Ranking Member's Press

06.13.16

SENATE DEMS HAIL DEPT OF ED RULE FOR DEBT RELIEF AS VICTORY FOR STUDENT RIGHTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Students Who Were Cheated By Deceptive And Predatory Practices Will Receive Debt Relief And Discharge; And Colleges Would Be Banned From Blocking Students' Right To Sue Pushed By Senate Dems, New Protections Are Critical Following Cases Of Institutions, Like Corinthian Colleges, Engaged In Widespread Abuses To Defraud Students (Washington, D.C) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following stateme… Continue Reading


06.13.16

Murray, Scott Push for Ambitious Pre-K Plans in ESSA Implementation

ESSA represents the first time the nation's primary elementary and secondary education law includes dedicated funding for preschool In new letter, Murray and Scott urge strong collaboration-as ESSA intended-between Dept. of Ed and HHS to support states working to improve quality and access to early childhood education "We look forward to working with you to ensure that the PDG programs are effective and create real, positive change for children and families across the country." (Wash… Continue Reading


06.10.16

On Equal Pay, Murray, Mikulski, Feinstein Call on McConnell to Turn Words Into Action for Women Across the Country

Two weeks ago, Republican-controlled Senate adopted resolution urging pay equity for U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and women nationwide Today, on the 53rd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, Senate Dems urge McConnell to build on this step by working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Senators: Now that the Senate has recognized the need for equal pay for equal work, let's take action (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), and Dianne … Continue Reading


05.31.16

Murray Urges Continued Action to Improve Access to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Students

In new letter, Murray presses the Department of Education to implement improved standards and processes for homeless students applying for financial aid through the 2017-18 FAFSA Newly-released GAO Report found that homeless students face unique challenges to receiving financial aid (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter urging the Department of Education to address o… Continue Reading


05.26.16

EQUAL PAY: Senate Passes Murray’s Resolution Calling On Equal Pay For Women In The Workplace, And On The Field

Murray presses Republicans to end pay disparity in U.S. Soccer, strengthen protections for all women by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act Across the country, women on average earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes; in Washington state, women earn just 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts Murray: "In our country, women in the workplace, no matter where they live, no matter their background, no matter what career they choose, on average, earn less than their male… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Murray Statement on the Department of Education’s Proposed Accountability Rule

Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's proposed regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "As we worked to fix the broken No Child Left Behind and pass our new bill into law, I fought hard to make sure we not only provided states and school districts with flexibility, but tha… Continue Reading


05.25.16

New GAO Report: Workers in Meat and Poultry Industry Face High, Persistent Rates of Injury and Illness

An estimated 526,000 workers were employed in the meat and poultry industry in 2015 Report calls on agencies to do more to ensure workplace safety and support basic worker rights (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), released the findings of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on actions needed to address continued hazards in the meat and poultry industry. The report found… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Murray, Scott Urge Education Department to Hold States, School Districts, and Schools Accountable for Effectively Implementing New K-12 Education Law

Noting the law's civil rights legacy, Murray and Scott request the Department of Education to issue strong accountability regulations for the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (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 Education and the Workforce Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Education John King, requesting that the D… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Murray Denounces GOP Efforts to Block New Protections for Retirement Savers

Murray: "Families today have enough to worry about. Questioning the advice they get on their retirement accounts should not have to be one of them." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged her colleagues to vote down a measure from Senate Republicans that would block new protections for retirement savers from going into effect and would prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from doi… Continue Reading


05.19.16

New GAO Report Release Highlights Persistent Barriers to Higher Education Access and Completion for Homeless and Foster Youth

Report finds systemic barriers to financial aid inhibit homeless and foster youth from obtaining the resources needed to pursue a college education (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on actions needed to help homeless and foster care youth pursue and succeed in higher education. The report found that homeless student… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Murray: New Overtime Protections will Boost Wages, Expand Economic Security for Millions

New salary threshold will expand overtime benefits to 76,000 Washingtonians, 4.2 million workers across the country Murray: "…when workers have economic security - when they are able to make ends meet and succeed, businesses succeed and our economy succeeds." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor praising the Department of Labor's final o… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Senator Murray Calls for Accountability and Collaboration in ESSA Implementation

Murray reaffirmed her commitment to ensure the law works for all students and families in Washington state and across the country (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered opening remarks at a hearing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As the Department of Education and state governments develop new systems and policies to begin carrying out the new la… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Murray, Democrats Introduce Critical Legislation to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

SASCA would expand access to qualified examiner services and, for the first time, develop national standards of care for survivors of sexual assault (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), introduced the Survivors' Acces… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Murray, Hatch Introduce EARNS Act to Help More Students, Workers, and Employers Compete in the Global Economy

By 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of millions of workers with recognized postsecondary credentials The EARNS Act would intensify the development of pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across the country (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Reb… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Murray, Scott Praise New Overtime Protections for Millions of Hardworking Americans

New salary threshold will expand overtime benefits to more than 4 million workers across the country (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statements after the Department of Labor announced its final overtime rule. The new rule would raise the salary … Continue Reading


05.17.16

As Senate Advances Bipartisan Deal to Combat the Zika Virus, Murray Calls on House Republicans to Act Quickly

Following pressure from Democrats, public health experts, governors, and families across the country, Senate Republicans agree to provide emergency funding to combat Zika Murray urges House Republicans to put partisanship aside and pass the bipartisan Senate emergency funding package (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senat… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Murray: Birth Control Benefit Is “Fundamental” to Ensuring Affordable Health Care for All

Murray: "I am confident that ultimately, the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Congress's intention to ensure women everywhere, no matter who they work for or where they live, have access to the critical reproductive services they need." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, 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 Supreme Court's decision in Zubik v. Burwell: "When Congres… Continue Reading


05.11.16

SENATE DEMS: FDA Rule is Critical Step to Protecting Children and Teens from Tobacco Products

In new letter, 17 Senators applaud Administration for finalizing FDA authority to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco Also urge FDA and HHS to remain diligent in working to further limit the effect and reach of these products Senators: "We look forward to working together to ensure these protections, and additional protections, are implemented as quickly as possible." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, L… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Sen. Murray, Rep. Scott Call on Department of Education to Ensure “Robust and Multiple Opportunities” to Participate in ESSA Implementation

In a letter, Members urge the Department to provide guidance and technical assistance to enable full participation and input in the process Murray and Scott: "Our nation's parents, civil rights leaders, and school personnel, including classroom teachers and paraprofessionals, will provide a critical voice to ensure…plans under ESSA are developed to meet the needs of our nation's students." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Edu… Continue Reading


05.05.16

Senators Urge Implementation of Key Reforms to Improve Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

During National Foster Care Month, a bipartisan group of Senators calls on HHS and ED to assist states, school districts, and child welfare agencies to implement reforms to support children in foster care through educational stability (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of th… Continue Reading

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