Ranking Member's Press


Murray Calls for Secretary DeVos to Remove Acting Civil Rights Head After Offensive Comments About Sexual Assault Survivors and Record of Rolling Back Civil Rights Protections

Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson suggested 90 percent of sexual assault accusations stem from intoxication or regret Jackson's comments continue a pattern of narrowing the Office for Civil Rights and rolling back protections for students Murray: "Ms. Jackson's callous, insensitive, and egregious comments regarding sexual assault on college campuses crossed a serious line" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health,… Continue Reading


Senate, House Ranking Members Warn Trump Administration Against Further Efforts to Target Retirement Savings Programs

In new letter, top Democrats call on Treasury Secretary to act "swiftly" to maintain myRA program; "demonstrate commitment" to helping hardworking families save for retirement Democrats concerned myRA could be next target by Trump Admin following efforts to thwart state, city-run retirement programs-LINK Democrats: "Given that [the Trump Administration] has worked to reduce access to retirement plans…it is more critical than ever for Treasury to strengthen one of the remaining … Continue Reading


Murray: Trumpcare 3.0 is “Even Meaner” Than Previous Versions

(Washington, D.C.) - Following the release of the third version of extremely unpopular Trumpcare bill, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee participated in a press conference with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to highlight all the ways the latest version of Trumpcare doubles down on raising costs for families and undermining care. Senator Murray's remarks as prepared for delivery: Well, if … Continue Reading


Murray: DeVos’ Actions on Campus Sexual Assault Could Allow Schools to Once Again “Sweep Sexual Assault Under the Rug”

Secretary DeVos considering revising guidance on how schools handle campus sexual assault investigations DeVos has made a number of troubling decisions to roll back civil rights enforcement Murray: "Upholding civil rights, working to ensure students' safety, and responding to reports of campus sexual violence are critical parts of your role as Secretary of Education" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue Reading


Murray Opening Remarks Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the NLRB

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the National Labor Relations Board Senator Murray's Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairman Alexander, and I want to thank Mr. Emanuel, Mr. Kaplan, and Mr. Pizzella for being here. Before we begin, I would like to once again object to Chairman Alexander's unwillingness to hold a hearing on his Party's Trumpcare plan. We've heard… Continue Reading


New Analysis by HELP, E&C Details State-by-State Public Health Impacts if ACA’s Prevention Fund is Eliminated Under Trumpcare

Fund invests billions in critical public health programs: immunizations, outbreak preparedness, opioid epidemic response, and more (Washington, D.C.) - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released a new state-by-state analysis today on what is at risk if the Prevention and Public Health Fund is eliminated under the Senate Republican Trumpcare bill. Both House and Senate … Continue Reading


Murray, Franken Blast Secretary Acosta’s Move to Undermine Worker Protections

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) sent a letter today to Secretary of Labor Acosta condemning the U.S. Department of Labor's recent decision to rescind guidance documents that clarify protections for workers across the country. The Senators expressed concerns that the decision signals that Secretary Acosta plans to prioritize corporate interests instead of standing up for … Continue Reading


Murray Continues Push for Senate Health Committee to Hold Hearings on Trumpcare; Echoes Calls by Republican Senators for an Open, Bipartisan Process

In new letter, Murray calls on Senate HELP Chairman Alexander to hold Trumpcare hearings, "return to our bipartisan tradition" Republican Senators, Governors make similar calls following Trumpcare's disastrous CBO score ICYMI: Chairman Alexander has delayed hearings on rising drug costs due to Murray's repeated requests for Trumpcare hearings-LINK Murray: "The American public has rejected Trumpcare's higher costs and reduced access…[they deserve] hearings that allow Democrat… Continue Reading


Murray, Casey, Wyden Call on HHS Secretary Price to Reveal Details of Backroom Deals Being Made with Republican Senators

Secretary Price has failed to produce correspondence that President Trump sent to House GOP during negotiations on Trumpcare or reveal details of his closed door meeting with Senate GOP Senators: What promises to repeal basic health care protections is this Administration making behind closed doors? (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Sp… Continue Reading


Murray on Trump Overtime Rule Decision: “A Harmful Step Backward for Workers and Families Nationwide”

(Washington, D.C.) -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision not to defend an Obama Administration appeal of a court decision preventing the updated overtime rule from being enforced. 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 m… Continue Reading


Members of Congress to Secretary DeVos: Stand Up for Students and Families, Reverse Delay of Protections for Defrauded Students

Secretary DeVos delayed a series of borrower protections for defrauded students before July 1 implementation, using inconsistent and legally questionable justifications Members of Congress again cite concerns that Secretary DeVos is putting financial interests of for-profit colleges ahead of students who had been cheated and defrauded by predatory colleges (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Re… Continue Reading


Brown, Murray, Scott, Takano Ahead Of Deadline for Overtime Rule Appeal: Overtime Rule Would Give Millions of Workers Greater Economic Security

Trump Administration must decide whether to continue Obama appeal of November court decision preventing Overtime Rule from being enforced by Friday (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) today introduced a resolution in support of the 2016 federal overtime rule, which would help ensure low-wage workers are being paid fairly by making 4.2 million workers eligible for overtime pay when they work more tha… Continue Reading


As GOP Backroom Dealing Goes Into Overdrive, New Senate Report Shows Need for Medicaid Expansion in States Hit Hardest by Opioid Crisis

Senate HELP, Finance Committees' joint report concludes gutting of Medicaid, ending consumer protections, insufficient opioid fund would devastate individuals seeking treatment for substance, opioid use disorders NEW-Joint report makes clear reported $45 billion opioid fund is woefully inadequate; health experts blast proposal as "illogical" Report: "Senate Republicans…who represent Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania…should take a hard look in the mirror befor… Continue Reading


TRUMPCARE: Murray Urges Advocates: “Yesterday Was Not a Victory…We Need to Dial Up the Pressure to the Maximum”

At rally with Planned Parenthood, coalition partners, Murray warns "this is when the backroom deals, arm-twisting go into overdrive" Murray: "You can bet they will put everything they have into passing Trumpcare-and they will do it on the backs of women, children, workers, those with disabilities, the sick, and the elderly" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, delivered the following remarks at a rally with advocates after R… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Blast Secretary DeVos for Harmful Actions on Civil Rights Protections, Enforcement

Senators highlight numerous steps taken by Secretary DeVos to roll back civil rights enforcement and protections for students Senators: "You claim to support civil rights and oppose discrimination, but your actions belie your assurances." (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, 34 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary DeVos citing major concerns with steps the U.S. Department of Edu… Continue Reading


Murray on Updated Senate Trumpcare Plan: “Republican Leaders Have Somehow Managed to Take This Mean Legislation and Make It Even Meaner”

Murrays slams new "continuous coverage" provision as a handout to insurance companies; "Making it harder for people who have gaps in coverage to get insured" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the updated Senate Republican Trumpcare plan, which would allow insurance companies to lock patients out from coverage for 6 months if they fail to maintain cont… Continue Reading


Murray Remarks on Newly-Released Analysis of Senate Republican Trumpcare Bill

***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY'S REMARKS HERE*** Families' costs would rise across the board: premiums, maternity care, mental health care, prescription drugs, and much more CBO score confirms-Updated Republican bill worse than previous version 22 million people stand to lose coverage Murray: "The bottom line is Trumpcare is a minefield of higher health care cost for patients and families-and a massive giveaway to special interests in the health care industry" (Washington, D.C.) - … Continue Reading


VIDEO: In Testy Exchange on Senate Floor, Sen. Murray Slams Republicans’ Secretive Process on Trumpcare Plan: “The American Public Deserves Better”

***WATCH VIDEO HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Democrats on the Senate floor to blast Republicans for the secretive process in which they crafted their cruel Trumpcare plan and slammed Senate Republicans for trying to rush through their version of Trumpcare, which would raise costs for families, defund Planned Parenthood, gut Medicaid, take health care coverage away fr… Continue Reading


Senators Hassan, Murray Send Letter to Secretary DeVos Requesting Clarification on Her Position on Vouchers and Students with Disabilities

The Senators request that Secretary DeVos confirm that any new federal voucher program will ensure all schools provide full protections for students with disabilities (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting clarification on her position regarding the rights of students with disabilities. Specifically… Continue Reading


Republican Leader Says Secret Health Care Meetings Open to “Anybody”: Senate Democrats RSVP to Attend

Senator Thune to his constituents: "There's been a lot written about this so-called working group and the small group of people meeting in secret, but those meetings are open to anybody" Senate Republican leaders have refused to hold hearings or bipartisan meetings, blocked Democrats' attempts to open up process and help people across the country understand how "mean" Trumpcare would be for them and their families Democrats send RSVP cards saying they will attend, ask for details on tim… Continue Reading

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