Ranking Member's Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


HIGHER ED: Sen. Murray Urges Dept. of Education to Use Authority to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students Impacted by Closures of ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges

In new letter, Sen. Murray, a Pell Grant recipient herself, is calling on the Dept. of Education to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended these "colleges of dubious educational quality" Pell Grant recipients have restrictive limits on total number of semesters they can receive support-as a result, students who used Pell Grants to attend ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges may have exhausted their eligibility and may be ineligible for further support Sen. Murray believes … Continue Reading


Equal Pay: Sens. Murray, Feinstein Say “Lack of Transparency” in Marketing Contracts Hinder Efforts to Combat Pay Inequality in U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is ranked first in the world-but its members are paid significantly less than their male counterparts In new letter, Sens. Murray, Feinstein seek information regarding commercial and revenue agreements that may impact wage disparity between the Women's and Men's Teams Sens. cite a "lack of transparency surrounding the revenue generated for U.S. Soccer" that "makes it challenging to accurately understand the magnitude of the disparity" This new … Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Applauds Final Rule Expanding Access to Paid Sick Days For Over 1 Million Workers Employed by Federal Contractors

Final rule released today by Dept. of Labor will require federal contractors to provide up to 7 paid sick days a year 1.15 million workers-including nearly 594,000 who currently receive no paid sick days-stand to benefit Also includes critical protections for workers who use paid sick time Sen. Murray continues push for her Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee access to paid sick days for all workers: LINK Sen. Murray: "Ensuring all workers have access to paid sick days w… Continue Reading


Murray, Alexander Committed to Getting a Result This Year on Legislation to Drive Medical Innovation, Support Precision Medicine and Cancer Moonshot

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2016 - The leaders of the Senate health committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), today released the following statement on their work on a Senate version of the 21st Century Cures legislation: "We continue our work on bipartisan legislation to spur cures and treatments and better health for Americans. We've been working for a year and a half on behalf of patients and scientists, and we are committed to getting a result this year th… Continue Reading


EPIPENS: Following Testimony to Congress, Murray Presses Mylan for New Answers On Factors Contributing to Repeated Price Hikes

In new letter to Mylan, Murray cites specific concerns re: patent settlement reached with Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2012 that may have led to "virtual monopoly" of EpiPen market Murray says "publicly available information indicates that the agreement may resemble a "pay for delay" agreement" Murray requests information on settlement by October 7th (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commit… Continue Reading


Murray, Blumenthal, Shaheen Continue Efforts to Ensure Full Access to Contraceptive Care for Female Servicemembers; Stress Importance of Family Planning Services in Light of Zika

In a new letter to the Dept. of Defense, Senators express concerns that women serving in the U.S. military " may not have access to the most effective or preferred methods of contraception" Senators cite several barriers to contraceptive access across all four services-lack of pre-deployment counseling on contraception, difficulties obtaining refills, confidentiality concerns, shortages of providers overseas, among others Senators say many of these barriers "could be mitigated by expan… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray Praises Decision by Education Dept. to Hold ACICS Accountable for Failing to Protect Students, Veterans, and Taxpayers in Higher Education

Education Dept. will withdraw recognition of ACICS-Murray has been a leading voice in the Senate working to strengthen college accountability Following collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Murray pushed Education Dept. to ensure college accreditors are enforcing rigorous standards: LINK Murray called on NACIQI to terminate ACICS recognition saying it "has failed to identify compliance problems…and enforce its own accreditation standards": LINK Murray on next steps: "I am going to … Continue Reading

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