Ranking Member's Press


Murray at Hearing With Surgeon General: With Trump Administration Continuing to Undermine Public Health, We All Must Take Steps To Support Families' Health & Wellness

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing with Surgeon General on bringing communities together to prioritize public health At hearing, Murray encouraged public health efforts that: promote physical activity, improve access to healthy foods, support women's health, & expand on science-based ways to reduce tobacco use Murray called out the Trump Administration for repeatedly undermining public health efforts: "It's hard to imagine what else [they] could be doing right now to undermine… Continue Reading


Murray on Reported Republican Plans to Use Bipartisan Stabilization Bill As Political Cover to Fast-Track Devastating Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Murray: "It would make absolutely no sense to stabilize health care with one hand while devastating it with the other" 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 reports that Senate Republicans have opted to raise families' premiums and take coverage away from 13 million people as part of their rushed, partisan effort to give millionaires and billionaires a … Continue Reading


Members of Congress Demand Secretary DeVos Provide Full Relief for Students Who Were Cheated Out of Their Education and Savings

Secretary DeVos has proposed only providing partial relief for students who were defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges In new letter, Members of Congress express concern that Secretary DeVos may block full debt relief for student loan borrowers who were cheated out of their savings and education Members of Congress: "The Department should not punish borrowers who overcome the odds and happen to succeed at finding work despite the failings or fraud of their schools or programs" … Continue Reading


Murray and DeLauro Call for Full Transparency Surrounding Rewrite of Rule to Protect Defrauded Students

As negotiations begin to rewrite "borrower defense" rule to help defrauded students, Murray and DeLauro urge Secretary DeVos to open all meetings to the public Secretary DeVos has a long history of undermining protections for defrauded students, and has refused to provide relief to students of now-defunct Corinthian College Murray and DeLauro: "Making meetings about the financial stability of colleges private and closed to the public…only raises further questions about the Departm… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

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 news that President Trump nominated pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services. "The Trump Administration has so far run the Department of Health and Human Services with one goal: imposing its harmful ideology on patients, women, and families. Under former Secretary Price'… Continue Reading



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

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