Ranking Member's Press

03.19.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Asks Government Watchdog to Investigate Trump Administration’s Testing Missteps

Senator Murray asks the Health Department's Inspector General to investigate the Trump Administration's flawed efforts to develop, deploy, and analyze diagnostic tests for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Murray: "We must understand where HHS has erred in this process and implement lessons learned as soon as possible to mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and future diseases moving forward." Murray: "It is clear HHS's grave errors in managing every aspect of the testing process&hell… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren Unveil Bold, New Plan To Cancel Student Loan Payments For Duration Of Coronavirus Emergency And Provide Minimum $10K Payoff For All Federal Student Loan Borrowers

Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren's New Proposal Would Provide Immediate, Much-Needed Relief To Federal Student Loan Borrowers Through Minimum $10K In Student Loan Payments New Proposal Would Authorize Congress To Make Monthly Payments On Behalf Of Borrowers For Duration Of National Emergency And Be Followed By 3-Month Grace Period At Program Termination Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren: Borrowers Need Immediate Relief From Financial Strain Of Student Loan Debt Amid Coronavirus… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Senator Murray Statement on Senate Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In remarks on the Senate floor, Murray promises to continue pushing for paid sick days and medical leave provision in the next coronavirus response package Senator Murray: "While I'm glad we finally passed this second round of relief, there continues to be an enormous amount we've got to do to ensure that workers, families, those on the front lines of our health care system, and small businesses have the resources and support to deal with the enormous challenge the coronavirus presents in Wa… Continue Reading


03.17.20

PAID Leave Act: Murray, DeLauro, Gillibrand to Introduce Updated Emergency Paid Leave; Small Business Support Bill In Response to Worsening Coronavirus Crisis

PAID Leave Act builds on bipartisan agreement in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to ensure U.S. has a federal paid leave policy Under new PAID Leave Act, all workers will be allowed to take advantage of 14 paid sick days and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave Bill will fully and quickly reimburse employers for all paid sick days and paid leave in 2020 and 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Educat… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Senator Murray Statement on the Nominations of Jocelyn Samuels to the EEOC and Lauren McFerran to the NLRB

Senator Murray supports both Democratic nominees, highlighting their extensive experience and qualifications Nominations come after years of Republican obstruction has left both agencies unbalanced Murray: "I'm relieved that these nominations have finally arrived, but let me be perfectly clear-it should never have taken this long and I still expect the White House to nominate a second Democrat to the NLRB immediately…" Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA… Continue Reading


03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: U.S. Senators Murray, Smith, Peters, Schumer, Wyden Lead Democratic Senate Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

Legislation Would Provide Free Diagnostic Testing and Related Health Care Services for Americans Receiving Tests to Confirm Coronavirus Infection (Washington, D.C.) -Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in leading a number of their Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing t… Continue Reading


03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: Following Murray Letter, Pence Appoints New Head of Testing to Resolve Issues

Yesterday Sen. Murray sent Vice President Pence a letter calling on him to appoint an individual solely responsible for immediately improving testing efforts The Administration has since announced Admiral Giroir, HHS Assistant Secretary, will be in charge of testing efforts among public health service agencies Murray to Pence: "It is unconscionable that months after this outbreak began, we are unable to provide clear, consistent information about testing capability for COVID-19, and my f… Continue Reading


03.13.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Introduces Bill to Support Students, Teachers, School Staff Amid School Closures

Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act will provide resources to assist early childhood programs, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education The bill follows Senator Murray's ongoing efforts to push the Department of Education to provide guidance to schools in the wake of widespread school closures Senator Murray: "I've introduced a bill to ensure that our coronavirus response provides the resources our students, teachers, school staff, and schools so desperately ne… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senator Murray Statement on the Trump Administration’s Apprenticeship Rule

DOL finalizes rule to create duplicative industry-recognized apprenticeship that don't include the same crucial protections as registered apprenticeships Senator Murray: "This rule undermines Registered Apprenticeship Programs in favor of an untested system that that lacks sufficient accountability and crucial worker protections." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement on the Department of Labor's (DOL) newly released apprenticeship… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Senators Murray and Warren Urge NIH and FDA to Incorporate the Needs of Pregnant People and Other Underrepresented Populations as Companies Develop Vaccines and Therapeutics for COVID-19

Senators: "Pregnant people have historically been left out of research agendas and clinical trials due to the added complexities of ensuring their safety and that of their children" Senators: "We urge you to account for the unique risks and concerns of populations that have historically been excluded from pandemic research agendas" (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Eliza… Continue Reading


03.11.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Push Scalia to Advocate for Workers, Question DOL’s Absence from Task Force

As coronavirus continues to impact workers, Department of Labor still absent from the President's Coronavirus Task Force Murray, Democrats push Secretary of Labor Scalia for answers, urge him to advocate for workers Senators: "We call on you - as the lead federal government official responsible for the protection and advocacy of workers - to ensure response efforts incorporate both the immediate and long-term needs of workers." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), r… Continue Reading


03.11.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, Democrats Push DeVos to Issue Clear Guidance for Schools and Families, Following Widespread School Closures

Murray, Democrats push for DeVos to address school lunches, online learning, and federal financial aid and student loans Senators: "We urge the U.S. Department of Education to consider several serious issues related to school closure." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 32 Democratic Senators in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clarity and guidance for school … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Murray, Schumer, And Wyden Send Letter To Vice President Pence Demanding Answers On The Alarming Lack Of Access To Coronavirus Testing, Patients Need Assurances That Testing Will Be Free For Those Who Need It

(Washington, D.C.) - Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter today to Vice President Pence regarding the mass confusion and lack of clarity around the availability of coronavirus testing and out-of-pocket costs associated with getting tests and treatment. Senators Murray, Schumer, and Wyden today sent a letter to Vice President Pence demanding the Trump … Continue Reading


03.10.20

Editorial Boards Agree: We Need Emergency Paid Sick Leave to Fight the Coronavirus

Murray, DeLauro bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Everett, WA: "Paid sick leave an effective tool against Covid-19, " The Herald Editorial Board Orlando, FL: "Coronavirus sick time: Congress should do the job if Florida won't," The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board New York, NY: "We Are Ignoring One Obvious Way to Fight the Coronavirus," New York Times Edito… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Murray, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect American Workers against COVID-19

The senators urged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard to protect all workers against the coronavirus outbreak (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today led a group of colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a comprehensive Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect American workers a… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Murray Introduces Lump-Sum Transparency Bill to Address Trump Administration Roll Back of Retiree Protection

Bill would require participants and retirees to be provided critical information when offered a lump-sum buyout of pension benefits Lump-sum buyouts often provide less money than lifetime pension benefits, and transfer all the risk from employers to retirees and participants One year ago, the Trump Administration announced it would not pursue an Obama-era proposal prohibiting such buyouts Murray: "No one should ever have to make a decision that could seriously affect their plans t… Continue Reading


03.06.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray, DeLauro Introduce New Emergency Paid Sick Days Legislation

Murray, DeLauro bill would immediately require employers to provide workers with 14 days of paid sick leave to be used during a public health emergency, including current crisis Outside of public health emergencies, legislation requires employers to provide 7 days of accrued sick leave, building off Murray, DeLauro Healthy Families Act (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman … Continue Reading


03.05.20

Murray: New Report Details How Disastrously Incompetent Implementation of Trump Administration’s Inhumane Family Separation Policy Further Hurt Families

Investigation was launched following request from Senator Murray and Senate Democrats Murray: "It was clear from the start that the Trump Administration's family separation policy was utterly inhumane, and this report shows how the Administration's incompetence caused further harm to families." HHS OIG: "HHS's lack of planning for the possibility of larger-scale family separation left the Department unable to provide prompt and appropriate care for separated children when the zero-tolera… Continue Reading


03.05.20

CORONAVIRUS: Murray Demands Answers From Vice President Pence Over Coronavirus Diagnostic Testing Delay

Senator Murray writes to Vice President Pence demanding answers about delays and issues with coronavirus diagnostic testing Senator Murray grilled FDA Commissioner Hahn at a HELP hearing earlier this week about the test production issues Murray: "I am extremely frustrated by how the Trump Administration has handled the deployment of such tests, including how it has communicated to Congress and the public about when, where, and to whom tests will be available." (Washington, D.C.) - T… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Senators Murray and Murphy Statements on FDA Rule to Ban Use of Electrical Shock Devices on Children and Adults with Disabilities

After request from Senators Murray and Murphy, FDA finalizes rule first proposed in 2016 Rule will finally end the practice of using electrical shocks to punish children and adults with disabilities Murray: "I'm glad FDA finally took this important step to protect children and adults with disabilities." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) rel… Continue Reading

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