Ranking Member's Press

12.22.16

Senator Murray, Advocates: Workers Deserve All the Facts on Andrew Puzder’s Concerning Record of Squeezing Workers as Fast Food CEO

President-elect Trump continues rigging the system with nominees that would put in place policies that hurt working families Today in a press call Sen. Murray said Andrew Puzder's record of squeezing workers as CEO of CKE Restaurants and his steady opposition to worker protections raise serious questions about his ability to lead the Department of Labor Sen. Murray was joined by representatives from CAP Action, the AFL-CIO, and ROC United Sen. Murray: "By nearly every measure, Andrew… Continue Reading


12.22.16

MURRAY, BLUMENTHAL, SENATE DEMS CALL ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP TO STAND WITH WOMEN, PROTECT ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS

In new letter, 34 Senate Democrats call on President-elect Trump to implement "historic rule" protecting Title X family planning program Title X family planning centers provide millions of women-and men-basic primary, preventive, and reproductive health care and services Senators cite "great concern" regarding the protection of Title X and women's health care and rights under the incoming Administration and Congress, especially with the selection of Rep. Tom Price to serve as Secretary o… Continue Reading


12.22.16

Murray Calls on President-elect Trump to Continue Work to Ensure Full Refunds For All Students Scammed By Fraudulent Colleges

This week, President-elect Trump entered into a settlement agreement with students who were misled through false and deceptive marketing tactics to attend Trump "University"-LINK These students, and far too many students in higher education across the country, have been left with thousands of dollars of debt and often no usable degree Today, in a new letter, Murray is calling on President-elect Trump to support and prioritize the Department of Education's "borrower defense" rule Pus… Continue Reading


12.21.16

U.S. Department of Education Moves Quickly to Implement Sen. Murray’s Recommendation to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students Impacted by Closed Schools

Back in October, Murray identified a provision in the Higher Education Act giving the Department existing legal authority to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students impacted by the closures of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools The Department agreed with Murray's recommendation and began working to restore eligibility to students-LINK *Today the Department announced the process to help ensure full restoration of Pell Grant eligibility to all eligible students now… Continue Reading


12.14.16

MURRAY & BLUMENTHAL APPLAUD FINAL RULE PROTECTING TITLE X HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

Senators vow to fight extremist attempts to undermine reproductive health and family planning programs [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded a final rule released by the Obama Administration today that will reinforce existing protections in the Title X family planning program that prohibit states from excluding women's health providers for reasons unrelated… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Murray Statement on Decision by U.S. Department of Education Reaffirming ACICS’ Loss of Recognition

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's decision to deny the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools' (ACICS) appeal concerning its loss of recognition. "I am very pleased by today's decision by the Department to continue to hold ACICS accountable for neglecting its responsibility to protect students, ve… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Murray, Scott Applaud Final Rule to Address Widespread Inequality in Special Education for Students of Color with Disabilities

Washington, D.C.) - Today, 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, issued the following statements applauding the Department of Education's final rule to address widespread disparities in special education and disciplinary action faced by students of color with disabilities. The final rule, also known as the "dispr… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senator Murray Statement on Reported Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the reported nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. "With the nomination of Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump has sent another clear signal that he has no intention of fulfilling his campaign promise to put workers and retirees first-instead, he's bent on building an Administration made up of billi… Continue Reading


12.06.16

On Senate Floor, Murray Highlights Strong Investments to Tackle Opioid Epidemic, Support Mental Health, & Boost Medical Innovation in Bipartisan Public Health Bill

Murray secured critical investments and reforms in bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act Bipartisan bill to help tackle opioid epidemic, strengthen mental health care, advance medical innovation, and combat growing threat of "superbugs" Murray says these efforts "will make a real difference for patients and families across the country, now and years into the future." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensi… Continue Reading


12.02.16

Sens. Warren, Schumer, Murray, Brown, and Franken Release Joint Statement on DOL Appeal of Overtime-Pay Rule Injunction

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement Friday on the Department of Labor's (DOL) decision to appeal a federal court injunction of the new overtime-pay rule: "We're glad the Department of Labor has decided to appeal a Texas court's misguided decision to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Because Republicans and corporate lobbyi… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Alongside Worker Advocates, Murray, Democrats Renew Call to Implement New Overtime Protections, Urge President-elect Trump to Follow Through on Promises to Workers

Today-the date on which President Obama's new overtime rule would have gone into effect-Murray and Democrats held a press conference to call on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on his promises to help workers and agree to support the rule Murray: "I'm calling on President-elect Trump to make a radical reversal from his concerning transition-make the right choice for workers and families-and announce right away that he's committed to ensuring workers get the overtime pay they ha… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Senator Murray Statement on Nomination of Congressman Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) for Secretary of Health and Human Services. "Quality, affordable health care should be accessible to every family and community in our country, and while we've made substantial progress toward this goal over the last few years-in particular as a result of the Affordabl… Continue Reading


11.28.16

Murray, Scott Comment on Final ESSA Accountability Rule; Call for Continued Work to Help All Students Receive Quality Public Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Education's final regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "While we are disappointed that this final rule doesn't go as far as we would have … Continue Reading


11.23.16

Sen. Murray Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. "Few things are more important in our work to expand opportunities and grow our economy than making sure that every student has access to a high-quality education no matter where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make. We've taken some strong steps in the right direction in recent years to support students and make sure te… Continue Reading


11.21.16

SCOTUS: Led by Sen. Murray & Rep. Scott, 118 Lawmakers File Bicameral Amicus Brief to Safeguard Rights of Students With Disabilities to Receive Meaningful Public Education

Supreme Court to hear Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case about the level of educational benefit school districts must provide students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Today, current and former Members of Congress filed an amicus brief to affirm Congressional intent to raise expectations for the quality of education provided to students with disabilities under IDEA At stake in the case is the ability of students with disabili… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Led by Murray, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating National Apprenticeship Week, Renew Efforts to Ensure Our Workforce Leads in 21st Century Economy

Apprenticeships are critical pathways for students and workers across the country, write Murray and 13 Senators in new bipartisan resolution Registered apprenticeship programs provide education and training in high-growth industries, such as information tech, financial services, advanced manufacturing, health care, and more Read full resolution designating this week National Apprenticeship Week here: LINK (Washington, D.C) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading


11.16.16

Senator Patty Murray to Continue Leadership on Senate HELP Committee

Efforts to help and protect students, women, workers, seniors, and families will continue driving Murray's work as Ranking Member in the 115th Congress Murray: "ready to fight back…if Republicans choose to embrace the darker elements of President-elect Trump's campaign and focus on dividing our country, taking away access to care for women and families, undermining communities' rights and protections, hurting students and workers, or dragging us backwards." (Washington, D.C) -… Continue Reading


10.31.16

Casey, Murray, 21 Senate Democrats Urge FAA and DOJ to Protect Women from Sexual Assault on Airplanes

Casey, Murray, 21 Senate Democrats Urge FAA and DOJ to Protect Women from Sexual Assault on Airplanes Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and 21 of their fellow Senators including Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Edward Markey (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Brian S… Continue Reading


10.28.16

HIGHER ED: Sen. Murray Secures Major Protections for Students in Final Dept. of Education Rule for Debt Relief

Pushed by Murray, final protections will ensure student loan borrowers victim of deceptive and predatory practices receive automatic debt relief and discharge, like those who attended Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech Major victory-Colleges are banned from blocking students' right to sue as individuals or part of class actions Full list of actions announced today: LINK (Washington, D.C) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading


10.28.16

At Sen. Murray’s Recommendation, Dept. of Education to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Thousands of Students Impacted by Closed Schools

Dept. of Education to apply new legal interpretation to provision in Higher Education Act (HEA)-identified by Murray-to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students impacted by closures of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools: LINK Many students who used Pell Grants to attend now-closed schools have exhausted their eligibility and are ineligible for further support Faced with inaction on this issue, Murray worked to identify HEA provision that already provided Dept. of… Continue Reading

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