Ranking Member's Press

02.24.16

Murray Urges Timely, Effective Response to Combat Zika, Continues to Stress Importance of Women’s Access to Health Care

(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 addressing the growing threat of the Zika virus. The alarming spread of the Zika virus continues to pose a serious threat to families-in particular pregnant women and their children. In her remarks, Murray highlighted the need to educate health care providers and families about the virus, as well as improve health … Continue Reading


02.24.16

Murray as GOP Doubles Down on Partisan, Wasteful Planned Parenthood Investigations: Let’s Focus on Real Challenges

As Senate Judiciary Chairman holds up key HHS nominee over Planned Parenthood attacks, Murray urges GOP to stop playing politics with women's health (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to block the nomination of Mary Wakefield as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health and Huma… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Murray Applauds Department of Education’s Move to Address Inequality in Special Education, School to Prison Pipeline, for Students of Color

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the Department of Education's proposed rule to address disparities in special education and disciplinary practices, such as suspensions and expulsions. The new proposed rule, which is now open for public comment for 75 days, would provide states with a standard approach in identifying school districts with an over- or under-representation of students… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Sens. Franken, Murray Lead More Than 30 Senators in Filing Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Support Affordable Access to Birth Control

Next Month, Supreme Court Will Hear Zubik v. Burwell, Yet Another Challenge to Health Reform Law's Birth Control Policy; Today, Sens. Franken and Murray Outline Argument for Protecting Women's Access to Affordable Birth Control WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/16/2016]-Today, U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) led a group of more than 30 Democratic Senators in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on the need to protect women's access to affordable birth control. The… Continue Reading


02.12.16

ZIKA: Democrats Stress Importance of Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care In Light of Spreading Virus

Democrats to GOP: Our government has a crucial role to play in ensuring that women everywhere have access to critical health care services (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led 27 of their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Republican leaders emphasizing the importance of prioritizing women's access to reproductive health care in light of the spreading Zika virus. "The recent and a… Continue Reading


02.10.16

HIGHER ED: Murray Continues Push for College Affordability, Helping More Students Pursue Higher Education

Murray praised WA-state community colleges for helping students transition from higher education to their careers (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks at an event hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges. Murray laid out her priorities for higher education, including making college more affordable, ensuring stu… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Democratic Lawmakers Urge Federal Trade Commission to Take Action to Stop Harmful, Fraudulent ‘Conversion Therapy’ for LGBT Youth

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) sent a letter to Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing their concern over the continued practice of sexual orientation change efforts, commonly referred to as "conversion therapy." In the letter, the lawmakers explained how the widely discredited practice harms the healthy development of youth, and they urged the FTC to … Continue Reading


02.09.16

HIGHER ED: Murray Pushes for FAFSA Simplification for Students Struggling with Homelessness

Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique challenges in completing the FAFSA form to qualify for financial aid (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged Acting Secretary of Education John King to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for young people who experience homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, also known as unaccompanied … Continue Reading


02.09.16

SCOPES: Senate HELP Committee Passes Murray Bill to Improve Medical Device Safety for Patients

Passed the Committee with unanimous bipartisan support Legislation introduced last week follows yearlong investigation into contaminated medical devices linked to outbreaks in Washington state and nationwide (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded unanimous HELP Committee passage of her bill to provide additional tools to review and ensure the safety of medical devices known as duodenoscopes. … Continue Reading


02.09.16

PRE-K: Murray Applauds Early Childhood Education Investments in President Obama’s Budget Proposal

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the early childhood education components of President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "Early childhood education is one of the smartest investments we can make as a nation to help kids succeed in the classroom and beyond. In the Every Student Succeeds Act, I fought hard to include dedicated funding to support early lear… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Statement on Administration Proposals to Expand, Strengthen Treatment for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on investments in tackling mental illness and substance abuse that were included in President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "I've heard far too many stories about neighbors, friends, and loved ones who struggled with mental illness and substance use and didn't get the help they needed. We can and must do better. I'm … Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Applauds Bipartisan Work in Committee Markup, Continues Call for Investment In Lifesaving Medical Research

Murray: "As I've made clear-the path to a bipartisan deal on medical innovation must include mandatory investments in the NIH and the FDA, and must uphold the gold standard of FDA approval." Bills in the markup address preventing superbug infections linked to scopes, improving our nation's health IT infrastructure (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee markup of se… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Statement on President Obama’s Budget Proposals to Invest in Lifesaving Medical Research

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on investments in cancer research and NIH mandatory funding included in President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "When I talk to researchers and experts in my home state, they make clear that we are on the cusp of real breakthroughs in how we treat patients suffering from some of our most difficult to tackle illnesses,… Continue Reading


02.05.16

Murray Statement on 23rd Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act

Murray vows to continue fighting to strengthen family leave policies (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 to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). President Clinton signed FMLA into law on February 5, 1993, allowing workers to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or a sick family member without the fear of losi… Continue Reading


02.04.16

SCOPES: Murray Introduces Bill to Improve Medical Device Safety for Patients

Legislation follows yearlong investigation into contaminated medical devices linked to outbreaks in Washington state and nationwide Gives FDA authority to withhold approval of a device that lacks sufficient cleaning instructions, and will clarify clearance requirements for modified devices Murray will continue pushing for more protections: "I'm committed to continued work to improve our medical device monitoring system and protect patients and families in Washington state and across the … Continue Reading


02.02.16

Murray Statement on Obama Administration Proposals to Combat Opioid Abuse

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the President's announcement of budget proposals to tackle prescription drug abuse and heroin use. "For far too long, prescription drug abuse and heroin use has hurt communities, ruined lives, and torn families apart-and the problem is only getting worse. I'm pleased that the Administration has laid out budget p… Continue Reading


01.28.16

GENERIC DRUG ACCESS: Murray Calls for Improved Patient Access to Affordable Treatments

Continues push for sustained investment in FDA and NIH to help patients get safe, effective treatments and drive innovation (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs. Senator Murray emphasized the importance of helping patients get safe, affordable, high-quality treatments. Senator Murray stressed the need for bipartisa… Continue Reading


01.26.16

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY: Murray Launches New Tool to Hear Stories from Students, Families on Higher Education Costs, Student Debt

Murray wants to make sure students, families voices are heard as she fights to make college more affordable and help students graduate from college without crushing student debt Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, launched a new tool, on her website to hear from students and families on the critical importance of making college more affordable. The tool will enable people across the country to share their… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Murray on Roe v. Wade Anniversary: “We Won’t Go Back”

Murray highlights Republican attempts to roll back women's constitutionally protected health care rights Murray: "We're not going back to the days when, because women had less control over their own bodies, they had less equality and less opportunity" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriation… Continue Reading


01.20.16

MENTAL HEALTH: Murray Highlights Stories from Washington State, Discusses Priorities for Strengthening Mental Health Care System

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America. In her remarks, Murray highlighted examples from Washington state that show how comprehensive mental health care can truly improve lives. Murray also outlined challenges in the mental health care system, and discussed some of her priorities for addr… Continue Reading

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