Ranking Member's Press

03.15.16

Senate Approves John King to Lead Dept. of Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. John King's nomination to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. In advance of his confirmation vote, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor: Key excerpts from Senator Murray's remarks: "This is an important time for students. When it comes to early learning, we've seen improvements. But we have much m… Continue Reading


03.14.16

At Murray, Senate Democrats’ Urging, Dept. of Ed Enhances Proposal to Protect Student Borrowers Who Attended Schools Engaged in Deceptive Practices

Following a letter from 35 Senate Democrats, the Department proposed to provide a path to group debt relief, ban schools from forcing students to sign arbitration clauses, and improve the statute of limitations on claims (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee applauded the U.S. Department of Education's move to help student loan borrowers who have attended a college or university that engaged in… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Murray Presses Acting Education Secretary on Refunds and Accountability for Servicemembers Overcharged on Student Loans

At Murray's urging, the U.S. Department of Education pledged to refund military borrowers who were denied their right to have student loan interest rates capped under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act At LHHS hearing, Acting Secretary Dr. John King said refunds would come in "short order" and new reviews would be launched "shortly" (Washington, D.C.) - Following the U.S. Department of Education's announcement earlier this week that it would refund money to all military borrowers who we… Continue Reading


03.10.16

As Senate Passes Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis, Murray Calls for Continued Work

Murray: "Now is not the time to get up and walk away from the table…Democrats and Republicans need to double down on their commitment to fighting this epidemic." (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 Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA provides federal grants through the Department of Justice to improve p… Continue Reading


03.09.16

At HELP Committee Markup, Murray Stresses Need for Sustained Biomedical Research Funding, Consumer Safety Measures

Murray: We must reach an agreement on measures to strengthen consumer safety and protection and secure sustained investments in the NIH and the FDA (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 HELP Committee markup, emphasizing the need to secure sustained funding for biomedical research and drug and device approval, as well as patient and consumer safety measure… Continue Reading


03.09.16

King Nomination Clears Committee, Murray Calls for Strong Leadership at Dept. of Education

Murray: This is a critical moment for K-12 education as we transition from the broken No Child Left Behind law to the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to move forward with Dr. John King's nomination to the position of U.S. Secretary of Education by a vote of 16 to 6. In prepared remarks submitted for the record, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the committee made the fo… Continue Reading


03.09.16

SENATE DEMS: STUDENTS DESERVE IMMEDIATE DEBT RELIEF AFTER ATTENDING SCHOOLS ENGAGED IN DECEPTIVE & PREDATORY PRACTICES

In New Letter, 35 Senate Democrats Press For Automatic Relief To Groups Of Students Who Have Been Victims Of Predatory Practices, Like Corinthian Colleges "When Colleges Break The Rules, Student Loan Borrowers Should Not Be Left To Dig Themselves Out From Under A Mountain Of Debt They Cannot Repay" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), and 31 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President O… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Murray Highlights Progress That is Needed in Education, Worker Protections, Immigration Reform, Supreme Court for Latino Community

Senators Murray and Alexander were honored at the 29th Annual National Council of La Raza Capital Awards for their bipartisan work to fix the broken No Child Left Behind law In her acceptance remarks, Murray called for progress on higher education access, worker protections, immigration reform, and for the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's executive action on DAPA and DACA (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, L… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Alexander, Murray, Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Plan to Address Mental Health Crisis in America

Senate health committee members release staff discussion draft to help Americans suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders by ensuring mental health agency embraces innovation, gives states flexibility to meet need, and improves access to care WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 - A bipartisan group of Senate health committee members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member, today announced their plan to address the country's mental health crisis and ensure Americans suffering from … Continue Reading


03.07.16

At Murray’s Urging, Department of Education to Refund Military Borrowers on Overcharges

Murray: "This is a step in the right direction…I will continue to hold the Department accountable for protecting military borrowers." (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 after the Department of Education announced that it would refund money to all military borrowers who were charged more than six percent interest on their federal student loans b… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal, Durbin Demand Help for Military Borrowers Who Were Overcharged on Student Loans

The senators' letter follows an Inspector General report showing the Department of Education released statistically flawed information, papering over mistreatment of military borrowers Years after errors surfaced, many servicemembers have not been refunded the money they were overcharged (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Restore Medical Research Funding

HELP Committee Democrats Call On Republicans to Commit to Reliable Investments in Lifesaving Biomedical Science at NIH, FDA Fact Sheet Bill Text Washington, DC - United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the National Biomedical Research Act with all of their Democratic colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. This bill would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliab… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Murray Statement Following Oral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after hearing oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more than two decades. "Today, I left the Supreme Court inspired by the thoughtful questions many of the Justices asked and by the thousands of women and men r… Continue Reading


03.02.16

WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH: Murray Rallies for Women’s Constitutionally Protected Health Care Rights

Murray: "Politicians have no business interfering in a woman's most personal health care decisions." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks outside the Supreme Court before listening to the oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more than two decades. Murray was j… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Murray Calls on Congress to Seize Bipartisan Opportunity, Continue Working to Tackle Opioid and Mental Health Challenges

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Murray emphasized the importance of including emergency funding in this legislation to help tackle the opioid epidemic as quickly as possible, and also highlighted ongoing, bipartisan efforts in the HELP Committee to build on CARA with … Continue Reading


03.01.16

WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH: Ahead of Oral Arguments, Murray Calls on Extreme Conservatives to #StopTheSham

Murray: "I hope they'll rule in favor of ensuring women's health and rights continue to progress-rather than going backward." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor ahead of tomorrow's Supreme Court oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more th… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal Respond to Oversight Report on Education Department’s Student Loan Servicers’ Compliance Review

The Senators raised concerns with the Department's initial review in August (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) responded to the report from the Education Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG), examining the Department's review of student loan servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Sens. Murray, Franken, Warren Lead Fight to Extend Overtime Pay to Millions of American Workers

In Letter to Labor Secretary, Senators Call on Agency to Move Quickly on Increasing Overtime Pay Protections for More than 5 Million Americans (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led the charge to extend overtime pay to millions of Americans who are working long hours without fair pay. Last year, the Department of Labor proposed an expansion to overtime pay protections that could benefit five million American… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murray Calls for Strong Leadership at the Department of Education, Urges Confirmation of Dr. John King

(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 the nomination hearing of Dr. John King to serve as Secretary of Education. In her remarks, Murray highlighted the significant challenges and opportunities students face today. In particular, Murray stressed the need for strong leadership at the Department as schools, districts, and states transition from the broken No Child… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murray Calls on Extreme Conservatives to #StopTheSham Ahead of Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Murray: "A right means nothing without the ability to exercise that right." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor in anticipation of next week's oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court. The case is a challenge to a harmful Texas anti-abortion law that undercuts women's access to the … Continue Reading

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