Ranking Member's Press

02.27.15

Sen. Murray, Rep. Scott, Democratic Lawmakers Defend Basic Protections for Home Care Workers

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) led a bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers in filing an amicus brief opposing the District Court ruling that would maintain the outdated exclusion of home care workers from basic worker protections like minimum wage and overtime. "Home care workers, including tens of thousands in my home state of Washington, have demanding jobs that provide families in need with critical, deeply personal support,"… Continue Reading


02.27.15

Murray on House Pulling Partisan ESEA Reauthorization Bill

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on House Republican leaders canceling today's vote on their partisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization bill. "The move by Republican leaders to pull today's vote makes it clearer than ever that the only true path to fixing this broken law is through a bipartisan approach. Their deeply partisan bill would cut back educational… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Murray on Higher Ed: Expand Access, Reduce Crushing Student Loan Burden, and Ensure a Safe Learning Environment

Murray: "When students are deciding where to attend, they should have the tools to find out if their college or university will give them a good return on their investment and hard work." Murray calls for more work to ensure a safe learning environment on campus (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: Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: A Repor… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Murray, DeLauro Introduce Healthy Families Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today reintroduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a sick family member, to obtain preventive care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. "It is unacceptable that for 43 million of our nation's workers, catching the flu or needing to care for a sick family member means losing a da… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Murray on House Passage of ESEA Reauthorization in Committee

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the House passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization in Committee. "The House took an important step yesterday by passing their ESEA reauthorization bill through committee, though it's unfortunate it was not a bipartisan process that could have included important reforms from Democrats, as well as Republicans. I'm glad Cha… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Murray: GOP Again Defending Big Corporations with Opposition to NLRB Rule

(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 the National Labor Relations Board's new representation rule to streamline and modernize election procedures. In her remarks, Murray criticized Republicans for opposing modest and common-sense updates to bring the NLRB election process into the 21st century and guarantee a free and fair election process for today's workers.… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Murray on Vaccines: “We Can’t Afford to Become Complacent About Protecting the Progress We’ve Made.”

(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: The Reemergence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Exploring the Public Health Successes and Challenges. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted that vaccines are one of our country's greatest public health successes and that children across the country need to be vaccinated. Murray also called for breaking down barriers w… Continue Reading


02.09.15

Murray: GOP Working to Turn Back the Clock, Take Away Workers’ Seat at the Table with NLRB Resolution of Disapproval

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Republican resolution of disapproval regarding the National Labor Relations Board's new representation rule. "This updated rule takes an important step toward facilitating fair labor elections and helping workers get a seat at the table to fight for increased wages and economic security, free from unnecessary delays and wasteful st… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Alexander, Murray Statement on Fixing No Child Left Behind

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the following statement: "We've agreed to move forward to develop a bipartisan chairman's mark to fix No Child Left Behind. Our staffs will begin working today with each other and with the staffs of other senators on the committee. We know our constituents expect us to fix this broken law and improve education for students, families, and communities ac… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Murray Statement on the Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act Passage

(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 22nd anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows workers to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or a sick family member without the fear of losing their jobs. "More than two decades ago, taking time off from work to care for a sick family member or attend to a serious personal health condition coul… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Murray on Joint-Employer Standard: GOP Defending Policies That Put Corporations Over Working Families

(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: Who's the Boss? The "Joint Employer" Standard and Business Ownership. In her opening statement, Murray criticized Republicans for once again putting big corporations and their profits ahead of working families, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet on low wages and under poor labor conditions. She noted that while the … Continue Reading


02.04.15

HEALTH CARE: After Virginia Mason Identifies Outbreak of Infections, Murray Presses FDA to Update Medical Device Policies

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, following reports of infections at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and other health care facilities around the country, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to provide health care professionals with updated safety guidance and best practices for reusable medical devices. According to reports, thirty-two patien… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Murray at NCLB Roundtable: Supporting Innovation in Education is a National Priority

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a HELP Committee roundtable on Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students. In her opening statement, Murray explained that supporting innovation in education is a national priority, and highlighted the federal government's role in supporting schools, districts, and states as they develop innovative solutions to help al… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Murray: President's Budget Puts Forward a Strong Vision for All Students to Succeed

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the education proposals in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. "Ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education is one of the best investments our country can make, so I'm pleased that President Obama put forward a strong vision in his budget for helping all students succeed in and out of the classroom. I am ho… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Led by Murray and Sanders, 26 Senators Urge President Obama to Help Workers Get Paid Fairly for Overtime Hours

Raising the overtime salary threshold would help millions of middle-class Americans earn time-and-a-half-pay when they work more than 40 hours a week Democrats continue focus on increasing wages, economic security WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, led by U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 26 Democratic senators reaffirmed their support for updating overtime rules to ensure more middle-class … Continue Reading


01.29.15

Murray: Wellness Programs Improve Health for Workers, Build on Affordable Care Act Progress

(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 Employer Wellness Programs: Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted that wellness programs are a key tool to help workers improve their health and drive down costs, but explained that these programs must reflect high standards of workplace equality and fairness. Murray also called for … Continue Reading


01.28.15

Murray Statements at HELP Committee Executive Session

HELP Committee Executive SessionSenator Murray StatementsJanuary 28, 2015 Executive Session Opening Statement: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thanks to you and your staff for your cooperation with me and my staff on the items before us today. "I intend to support each of the items on today's agenda and urge my colleagues to do so as well. I'd like to say a few brief words about the first few items of business today. "First, I am glad we could come together in a bipartisan way to organize th… Continue Reading


01.27.15

Murray On Investing In, Supporting Teachers Through No Child Left Behind Fix: “We Have to Get This Right”

(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 Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders. In her opening statement, Murray recognized the challengesteachers and school leaders face, and called for supporting them with critical resources and training to advance their skills and help students succeed. Murray called on Republicans and Democrats to work … Continue Reading


01.26.15

Murray Applauds HHS Initiative on Tying Medicare Reimbursements to Value and Quality

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services that the department will shift the Medicare program toward paying providers based on value and quality of care, rather than quantity. "Today's announcement is an important step toward making sure our health care system works for patients and puts their needs first. My hom… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Murray: GOP Proposal to Change Affordable Care Act Work Week Requirements Would Deny Workers Health Care Coverage, Cut Hours

(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 Examining Job-Based Health Insurance and Defining Full-Time Work. In her opening statement, Murray criticized the Republican proposal to redefine a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act and highlighted that the proposal would give companies incentive to cut workers' hours and deny them health care coverage. Murray called… Continue Reading

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