Ranking Member's Press

10.20.17

Tax “Reform”: Murray on Latest Attack by GOP on Workers’ Retirement Security

(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 the Republican tax proposal may cap the amount of pretax money working families can contribute to their retirement plans: "From thwarting state retirement programs to delaying protections that ensure financial advisers act in their clients' best interests, President Trump and Congressional Republican… Continue Reading


10.20.17

SENATE DEMOCRATS DEMAND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION STOP BLOCKING UNDOCUMENTED MINORS’ ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE

Disturbing Reports Find Trump Officials Personally Denying Abortions To Undocumented, Pregnant Teens In New Letter, Senate Democrats Call On Trump Administration To Immediately Cease "Unprecedented" Interference; Request Immediate Briefing, All Related Documents, Correspondence From Acting HHS Director More On Case Involving Undocumented Teen In Texas Currently Being Held By Trump Administration-LINK Senate Democrats: We Have A Moral And Legal Obligation To Ensure These Youth … Continue Reading


10.19.17

SENATE FLOOR: Murray Announces Bipartisan Support for Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs for Patients & Families Nationwide, Stabilize Individual Insurance Market

Murray joins Alexander in announcing bipartisan group of first round of cosponsors: 12 Republicans & 12 Democrats Murray in speech: "We're able today to put forward an answer: a bipartisan solution that prevents families from paying the price for sabotage and uncertainty" *Video of Murray's remarks here* (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, joined Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Senate floor today to announce a … Continue Reading


10.19.17

NEW—Senate, House Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Bill spearheaded by Sens. Murray & Casey would nullify President Trump's attack on ACA's birth control mandate; Protect women's continued access to contraceptive coverage (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), today 41 Senate and House Democrats introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim f… Continue Reading


10.18.17

Murray Joins Brady Campaign, Public Health Advocates to Unveil New Report on Pressing Need for Stronger Investments in Gun Violence Research

GAO report, the result of Murray's 2015 request, finds funding for gun violence prevention research is a fraction of other public health investments Murray: "There is so much we can and absolutely should be doing to address gun violence" **Video of Murray's remarks HERE** (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the Brady Campaign, and public he… Continue Reading


10.17.17

MURRAY ANNOUNCES BIPARTISAN DEAL WITH CHAIRMAN ALEXANDER TO PROTECT FAMILIES FROM RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS

On Senate floor, Murray & Alexander announce bipartisan deal to stabilize & strengthen health care market Bipartisan deal negotiated by Murray and Alexander: Funds payments to help lower costs for families - Provides added flexibility to states while protecting essential health benefits for patients - Restores investments for open enrollment outreach Bipartisan deal reflects input from patients, governors, hospitals, insurers & majority of Senate members Murray: "This i… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Murray Pushes for Bipartisan Action at Hearing on Prescription Drug Prices: We Must Get At Root of Problem Causing “Soaring” Costs for Patients & Families

Senate HELP Committee holds second hearing on high cost of prescription drugs At hearing, Murray cites several Dem priorities to tackle drug prices & hold manufacturers accountable: increased transparency from pharmaceutical companies, crack down on price gouging & anti-competitive practices Murray also calls out President Trump for tough talk, no action on drug prices Murray during hearing: "In order for competition to bring down costs, we must ensure the market's actually … Continue Reading


10.16.17

Murray Calls Out FDA Commissioner for Delay of Food Labeling Standards: Pushing Off Implementation Threatens Public Health Efforts & “Your Commitments to Put Families’ Health First”

Despite pressing need for families to access clear nutritional information, FDA continues to "unreasonably postpone" food labeling requirements In new letter, Murray urges FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to comply with timeline & protections as intended; "Cease FDA's recent practice of pushing off compliance for key public health protections" Murray to Gottlieb: "This would be a step backward for consumers seeking to make informed dietary choices" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Mu… Continue Reading


10.16.17

Murray, Senators Ask DeVos to Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools

On September 27, Secretary DeVos rescinded guidance that directs schools on how to handle sexual assault investigations, and issued confusing interim guidance Advocates warn DeVos' interim guidance may result in fewer survivors coming forward and may make it harder for survivors to seek justice Senators: "The interim guidance is vague and often contradictory, and has caused confusion among college administrators, teachers, and students across the country" (Washington, D.C.) - Led by… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Led by Murray & Wyden, Senate Democrats File Amicus Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood; Stand Up for Women’s Health & Rights in Texas

In yet another affront to women's health & rights, Texas has attempted to block women's access to health care by preventing Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding 5th Circuit Court of Appeals expected to hear case challenging Texas' "purely ideological" decision Today, Senate Democrats file amicus brief in support of Planned Parenthood: "Texas terminated the Medicaid provider agreements of three Planned Parenthood organizations for reasons unrelated to their medical… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Murray Statement on Trump’s “Reckless” Decision to Cut Off Payments Helping Lower Health Care Costs for Families

Non-partisan CBO analysis: Trump to increase premiums by 20% in 2018, 25% by 2020 Murray: [Trump's] pattern of governing by sabotage only makes it more critical that Congress…work together to undo the damage [he is] causing" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's decision to unilaterally cut off the cost-sharing reduction (CS… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Murray and Scott on DeVos Decision to Make Privatization a Priority When Awarding Federal Grants

(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 Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statements on Secretary DeVos proposing a list of priorities when distributing competitive grants from the Department of Education. Among others, the list includes privatization-a top priority for Secretary DeVos, whose only experience befor… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Murray Statement on President Trump’s Latest, Worst Step to Create Trumpcare by Sabotage

Murray: Trump executive orders will force patients to pay more, lose quality coverage options "The only way to get results for patients and families on health care is to work across the aisle and find common ground-and we're doing exactly that in the Senate" (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 President Trump's executive order intended to undermine t… Continue Reading


10.06.17

Murray Statement on President Trump’s Tax on Women’s Health Care: “Wrong and Outrageous”

Murray: "I will be pushing every Republican who claims to care about women's health and economic security to join me in fighting back" Today's sweeping move by President Trump to target women's access to birth control confirms concerns first brought up by Murray to OMB Director Mulvaney in May - VIDEO LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement on the … Continue Reading


10.05.17

Murray, Senate Colleagues Question Decision by VA Secretary Shulkin to Weaken Protections for Veterans from Predatory For-Profit Colleges and Ask for Immediate Suspension

In new letter, Senate Dems urge Sec. Shulkin to suspend efforts to issue a blanket waiver allowing conflicts of interest among the Department, for profit-colleges Senate Dems on move: "Will put our men and women in uniform and those who have served our country at further risk of predatory and abusive business practices" Senate Dems question what ties currently exist between members of the Department and for-profit colleges (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


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

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