Ranking Member's Press

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


02.08.17

Senate Dems Call On Congressman Price to Announce Position on President Trump’s “Inhumane” Immigration Ban “Delaying Lifesaving Scientific Breakthroughs and Depleting our Health Care Workforce”

President Trump's executive order banning Muslims from entering U.S. has caused "great uncertainty" throughout the health care system and workforce Trump Administration continues to fight Federal Court decision temporarily halting ban-LINK Today Senate Dems ask HHS nominee Tom Price whether he supports ban given potential role and responsibility to strengthen nation's health care and research workforces American College of Physicians, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and other medical… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Senate Dems, Advocates Call On Republicans to Postpone Confirmation Vote on Congressman Price, Allow Outstanding Ethical Questions to be Fully Answered Before Nomination Advances

New information about Rep. Price's medical stock trades continues to emerge and raise serious concerns-LINK Senate Dems, CAP Action, CREW, and PIRG held a press conference to urge Republicans to postpone vote on Rep. Price's nomination Coalition of good government groups have expressed deep concern over Rep. Price's ethics violations-LINK Vicki Hopper: "If he didn't fight for my health as my Congressman, why should we depend on him to fight for the health of all Americans as HHS Se… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Murray: GOP Moving Quickly to Gut Bipartisan Education Law, Secure Greater Authority for Betsy DeVos to Implement Anti-Public School Agenda

(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 Congressional Republicans' efforts to undo new guidelines on the accountability and state plan provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "Senate Republicans just jammed through a new Secretary of Education with no experience in public education and with every Democrat and two Republicans opposing her. So now is… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Murray on Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: This is Not The End of the Story - I Will Keep Up the Fight

For the first time in history, a Cabinet nominee was confirmed with VP breaking 50-50 tie Senators have received hundreds of thousands of calls, emails, and petitions opposing DeVos' nomination Murray: "We may not have won this fight today, but people across the country have stood up and made their voices heard" ICYMI-Senate Dems refused to yield floor in final 24-hour push-LINK Murray: "Millions of people across the country who have been activated and energized by opposition… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Murray Statement on Status of Puzder Nomination

(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 Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. "Eight weeks and four canceled hearing dates since his nomination was announced, we still have yet to see a single shred of paperwork from Mr. Puzder-but what we have heard is story after story about how he spent his career squeezing workers for profit, leav… Continue Reading


02.06.17

Senate Dems to SEC: Additional Evidence Requires Immediate Investigation Into Congressman Price’s Stock Trading Activities Before Nomination Advances

In a new letter to the SEC, Senate HELP Democrats say "additional evidence" necessitates an investigation and heightens "concerns about Rep. Price's financial dealings and his possible violations of the STOCK Act and insider trading laws" Letter follows several requests made by Democrats and government watchdog organizations for the Office of Congressional Ethics and the SEC to investigate potential violations ICYMI- Last week, Finance Committee Republicans broke longstanding Committee… Continue Reading


02.06.17

Led by Murray, Senate Dems Kick Off Final 24 Hours of Debate on Betsy DeVos, Urge Just One More Republican to Stand with Overwhelming Majority of Americans in Opposition to Her Nomination

Final debate on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education commences-will run 24 hours before Senate takes a final vote For the first time in history, a Cabinet nominee confirmation vote could stand at 50-50-with 2 Republicans joining Democrats, and VP needed to break tie ICYMI-"Popular uprising" against the DeVos nomination-LINK NEW op-ed today-former White House ethics counsels: "Seldom have we seen a worse cabinet-level ethics mess than that presented by Betsy DeVos"-LI… Continue Reading


02.05.17

Murray Statement on Trump Efforts to Undermine Conflicts of Interest Rule

(Washington, DC) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's memorandum to the Acting Secretary of Labor calling for a study of the conflicts of interest rule to serve as a basis to rescind or revise the rule: "In pushing to delay this important rule, President Trump is sending yet another clear message that he's going to stand with Wall Street rather than workers and famili… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Murray Kicks Off Floor Debate on “Failed” Secretary of Education Nominee, Presses Senate Colleagues to Stand with Families, “Fight Back Against Betsy DeVos”

Murray and Senate Democrats promise "robust debate over the next few days" as Republicans attempt to jam through vote on DeVos nomination Murray makes clear: "I will not stop fighting as hard as I can" to oppose DeVos who doesn't stand with students, parents, teachers Murray cites DeVos' long history fighting to privatize public schools, serious potential conflicts of interests, and "ill-informed, confusing" responses to basic education questions as disqualifying Scathing new editor… Continue Reading


02.02.17

As Students, Families, Schools Grapple with Effects of Trump’s Immigration Ban, Murray Calls on Betsy DeVos to Announce Position on Action “Wreaking Havoc Throughout Our Education System”

President Trump's EO banning Muslims from entering U.S. has been devastating for schools and colleges nationwide and around the world-LINK International students have been stranded outside of U.S. unable to return to their studies-LINK Today in new letter Murray asks Trump's education nominee whether she supports ban given her potential role and responsibility to help safeguard all students Nearly 50 higher education associations have opposed the ban, including Association of Public… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Murray Statement on Republican Efforts to Jam Through Nomination of Betsy DeVos

(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 Republicans' decision to rush through and advance for a vote the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education despite serious, outstanding concerns about her lack of understanding of basic education issues and questions about her finances and potential conflicts of interest. Earlier today, Republican Senators Susan… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Senate Dems Call Out Trump Administration for Appointee Hires with History of Making Racist, Bigoted, and Misogynistic Statements

Recent report shows several hires by the Trump transition team at the Department of Education have used social media to make hateful statements about African-Americans, transgender people, and women-LINK Today in new letter Senators says they are "deeply troubled" with the employment decisions and hiring practices being established by the Trump Administration Senators request immediate information of Administration's vetting procedures for appointees and the Department's efforts to prom… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Murray to GOP at ACA Hearing: You Will be “Fully Responsible for the Chaos and Uncertainty Trumpcare” is Causing

President Trump and Republicans may not have a plan to replace the ACA, but they're already creating Trumpcare-one chaotic, confusing, and harmful step at a time At today's Senate HELP hearing, Murray and Senate Democrats highlighted the impact of President Trump and Republicans' rush to rip apart the health care system Murray says new executive orders and GOP confusion and disarray on repeal "heighten uncertainty for millions of working families whose access to health care hangs in the … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Murray on Republicans’ Secret, Closed-Door Vote to Advance Price Nomination: “Appalling”

Republicans jam Price nomination through Finance committee despite new revelations on questionable stock trades Wall Street Journal: "Rep. Tom Price Got Privileged, Discounted Offer on Biomedical Stock, Company Says" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U. S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on Finance Committee Republicans' decision to break longstanding Committee rules and advance the nomination of Congressman Tom Price despite serious, outstanding concerns about the me… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Murray: Fourth Delay in Puzder’s Nomination Hearing—Without Any Sign of Required Paperwork—Only Raises Further Questions

New hearing date for Trump's labor nominee has not been set New report today from Senators Murray and Warren shows workers under Puzder are overworked, underpaid, and lack basic benefits-LINK Murray sent a letter last week to Puzder urging him to submit required paperwork (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement that a hearing … Continue Reading


01.31.17

Murray Votes NO on Advancing Betsy DeVos Nomination: “I Have Not Been Persuaded that She Has the Experience, Skills, Understanding, or Vision to Lead” Education Department

At Senate HELP Committee markup, Murray says President Trump's education nominee is the "wrong choice to lead our nation's Department of Education" Among many concerns, Murray cites DeVos' long history fighting to privatize public schools, serious potential conflicts of interests, and alarming responses to questions on protections for students with disabilities, gun violence in schools, and enforcing federal law protecting women and girls from sexual violence Senate Dems unanimously vo… Continue Reading


01.31.17

New Report from Senators Murray, Warren: Workers Under Andrew Puzder Are Overworked, Underpaid, and Lack Basic Benefits

Today Senators Murray and Warren released a new report detailing first-hand accounts from workers at Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants across the country Workers reveal shocking mistreatment-rock-bottom wages, no sick time, and unsafe working conditions Pattern of disrespect for workers-Puzder has described employees at his restaurants as the "best of the worst" available in the employment pool-LINK Third delay of hearing on Puzder nomination has raised serious questions-LINK (… Continue Reading

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