Ranking Member's Press

02.02.16

Murray Statement on Obama Administration Proposals to Combat Opioid Abuse

(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 on the President's announcement of budget proposals to tackle prescription drug abuse and heroin use. "For far too long, prescription drug abuse and heroin use has hurt communities, ruined lives, and torn families apart-and the problem is only getting worse. I'm pleased that the Administration has laid out budget p… Continue Reading


01.28.16

GENERIC DRUG ACCESS: Murray Calls for Improved Patient Access to Affordable Treatments

Continues push for sustained investment in FDA and NIH to help patients get safe, effective treatments and drive innovation (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs. Senator Murray emphasized the importance of helping patients get safe, affordable, high-quality treatments. Senator Murray stressed the need for bipartisa… Continue Reading


01.26.16

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY: Murray Launches New Tool to Hear Stories from Students, Families on Higher Education Costs, Student Debt

Murray wants to make sure students, families voices are heard as she fights to make college more affordable and help students graduate from college without crushing student debt Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, launched a new tool, on her website to hear from students and families on the critical importance of making college more affordable. The tool will enable people across the country to share their… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Murray on Roe v. Wade Anniversary: “We Won’t Go Back”

Murray highlights Republican attempts to roll back women's constitutionally protected health care rights Murray: "We're not going back to the days when, because women had less control over their own bodies, they had less equality and less opportunity" (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriation… Continue Reading


01.20.16

MENTAL HEALTH: Murray Highlights Stories from Washington State, Discusses Priorities for Strengthening Mental Health Care System

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered opening remarks at a hearing on Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America. In her remarks, Murray highlighted examples from Washington state that show how comprehensive mental health care can truly improve lives. Murray also outlined challenges in the mental health care system, and discussed some of her priorities for addr… Continue Reading


01.15.16

SCOPES: Following Murray Investigation, Olympus Recalls Medical Scopes Linked to Drug-Resistant Infections, FDA Clears Redesigned Device for Use

Announcement follows Murray's call for full review of scopes linked to infections in Washington state and nationwide (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's marketing clearance of a newly redesigned duodenoscope that will improve patient safety. The manufacturer of the device, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, is voluntarily recalling… Continue Reading


01.13.16

SCOPES: Murray Releases New Report Following Yearlong Investigation of Outbreaks in Washington State and Nationwide

Murray calls for policy changes to improve medical device monitoring and protect patients Investigation outlines failures that led to infections in Washington state and around the country Murray: I am going to keep fighting to protect patients *Read the full report* (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released a new report: "Preventable Tragedies: Superbugs and How Ineffective Monitoring of … Continue Reading


01.12.16

With Murray’s Support, HELP Committee Approves Nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be FDA Commissioner

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ahead of the vote, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks expressing her support for Califf's nomination, highlighting his history of leadership, record of advancing medical breakthroughs, and commitment to academic transparency and a strong, independent FDA. Murray also discussed cha… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Murray Statement on the House Passage of GOP Legislation to Undermine Families’ 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 released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. Republicans in the Senate previously passed the legislation, which President Obama will veto. "Over the last few years, we've made real progress toward building a health care system that works … Continue Reading


01.05.16

Democrats File Bicameral Amicus Brief Standing Up for Women’s Access to Constitutionally Protected Health Care

A total of 163 members of the Senate and House urge the Supreme Court to uphold women's constitutionally protected reproductive freedom in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Marc Veasey (D-TX) led a group of 155 Democrats and 2 Independents in filing an amicus brief in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, which is … Continue Reading


12.30.15

SCOPES: Murray Statement on Draft FDA Guidance Regarding Emerging Postmarket Device Signals

FDA announcement follows Murray's call for full FDA review of scopes linked to deadly infections in Washington state (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on draft guidance from the FDA regarding emerging postmarket device signals, which could help raise awareness among doctors and patients about potential safety risks associated with medical devices. "… Continue Reading


12.21.15

Murray Statement on Finalized FDA Guidance on Blood Donation for Gay and Bisexual Men

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the finalized guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding gay men and blood donation. "Lifting the lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men is a long overdue step in the right direction, and I am also pleased the FDA has updated its policy regarding blood donation by transgender Americans," said Senator Murray. … Continue Reading


12.10.15

President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education

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), released the following statements after President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: "Today we begin a… Continue Reading


12.09.15

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT: Murray’s Bipartisan Legislation Includes Key Support for Students Learning English

(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 important protections to help students who are learning English succeed. "Students learning English need access to effective educational programs so they can succeed in the classroom and graduate college and ca… Continue Reading


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

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