Ranking Member's Press

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


01.22.15

Murray Statement on Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Continued GOP Attacks on Women’s Health Care Decisions

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. "Forty-two years ago today the Supreme Court issued a constitutional guarantee in Roe v. Wade to women across the country, affirming their fundamental right to make their own choices about their own bodies. Roe v. Wade was a critical step forward for equality and opportuni… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Murray Calls for Fixing Broken No Child Left Behind Law, Ensuring All Students Have Quality Education

(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: Testing and Accountability. In her opening statement, Murray highlighted the critical role the federal government plays in ensuring no child falls through the cracks and in establishing accountability for schools and districts, and also noted the importance of reducing redundant and low-quality tests.… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Murray Statement on Need for Wage and Overtime Protections for Home Care Workers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on the federal court ruling that would strike down a Department of Labor rule to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. "Home care workers, including tens of thousands in my home state of Washington, provide demanding and deeply personal support to families in need. There is no reason why these professionals, ninety pe… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Joint Statement from Senator Murray and Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Expanding Access to Paid Sick Leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today commended President Barack Obama's proposal to expand paid sick days to more workers. Both legislators reiterated their strong support for the Healthy Families Act, a bill to let workers earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a sick family member, to receive preventive care, and to address the impacts of domestic violence. Murray and DeLauro will reintroduce that bill in the coming weeks. "W… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Murray Statement on Alexander No Child Left Behind Proposal

(Washington, D.C.) -Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on Chairman Lamar Alexander's No Child Left Behind proposal. "Anyone I talk to, Republican or Democrat, agrees that No Child Left Behind is a broken law that needs to be fixed. Now that we have each laid out our priorities I am hopeful that Chairman Alexander and I will begin a truly bipartisan process to provide every child with the quality educa… Continue Reading


01.14.15

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Murray Outlines Priorities, Calls for Bipartisan Fix to Broken Law

Murray outlines priorities to ensure all students have access to a quality education Murray: "Everyone should be able to agree that this law needs to provide every student, in every school, in every state a quality education. And that's exactly what I'm going to be fighting for." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor on fixing the broken No Child Left Behind law. In her spee… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Senator Murray’s Statement on President Obama’s Community College Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Obama Administration's proposal to make two years of community college free for qualifying students. "Expanding access to college and making it more affordable is a ticket to the middle class for millions of students across the country, and I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues to make this g… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Senator Murray’s Statement on Senate Committee Leadership Change

Washington, D.C-Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on her intention to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee when the new Congress convenes in January. Senator Murray served as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee this past Congress and will continue to serve as a senior member of that Committee. "I look forward to continuing my work on a Committee that does so much to impact policies that define who… Continue Reading


12.18.14

Chairman Harkin: HELP Committee Completes Bipartisan Success in 113th Congress by Sending 26th Bill to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Capping two years of the HELP Committee's bipartisan accomplishments, Congress this week sent to the President for his signature two additional bills under the jurisdiction of the HELP Committee. When both are signed by the President, they will be the 25th and 26th bills under the jurisdiction of the Senate HELP Committee enacted into law in the 113th Congress. The EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014, a bill which reauthorizes key programs to support education and research to hel… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Harkin, Alexander, HELP Committee Members Urge Continued Prescription Drug Abuse Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Prescription drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and prescription opioid abuse is an ever-growing problem. Following on their creation of a bipartisan Prescription Drug Abuse Working Group earlier this year, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today led HELP Committee senators in sending letters to a range of national, state, and local le… Continue Reading


12.12.14

Harkin Statement In Support of NLRB Final Rule to Modernize Union Election Process

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement today in support of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule to reform and modernize the union representation process. "Today the NLRB has taken an important step in their continued efforts to ensure that workers, unions, and employers have access to a fair, transparent, and efficient election process," Harkin said. "The final ru… Continue Reading


12.11.14

Harkin Applauds Congressional Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Life-Saving Newborn Screening Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded House passage of the bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. Led by Harkin as chairman, this bipartisan health bill was passed by the HELP Committee in December 2013 and cleared the Senate earlier this week. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act now heads to the President's desk for his signature and is set to become … Continue Reading


12.10.14

Harkin, Murphy Announce Students Before Profits Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) to announce their introduction of the Students Before Profits Act to help protect students from deceptive practices and bad actors in the for-profit college sector. The Students Before Profits Act will put power back in students' hands by allowing them to make better informed decisions about what school to attend, while also holdi… Continue Reading


12.10.14

Harkin Statement on Multiemployer Pension Cuts Proposed by the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued a statement in response to the proposed cuts to multiemployer pensions programs included in the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus by the U.S. House of Representatives. "We in Congress should have done more to help working people in recent years as the middle class has been squeezed by stagnant wages and rising costs. The multiemployer pension system's struggle to cope with fallout from the Great Recession is an example. Now, if we do nothing, mil… Continue Reading


12.10.14

Harkin Applauds Groundbreaking Success of CDC’s “Tips From Former Smokers” Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded today's release of a new study highlighting the outstanding return on investment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Tips From Former Smokers campaign. According to the study, for every $480 spent by the "Tips" campaign, one smoker has successfully quit and every $393 spent has helped a former smoker live one year longer. This is far less… Continue Reading

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