Ranking Member's Press


Murray: Trump Administration’s Commitment Not to Spike Premiums “For Now” Isn’t Enough

As Trump Administration temporarily backs down from threats to sabotage the health care system by ending cost-sharing, Murray calls for full certainty for patients and families (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on an announcement from the Trump Administration that it plans to continue cost-sharing subsidies that help families save on health care for… Continue Reading


Murray Raises Concerns about Acosta’s Ability to Stand Up for Workers and Remain Independent as Secretary of Labor

In nomination hearing, Acosta said he will not stand up to Trump - LINK Murray urged colleagues to vote against a nominee who refused to commit to standing up to Trump Administration's anti-worker policies Murray: "We need a Secretary of Labor who will prioritize workers and the mission of the Department of Labor over special interests and political pressure" (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) C… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren, Scott, Bonamici Urge Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

More than 130 Members of Congress urge Secretary DeVos to reverse her decision to scrap Obama-era student loan servicing reforms On April 4, Secretary DeVos rescinded policy memos that included consumer protections for borrowers "Your decision to rescind these memos… will put millions of borrowers and taxpayers at risk" - LINK (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), more th… Continue Reading


Murray, Sanders Announce Legislation to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Sen. Murray: "It's the right thing to do" for working parents, women, and local economies VIDEO of Sen. Murray's remarks here Washington, DC - Addressing hundreds of low-wage workers outside the Capitol, Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. "I'm so proud of the strong steps taken in our state to make sure that full-time work doesn't leave people in our communities living in poverty," Senator Mur… Continue Reading


Following Widespread Anti-LGBTQ Push Under President Trump, Sens. Murray, Booker Renew Efforts to End Dangerous, Fraudulent “Conversion Therapy”

Senators reintroduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act to empower the FTC to crack down on so-called "conversion therapy" Senators are redoubling efforts following anti-LGBTQ policies, hires made by the Trump Administration "Conversion therapy" advocates "heartened" by Trump Presidency -LINK ICYMI-LGBTQ advocates deeply alarmed by VP Pence's support of conversion therapy in GOP platform-LINK Senators have repeatedly called on the FTC to use its broad authority to stop this ha… Continue Reading


Murray: Committee Vote on Gottlieb Should Be Delayed Unless Senators’ Outstanding Questions Are Answered

More than two weeks after senators submitted questions for the record following Dr. Scott Gottlieb's nomination hearing, HELP Committee has yet to receive any response WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement urging President Trump's FDA Nominee, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, to provide answers to follow-up questions Senators submitted following his nomination hearing… Continue Reading


Senate, House Health Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of FDA User Fees Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, April 14 - The leaders of the Senate and House health committees today released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration user fee agreements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 renews FDA's authority to collect user fees from the makers of prescription brand drugs, medical devices, generic drugs and biosimilars, and several vital programs at the FDA. The 2012 prescription drug user fee amendments (… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on President Trump’s Reckless Threat to Withhold Payments to Insurers

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's comments seeking to undermine and damage our health care system by withholding payments to insurers: "Last night's threatening comments by President Trump make it alarmingly clear that he is still considering ripping our health care system apart just to score political points, regardless of the devastation it will cause for millions of Americans. … Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Decision to Scrap Student Loan Service Reforms

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Secretary of Education's decision to halt Obama-era reforms that included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "I am very disappointed to see President Trump and Secretary DeVos continue to put the financial interests of student loan companies ahead of bo… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Demand Fair and Consistent Treatment of Student Loan Borrowers in Public Service

Senators: "Our nation's student loan borrowers who uphold their commitments expect the federal government to do the same." Recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Education suggest some borrowers can't rely on their prior notices about debt relief - LINK (Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), 36 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing concern over … Continue Reading


Murray Questions President Trump’s Nominee to Lead FDA About Potential Conflicts of Interest, Commitment to Providing Independent Leadership

Murray, top Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee, today pressed Dr. Scott Gottlieb about his "unprecedented financial entanglements" Murray at today's hearing: I am concerned about "how you can provide the strong, independent, and science-based leadership that families in my state and across the country rightly expect" Dr. Gottlieb also faced questions about his record on women's health issues, protecting kids from tobacco products, and past troubling statements made on FDA's core miss… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Trump Administration’s Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule

(Washington, DC) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's delay of the conflict of interest rule: "I am deeply disappointed the Trump Administration has decided to double down on their efforts to interfere with vital protections that ensure financial advisers put their clients' best interests ahead of their own," said Senator Murray. "I would also note… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Department of Education Retreating from Crackdown on Student Debt Collectors

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the statement below following reports that the U.S. Department of Education has decided to reconsider a February 2015 decision to end contracts of four companies that collect student loans on behalf of the federal government, and could potentially award new business to the collectors. The companies' contracts were scheduled to wind down after the Depart… Continue Reading


Following New Reports of Drug-Resistant Outbreak, Sen. Murray Calls on Olympus to Verify Medical Scopes are Safe for Use in U.S.

Murray "alarmed" Olympus duodenoscopes have once again been linked to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infections In new letter, Murray presses Olympus for confirmation that "repaired" duodenoscopes are safe for use Back in 2015, Olympus duodenoscopes were linked to tragic infections at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle Murray investigation led to FDA recall and legislation Murray: Following the tragic impacts these outbreaks have had on patients and families in Washingto… Continue Reading


Murray, Stakeholders Meet to Discuss User Fee Reauthorization, Ensure FDA Maintains “High Bar of Safety and Effectiveness” for Patients

Murray: "Moving forward with these agreements is absolutely necessary if Congress wants to advance safe, effective, and innovative medical products for patients and families across the country" During a hearing on the user fee agreements, Murray warned of efforts by the Trump Administration to "undermine" and "alter" these agreements Murray called the hearing an "important opportunity" to highlight the need for action on prescription drug prices Murray also called for additional st… Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro Mark Equal Pay Day, Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

Equal Pay Day marks the amount of time women have to work to catch up to what men earned in 2016 Murray: "This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I'm proud to join my colleagues to keep up the fight to ensure that all the hardworking women across this country are getting paid what they've earned." DeLauro: "Women and men in the same job should have the same pay, and the Paycheck Fairness Act is a strong step forward in ensuring that we close the wage gap once and for all." (Washin… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Pell Grant Eligibility Restoration

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the announcement from the U.S. Department of Education that they will begin restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended now-closed schools. "I am pleased that the Department of Education is taking this step that I pushed for and finally restoring Pell Grants for students previously enrolled in dishonest, fail… Continue Reading


Murray, Warren Question Department of Education Official’s Ties, Conflicts of Interest with For-Profit College Chain

Robert Eitel is a senior advisor to Secretary DeVos and still employed at for-profit college, Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Murray: "The Department's policies related to higher education… directly and substantially impact Bridgepoint, raising questions about how Mr. Eitel has addressed conflicts of interest between his employment at Bridgepoint and work at the Department" Warren: "My concerns about Mr. Eitel's arrangement have been exacerbated by one of [Secretary DeVos's] first maj… Continue Reading


Murray Slams GOP Vote to Thwart Retirement Programs as “Indefensible,” Urges GOP to “Reverse Course”

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on today's vote by Senate Republicans to thwart cities from expanding retirement savings programs for over 2 million workers, including workers in Seattle, Washington: "Today's action by Republicans to deny over two million workers the opportunity to save for retirement is indefensible," said Senator Murray. "Once again, President… Continue Reading


Murray To Vote Against Second Trump Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Murray: "Workers made clear that they want a true champion as Secretary of Labor, who will stand up for their rights, wages, and wellbeing" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor. Acosta was nominated following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump's initial nominee for the Department. "Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw from consideration was a victory for women… Continue Reading

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