Ranking Member's Press


Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Health Care Public Option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with 22 of their colleagues, introduced a Senate resolution calling for a public option in the health insurance market. "The Affordable Care Act has already expanded health coverage to millions who were previously uninsured and given countless Americans greater peace of mind. We should build on this success by driving competit… Continue Reading


As Puerto Rico Works to Develop New Fiscal Plan, Murray Warns Against Efforts to Weaken Basic Worker Protections; Urges Greater Access to Women’s Reproductive Health Care in Light of Zika

Efforts to restructure Puerto Rico's debt and implement "PROMESA" take critical step with appointment of new oversight board In new letter, Murray called on board to ensure basic worker protections, including a minimum wage increase and compliance with new overtime rule Murray also urged Puerto Rican officials to increase access to health care and resources for women and children impacted by Zika Murray: "As American citizens, the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico deserve the equ… Continue Reading


Murray Applauds New Head Start Program Performance Standards

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The standards reflect best practices in fostering child development and success, while streamlining requirements so that Head Start programs can spend less time on paperwork, and more time on progr… Continue Reading


Murray, Scott Applaud King for Proposed Title I Spending Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed rule for Title I spending under the Every Student Succeeds Act: "We applaud Secretary King for working with stakeholders to put forth this proposed regulation on th… Continue Reading


Murray: Final Administration Rule Will Help Millions of Workers Stay Safe, Get Fair Treatment on the Job

"Fair pay" rule is critical step to safeguard workers and level the playing field for businesses Murray, Democrats pushed to ensure executive order secured rights, protections of workers employed by federal contractors (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council's finalization … Continue Reading


EQUAL PAY: Sens. Murray, Feinstein Continue Efforts to Address Gender Pay Inequality in U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is ranked first in the world, has won three FIFA Women's World Cups and four Olympic Gold Medals, but its members are paid significantly less than their male counterparts In new letter, Senators request information from U.S. Soccer on pay structure and plans to "better highlight the exceptional talent and skill" of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Murray and Feinstein: "…pay disparities such as those between the men's and women's soccer t… Continue Reading


ESSA: Murray, Scott Continue Push to Ensure New Education Law Works for Every Student, Strengthens Equity of Educational Opportunity

Department of Education seeks comment before developing final rule to provide guidance for states and school districts under nation's new elementary and secondary education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act In new letter, Murray and Scott praise overall direction of the proposal, but "seek additional clarity or correction to more closely align the final regulation with Congressional intent" Members: "The Department's unique role in upholding the civil rights legacy of this law is cri… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Dems: More to Do to Further Strengthen Education Dept. Rule For Debt Relief in Higher Education

The proposed "borrower defense" rule would create strong protections for student borrowers following cases of institutions, like Corinthian Colleges, who engaged in unlawful and abusive practices Nearing a final rule, 20 Senators push Education Dept. to "close unintended loopholes, increase accountability to students, and reduce the complexity of the regulation" Senators: "We write to express our strong support for many elements of the proposed regulation and to suggest a number of way… Continue Reading


Sen. Murray to International Olympic Committee: Immediately Ramp Up Efforts to Protect Health of Athletes from Contaminated Water in Brazil

Brazil has failed to fulfill 2009 pledge in bid to host games to collect and treat 80% of their sewage water June report from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs shows recreational water to be used by athletes remains significantly contaminated 16 athletes from Washington state and 555 from the U.S. will be competing in Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue Reading


Following Letter from Murray and Democrats, Dept. of Education Lays Out Steps to Improve Accountability, Customer Service for Student Borrowers

Murray "pleased" that Dept. of Education reforms will do more to protect students and servicemembers from red tape, predatory practices (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on improvements to student loan servicing announced today in a Department of Education policy memo. "I'm pleased that today's announcement will help ensure students and members of the… Continue Reading


Democrats Push For New Standards to Protect Workers from Violence on the Job

WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Members Bobby Scott (D-VA), of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, and Patty Murray (D-WA), of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions led a bicameral letter to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez requesting protections against violence for working Americans. On April 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report outlining actions needed to reduce and mitigate the incidence of workplace violence in h… Continue Reading


Senators Urge Education Department to Reform Student Loan Servicing to Better Protect Borrowers

Text of the letter available here (PDF) Washington, DC - In a letter sent today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), along with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and its Offic… Continue Reading


Murray, Wyden, Leahy, Shaheen Continue Work on Opioid Epidemic, Introduce Legislation to Fund Needed Treatment & Recovery Efforts

Republicans blocked multiple attempts to include critical investments in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to ensure policies have full impact New legislation introduced by Senators would provide $920 million in funding for states to improve and expand treatment and recovery programs Senators: If we're going to rightfully recognize this as a public health crisis, we need to fund it like the crisis it is-period. (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ro… Continue Reading


Murray, Stakeholders Meet to Discuss ESSA Implementation; Ensure New K-12 Law is On Track to Help All Students Succeed

During a hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act, Murray reiterates need for strong federal guardrails, flexibility for states and school districts, & robust collaboration to ensure law "accomplishes the clear goals" laid out Murray: "I'm glad we have another opportunity to continue our discussion on implementing this important new law...to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on … Continue Reading


Murray: We Must Continue to Push for Emergency Funding to Truly Help Patients & Families Suffering From Opioid Epidemic

Murray: "I'm going to keep working not just for better policies, but better results for families in Washington state and nationwide" (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 statement after the Senate voted 90-2 to advance the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), legislation intended to help address the nation's opioid epidemic. "The legislation pas… Continue Reading


Murray, Senate Dems: Time to End Careless, Partisan Planned Parenthood “Investigation”, Focus on Urgent Public Health Issues Impacting Women and Children

In new resolution, 26 Senators call for termination of Select Investigative Panel; demand House Republicans to stop playing politics with women's health Numerous independent investigations have exonerated Planned Parenthood Murray: "It's well past time for Republicans to end their partisan, unfounded attacks on Planned Parenthood, disband the so-called "Select Panel on Infant Lives" and focus instead on an actual threat: the Zika virus" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murr… Continue Reading


At Murray’s Urging, Key Senate Committee Holds Roundtable on Campus Safety Policies; Calls for Building Community & Culture that Empowers Students

Murray, Senators convene stakeholders from across the country to address the prevalence of violence-bullying, harassment, hazing, sexual and dating--on college & university campuses Citing increased incidents, and in light of recent events, roundtable participants also addressed the urgent need to protect students from gun violence Murray: "While students work hard to succeed in higher education-the last thing they should ever have to worry about is whether they are safe on campus"… Continue Reading


Murray Honored By National Teachers Group for Bipartisan Work to Fix NCLB; Calls for Continued Work to Make Sure All Students Have Opportunity to Succeed

Murray receives NEA's "Friend of Education Award" for bipartisan work on the Every Student Succeeds Act; hundreds of Washington state teachers, paraeducators in D.C. for national meeting In acceptance remarks, Murray highlighted the importance of bringing in the voices of teachers and paraeducators into the process as K-12 law is implemented Murray also received this award back in 2013, for her efforts as Senate Budget Committee Chair to protect federal education funding, Social Security… Continue Reading



In New Letter-Part Of A Series Of Requests To Strengthen College Accountability & Protect Students-28 Senators Call On VA To Firmly Exercise Its Authority Under "Principles of Excellence" Executive Order Intended To Correct Findings From Senate HELP Committee Reports, The Executive Order Requires VA To Hold Colleges Receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Accountable For Providing High-Quality Education And Preventing Abusive Tactics Senators Point To Incidents Of For-Profit Colleges U… Continue Reading


Murray: We Have an Opportunity & Responsibility to “Take Lifesaving Action” for Families Suffering From Opioid Epidemic

Yesterday, Democrat conferees sent a letter urging their Republican counterparts to support $920 million in funding for states At conference committee meeting, Murray introduces amendment providing desperately needed investments & resources Murray: "Without more funding to expand access to medication assisted treatment-states simply won't have the resources they need to put people on the path to recovery and save lives." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), … Continue Reading

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