Ranking Member's Press

03.08.16

Murray Highlights Progress That is Needed in Education, Worker Protections, Immigration Reform, Supreme Court for Latino Community

Senators Murray and Alexander were honored at the 29th Annual National Council of La Raza Capital Awards for their bipartisan work to fix the broken No Child Left Behind law In her acceptance remarks, Murray called for progress on higher education access, worker protections, immigration reform, and for the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's executive action on DAPA and DACA (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, L… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Alexander, Murray, Cassidy, Murphy Introduce Plan to Address Mental Health Crisis in America

Senate health committee members release staff discussion draft to help Americans suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders by ensuring mental health agency embraces innovation, gives states flexibility to meet need, and improves access to care WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7 - A bipartisan group of Senate health committee members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member, today announced their plan to address the country's mental health crisis and ensure Americans suffering from … Continue Reading


03.07.16

At Murray’s Urging, Department of Education to Refund Military Borrowers on Overcharges

Murray: "This is a step in the right direction…I will continue to hold the Department accountable for protecting military borrowers." (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 after the Department of Education announced that it would refund money to all military borrowers who were charged more than six percent interest on their federal student loans b… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal, Durbin Demand Help for Military Borrowers Who Were Overcharged on Student Loans

The senators' letter follows an Inspector General report showing the Department of Education released statistically flawed information, papering over mistreatment of military borrowers Years after errors surfaced, many servicemembers have not been refunded the money they were overcharged (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Restore Medical Research Funding

HELP Committee Democrats Call On Republicans to Commit to Reliable Investments in Lifesaving Biomedical Science at NIH, FDA Fact Sheet Bill Text Washington, DC - United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the National Biomedical Research Act with all of their Democratic colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. This bill would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliab… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Murray Statement Following Oral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after hearing oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more than two decades. "Today, I left the Supreme Court inspired by the thoughtful questions many of the Justices asked and by the thousands of women and men r… Continue Reading


03.02.16

WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH: Murray Rallies for Women’s Constitutionally Protected Health Care Rights

Murray: "Politicians have no business interfering in a woman's most personal health care decisions." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks outside the Supreme Court before listening to the oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more than two decades. Murray was j… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Murray Calls on Congress to Seize Bipartisan Opportunity, Continue Working to Tackle Opioid and Mental Health Challenges

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Murray emphasized the importance of including emergency funding in this legislation to help tackle the opioid epidemic as quickly as possible, and also highlighted ongoing, bipartisan efforts in the HELP Committee to build on CARA with … Continue Reading


03.01.16

WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH: Ahead of Oral Arguments, Murray Calls on Extreme Conservatives to #StopTheSham

Murray: "I hope they'll rule in favor of ensuring women's health and rights continue to progress-rather than going backward." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor ahead of tomorrow's Supreme Court oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the first major Supreme Court case involving restrictions on women's access to abortion in more th… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal Respond to Oversight Report on Education Department’s Student Loan Servicers’ Compliance Review

The Senators raised concerns with the Department's initial review in August (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) responded to the report from the Education Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG), examining the Department's review of student loan servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Sens. Murray, Franken, Warren Lead Fight to Extend Overtime Pay to Millions of American Workers

In Letter to Labor Secretary, Senators Call on Agency to Move Quickly on Increasing Overtime Pay Protections for More than 5 Million Americans (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led the charge to extend overtime pay to millions of Americans who are working long hours without fair pay. Last year, the Department of Labor proposed an expansion to overtime pay protections that could benefit five million American… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murray Calls for Strong Leadership at the Department of Education, Urges Confirmation of Dr. John King

(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 the nomination hearing of Dr. John King to serve as Secretary of Education. In her remarks, Murray highlighted the significant challenges and opportunities students face today. In particular, Murray stressed the need for strong leadership at the Department as schools, districts, and states transition from the broken No Child… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Murray Calls on Extreme Conservatives to #StopTheSham Ahead of Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Murray: "A right means nothing without the ability to exercise that right." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor in anticipation of next week's oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court. The case is a challenge to a harmful Texas anti-abortion law that undercuts women's access to the … Continue Reading


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

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