Secretary nominee failed to pay years of taxes for a household employee Puzder only paid taxes owed after being nominated for a Cabinet position-LINK Murray is calling on Puzder in new letter to release three years of tax returns to "fully understand" past hiring practices before scheduled hearing on February 16 Similar revelations have sunk previous nominees-LINK Murray: "These concerns are heightened for the position of Secretary of Labor given this in… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Murray, Cantwell Seek Answers From Betsy DeVos After Resource Website for Federal Law Protecting Students with Disabilities is Taken Down, Redirects to Inadequate Source

Today Senators are seeking a "detailed explanation" from now-Secretary DeVos for the disappearance of the resource website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) The IDEA governs how states and schools must provide services to more than 6 million students with disabilities Prior to Secretary DeVos' confirmation, the IDEA website became inaccessible to the public Senators "deeply concerned" given Secretary DeVos' alarming responses to basic questions on the IDEA du… Continue Reading


02.09.17

In Speech on Senate Floor, Sen. Murray Urges Republicans to Vote NO on Congressman Price for Health and Human Services Secretary; Cites Serious Ethical Concerns, Long Record Seeking to Undermine Women’s Health, and His Plans to Leave Millions Without Health Care

Senate Republicans are jamming through a final vote on the nomination of Rep. Price despite unanswered questions about his qualifications and ethical conduct New information about Rep. Price's medical stock trades continues to emerge and raise serious concerns-LINK Hearing flashback-"HHS nominee's mix of investments, donations, legislation keeps raising questions"-LINK Sen. Murray in floor speech: "Because of Congressman Price's backwards views on women's health, his harmful vision… Continue Reading

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