Ranking Member's Press

06.17.15

Murray: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Higher Ed Accreditation, Help Ensure Colleges Provide a Quality Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a Committee hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Evaluating Accreditation's Role in Ensuring Quality. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted the need to strengthen the role that accreditation plays in making sure colleges and universities are providing a quality education. The need to improve this quality assurance in higher educat… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Series of Bipartisan Hearings on Ways to Improve Health Information Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced today's hearing would mark the start of a series of bipartisan hearings on possible solutions to achieve the promise of health IT. The senators announced that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) will chair, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will serve as ranking member, for the committee's next hearing in the series, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will chair a sub… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Murray: Efficient, Secure Information Sharing is Critical to Improving Quality and Value of Care for Patients

(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 Health Information Exchange: A Path Towards Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care for Patients. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted how effective health information technology has improved the quality of care in Washington state and across the country. She also discussed ways to build on recent progress in… Continue Reading


06.09.15

AFFORDABILITY IS ACCESS: Murray Announces New Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Murray's new legislation would build on contraceptive coverage access in Affordable Care Act, make sure insurance companies cover over-the-counter daily birth control pills without a prescription (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced the Affordability is Access Act, a new bill that would build on contraception coverage access in the Affordable Care Act by ensuring that when … Continue Reading


06.09.15

Murray Presses Scope Manufacturer Linked to Superbug Outbreak at Virginia Mason For Answers, Accountability

Murray indicates "growing concern" in letters to manufacturers of medical scopes linked to antibiotic resistant infections across the country (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) wrote a letter to Karl Watanabe, President of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, raising questions about the company's actions to protect patients treated with Olympus duodenoscopes, which are medical devices linked to an outb… Continue Reading


06.08.15

Murray Statement on Department of Education Action to Aid Students Impacted By Corinthian Colleges Closure

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education announcing critical debt relief for students impacted by the closure and bankruptcy of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. After documented findings of harmful and deceptive practices, such as misrepresenting job placement rates, the company announced in April that it would close its campuses, affecting more than … Continue Reading


06.04.15

Bipartisan Group Urges Education Department to Simplify Financial Aid Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), along with U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), led a bipartisan group of 53 Members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to use his authority to allow the use of data from the sec… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Murray: Skyrocketing College Costs Create “Insurmountable Roadblocks” for Too Many Students

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Ensuring College Affordability. In her opening remarks, Murray highlighted how the high costs of college create challenges for students wanting to advance their education and gain a foothold into the middle class. Murray outlined ways to help bring down the costs of higher education, includi… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Murray, DeLauro Introduce Children’s Recovery from Trauma Act

Legislation would help support children and families affected by trauma (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Children's Recovery from Trauma Act, legislation that would help ensure our nation's health care system is better prepared to provide support to children and families following traumatic events. This bill would reauthorize and strengthen the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI), a national network of ch… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Murray Statement on Implementation of Fair Pay Executive Order to Protect Worker Rights

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Department of Labor's release of guidance on implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. "We should be doing everything we can to ensure workers are safe and treated fairly on the job, so I'm pleased that the administration is moving forward with guidance to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive O… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Murray Applauds New Investment in Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease 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, issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s announcement of an innovative new partnership to combat heart disease and improve heart health in Washington state. "I'm proud that Washington state is leading the way in health care innovation that helps families get the high quality care they need, and t… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Murray, Small Business Owners Discuss How the Raise the Wage Act Would Boost Local Economies, Increase Productivity

Murray: "Our economy should work for all families and small business owners…Raising the minimum wage is an important part of that work." Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) joined a call with small business owners across the country to discuss the Raise the Wage Act, Murray's legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. On the call, Murray outlined how the Raise the Wage Act wou… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Murray to Dept. of Education: One Servicemember Wronged on Student Loans is One Too Many

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the Department of Education's analysis of recent violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. "If one servicemember is cheated on their student loans while risking everything for their country, that is one too many. I've been deeply disappointed with the Depa… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Murray: Accountability is Key for Protecting Taxpayer Dollars and Helping Students Succeed in Higher Ed

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a Committee hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Institutional Risk-sharing. In her opening statement, Murray noted the importance of holding colleges and universities accountable for the investments these institutions receive from students and taxpayers. As Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Murray said sh… Continue Reading


05.19.15

EARLY LEARNING: Murray Introduces Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Murray introduces legislation to expand access to preschool and improve early learning opportunities (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act, legislation that would expand quality preschool programs. The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opport… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Murray: Stronger Protections Needed to Eliminate Workplace Discrimination

Murray: "Freedom from discrimination is a requirement for making sure all Americans have the opportunity to work hard and succeed." (Washington, D.C) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a Committee hearing on oversight of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In her opening statement, Murray called for Congress to give the EEOC the resources it needs to fight discrimination in the workplace… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Murray Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Head Start

(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 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Head Start. "For fifty years, Head Start has helped young learners build their skills so they have the opportunity to learn, thrive, and succeed. By working closely with families and communities, Head Start also demonstrates the value of strong partnerships in extending more educational … Continue Reading


05.13.15

Murray to GOP: Extreme, Unconstitutional Restriction on Women’s Reproductive Rights Is Going Nowhere

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on House passage of legislation that would severely restrict a woman's constitutionally protected access to reproductive care. "Today's vote is more of the same from Republicans who would rather play politics with women's health than tackle the serious challenges our country faces. Women have been very clear that when it comes to their m… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Murray, Israel Introduce Bill to Ban Credit Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

The Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity when applying for credit (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act (FDCA) of 2015, which would amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. There is currently no federal law that… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Murray Statement on Updated FDA Guidance on Blood Donation for Gay 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 updated recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding gay men and blood donation. "The guidance released today was a step in the right direction, and I am pleased the FDA is moving forward to revise the lifetime ban on blood donations. However, I am disappointed that this guidance does not go far enough and … Continue Reading

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