Ranking Member's Press

12.09.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray’s Bipartisan Legislation Includes Key Provisions to Help Students Struggling with Homelessness

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to rewrite No Child Left Behind. The legislation, which now moves to the President's desk for approval, includes key provisions to improve educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. "Students struggling with homelessness face incredible barriers to enroll, attend, and succeed in school. Given the challe… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12

Overwhelming bipartisan support in Senate and House sends legislation to president's desk * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9 - Following Senate passage today by 85-12, the Every Student Succeeds Act to fix No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), heads to the president's desk. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week, 359-64. Alexander said: "The huge bipartisan vote in both the … Continue Reading


12.08.15

PRE-K: Murray: Every Student Succeeds Act Will Improve and Expand Access to Early Learning Programs

PRE-K: Murray: Every Student Succeeds Act Will Improve and Expand Access to Early Learning Programs ESSA makes key investments to help students start school on strong footing Murray: With ESSA, "we have a chance to make one of the smartest investments we can make in our nation's youngest learners." (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 on provisio… Continue Reading


12.08.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray: “Milestone” Legislation Will Deliver More Opportunity for Students

Murray delivers remarks as Senate considers legislation to fix No Child Left Behind. Murray: "We have the chance to send the Every Student Succeeds Act to the President's desk to help ensure all kids have access to a quality education, regardless of where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make." (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 th… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Murray: Opioid Epidemic is a “Challenge That Cannot Go Unmet”

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks at a hearing on Opioid Abuse in America: Facing the Epidemic and Examining Solutions. In her remarks, Murray explained that far too many families in Washington state and across the country are struggling because of the epidemic of opioid addiction, and that more work must be done to improve prevention and treatment. Murray outlined some of her priorities… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Widespread Support for Every Student Succeeds Act

"Enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act is critical for our nation's students," "Reflects a spirit of compromise," "A victory for kids and parents" (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation from Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to fix the broken No Child Left Behind law. Since the final proposal was released on Monday, the legislation has received widespread support from advocates. Read Murray's statement… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Alexander, Murray: Full Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Following House passage yesterday by a vote of 359-64, the Every Student Succeeds Act is ready for Senate action next week * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that the Senate would take up the bipartisan, bicameral agreement to fix No Child Left Behind next week, said they look forward to a successful vote in the Senate, fol… Continue Reading


12.02.15

No Child Left Behind: Murray Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Fix Broken Law

Murray: "Today marks another positive step to finally fixing the badly broken No Child Left Behind law for students, parents, teachers, and communities in Washington state and across the country." House overwhelmingly passes legislation 359-64 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee praised the House of Representatives for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bipartisan legislation… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Murray on Latest GOP Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood: “Women Have Had Enough”

Murray on Latest GOP Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood: "Women Have Had Enough" Murray: "I've heard from so many women and men who are tired of women's health being undermined, threatened, and used as a political football here in Washington, D.C." Murray introduces amendment to support, strengthen women's health care (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 … Continue Reading


12.01.15

Murray: “Republican Efforts to Undermine Families’ Health Care Are Nothing but a Dead End”

Murray: "This legislation has no chance of becoming law" Murray calls on Republicans to stop political pandering and work with Democrats on policies to help families (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 as debate began on extreme Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. In her remarks, Murray … Continue Reading


11.30.15

House, Senate Education Committees Release Final Proposal to Replace NCLB

WASHINGTON - Today bipartisan leaders on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released the final legislative text for improving K-12 education and replacing No Child Left Behind. The final bill is being released after legislative proposals passed separately by the House and Senate in July and embodies the reforms agreed to by members serving on a joint conference committee earlier this month. The House-Senate confer… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Murray Leads Bicameral Letter Urging Guidance on Innovations to Help Workers Retain Retirement Savings Between Jobs

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee led a bicameral group of Congressional Members in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to encourage the Employee Benefits Security Administration to issue guidance on innovations to help workers retain retirement savings between jobs. When workers change jobs, many choose to cash out their retirement savings and start over with a new savings… Continue Reading


11.19.15

House-Senate Conference Committee Approves Framework to Improve K-12 Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177). "No Child Left Behind has been failing students, parents, teachers, and state and local education leaders for far too long, and today we took an important step in replacing this flawed … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Murray: Conference Committee “Another Step Closer” to Fixing Broken No Child Left Behind

Murray delivers remarks as House, Senate meet to fix No Child Left Behind Murray: "There is one thing everyone in this room agrees on: No Child Left Behind is broken, and it's long past time to fix it" (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 at a joint House and Senate conference committee meeting to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In her remarks, … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Murray Statements at Bipartisan HELP Committee Executive Session

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) submitted remarks for the record at an Executive Session to consider bipartisan legislation and nominations. At the markup, the Committee moved forward with the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2015, as well as nominations for Victoria Lipnic to be a Memb… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Alexander, Murray on Senate Appointment of Senate Conferees to Fix No Child Left Behind: “It’s Time to Get to Work”

All 22 Senate HELP committee members appointed as conferees WASHINGTON, D.C, November 18 - The chairman and ranking member of the Senate education committee today praised the Senate for voting to appoint all 22 members of the Senate HELP committee as conferees to work with members appointed by the House in a conference to fix No Child Left Behind. Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the following statement: "We are pleased that all of our… Continue Reading


11.18.15

GUN SAFETY: Murray, 19 Senators Request Report on Effectiveness of Public Health Programs Designed to Impact Gun Safety

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and 19 of her Senate Democratic colleagues wrote a letter to Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to assess the efficacy of public health and safety programs that are designed to impact gun safety, including the storage and security of guns in households. In the letter, t… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Murray Announces Support for Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner, Lays Out FDA Priorities

Murray: "I have approached this nomination focused on the best interests of families and communities in Washington state and across the country, and in making sure the FDA puts them first in all its work" (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 at a Committee hearing on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as FDA Commissioner. In her remarks Murray discussed ch… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Murray Introduces Legislation to Modernize, Enhance, and Protect Social Security System

The Retirement and Income Security Enhancements (RAISE) Act will make targeted updates to Social Security benefit calculations (Washington, D.C.)- Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Retirement and Income Security Enhancements (RAISE) Act, a set of proposals to modernize, enhance, and protect Social Security in a fiscally responsible way. The RAISE Act would ensure that Social Security reflects the realities of … Continue Reading


11.13.15

Joint Statement on Efforts to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), issued the following joint statement on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: "We believe we have a path forward that can lead to a successful conference, and that is why we are recommend… Continue Reading

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