Ranking Member's Press

10.05.17

Murray Statement on “Shameful” Rollback of Protections for Transgender Workers by Trump Administration

Murray: "I am going to fight back against this and every other attempt by this Administration to rollback worker protections and civil rights" (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 reports Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rolled back protections for transgender workers from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. "This is yet… Continue Reading


10.05.17

At Hearing, Murray Urges Increased Cooperation from Trump Administration & Focus on Results for Families Suffering from Addiction

Senate HELP Committee held hearing on opioid crisis with reps from SAMHSA, FDA, NIH, CDC In remarks, Murray called out Trump Administration for steps to delay, undermine response efforts; Urged strong oversight, implementation of major mental health/drug reform legislation Murray: "We need to make sure we are doing everything we can-right now-to fight this crisis head on" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, a… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Murray Presses Former HHS Sec. Tom Price to Honor Commitment to Repay Taxpayers for Luxury Travel

Following resignation, still no word from Tom Price or Administration on his pledge to "write personal check to the U.S. Treasury" for abuse of taxpayer dollars In letter, Murray asks Treasury Sec. Mnuchin to confirm that Price will pay back taxpayers, amount of the reimbursement Murray: "While Price may no longer be Secretary of HHS, he still has the responsibility to repay the American public" Murray also seeks new information on other Cabinet members' travel (Washington, D… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Murray Blasts House Republicans’ Latest Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights as “Irresponsible & Out of Touch to a New Extreme” With Urgent Challenges Facing Country

In middle of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history-House Republicans expected to force vote today on bill to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion Murray in remarks submitted for the record: "Exactly what women and families are rightly sick of-and it's a waste of precious time" "Not on my watch"-back in 2013, Murray and Democrats defeated similar attack on women's health and rights-LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray … Continue Reading


09.29.17

Murray Statement on Resignation of HHS Sec. Tom Price

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price's resignation: "Even before his taxpayer-funded luxury travel was discovered, Secretary Price was an unacceptable choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services-not only given the serious, unanswered questions about improper financial benefits stemming from his work … Continue Reading


09.29.17

Senate, House Dem Leaders Slam Latest Move by Trump to Sabotage Open Enrollment: You Are “Risking Health of Millions”

Trump Admin to block HHS Regional Offices from appearing at Open Enrollment events, less than five weeks before sign-up season begins In new letter, Democrats call on HHS Sec. Price to reverse decision, stop creating confusion, reduce barriers for families seeking to purchase insurance Latest sabotage effort follows: shortening of Open Enrollment period, decreasing staff at call centers, cutting funding for advertisements/outreach, taking Healthcare.gov offline, & much more (Wash… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Senators: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

Secretary DeVos rescinded guidance on how schools handle sexual assault investigations, leaving many schools uncertain how to address the national crisis of campus sexual assault Advocates warn DeVos' interim guidance may result in less survivors coming forward and may make it harder for survivors to seek justice Senators: "Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),… Continue Reading


09.28.17

NEW—Senate Democrats to HHS Sec. Tom Price: “Public Deserves Answers” on Taxpayer-Funded Private Jet Travel

Once private jet critic Tom Price facing increased pressure to explain misuse of tax-payer dollars - LINK In new letter to Sec. Price, Democrats seek invoices, receipts, travel authorizations, & more Price now under investigation by Office of Inspector General, House Oversight Committee ICYMI - Murray calls on Trump to "act quickly" on Sec. Price - LINK Democrats slam Sec. Price: "[You] travel to resorts and nearby cities on private planes while patients and families worry… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Murray: President Trump Should “Take Action Quickly” in Response to Secretary Price’s Taxpayer-Funded Private Jet Travel

(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 President Trump's comments regarding Secretary Price's taxpayer-funded use of private jets. "Secretary Price's ethics breaches should have disqualified him from becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services in the first place. President Trump should take action quickly on his newfound concern about Secretary Price's… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Murray Suggests Three Steps President Trump Should Take To Jumpstart Bipartisan Health Care Negotiations

Following reports that President Trump expressed interest in pursuing bipartisan health care legislation, Senator Murray urges the Administration to jumpstart negotiations with immediate steps to restore certainty on 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 reports that President Trump expressed interest in working with Democrats on health care l… Continue Reading


09.22.17

Murray Continues Push to Restart Bipartisan Health Care Negotiations: “Ready to Keep Working”

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 echoing Senator John McCain's call for regular order and bipartisanship on health care and urged resumed bipartisan negotiations on stabilizing health care markets and protecting families from higher premiums. "I agree with Senator McCain that the right way to get things done in the Senate-especially on an issue as i… Continue Reading


09.22.17

Murray: DeVos Decision to Rescind Protections for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors May Send Them “Back Into the Shadows”

DeVos rescinded 2011 guidance that has resulted in more students coming forward and allowing schools to better combat the epidemic of sexual assault on campuses across the country Murray: DeVos "must reverse this decision immediately, instruct schools to take claims of sexual assault seriously, and start standing up for survivors" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following … Continue Reading


09.21.17

NEW—Murray to Republican Leaders: Drop Trumpcare, Return to Regular Order, & Allow Bipartisan HELP Negotiations to Continue

Murray: "I am still at the table ready to finish the promising work Chairman Alexander and I were able to do, and I think that can happen quickly as soon as Republican leaders allow it" (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 continuing to urge Republican leaders to reverse course on Cassidy-Graham-Heller, the latest version of Trumpcare, and allow bipart… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Murray Statement on Reports HHS Secretary Tom Price Used Private Jet for Official Business

(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 press reports that Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price used a private jet on at least five separate occasions when traveling for official business. "Actions speak louder than words, and despite repeated promises to 'drain the swamp' by President Trump and his Administration, these new repo… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Murray Statement on Bipartisan Health Negotiations: “I Am Confident That We Can Reach A Deal If We Keep Working Together—And I Am Committed To Getting That Done”

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 bipartisan negotiations in the HELP Committee to stabilize markets and lower premiums for families. "I was very glad that Chairman Alexander kicked off this bipartisan process to tackle health care uncertainty and the higher premiums facing families if Congress doesn't act. We've held hearings, we've had discussion… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Murray, DeLauro Slam DeVos for Suspending Rule to Protect Students from Extensive Debt They Cannot Repay

Secretary DeVos has taken a series of actions that effectively suspends implementation of the gainful employment rule, including requiring career training programs to give students graduation and employment information before they attend Members of Congress again cite concerns that Secretary DeVos is putting financial interests of predatory for-profit colleges ahead of students and taxpayers (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of Senate Health, Educati… Continue Reading


09.18.17

As Secretary DeVos Invites States to Test Boundaries of Education Law, Murray, Scott Urge Her to Follow the Law

Yesterday Secretary DeVos urged states to test the boundaries of the Every Student Succeeds Act Murray, Scott urge DeVos to implement ESSA as Congress intended, to only approve plans that comply with all federal guardrails (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to Secreta… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Murray, Colleagues Urge DeVos to Uphold Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors, Invest in Civil Rights Office

Secretary DeVos considering rescinding guidance on how schools handle campus sexual assault investigations Rescinding guidance would create chaos and confusion at schools across the country Senators: "Rescinding the guidance would be a step in the wrong direction in addressing the national epidemic of campus sexual assault" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Bob Casey (… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Senate, House Democratic Leaders to Trump Administration: No Evidence for 18-Month Delay of Critical Protections for Millions of Retirement Savers

In new letter to Labor Secretary Acosta, Democrats call recent proposed delay of rule "unreasonable," "puzzling" given 7-year review, no new information to justify weakening protections, industry reaction & support (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Murray, Casey, Scott, Polis Introduce Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Ensure Families Have Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

The Child Care for Working Families Act will ensure parents aren't forced to pay more than they can afford for child care and improve access to high-quality preschool for low- and middle-income children Legislation is a part of Democrats' A Better Deal agenda to build an economy that works for all, not just those at the top (Washington, D.C.) -Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Bob Casey (D-PA), and Representatives… Continue Reading

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