Ranking Member's Press

01.05.16

Democrats File Bicameral Amicus Brief Standing Up for Women’s Access to Constitutionally Protected Health Care

A total of 163 members of the Senate and House urge the Supreme Court to uphold women's constitutionally protected reproductive freedom in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Marc Veasey (D-TX) led a group of 155 Democrats and 2 Independents in filing an amicus brief in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, which is … Continue Reading


12.30.15

SCOPES: Murray Statement on Draft FDA Guidance Regarding Emerging Postmarket Device Signals

FDA announcement follows Murray's call for full FDA review of scopes linked to deadly infections in Washington state (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on draft guidance from the FDA regarding emerging postmarket device signals, which could help raise awareness among doctors and patients about potential safety risks associated with medical devices. "… Continue Reading


12.21.15

Murray Statement on Finalized FDA Guidance on Blood Donation for Gay and Bisexual Men

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the finalized guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding gay men and blood donation. "Lifting the lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men is a long overdue step in the right direction, and I am also pleased the FDA has updated its policy regarding blood donation by transgender Americans," said Senator Murray. … Continue Reading


12.10.15

President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statements after President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: "Today we begin a… Continue Reading


12.09.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray’s Bipartisan Legislation Includes Key Support for Students Learning English

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to rewrite No Child Left Behind. The legislation, which now moves to the President's desk for approval, includes important protections to help students who are learning English succeed. "Students learning English need access to effective educational programs so they can succeed in the classroom and graduate college and ca… Continue Reading


12.09.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray’s Bipartisan Legislation Includes Key Provisions to Help Students Struggling with Homelessness

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to rewrite No Child Left Behind. The legislation, which now moves to the President's desk for approval, includes key provisions to improve educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. "Students struggling with homelessness face incredible barriers to enroll, attend, and succeed in school. Given the challe… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12

Overwhelming bipartisan support in Senate and House sends legislation to president's desk * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, the Every Student Succeeds Act to fix No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), heads to the president's desk. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week, 359-64. Alexander said: "The huge bipartisan vote in both the … Continue Reading


12.08.15

PRE-K: Murray: Every Student Succeeds Act Will Improve and Expand Access to Early Learning Programs

PRE-K: Murray: Every Student Succeeds Act Will Improve and Expand Access to Early Learning Programs ESSA makes key investments to help students start school on strong footing Murray: With ESSA, "we have a chance to make one of the smartest investments we can make in our nation's youngest learners." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on the Senate floor on provisio… Continue Reading


12.08.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray: “Milestone” Legislation Will Deliver More Opportunity for Students

Murray delivers remarks as Senate considers legislation to fix No Child Left Behind. Murray: "We have the chance to send the Every Student Succeeds Act to the President's desk to help ensure all kids have access to a quality education, regardless of where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on th… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Murray: Opioid Epidemic is a “Challenge That Cannot Go Unmet”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a hearing on Opioid Abuse in America: Facing the Epidemic and Examining Solutions. In her remarks, Murray explained that far too many families in Washington state and across the country are struggling because of the epidemic of opioid addiction, and that more work must be done to improve prevention and treatment. Murray outlined some of her priorities… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Widespread Support for Every Student Succeeds Act

"Enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act is critical for our nation's students," "Reflects a spirit of compromise," "A victory for kids and parents" (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation from Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to fix the broken No Child Left Behind law. Since the final proposal was released on Monday, the legislation has received widespread support from advocates. Read Murray's statement… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Alexander, Murray: Full Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Following House passage yesterday by a vote of 359-64, the Every Student Succeeds Act is ready for Senate action next week * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the Senate would take up the bipartisan, bicameral agreement to fix No Child Left Behind next week, said they look forward to a successful vote in the Senate, fol… Continue Reading


12.02.15

No Child Left Behind: Murray Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Fix Broken Law

Murray: "Today marks another positive step to finally fixing the badly broken No Child Left Behind law for students, parents, teachers, and communities in Washington state and across the country." House overwhelmingly passes legislation 359-64 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee praised the House of Representatives for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bipartisan legislation… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Murray on Latest GOP Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood: “Women Have Had Enough”

Murray on Latest GOP Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood: "Women Have Had Enough" Murray: "I've heard from so many women and men who are tired of women's health being undermined, threatened, and used as a political football here in Washington, D.C." Murray introduces amendment to support, strengthen women's health care (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on … Continue Reading


12.01.15

Murray: “Republican Efforts to Undermine Families’ Health Care Are Nothing but a Dead End”

Murray: "This legislation has no chance of becoming law" Murray calls on Republicans to stop political pandering and work with Democrats on policies to help families (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on the Senate floor as debate began on extreme Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. In her remarks, Murray … Continue Reading


11.30.15

House, Senate Education Committees Release Final Proposal to Replace NCLB

WASHINGTON - Today bipartisan leaders on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released the final legislative text for improving K-12 education and replacing No Child Left Behind. The final bill is being released after legislative proposals passed separately by the House and Senate in July and embodies the reforms agreed to by members serving on a joint conference committee earlier this month. The House-Senate confer… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Murray Leads Bicameral Letter Urging Guidance on Innovations to Help Workers Retain Retirement Savings Between Jobs

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee led a bicameral group of Congressional Members in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to encourage the Employee Benefits Security Administration to issue guidance on innovations to help workers retain retirement savings between jobs. When workers change jobs, many choose to cash out their retirement savings and start over with a new savings… Continue Reading


11.19.15

House-Senate Conference Committee Approves Framework to Improve K-12 Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177). "No Child Left Behind has been failing students, parents, teachers, and state and local education leaders for far too long, and today we took an important step in replacing this flawed … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Murray: Conference Committee “Another Step Closer” to Fixing Broken No Child Left Behind

Murray delivers remarks as House, Senate meet to fix No Child Left Behind Murray: "There is one thing everyone in this room agrees on: No Child Left Behind is broken, and it's long past time to fix it" (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks at a joint House and Senate conference committee meeting to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In her remarks, … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Murray Statements at Bipartisan HELP Committee Executive Session

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) submitted remarks for the record at an Executive Session to consider bipartisan legislation and nominations. At the markup, the Committee moved forward with the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2015, as well as nominations for Victoria Lipnic to be a Memb… Continue Reading

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