Ranking Member's Press

05.05.20

Murray Urges HHS and DOL to Work Together to Shift Unemployed Workers Into a Public Health Workforce Focused on COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Public health experts agree we need a nationwide program to identify, trace, and isolate cases of COVID-19 Strategy will require vast expansion of public health workforce Senator Murray: "This public health strategy will require the recruitment, training, and deployment of potentially hundreds of thousands of new public health workers across the country." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) … Continue Reading


05.04.20

Sens. Murray, Shaheen, and Reps. Speier, Lee, DeGette, Engel, and Lowey Lead Call to Overturn Ideological Trump Administration Policies That Undermine Global Health and COVID-19 Response

Senators: "Ideology is no excuse for hampering the international response to COVID-19, jeopardizing hard-won progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, or failing to act as access to contraceptive care decreases and gender-based violence increases." House Members: "Now more than ever, we must prioritize people's health over politics and remove these ideological policies that undermine health care access and global coordination." Washington, DC - Today, Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of t… Continue Reading


05.02.20

Murray Slams Trump Move to Replace Independent Government Watchdog With COVID-19 Investigations Underway

President Trump moves to replace Acting HHS Inspector General after agency looks into supply shortages, announces investigation on testing rollout issues Murray: "We all know the President hasn't told people the truth about this virus or his Administration's response, and late last night, he moved to replace an independent government official who did." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Murray, DeLauro Urge DeVos to Reverse Unauthorized Guidance Excluding 7.5 Million Students From Emergency Financial Aid

Murray, DeLauro: "The extreme eligibility restrictions… were added by the Department without any directive from Congress and without any statutory basis" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse her… Continue Reading


05.01.20

In Response to Rising Unemployment, Democrats Introduce Legislation to Invest $15 Billion in Workforce Training Needed to Relaunch the Economy

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Congresman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, led House and Senate Democrats in introducing legislation to invest $15 billion in America's workforce training infrastructure as well as career and technical education. The Relaunching America's Workforce Act authorizes funding to help workers shar… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Murray and Colleagues Ask About Political Interference In COVID-19 Response Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head

Murray and 19 Democratic Senate colleagues write to Sec. Azar about concerns that political interference is hindering COVID-19 response efforts Trump Administration reportedly removed Dr. Rick Bright as head of BARDA due to his insistence on scientifically vetted treatments Recent reports also raise questions about whether other personnel chosen for key leadership roles had relevant qualifications Senators: "Our response to this crisis cannot be steady if its leadership is being con… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Senator Murray, Alliance for Justice, Health Care Advocates Criticize Republican Plan to Jam Through Anti-Heath Care Judges Amid Pandemic

Senator Murray, Alliance for Justice hosted press call with health care experts and advocates to criticize McConnell's plan to jam through anti-health care judges as families and communities struggle with COVID-19 pandemic When Congress returns, Republicans want to move forward two more judicial nominees who called for the Affordable Care Act to be struck down Murray: "Confirming judges who will make it harder for people to get the care they need might be Senator McConnell's first prior… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Senator Patty Murray, Yale’s Dr. Howard Forman, Protect Our Care’s Coronavirus War Room Discuss Trump’s Testing Failures During Coronavirus Crisis

Press Call This Morning Detailed How Trump Administration Caused Testing Crisis in US, Why Country Needs a National Testing Strategy Listen to Audio of Call Here (Washington, D.C.) - On a press call this morning, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, along with Yale University Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Management and Economics Dr. Howard Forman and Protect Our Care's Coronavirus War Room detailed ho… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Murray, Heinrich, Baldwin, Democrats to Scalia: Do Your Job and Protect Workers Before Reopening the Economy

As the Trump Administration pushes to reopen economy, Senate Democrats insist that worker protections must come first In a letter to Labor Secretary Scalia, Democrats demand that OSHA put in place standards, guidance, enforcement, and outreach to protect workers Senators to Scalia: "In advance of states reopening, you have a responsibility to direct OSHA to take steps to ensure workers are protected, which will further protect public health." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty M… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Senator Murray Questions Tyson’s Delayed Closure of Wallula Plant, Urges CEO to Prioritize Worker Safety

Tyson Fresh Meat plant in Wallula, WA closed on April 23, and has more than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 In letter to Tyson CEO, Senator Murray expressed concern about the delayed closure, lack of PPE, and inadequate guidance from Tyson to employees Senator Murray urges Tyson to continue paying employees, follow public health guidelines about reopening plant Senator Murray: "The more than 1,400 employees in Wallula … deserve a swifter and more comprehensive response to the … Continue Reading


04.27.20

Murray: President Trump’s Testing Blueprint “Says Nothing New; Will Accomplish Nothing New”

Murray reiterates need for clear, aggressive national strategy that Congress required the Administration to produce as part of interim COVID19 relief package (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on a document released by the Trump Administration that reiterates its current efforts on testing capacity. "This document does nothing new and will accom… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Murray Urges EEOC to Keep Collecting Data to Combat Wage Discrimination in Light of COVID-19 Pay Inequities

In March 2020, the EEOC gave notice to OMB that it would no longer collect data on employees pay and hours sorted by race, sex, and more Decision comes as coronavirus crisis exacerbates existing pay inequities for women and people of color, who are overrepresented amid essential workers Senator Murray: "Without the transparency of this pay data, the EEOC is eliminating a critical tool for workers and employers to address pay inequity." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Murray and DeLauro Warn Secretary Azar Against Policies Harmful to Children in Administration’s Care: “We Are Watching”

Senator Murray and Congresswoman DeLauro press Sec. Azar to ensure Administration prioritizes wellbeing of children in its care following reports the Office of Refugee Resettlement is considering aggressive anti-immigrant policies Murray and DeLauro: "The actions of the Administration during this global pandemic should be guided be public health expertise and rooted in humanity and understanding-not opportunistic cruelty." Murray and DeLauro: "On a bipartisan basis, Congress rejected th… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Murray: Report Suggesting Top Health Expert Removed for Insisting Science Guide Search for COVID-19 Treatment “Incredibly Troubling”

Murray responds to NYT reporting BARDA Director fired for insisting on scientifically testing COVID-19 treatments pushed by Trump Administration Senator Murray: "We need to be listening to experts and science, not pushing them aside." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to reporting from the New York Times that Dr. Rick Bright was remove… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Murray, DeLauro, Scott Release Report Revealing DeVos’ Failure to Collect Usable Data to Protect Children from Excessive or Discriminatory Seclusion and Restraint

Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that Department of Education data does not accurately report if the use of seclusion and restraint is excessive or discriminatory Report: "Absent more effective rules to improve data quality … Education will continue to lack information that could help it determine whether the use of these practices may be excessive, discriminatory, or both." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate H… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Following Murray Proposal, Democrats Secure Testing Expansion In Latest COVID-19 Package

Senate passes COVID-19 package including $25 billion to rapidly expand U.S. testing Bill will also require Administration to develop plan to scale up testing and address disparities, report demographic data Senator Murray outlined a roadmap to ramp up testing capacity last week Senator Murray: "When you're running late, a fast car with a full tank may be a good start, but you still need a driver who knows where they're going. Unfortunately when it comes to testing, no one from this A… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Senator Murray Questions Influence of Politics on the FDA; Pushes Commissioner Hahn to Base Decisions on Science

According to recent reports, President Trump may have influenced FDA's decision to issue an Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine, despite lack of quality evidence Senator Murray: "Now more than ever, it is critical that FDA shield its experts from political influence. If the agency fails to do so, it risks losing the public trust in the tests, drugs, and vaccines that are-and will be-critical for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Mur… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Senator Murray Urges President Trump to Reverse Decision to Freeze WHO Funding, Which Undermines Global Fight Against COVID-19

Senator Murray calls for President Trump to reverse course on freezing WHO funding Letter outlines how funding freeze undermines global fight against COVID-19 and other diseases, the search for a vaccine, and the safety of U.S. families Senator Murray: "Withholding this funding will recklessly destabilize the international response to COVID-19, and undermine ongoing response efforts for other major health threats." Senator Murray: "Diseases aren't stopped by borders, and they are stoppe… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Watchdog to Investigate CDC Testing Issues After Push From Senator Murray

The Health Department Inspector General announced earlier this week it would investigate CDC's development of COVID-19 tests Missteps from the Trump Administration have constantly hindered COVID-19 response and delayed testing Earlier this week Senator Murray introduced a roadmap to rapidly expand COVID-19 testing as U.S. continues to lag behind other countries Murray: "We need answers and we need solutions, and I'm fighting to make sure we get both as quickly as possible." (Was… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Senator Murray Statement on Trump Administration Pick for Education Department Inspector General

On April 4, the Trump Administration announced their intent to nominate Andrew de Mello as Inspector General for the Department of Education Senator Murray: "Andrew de Mello has hardly any experience conducting oversight and no background in education policy. As the coronavirus crisis continues, it's clear that educators, students and families across the country need qualified and capable individuals serving at the Department of Education." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray … Continue Reading

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