Ranking Member's Press

02.28.19

Murray: DeVos Privatization Proposal is “Dead on Arrival” in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on Secretary DeVos' proposal to create tax credits for privatization vouchers. "Secretary DeVos keeps pushing her anti-public school agenda despite a clear lack of support from parents, students, teachers, and even within her own party. Congress has repeatedly rejected her privatization efforts and she should expect… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Murray Rejects Rao’s Nomination to Replace Kavanaugh on Circuit Court as “Rubber Stamp” for President Trump

Murray: "On so many issues where President Trump wants to do damage and hurt families, Ms. Rao is right behind him with a rubber stamp. Just like Justice Kavanaugh-and so many others President Trump has nominated to the bench." Under Rao's leadership, the Trump Administration has proposed rules attacking rights of women, LGBTQ people, and survivors of sexual assault Murray also raised concerns with Rao's track record on climate issues, public health, and discrimination in the nation's ho… Continue Reading


02.26.19

Murray, Scott, Casey, Hirono Introduce Comprehensive Child Care And Early Learning Bill to Ensure Child Care for All

The Child Care for Working Families Act, introduced by Senator Murray and Representative Scott, would ensure high-quality, affordable child care for working families across the country Bill has 35 Senate cosponsors and 98 cosponsors in the House of Representatives Child Care for Working Families Act would create 770,000 child care jobs, and allow 1.6 million parents go back to work Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading


02.25.19

Murray and Colleagues Slam Republican’s Anti-Doctor, Anti-Woman, Anti-Family Bill Amid GOP Show Vote

Murray, Shaheen, Duckworth, Hirono, and Smith speak out against bill that threatens medical providers with jail time for letting medical standards-not politics-guide care, and interferes with women's deeply personal medical decisions Murray: "This bill is government interference in women's health care, in families' lives, and in medicine on steroids. It is… clearly anti-doctor, anti-woman, and anti-family." Shaheen: "This is an effort to intimidate doctors with the threat of crimi… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray On Latest Ruling In Epstein Case: “I’m Going To Keep Pushing For Answers, Transparency, And Accountability In This Case Because We Need To Make Sure Nothing Like This Happens Again”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement after a court ruled that federal prosecutors in the case against serial child abuser Jeffrey Epstein broke the law by hiding information about his plea deal from survivors of his abuse. "It is deeply wrong that survivors of the horrific abuse Jeffrey Epstein committed were denied information about the plea deal 'of a lifet… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray: Trump-Pence Women’s Health Gag Rule “Meant To Do One Thing And One Thing Only: Further Erode Women’s Constitutionally Protected Rights”

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 the Trump-Pence Administration's rule making it illegal for health care providers at clinics that receive Title X family planning program funds to refer patients for abortions. "This gag rule is meant to do one thing and one thing only: further undermine a woman's constitutionally protected right to safe, legal a… Continue Reading


02.22.19

Murray, Senate Democrats Press Labor Department for Answers on Unauthorized Apprenticeship Program

11 Senate Democrats urge Department to explain how new apprenticeship program is within the bounds of the law Last week, Department of Labor cancelled an announcement of new apprenticeship funds; reports suggest turmoil surrounding Trump Administration apprenticeship initiative Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 10 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Aco… Continue Reading


02.20.19

Democratic Health Leaders Rip Trump Administration’s Proposed Health Insurance Market Rules for Making Care More Expensive, Less Accessible

Democratic health leaders: "If implemented, the policies in the proposed rule would result in thousands of people losing coverage, millions of dollars in premium increases, higher out-of-pocket costs even for those with employer coverage, and even tighter restrictions on women's access to coverage for reproductive health services than the administration previously proposed." Democratic health leaders: "It is long past time for this administration to respond to rising health care costs with s… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Democrats Object to “Unconventional and Nontransparent” Review Process for Rule to Undermine Family Planning

Sens. Murray, Harris, and Hassan, and Rep. Cummings question the Trump Administration's review of a rule that would restrict women's access to care and institute a domestic gag rule on health care providers. Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Patty Murray, the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Murray: Democrats Stand With Doctors, Nurses, Women Against Latest GOP Show Vote Attacking Women’s Rights And Health Care

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on Senator McConnell's announcement of a show vote on anti-abortion legislation leading medical organizations have vocally opposed. "This bill is unnecessary, harmful, and would put Vice President Pence and Republicans in Congress right where they don't belong: in between a woman and her health care provider as she is makin… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Murray Statement on Independent Watchdog Report Finding Failures In Department of Education’s Management of Federal Student Loan Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on report released by the Department of Education's independent watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, which found internal failures at the Department to appropriately oversee student loan servicers that receive federal contracts. The report discloses "noncompliance" by all nine federal servicers, and sometimes repeated no… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Murray, Scott Request Oversight of Cybersecurity in the Retirement System

Senator Murray and Congressman Scott ask Government Accountability Office to examine cybersecurity of the private retirement system Members call for oversight of policies to protect plan participants, and their personal data, from cyberthreats As of 2017 over $5 trillion dollars are held in defined contribution plans like 401(k)s Members: "It is important that workers and retirees know their savings are in fact safe, and that a cyberattack will not throw the retirement they have spen… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Murray Emphasizes Importance of Addressing the Needs of People Managing Pain During Continued Opioid Response Efforts

At HELP hearing, Senator Murray highlights the need to make sure patients living with pain can access the treatments they need 20 million people suffer from persistent chronic pain that interferes with their work and daily activities Murray: "We have to find responsible, comprehensive solutions for pain management that ensure opioids are marketed, prescribed, and used responsibly but, at the same time, are within reach for people dealing with chronic pain." Murray: "Pain isn't one-… Continue Reading


02.08.19

Murray, Alexander Press Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Continue to Address Vaccine Hesitancy Amid Measles Outbreaks in Under-Vaccinated Areas Across the Country

Senators Murray and Alexander send bipartisan letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health asking about efforts to promote vaccination and vaccine confidence as multiple states face outbreaks of measles Already this year, 79 measles cases have been confirmed, following 372 measles cases in 2018 Senators: "While vaccination rates in the U.S. continue to be generally high, pockets of unvaccinated people and decreasing… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Sen. Murray Statement On Announcement of Investigation Into Epstein Case By DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray issued the following statement on the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has opened an investigation into the DOJ's prosecution of serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein. "As I've made clear, it's crucial that we understand fully whether DOJ policies were followed with respect to Jeffrey Epstein, and if they were, why there are policies in place that allowed a wealthy, well-connected m… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Murray, Murkowski to Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act helps develop national standards of care for survivors of sexual assault and tackle barriers they face when seeking care 2016 GAO report requested by Senator Murray found major barriers for survivors seeking care after sexual assault SASCA introduced in Senate with more cosponsors than ever before Congresswoman Jayapal and Congressman King to reintroduce corresponding legislation in the House Murray: "When a survivor of sexual assault go… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Murray Stresses Helping Families Get Primary Care As Key Part of Tackling Health Costs

At HELP hearing, Senator Murray highlights innovative primary care approaches in Washington state driving down health costs and improving outcomes Murray emphasized the importance of addressing barriers to primary care access like cost, distance, and language Murray: "While primary care providers can play a critical role in coordinating care and reducing costs, they can only play that role when people have access to care. In fact… lack of access can actually drive costs higher. … Continue Reading


02.05.19

Murray, HELP Committee Democrats Call On Pharmaceutical Companies to Explain Skyrocketing Insulin Prices

Murray leads HELP Committee Democrats in writing to pharmaceutical companies demanding explanation of rising insulin prices Diabetes costs have risen 26 percent since 2012, making it the most costly chronic condition in the country One-in-four diabetes patients have reported rationing medication because of cost House Energy and Commerce Committee has also requested companies explain skyrocketing insulin costs Senators: "It is clear that these steep price increases are resulting i… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Senate, House Dems Demand Answers from Secretary DeVos Following Move to Replace Education Department’s Independent Watchdog with Top Department Official

Senator Murray, Chairman Scott, and Chair DeLauro Warn DeVos' New Acting Inspector General Could Block Investigations into Education Department Actions WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Murray, Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Listen to Students and Survivors of Sexual Assault, Start Over on Title IX Rule

In comment letter to Secretary DeVos, 36 Senate Democrats urged Secretary DeVos to withdraw her Title IX proposal, listen to survivors, and write a rule that will build on progress made to keep students safe from sexual assault and harassment Sexual assault and harassment are widespread epidemics in classrooms, schools, and on college campuses across the country DeVos' rule would weaken student protections and allow schools to shirk their responsibility to keep students safe Senate D… Continue Reading

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