Ranking Member's Press

02.09.16

HIGHER ED: Murray Pushes for FAFSA Simplification for Students Struggling with Homelessness

Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique challenges in completing the FAFSA form to qualify for financial aid (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged Acting Secretary of Education John King to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for young people who experience homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, also known as unaccompanied … Continue Reading


02.09.16

SCOPES: Senate HELP Committee Passes Murray Bill to Improve Medical Device Safety for Patients

Passed the Committee with unanimous bipartisan support Legislation introduced last week follows yearlong investigation into contaminated medical devices linked to outbreaks in Washington state and nationwide (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded unanimous HELP Committee passage of her bill to provide additional tools to review and ensure the safety of medical devices known as duodenoscopes. … Continue Reading


02.09.16

PRE-K: Murray Applauds Early Childhood Education Investments in President Obama’s Budget Proposal

(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 early childhood education components of President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "Early childhood education is one of the smartest investments we can make as a nation to help kids succeed in the classroom and beyond. In the Every Student Succeeds Act, I fought hard to include dedicated funding to support early lear… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Statement on Administration Proposals to Expand, Strengthen Treatment for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

(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 investments in tackling mental illness and substance abuse that were included in President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "I've heard far too many stories about neighbors, friends, and loved ones who struggled with mental illness and substance use and didn't get the help they needed. We can and must do better. I'm … Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Applauds Bipartisan Work in Committee Markup, Continues Call for Investment In Lifesaving Medical Research

Murray: "As I've made clear-the path to a bipartisan deal on medical innovation must include mandatory investments in the NIH and the FDA, and must uphold the gold standard of FDA approval." Bills in the markup address preventing superbug infections linked to scopes, improving our nation's health IT infrastructure (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee markup of se… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Murray Statement on President Obama’s Budget Proposals to Invest in Lifesaving Medical Research

(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 investments in cancer research and NIH mandatory funding included in President Barack Obama's FY17 budget proposal. "When I talk to researchers and experts in my home state, they make clear that we are on the cusp of real breakthroughs in how we treat patients suffering from some of our most difficult to tackle illnesses,… Continue Reading


02.05.16

Murray Statement on 23rd Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act

Murray vows to continue fighting to strengthen family leave policies (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 to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). President Clinton signed FMLA into law on February 5, 1993, allowing workers to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or a sick family member without the fear of losi… Continue Reading


02.04.16

SCOPES: Murray Introduces Bill to Improve Medical Device Safety for Patients

Legislation follows yearlong investigation into contaminated medical devices linked to outbreaks in Washington state and nationwide Gives FDA authority to withhold approval of a device that lacks sufficient cleaning instructions, and will clarify clearance requirements for modified devices Murray will continue pushing for more protections: "I'm committed to continued work to improve our medical device monitoring system and protect patients and families in Washington state and across the … Continue Reading


02.02.16

Murray Statement on Obama Administration Proposals to Combat Opioid Abuse

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, 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 President's announcement of budget proposals to tackle prescription drug abuse and heroin use. "For far too long, prescription drug abuse and heroin use has hurt communities, ruined lives, and torn families apart-and the problem is only getting worse. I'm pleased that the Administration has laid out budget p… Continue Reading


01.28.16

GENERIC DRUG ACCESS: Murray Calls for Improved Patient Access to Affordable Treatments

Continues push for sustained investment in FDA and NIH to help patients get safe, effective treatments and drive innovation (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs. Senator Murray emphasized the importance of helping patients get safe, affordable, high-quality treatments. Senator Murray stressed the need for bipartisa… Continue Reading


01.26.16

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY: Murray Launches New Tool to Hear Stories from Students, Families on Higher Education Costs, Student Debt

Murray wants to make sure students, families voices are heard as she fights to make college more affordable and help students graduate from college without crushing student debt Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, launched a new tool, on her website to hear from students and families on the critical importance of making college more affordable. The tool will enable people across the country to share their… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Murray on Roe v. Wade Anniversary: “We Won’t Go Back”

Murray highlights Republican attempts to roll back women's constitutionally protected health care rights Murray: "We're not going back to the days when, because women had less control over their own bodies, they had less equality and less opportunity" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriation… Continue Reading


01.20.16

MENTAL HEALTH: Murray Highlights Stories from Washington State, Discusses Priorities for Strengthening Mental Health Care System

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America. In her remarks, Murray highlighted examples from Washington state that show how comprehensive mental health care can truly improve lives. Murray also outlined challenges in the mental health care system, and discussed some of her priorities for addr… Continue Reading


01.15.16

SCOPES: Following Murray Investigation, Olympus Recalls Medical Scopes Linked to Drug-Resistant Infections, FDA Clears Redesigned Device for Use

Announcement follows Murray's call for full review of scopes linked to infections in Washington state and nationwide (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's marketing clearance of a newly redesigned duodenoscope that will improve patient safety. The manufacturer of the device, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, is voluntarily recalling… Continue Reading


01.13.16

SCOPES: Murray Releases New Report Following Yearlong Investigation of Outbreaks in Washington State and Nationwide

Murray calls for policy changes to improve medical device monitoring and protect patients Investigation outlines failures that led to infections in Washington state and around the country Murray: I am going to keep fighting to protect patients *Read the full report* (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released a new report: "Preventable Tragedies: Superbugs and How Ineffective Monitoring of … Continue Reading


01.12.16

With Murray’s Support, HELP Committee Approves Nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be FDA Commissioner

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ahead of the vote, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks expressing her support for Califf's nomination, highlighting his history of leadership, record of advancing medical breakthroughs, and commitment to academic transparency and a strong, independent FDA. Murray also discussed cha… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Murray Statement on the House Passage of GOP Legislation to Undermine Families’ 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 released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. Republicans in the Senate previously passed the legislation, which President Obama will veto. "Over the last few years, we've made real progress toward building a health care system that works … Continue Reading


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

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