Ranking Member's Press

10.23.15

Murray Statement on House Passage of Harmful Bill to Undermine Families’ Health Care

Murray on House reconciliation bill: it is time for Republicans to drop the partisan attacks (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on House passage of harmful reconciliation legislation that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and undermine health care for women and families across the country. "After pushing our country right to the brink of a go… Continue Reading


10.23.15

GAO Report: More to Be Done to Improve Inclusion of Women in NIH Clinical Research

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Lois Capps (D-CA), released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluating the inclusion of women in clinical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The report shows that while the NIH has made progress in incl… Continue Reading


10.22.15

CHILD CARE: Murray Outlines Principles for Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

Murray: "It's about time that Congress takes notice of this issue that is straining so many family budgets across our country" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined advocates, parents and workers across the country on a "Call to Action" on the need for affordable, accessible, and high-quality child care in America. On a call hosted by the Service Employees International Union (SE… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Murray: Update to Joint-Employer Standard Will Help Protect Workers’ Basic Rights

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board's joint-employer decision. In her remarks, Murray explained that while the labor market has changed over the past 30 years, it shouldn't be the end of basic worker protections or the ability to earn a living wage. Murray highlighted that too often, when workers want to exercise their basic rights to impr… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senator Patty Murray’s Statement on Secretary Arne Duncan’s Decision to Step Down from the Department of Education

(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 Secretary Arne Duncan's decision to leave his post at the U.S. Department of Education. "Anyone who has spent any time with Secretary Duncan knows he is passionate about giving every student in America the chance to excel in the classroom, build their skills, and set out on a path toward the American Dream. From underst… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senate Democrats Question Republican Leaders on Political Nature of GOP Planned Parenthood Oversight

fFollowing widely criticized House oversight hearing on Planned Parenthood, Senate Democrats express concern over political theater and disrespect in letter to Republican Leadership (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and 20 Senate Democrats wrote a letter to Republican leaders expressing concern about the political theater and disrespect demonstrated by House Republicans in the recent Hou… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Murray Outlines Ways to Continue to Improve Care for Patients Through Health Information Technology

Murray highlights Washington state's efforts to ensure patients get critical preventive care using electronic health records (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee hearing on Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology. In her remarks, Murray discussed how a strong health IT infrastructure is a critical part of building a health care system that works for pa… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Murray Statement on Senate Failing to Extend Perkins Loan Program Hours Before it Expires

Perkins Loan Program helped 15,000 Washington state students last school year (Washington, D.C.) - Hours before the Perkins Loan Program is set to expire, 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 Senate's failure to move forward on a bipartisan one-year extension of the program. A bill to extend the program, which provides low-interest loans to help students with financial ne… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Murray Introduces Legislation to Protect Women’s Retirement Security

The Women's Pension Protection Act would address challenges women face in accessing retirement security (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced new legislation to address the challenges women face in accessing retirement security to ensure women can better prepare for retirement. The Women's Pension Protection Act of 2015 would strengthen consumer protections to safeguard retirement savings, improv… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Murray on Bipartisan HELP Committee Legislation to Improve Health of Families and Communities

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Executive Session, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) submitted remarks on several bipartisan bills to improve the health and wellbeing of families and communities. The Protecting Our Infants Act, the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act, and the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act all passed the Committee by voice vote. Senator Murray's opening statement as sub… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Murray: Don’t Leave Students in the Lurch, Pass Perkins Loan Extension

Murray: "There is no reason to block this bipartisan legislation that would give students some certainty for next year." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor, urging her colleagues to pass a one year extension of the Perkins Loan Program before it expires this week. In her remarks, Murray explained that as Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, there i… Continue Reading


09.29.15

RETIREMENT: New GAO Report Highlights Need to Expand Access to Workplace Retirement Plans

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting that nearly half of private sector workers do not have a retirement plan through their employer, primarily because they lack access. The report found that a majority of those who lack access to plans are workers who are lower income, work part- time, and work for firms with 50 or fewer employer… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Murray to Republicans: “Attacking Women’s Health Doesn’t Keep the Government Open”

Murray calls on Republican leaders to drop partisan votes, work with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown (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 ahead of a partisan, Senate Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood and cut off access to critical health care services. In her remarks, Murray discussed how Republicans are once again using a lo… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Murray, Scott Introduce WAGE Act to Strengthen Protections for Workers

Legislation would help ensure workers can advocate for higher wages and improve workplace conditions without unlawful interference from employers (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions. The WAGE Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to help ensur… Continue Reading


09.16.15

HIGHER ED: New GAO Report Highlights Importance of Income-Driven Repayment Plans to Reduce Student Debt Burden

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that highlights the importance of borrower relief options for those struggling to pay down their student loans. The report found that participants in income-driven repayment plans are overwhelmingly low-income, and borrowers using these plans are much less likely to default. The report also make… Continue Reading


09.14.15

Murray Statement on Administration Plan to Simplify the Financial Aid Process

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Obama Administration's action to allow students and families to apply for financial aid earlier and use tax information from the previous year to finalize Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) forms. "Today's announcement is great news for students and will help increase access to higher education, so more students can g… Continue Reading


09.13.15

Murray Statement on 21st Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Today Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 21st anniversary of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). "For decades, the Violence Against Women Act has helped women and families escape violence and abuse, and hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable. I'm especially proud that today-due to the work of the countless strong women who ca… Continue Reading


09.07.15

Murray Applauds Administration Action to Offer More Workers Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama's Executive Order requiring federal contractors to offer their workers up to seven days of paid sick leave annually. "I strongly support this Executive Order to expand access to paid sick days so the employees of federal contractors can take care of themselves and their families when they are sick. Access to pa… Continue Reading


08.30.15

Murray Commemorates 125th Anniversary of 1890 Law Establishing Land-Grant HBCUs

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement recognizing the 125th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which led to the creation of 19 Historically Black Federal land-grant educational institutions. "The signing of the Second Morrill Act in 1890 paved the way for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to become centers of opportunity, innovation, and academic achie… Continue Reading


08.27.15

Murray Statement on NLRB’s Decision in Browning-Ferris Industries

(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 National Labor Relations Board's decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries. "The labor market has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, but that shouldn't be the end of basic worker protections or earning a living wage. I applaud the Board for carrying out its mission to adapt the NLRA to changing patterns … Continue Reading

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