Ranking Member's Press

04.16.20

ROUNDUP: Senator Murray Releases White Paper Outlining Democrats’ Proposal to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing

Seattle Times: Patty Murray and other Senate Democrats push White House for broad coronavirus testing The Stranger: How Can America Fix Its Deadly Coronavirus Testing Shortfall? Patty Murray Has a Plan for That. Axios: "Senate Democratic leadership announced Wednesday a plan, authored by Sen. Patty Murray, that calls for $30 billion in emergency funds to bolster national coronavirus testing and contact tracing." LA Times: "The Democrats' goal would be to develop a plan to ensure test… Continue Reading


04.15.20

Senate Democratic Leaders Offer Roadmap to Dramatically Expand Testing Capacity Nationwide

Health experts have made clear that being able to conduct hundreds of millions of tests is necessary before the U.S. can safely ease social distancing guidelines Senators Schumer, Durbin, Murray, and Stabenow discuss importance of rapidly expanding COVID-19 testing capacity, lay out Democratic testing agenda Senator Murray releases white paper outlining Democrats proposals to ramp up COVID-19 testing DPCC report from Senator Stabenow shows how the U.S. lags behind other countries in t… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Democrats Argue Supreme Court Should Protect Birth Control Coverage for Women Across the Country Against Trump Administration Rule

Bicameral group of Democrats files amicus brief in Supreme Court case challenging Trump Administration rule meant to undermine birth control coverage requirement Senator Murray: "Women across the country do not need someone else deciding whether or not they can get birth control-not their employer, not their schools, and certainly not President Trump and Vice President Pence." (Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, a bicameral group of Democratic Members of Congress submitted an amicus curiae b… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Senators Call on Federal Labor Agency to Invoke Emergency Protocols to Provide and Enforce Safety Standards for All Essential Businesses and Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Senators: "The current lack of consistency surrounding the monitoring of symptoms, sanitation practices, personal protective equipment standards, and reporting and communication requirements must be addressed." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupation Safety and Health Administration (… Continue Reading


04.08.20

Senator Murray Condemns Trump Administration Attacks on Coronavirus Response Watchdogs

Murray urges Republicans to join in pushing for serious accountability for the Administration's COVID-19 response follow President Trump's efforts to undermine oversight from government watchdogs (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on President Trump's recent attacks on the Inspectors General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) an… Continue Reading


04.07.20

Senate Democrats Unveil COVID-19 “Heroes Fund” Proposal To Provide $25,000 Pay Increase To Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

Senate Democrats' Proposed "Heroes Fund," Introduced By Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, Casey, Udall, And Peters, Would Provide Premium Pay To Reward, Retain, And Recruit Essential Frontline Workers Proposed COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" Consists Of Two Major Components-A $25,000 Premium Pay Increase For Essential Workers + A $15,000 Essential Worker Recruitment Incentive To Attract And Secure Workforce Needed To Fight Public Health Crisis Senate Democrats: Essential Frontline Workers Are True He… Continue Reading


04.07.20

Murray Releases New GAO Report Underscoring Need to Address Maternal Mortality Crisis

Report includes an overview of how maternal mortality is tracked, trends in mortality data, and how states are using federal funding to reduce deaths Findings demonstrate the need for continued efforts to reduce maternal mortality and address racial, ethnic, and age-related disparities While the maternal mortality ratio decreased globally by about three percent from 2000 to 2015, the ratio in the U.S. increased by three percent Murray: "This new report sheds light on where we are an… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Murray Presses Labor Department to Quickly Use New Authority, Extend Filing Deadline as COVID-19 Drives Influx of Hardship and Loan Requests

Senator Murray urges Department of Labor to use new authority, extend deadlines for plan administrators and record keepers due to challenges of COVID-19 Recently-passed COVID-19 response bill gave Labor Department authority to extend filing deadlines under ERISA Murray: "This simple step would help plan administrators and record keepers across the country… prioritize the significant increase of requests and applications from families seeking help managing financial hardship over c… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Murray, DeLauro to DOL: Remove Loopholes for Employers from Paid Leave Guidance

The bipartisan, bicameral Families First Coronavirus Response Act-which was signed into law by President Trump-includes historic provisions providing paid sick and family leave The Department of Labor has released guidance for employees and employers that significantly reduces the number of workers who are eligible for paid leave Murray, DeLauro: "Given that congressional intent was to respond to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, DOL has the responsibility to provide the maximu… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Bicameral Democratic Health Leaders Condemn Trump Refusal to Reopen Enrollment on the Marketplaces

WASHINGTON - Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a joint statement today condemning President Trump's decision not to establish a special Affordable Care Act open enrollment period in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. "President Trump's refusal to giv… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Murray, Warren, Gillibrand Urge Secretary DeVos to Halt Title IX Rule; Focus on Helping Schools During the COVID-19 Crisis

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged Secretary DeVos not to release the final Title IX rule while K-12 schools and institutions of higher education are grappling with an unprecedented public health crisis. In a letter sent to Secretary DeVos, the Senators expressed their strong opposition to finalizing this … Continue Reading


03.27.20

Bicameral Democratic Health Leaders Call for Additional Action to Ensure Cost is Not a Barrier for COVID-19 Treatment

(Washington, D.C.) - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a joint statement today calling for additional congressional action to ensure that COVID-19 treatment and vaccines are free of charge for patients as well as new measures to reduce the cost of health i… Continue Reading


03.27.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Calls for Multiemployer Pension Crisis Solution to Protect Families From Additional Financial Uncertainty

Senator Murray urges colleagues to include multiemployer pension crisis fix in ongoing COVID-19 response efforts As pandemic throws families into economic uncertainty, Murray stressed the need to avoid additional crises for workers and retirees Murray: "Through no fault of their own, millions of workers and retirees are at risk of losing the pensions they have earned at the worst possible time. We can't let that happen." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), r… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Murray, Democrats Press Trump Administration on Failure to Help States with Dire Medical Supply Shortages

Murray, Wyden, Peters, Brown, Cortez Masto, Rosen write to Vice President Pence demanding answers on the Trump Administration's lack of timely action and transparency regarding steps taken to stabilize the medical supply chain despite months of warning Rather than provide leadership and assistance, President Trump has told governors to fend for themselves to obtain scarce equipment and supplies Senators: "We are deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's continued failure to assist st… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Murray Responds to Alarming New Report on COVID-19 Threat: “Now Is Not the Time to Retreat”

Senator Murray responds to new University of Washington report forecasting current trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. Murray: "People in my state and across the country have made incredible personal sacrifices to help slow the spread of this disease-now is not the time to retreat and let those efforts go to waste." Director of UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: "The trajectory of the pandemic will change - and dramatically for the worse - if people ease up on social d… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Senator Murray Vows to Continue Fighting for the Disability Community during the Coronavirus Crisis

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), successfully blocked Republican efforts to give Secretary DeVos a blank check to waive students' civil rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Republican efforts to restrict providers that serve the disability community from receiving crucial financial assistance. As we continue to respond to this crisis, Senator Murray vo… Continue Reading


03.26.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Highlights Steps to Give Families More Financial Flexibility to Weather Crisis

Senator Murray secures steps in bipartisan Senate bill to increase people's flexibility to manage their retirement resources to navigate COVID-19 crisis Bill waives penalty for people forced to withdraw retirement savings early Bill allows people who would otherwise be forced by age requirements to start drawing from their retirement plan to hold off amid market uncertainty Murray: "We need to make sure workers, retirees, and families across the country have every possible tool avail… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Murray Opposes Partisan GOP Coronavirus Bill; Calls Republicans Back to Negotiating Table

(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 inadequate, partisan Republican coronavirus response legislation. "In the midst of an unprecedented national crisis, Republicans can't seriously expect us to tell people in our communities who are suffering that we shortchanged hospitals, students, workers, and small businesses but gave big corporations hun… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Senator Murray Statement on Senate Republicans’ Proposed Coronavirus Relief Package

Murray: "Since the beginning of our response efforts I've made two things clear: we need to address this as the public health crisis it is, and the people who are most directly impacted-health care workers, families, communities, small businesses-must be put first, not big corporations." (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 Senate Republicans'… Continue Reading


03.20.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Step Up and Help Student Loan Borrowers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Last week, President Trump announced that he would waive student loan interest, acknowledging how relief for student loan borrowers must be part of our coronavirus response Murray, Senate Democrats urged Secretary DeVos to use her existing authority to do more to provide immediate relief for borrowers and help the economy Democrats: "The President's announcement that student loan interest will be waived is simply not enough. The outbreak of this global pandemic necessitates bold action … Continue Reading

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