Ranking Member's Press

08.04.15

Murray Highlights Democrats’ Efforts to Support Workers in 114th Congress

Murray: "In Congress, we must act to give workers some much needed relief. We need to grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down. And we should make sure our country works for all Americans, not just the wealthiest few." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor on Democrats' efforts to date in the 114th Congress to expand economic security and stability for… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Murray on GOP Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood, Attack Women’s Health: Not On Our Watch

Murray: "Political attacks and threats to shut down the government aren't going to get in the way of women's access to the care they need." (Washington, D.C) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee delivered remarks on the Senate floor ahead of a vote on proceeding to a bill that would deny women access to health care by defunding Planned Parenthood. In her remarks, Murray stated that Planned Parenthood i… Continue Reading


07.30.15

House, Senate Education Leaders Discuss Efforts to Replace No Child Left Behind

Agree to recommend House Chairman John Kline to chair the conference committee to reconcile House- and Senate-passed bills WASHINGTON, July 30 - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) today met to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the Hou… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Murray on Campus Sexual Assault: “The Status Quo Is Completely Unacceptable”

Murray: "Simply put, in colleges and universities across the country, basic human rights are being violated." (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 Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Combating Campus Sexual Assault. In her remarks, Murray discussed the fact that sexual violence on campus is a widespread, growing, and unacceptable problem, and expressed he… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Alexander, Murray Introduce Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act

Bipartisan bill will improve programs to increase awareness, prevention, and early identification of mental health conditions WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act, a bill to continue and improve programs that help states and local communities in suicide prevention, helping children recover from traumatic events, mental health awareness f… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

(Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. "As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we recognize it as a special kind of civil rights law because it not only prohibits discrimination but it requires reasonable accommodation," said Senator Ha… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Murray Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were signed into law on July 30, 1965. "Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed into law a promise to our nation's seniors and low-income families that they would be able to access the health care they need to live longer, healthier lives, and since then Medicare and… Continue Reading


07.25.15

Murray Statement Commemorating 25th Anniversary of Landmark Civil Rights Legislation for Americans with Disabilities

(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 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law on July 26, 1990. "In the 25 years that have passed since the ADA's signing, doors to equality and inclusion have opened for Americans with disabilities, but while we celebrate this anniversary and the progress that we have… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Murray: Innovation in Higher Education Should Work to Break Down Barriers Students Face

(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 Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation. In her remarks, Murray expressed interest in innovative ways to help break down the significant barriers students face in higher education, including completing their degrees or credentials and finding affordable options. However… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Murray: Updating Overtime Protections is Good for Families and the Economy

Murray: "Boosting wages and expanding economic stability and security is good for families, and it's good for our economy." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of the Obama Administration's proposed rules to restore overtime protections for millions of Americans. In her remarks, Murray highlighted that updating overtime protections will reward hard work … Continue Reading


07.20.15

Over 100 Democrats in House, Senate Send Letter to President Obama in Support of New Overtime Rule

Change will help reduce income inequality, jump start local economies WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced last month that the Department of Labor (DOL) intends to raise the salary threshold below which workers must receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Today, nearly 150 Democrats across both chambers of Congress-led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03)-sent a letter to the President in strong support of the rule. Rank… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Senate Passes Older Americans Act, Bipartisan Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

This week marks the 50th anniversary of signing of Older Americans Act into law WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with Senate health committee members, Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) commended Senate passage yesterday of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to support… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senate Passes Alexander, Murray Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Bipartisan bill to fix K-12 education law that expired seven years ago passes Senate by a vote of 81 to 17 WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16 - The Senate today passed by a vote of 81 to 17 the Every Child Achieves Act, the bipartisan agreement by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to fix the No Child Left Behind law, which is seven years overdue. Alexander said: "Last week, Newsweek Magazine called this the 'law that everyone wa… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Murray Report: Women Face Systemic Barriers that Contribute to Large Gender Retirement Gap

In the report, Murray outlines several policy solutions that would help women better prepare for retirement Murray: "The retirement crisis is especially acute for women" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a new report detailing the unique challenges women face in accessing a secure retirement. The report details how women often struggle with financial hardship in retirement… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Murray, Wicker Introduce New Legislation to Establish Physical Activity Recommendations

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, legislation that would establish physical activity recommendations for children and adults. The bipartisan legislation would call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific and medical evidence every ten years. The bill also directs HHS, five years after the release o… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Murray: Inequality in School Resources Holds Students Back

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) submitted remarks for the record in support of a bipartisan amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would address inequalities in educational resources. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 46-50. "While I am disappointed that this important amendment to address inequality in school districts and states across the country did not pass in the Senate, I am pleased by th… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Murray, Wicker Introduce New Legislation to Establish Physical Activity Recommendations

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, legislation that would establish physical activity recommendations for children and adults. The bipartisan legislation would call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific and medical evidence every ten years. The bill also directs HHS, five years after the release o… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Murray Calls for Strengthening Accountability to Ensure All Students Receive a Quality Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor supporting an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act to strengthen accountability measures. Murray noted that the amendment from Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would identify persistent inequality and achievement gaps that continue to exist i… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Murray: LGBT Students Deserve Protections from Bullying and Harassment

Senate Republicans defeat amendment to protect LGBT students Murray: "As we debate our nation's K through 12 education bill, we need to do everything we can to prevent bullying, harassment, and discrimination" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor supporting an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would protect LGBT students from bullying, harassment, an… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Murray Urges Support for Increased Investments in Early Learning Programs

Murray: "If we are serious about closing education gaps in grades K through 12, and if we are truly committed to making sure all students have the chance to succeed, we must invest in quality early childhood education." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor supporting an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would expand access to early learning programs. In … Continue Reading

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