Ranking Member's Press

01.05.17

Senator Murray on Meeting with Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder

Senator Murray: "Working families need strong leadership at the Department of Labor and someone who is going to be on their side fighting for them-and not just for those who are already at the top" (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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder. "Working … Continue Reading


01.05.17

VIDEO: Murray, Senate Democrats Slam GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood in Affordable Care Act Repeal

Murray: "We are here with a very clear message: not on our watch" "Women and men nationwide who…stand with Planned Parenthood, I urge you to make your voices heard" (Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) held a press conf… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Senator Murray on GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood in Affordable Care Act Repeal

(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 after Republican leadership announced the reconciliation bill dismantling the Affordable Care Act would also include measures to defund Planned Parenthood. "I condemn in the strongest terms Republican attempts to pull the rug out from under millions of women and men nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood as a truste… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Senator Murray Meets with Congressman Tom Price, Discuss Vision for Health Department and “Starkly Different Views” on Health Care Priorities

Senator Murray: "Congressman Price's record of spearheading policies that undermine the health and rights of women, the LGBT community, and other vulnerable populations makes him a deeply troubling choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services." (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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secret… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Senator Murray Statement on Meeting with Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

Senator Murray: "I continue to have serious concerns about her long record of working to privatize and defund public education, expand taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, and block accountability for charter schools" (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 after meeting with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. … Continue Reading


12.22.16

Senator Murray, Advocates: Workers Deserve All the Facts on Andrew Puzder’s Concerning Record of Squeezing Workers as Fast Food CEO

President-elect Trump continues rigging the system with nominees that would put in place policies that hurt working families Today in a press call Sen. Murray said Andrew Puzder's record of squeezing workers as CEO of CKE Restaurants and his steady opposition to worker protections raise serious questions about his ability to lead the Department of Labor Sen. Murray was joined by representatives from CAP Action, the AFL-CIO, and ROC United Sen. Murray: "By nearly every measure, Andrew… Continue Reading


12.22.16

MURRAY, BLUMENTHAL, SENATE DEMS CALL ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP TO STAND WITH WOMEN, PROTECT ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS

In new letter, 34 Senate Democrats call on President-elect Trump to implement "historic rule" protecting Title X family planning program Title X family planning centers provide millions of women-and men-basic primary, preventive, and reproductive health care and services Senators cite "great concern" regarding the protection of Title X and women's health care and rights under the incoming Administration and Congress, especially with the selection of Rep. Tom Price to serve as Secretary o… Continue Reading


12.22.16

Murray Calls on President-elect Trump to Continue Work to Ensure Full Refunds For All Students Scammed By Fraudulent Colleges

This week, President-elect Trump entered into a settlement agreement with students who were misled through false and deceptive marketing tactics to attend Trump "University"-LINK These students, and far too many students in higher education across the country, have been left with thousands of dollars of debt and often no usable degree Today, in a new letter, Murray is calling on President-elect Trump to support and prioritize the Department of Education's "borrower defense" rule Pus… Continue Reading


12.21.16

U.S. Department of Education Moves Quickly to Implement Sen. Murray’s Recommendation to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students Impacted by Closed Schools

Back in October, Murray identified a provision in the Higher Education Act giving the Department existing legal authority to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students impacted by the closures of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools The Department agreed with Murray's recommendation and began working to restore eligibility to students-LINK *Today the Department announced the process to help ensure full restoration of Pell Grant eligibility to all eligible students now… Continue Reading


12.14.16

MURRAY & BLUMENTHAL APPLAUD FINAL RULE PROTECTING TITLE X HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

Senators vow to fight extremist attempts to undermine reproductive health and family planning programs [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded a final rule released by the Obama Administration today that will reinforce existing protections in the Title X family planning program that prohibit states from excluding women's health providers for reasons unrelated… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Murray Statement on Decision by U.S. Department of Education Reaffirming ACICS’ Loss of Recognition

(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 U.S. Department of Education's decision to deny the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools' (ACICS) appeal concerning its loss of recognition. "I am very pleased by today's decision by the Department to continue to hold ACICS accountable for neglecting its responsibility to protect students, ve… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Murray, Scott Applaud Final Rule to Address Widespread Inequality in Special Education for Students of Color with Disabilities

Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statements applauding the Department of Education's final rule to address widespread disparities in special education and disciplinary action faced by students of color with disabilities. The final rule, also known as the "dispr… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senator Murray Statement on Reported Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

(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 reported nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. "With the nomination of Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump has sent another clear signal that he has no intention of fulfilling his campaign promise to put workers and retirees first-instead, he's bent on building an Administration made up of billi… Continue Reading


12.06.16

On Senate Floor, Murray Highlights Strong Investments to Tackle Opioid Epidemic, Support Mental Health, & Boost Medical Innovation in Bipartisan Public Health Bill

Murray secured critical investments and reforms in bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act Bipartisan bill to help tackle opioid epidemic, strengthen mental health care, advance medical innovation, and combat growing threat of "superbugs" Murray says these efforts "will make a real difference for patients and families across the country, now and years into the future." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensi… Continue Reading


12.02.16

Sens. Warren, Schumer, Murray, Brown, and Franken Release Joint Statement on DOL Appeal of Overtime-Pay Rule Injunction

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement Friday on the Department of Labor's (DOL) decision to appeal a federal court injunction of the new overtime-pay rule: "We're glad the Department of Labor has decided to appeal a Texas court's misguided decision to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Because Republicans and corporate lobbyi… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Alongside Worker Advocates, Murray, Democrats Renew Call to Implement New Overtime Protections, Urge President-elect Trump to Follow Through on Promises to Workers

Today-the date on which President Obama's new overtime rule would have gone into effect-Murray and Democrats held a press conference to call on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on his promises to help workers and agree to support the rule Murray: "I'm calling on President-elect Trump to make a radical reversal from his concerning transition-make the right choice for workers and families-and announce right away that he's committed to ensuring workers get the overtime pay they ha… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Senator Murray Statement on Nomination of Congressman Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

(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 nomination of Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) for Secretary of Health and Human Services. "Quality, affordable health care should be accessible to every family and community in our country, and while we've made substantial progress toward this goal over the last few years-in particular as a result of the Affordabl… Continue Reading


11.28.16

Murray, Scott Comment on Final ESSA Accountability Rule; Call for Continued Work to Help All Students Receive Quality Public Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Education's final regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "While we are disappointed that this final rule doesn't go as far as we would have … Continue Reading


11.23.16

Sen. Murray Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. "Few things are more important in our work to expand opportunities and grow our economy than making sure that every student has access to a high-quality education no matter where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make. We've taken some strong steps in the right direction in recent years to support students and make sure te… Continue Reading


11.21.16

SCOTUS: Led by Sen. Murray & Rep. Scott, 118 Lawmakers File Bicameral Amicus Brief to Safeguard Rights of Students With Disabilities to Receive Meaningful Public Education

Supreme Court to hear Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case about the level of educational benefit school districts must provide students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Today, current and former Members of Congress filed an amicus brief to affirm Congressional intent to raise expectations for the quality of education provided to students with disabilities under IDEA At stake in the case is the ability of students with disabili… Continue Reading

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