Ranking Member's Press


Senator Murray Calls on Andrew Puzder to Release Three Years of Tax Returns, Complete Committee Paperwork

Today in a new letter Murray calls on Puzder, nominee for Secretary of Labor, to provide three years of tax returns to fully understand his past investments and financial transactions With his committee hearing days away, absence of any of the required paperwork from Puzder has raised serious questions Murray to Puzder: "While press has reported that you find the paperwork involved in the nomination process to be burdensome, I hope you will not allow that to interfere with our efforts t… Continue Reading


Murray: Trump Administration Silence on Active Campus Sexual Assault Cases “Speaks Volumes”

Murray: "To be very clear, the Trump Administration is taking office with absolutely zero credibility on the issue of sexual assault" Murray urges Trump Administration to resume weekly public updates on active investigations into mishandled sexual assault cases on campus Comes after Trump pick for Education Secretary failed to commit to upholding key Department of Education guidance on campus sexual assault cases WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, top Democrat on th… Continue Reading


Following 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Women’s Marches Across Country, Senator Murray and Democrats Vow to Defend Women’s Constitutionally Protected Rights and Health Care

Today, Senator Murray and Senate Democrats went to the Senate floor to "stand up and be a voice for women" everywhere against President Trump's extreme agenda After 44 years of protection under Roe v. Wade, Senator Murray says women's constitutionally protected rights and health care are more at risk than ever-LINK Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order limiting access to safe abortion-and other family planning services-on women worldwide by reinstituting the "global gag ru… Continue Reading


Following Additional Concerns on Congressman Price’s Financial Transactions, Senate Democrats Call For SEC Investigation Into Potential Violations of STOCK Act and Insider Trading Laws

Congressman Price, nominee for Secretary of HHS, raised further concerns about his financial transactions at last week's Senate HELP Committee hearing-LINK In new letter, Senator HELP Democrats call on SEC for formal investigation Today's letter follows several requests made by Democrats and government watchdog organizations for the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate potential violations-LINK Senate HELP Committee Dems: "The American people deserve a Secretary of Healt… Continue Reading


Murray Statement on Collins-Cassidy Proposal to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

(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 Collins-Cassidy proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "I am glad that some of my Republican colleagues are hearing loud and clear from the overwhelming majority of Americans who do not want to have their lives upended by Republican plans to dismantle our health care system. But I want to be very clear: t… Continue Reading


As Republicans Move Ahead with Dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Murray Questions President-elect Trump’s Pick to Lead U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about Rushing to Leave Millions without Health Care

Senator Murray, top Democrat on Senate health committee, asked Price about ACA repeal, which affects 750,000 people in Washington state alone According to a new CBO report, 18 million Americans will lose health care coverage in first year of repeal, and premiums would go up by as much as 25% in the first year-LINK Murray: "…just days ago, President-elect Trump promised 'insurance for everybody.' But Congressman Price, your own proposals would cause millions of people to lose cove… Continue Reading


EDUCATION: In Confirmation Hearing, Senator Murray Questions President-elect Trump’s Education Secretary Nominee About Privatizing Public Schools, Potential Conflicts of Interest

Murray: "I am absolutely committed to making sure that the federal government is a strong partner to our public schools, school districts, and states" DeVos refused to commit to not cutting money from public education Murray pushed DeVos to support Office of Civil Rights; maintain strong protections for survivors of sexual assault (Washington, D.C.) - Tonight, during a confirmation hearing for President-elect Trump's nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Senator Patty Murray … Continue Reading


SCOTUS: Murray Statement on Case Determining Rights of Students With Disabilities to Receive Meaningful Public Education

Today, the Supreme Court held oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case about the level of educational benefit school districts must provide students with disabilities under IDEA Last year, Murray led a bicameral group of 118 current and former Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in the case--LINK Murray: "I am hopeful that the Court will side with the nearly 6 million students in the United States who receive special education services and preserve … Continue Reading


Scott, Murray, Franken, Wilson, and Courtney Commend OSHA for Efforts to Address Workplace Violence against Healthcare Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN), U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) issued the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new actions to prevent violence against healthcare workers. These actions follow the findings of an April 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the prevalence of workpla… Continue Reading


On Senate Floor, Murray, Senate Dems Demand GOP Drop Efforts to “Rip Apart” Health Care System, Defund Nation’s Largest Women’s Health Care Provider

Senate Democrats took to the Senate floor tonight to speak out against Republican efforts to repeal the ACA without a clear replacement Hospitals and insurers-including state Republican leaders-agree: repeal of the ACA would create chaos-LINK to Politico's "Obamacare repeal's doomsday scenario" story Murray called out Republicans for "doubling down on their shameful and tired obsession" to defund Planned Parenthood as part of their effort to repeal the ACA Murray also shared storie… Continue Reading



Senators make clear in new letter to Speaker Ryan they are prepared to fight back to protect "wellbeing and lives" of millions of women, men, and families nationwide that rely on Planned Parenthood Senators remind Speaker Ryan that President-elect Trump praised Planned Parenthood as doing "very good work for millions of women" and that families "overwhelmingly" support its work (Washington, D.C.) - Following an announcement that House Republicans will attempt to defund Planned Parenthood… Continue Reading


Senator Murray on Meeting with Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder

Senator Murray: "Working families need strong leadership at the Department of Labor and someone who is going to be on their side fighting for them-and not just for those who are already at the top" (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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder. "Working … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Murray, Senate Democrats Slam GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood in Affordable Care Act Repeal

Murray: "We are here with a very clear message: not on our watch" "Women and men nationwide who…stand with Planned Parenthood, I urge you to make your voices heard" (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) held a press conf… Continue Reading


Senator Murray on GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood in Affordable Care Act Repeal

(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 after Republican leadership announced the reconciliation bill dismantling the Affordable Care Act would also include measures to defund Planned Parenthood. "I condemn in the strongest terms Republican attempts to pull the rug out from under millions of women and men nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood as a truste… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Meets with Congressman Tom Price, Discuss Vision for Health Department and “Starkly Different Views” on Health Care Priorities

Senator Murray: "Congressman Price's record of spearheading policies that undermine the health and rights of women, the LGBT community, and other vulnerable populations makes him a deeply troubling choice to lead the Department 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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secret… Continue Reading


Senator Murray Statement on Meeting with Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

Senator Murray: "I continue to have serious concerns about her long record of working to privatize and defund public education, expand taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, and block accountability for charter schools" (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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. … Continue Reading


Senator Murray, Advocates: Workers Deserve All the Facts on Andrew Puzder’s Concerning Record of Squeezing Workers as Fast Food CEO

President-elect Trump continues rigging the system with nominees that would put in place policies that hurt working families Today in a press call Sen. Murray said Andrew Puzder's record of squeezing workers as CEO of CKE Restaurants and his steady opposition to worker protections raise serious questions about his ability to lead the Department of Labor Sen. Murray was joined by representatives from CAP Action, the AFL-CIO, and ROC United Sen. Murray: "By nearly every measure, Andrew… Continue Reading



In new letter, 34 Senate Democrats call on President-elect Trump to implement "historic rule" protecting Title X family planning program Title X family planning centers provide millions of women-and men-basic primary, preventive, and reproductive health care and services Senators cite "great concern" regarding the protection of Title X and women's health care and rights under the incoming Administration and Congress, especially with the selection of Rep. Tom Price to serve as Secretary o… Continue Reading


Murray Calls on President-elect Trump to Continue Work to Ensure Full Refunds For All Students Scammed By Fraudulent Colleges

This week, President-elect Trump entered into a settlement agreement with students who were misled through false and deceptive marketing tactics to attend Trump "University"-LINK These students, and far too many students in higher education across the country, have been left with thousands of dollars of debt and often no usable degree Today, in a new letter, Murray is calling on President-elect Trump to support and prioritize the Department of Education's "borrower defense" rule Pus… Continue Reading


U.S. Department of Education Moves Quickly to Implement Sen. Murray’s Recommendation to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students Impacted by Closed Schools

Back in October, Murray identified a provision in the Higher Education Act giving the Department existing legal authority to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students impacted by the closures of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools The Department agreed with Murray's recommendation and began working to restore eligibility to students-LINK *Today the Department announced the process to help ensure full restoration of Pell Grant eligibility to all eligible students now… Continue Reading

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