Ranking Member's Press

05.05.15

Murray: Supporting Precision Medicine is Key to Improving 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 Continuing America's Leadership: Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine for Patients. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted that it is one of her priorities to work to improve the quality of care for patients, and that supporting precision medicine is a critical part of this effort. Murray discussed the need fo… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Murray, Democrats to HHS: Women Should Have Full Access to All FDA-Approved Contraception

Following reports of violations, Murray and Democrats call on HHS to ensure ACA contraception coverage provision is fully implemented (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and 38 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell following reports that insurers are failing to cover forms of contraception approved by the FDA, as required under the Afford… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Widespread Support for the Raise the Wage Act

(Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) introduced the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would also index the federal minimum wage to the median wage, and gradually eliminate the subminimum tipped wage. The legislation would raise wages for nearly 38 million American workers. What others are saying about the Raise the Wage Act: National Employm… Continue Reading


04.30.15

MINIMUM WAGE: Murray, Scott Introduce the Raise the Wage Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) introduced the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would also index the federal minimum wage to the median wage, and gradually eliminate the subminimum tipped wage. The legislation would raise wages for nearly 38 million American workers. "No one who works hard in a full-time job should have to live in poverty. We … Continue Reading


04.29.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Working Group to Identify Ways to Improve Electronic Health Records

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan, full committee working group to identify ways to improve electronic health records (EHRs). "After $28 billion in taxpayer dollars spent subsidizing electronic health records, ‎doctors don't like these electronic medical record systems and say they disrupt workflow, interrupt the doctor-patient relationship and haven't been worth the … Continue Reading


04.28.15

On Workers’ Memorial Day, Murray Calls for Critical Protections to Make Workplaces Safer and Healthier

On Workers' Memorial Day, Murray calls for Congress to support the Protecting America's Workers Act (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee delivered remarks on the Senate floor on Workers' Memorial Day to remember those who have lost their lives on the job, and called on Congress to improve safety protections at workplaces across the country. Murray urged her colleagues to support the Protecting… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Murray to Insurers: Failure to Cover, Inform Women About Contraceptive Health Care Is “Unacceptable”

Murray writes letter to eight Washington state insurers about failure to provide approved contraception, accurate information on Washington Healthplanfinder Murray: "A lack of consumer awareness and transparency about what is covered for women is unacceptable." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to eight health insurance companies offering coverage on Washington Healthplanfinder in Washingt… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Murray Calls for Continued Progress in Medical Innovation, Focus on Safe and Effective Treatment 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 Continuing America's Leadership: The Future of Medical Innovation for Patients. In her opening statement, Murray called for Congress to work to find ways to advance the development of new medical products for patients, while continuing to ensure the highest standards of medical safety and effectiveness. Murray also called … Continue Reading


04.24.15

Murray, Isakson Urge FDA to Issue Updated Guidance to Pregnant Women on Seafood Consumption

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, a bipartisan group of 29 Senators led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), wrote a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff to express concern over continued delays in establishing updated final advice to pregnant women on seafood consumption. In the letter, Murray and Isakson, along with Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA),… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Murray Joins Advocates to Build on Momentum for Expanding Access to Paid Sick Days

Murray: "In Congress, we need to be looking for ways to make sure our economy and workplaces work for all families - not just the wealthiest few. Expanding access to paid sick days couldn't be more important to achieving that goal." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) joined a call of advocates from across the country to brief them on next steps for the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would expand a… Continue Reading


04.22.15

#HFAnow: Murray Launches New Tool to Hear Stories on Paid Sick Days

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) launched #HFAnow: Share Your Story a new tool to hear from workers and business owners in Washington state and across the country on why paid sick days are so important. This effort is the latest in Senator Murray's fight to get more Senate support for the Healthy Families Act, her legislation that would expand access to paid sick days to millions of workers. "No worker … Continue Reading


04.16.15

BIPARTISAN NCLB FIX PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE: Murray Calls for Continued Bipartisan Work to Move Bill Through Senate, Get Signed into Law

Murray: "I am hopeful that we can keep this momentum going and get this done." Bipartisan agreement unanimously passes HELP Committee, moves to Senate floor Murray amendments passed through committee with strong bipartisan support (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the bipartisan compromise reached by Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to rewrite the b… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Murray Amendment to Support Schools Following Traumatic Events Passes HELP Committee

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) offered an amendment at the HELP Committee markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to help schools and communities in the aftermath of violent or traumatic events. Murray's amendment would authorize the Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence) program, which funds short-term and long-term education-related services for schools to assist them in recoveri… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Murray Amendment to Improve and Expand Early Learning Passes HELP Committee

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) offered a bipartisan amendment at the HELP Committee markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to improve and expand early learning programs. The amendment would create a competitive grant program for states that want to improve early childhood education coordination, quality, and access, and would target resources for low- and moderate-income families. Murray introd… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Murray Amendment to Ensure Military-Connected Students Succeed Passes HELP Committee

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) offered an amendment at the HELP Committee markup of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to help ensure that military-connected children are succeeding in school. In remarks prior to the vote, Murray highlighted that military-connected children face unique challenges in school, yet there is currently no consistent school-based data on the academic well-being of these stu… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Murray Statement on Equal Pay Day

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day: "We're 103 days into 2015, and on Equal Pay Day, that number takes on significant, unfortunate meaning. Today marks just how far into the new year the average woman has to work to earn what their male colleagues earned for the same work in 2014. In the 21st century, we should be able to agree that workers … Continue Reading


04.14.15

Murray: Every Child Achieves Act a Strong Step Forward to Fix Broken NCLB Law

Murray: "Students and parents across the country are looking to us to put politics aside, break through the gridlock, and fix this broken law." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee Executive Session to markup the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the bipartisan compromise she reached with Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to rewrite the broken No Child Left Behind law. In… Continue Reading


04.03.15

Murray Vows to Fight for Retirement Security for Workers, Seniors, and Families at Conference on Aging

MURRAY: "Systemic challenges leave 1 in 10 older women living in poverty-we must make sure women are better able to have a secure retirement." Approximately 1.1 million people in Washington state don't have access to retirement savings plans at work (SEATTLE, WA) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) spoke at the White House Conference on Aging in Seattle, focusing on ways to strengthen retirement security for workers, seniors, and families. Murray also laid out the systemic financial c… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Murray, Democrats Urge Implementation of Executive Order to Protect Worker Rights

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and 19 Senators wrote a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, urging him to move to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order announced by President Obama last summer. The executive order would ensure agencies consider an employer's record of providing workers with a safe workplace and paying workers the money they have earned before grant… Continue Reading


03.26.15

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Murray Amendment to Expand Early Learning Blocked by Senate Republicans

Murray: "We should be working to make sure our students can start school on a path toward success, not continuing to give tax giveaways to those who need them the least." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced an amendment to the Senate Republican Budget to expand access to high-quality preschool for low- and moderate-income three-and-four year olds. The proposal, which would be fully paid for by c… Continue Reading

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