Ranking Member's Press

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


09.14.17

Murray Lays Out Key Opportunities for Common Ground To Lower Families’ Health Costs, Strengthen Markets; Calls For Continued Bipartisan Discussions

Senate HELP Committee holds final public hearing with health care stakeholders on steps to stabilize individual insurance market Murray: "I hope that our conversations over the last few weeks can mark a turning of the page away from partisanship on health care" At hearing, Murray reiterated opportunities for common ground around multi-year fix for out-of-pocket cost reductions, programs to assist states in strengthening markets, and robust and effective open enrollment outreach Murr… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Murray, Portman, Clark, Young Introduce Legislation to Remove Barriers, Provide Support for Homeless and Foster Students in Higher Education

Homeless and foster youth often lack support to help them navigate a complicated higher education and financial aid system Bipartisan Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act would ask colleges and universities to improve outreach to and resources for homeless and foster students (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the Higher Education Access and S… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Ranking Member Murray Urges Focus on Common Ground at Health Care Hearing: “Goal is Making Care More Affordable, Not Less”

Senate HELP Committee hears from state flexibility experts in third hearing on steps to stabilize individual insurance market At hearing, Murray made clear: "Democrats will reject any effort…to erode the guardrails and protections that so many patients and families rely on" Murray also pushed back against new Republican repeal efforts: "Senators [should] join our bipartisan conversations, instead of doubling down on harmful repeal efforts" ICYMI-Murray op-ed in WaPo: "How … Continue Reading


09.08.17

Murray Statement on Graham-Cassidy: “Doubling Down on Harmful Repeal Efforts People Across the Country Have Loudly Rejected”

"Republicans and Democrats are finally trying to find common ground…it would be deeply disappointing if another partisan debate over Trumpcare derailed an opportunity [for an agreement]" (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 reports Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy plan to introduce next week yet another reckless, harmful health… Continue Reading


09.08.17

After Conflicting Statements from DeVos, Murray Asks Her to Clarify Status of Sexual Assault Guidance

Murray pressed DeVos to uphold Obama Administration guidance that instructs colleges to investigate campus sexual assault and provides support and protection for survivors DeVos and Department of Education made conflicting statements yesterday about current status of guidance Before DeVos' announcement, Murray urged her not to undermine survivors' rights, and instead suggested steps DeVos should take to protect and support campus sexual violence survivors Murray: "As Secretary, upho… Continue Reading


09.07.17

DISABILITY RIGHTS: Murray Statement on Misguided, Harmful House Bill: “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”

Murray: "Immediately reverse course and drop any further attempts to move this bill forward" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement opposing the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). "It's deeply concerning that at a time when we should be doing everything we can to guard against attacks on the rights of people with disabilities from this Admini… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Murray: DeVos Campus Sexual Assault Announcement Shows “Clear Lack of Understanding or Empathy” for Survivors

In speech, DeVos criticized current sexual assault guidelines that help colleges combat national crisis and survivors seek justice Murray: "Let's be clear: Secretary DeVos just made an open invitation to colleges to once again sweep this national epidemic under the rug" (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 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos walking a… Continue Reading


09.07.17

During Hearing with Governors, Ranking Member Murray Highlights Further Bipartisan Steps to Restore Health Care Certainty, Prevent Skyrocketing Premiums for Patients & Families

Senate HELP Committee hears from Governors in second hearing on steps to stabilize individual insurance market At hearing, Murray reiterated key priorities: multi-year fix for out-of-pocket cost reductions, maintaining guardrails, & other ideas to shore up markets, such as reinsurance, consumer outreach/assistance Murray: "Even if we don't all agree on the cause, we do agree on the problem itself: families are facing higher premiums and fewer options as a result of uncertainty in ou… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Murray Urges DeVos Not to Undermine Campus Sexual Violence Survivors, Instead Suggests Steps DeVos Should Take to Support and Protect Survivors

Reports suggest Secretary DeVos may roll back protections provided to campus sexual assault survivors under Title IX, the education gender equality law Murray instead suggests DeVos take steps to increase protections and support for survivors, and increase transparency of civil rights violations on campus (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a list of suggested steps U.S. Secretary… Continue Reading


09.06.17

At First Bipartisan Health Care Hearing, Murray Calls for Finding Common Ground to Undo Uncertainty in Markets, Lower Costs for Patients & Families

Senate HELP Committee holds first public hearing with state insurance commissioners on steps to stabilize individual insurance market At hearing, Murray reaffirms need to uphold and strengthen patient protections; pushes for multi-year certainty for out-of-pocket cost reductions Murray: Any agreement must move us "forward, not backward, on affordability, coverage, and quality of care" ICYMI-Murray op-ed in WaPo ahead of hearings: "How we can find common ground on health care" (… Continue Reading


09.01.17

Murray on Texas Federal Judge's Decision Against the Overtime Rule: “A Disappointing Blow To Workers Across the Country”

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on a federal judge's flawed decision to rule against the Obama Administration overtime rule. The updated overtime rule would help provide economic security for millions of working families by making 4.2 million low-wage workers eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. "Today's decision is a disappointing b… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Murray: President Trump’s Reckless Sabotage Will Raise Families’ Health Care Costs, Create Uncertainty

With bipartisan hearings set to begin in HELP next week, Murray urges Republicans to reject President Trump's harmful approach and work across the aisle to undo the damage he has caused 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 Trump Administration's decision to dramatically scale back efforts to help people get covered during the upcoming enrollment … Continue Reading


08.31.17

Alexander, Murray: 5 State Flexibility Experts to Testify at Sept. 12 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, August 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that on September 12 the Senate's health committee will meet to hear testimony from health care experts on ways to increase state flexibility in the individual health insurance market. Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Allison Leigh O'Toole, Chief Executive Officer, MNsure, Minneapolis, MN Tarren Bragdon, CEO, F… Continue Reading


08.31.17

Alexander, Murray: Witnesses Representing Doctors, Hospitals, Insurers, Patients, and Insurance Commissioners to Testify at Sept. 14 Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums in the Individual Insurance Market

WASHINGTON, August 31 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that on September 14 the Senate's health committee will meet to hear testimony from health care stakeholders representing doctors, hospitals, insurers, patients, and insurance commissioners. Manny Sethi M.D., President of Healthy Tennessee, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, Nashville, TN Susan L Turney MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, Chief Executive Officer, Marshfield … Continue Reading


08.22.17

Alexander, Murray Announce First Two September Bipartisan Health Care Hearings

1st hearing is with State Insurance Commissioners, 2nd hearing is with Governors WASHINGTON, August 22, 2017 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the Senate health committee will hear from state insurance commissioners and governors, respectively, at the first two bipartisan hearings in September on stabilizing premiums in the individual insurance market. Senator Alexander said: "Eighteen million Americans, inclu… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Murray to DeVos: Stop Gutting Student Protections & Start Standing Up for Borrowers

(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 Secretary DeVos' decision to extend the deadline and drastically change the requirements within the gainful employment rule for predatory career training programs to appeal a failing or probationary determination, allowing programs that leave students with high amounts of debt and little earning prospects to continue to … Continue Reading

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