Press Releases

June 18, 2018

Warren, Harris, Takano, Adams, Espaillat, Colleagues Press Education Secretary for Action on Student Loan Borrowers of Color

Text of the letter (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), along with Representatives Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) today sent a bicameral letter signed by 19 other senators and 37 other members of the House of Representatives to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, raising concerns regarding the challenges facing students of color in the federal student loan system and calling on … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Warren Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis with E-Prescriptions Passes Senate Finance Committee

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded the Senate Finance Committee's passage of her bipartisan bill to combat opioid addiction by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, under Medicare. The bill was included in the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act of 2018, which passed with unanimous committee approval. Senator Warren, along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dean Heller … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Warren, Grassley Renew Call for Inclusion of Medical Device Identifiers on Medicare Claim Forms

Text of the letter (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to reiterate the importance of including medical device identifiers on the updated Medicare claim form and to urge the agency to maintain its support for this change.In its recently-released Medical Device Safety Action Plan, the FDA outlined the agency's efforts to ensure that medical … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

Bill Text (PDF)Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation to establish a "9/11-style" independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.Introduced in both chambers of Congress, the bill would create a … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Rubio Introduce Bill to Protect Jobs for Workers who Fall Behind on Student Loan Payments

Bill Text (PDF) | One-Pager (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers (Protecting JOBs) Act, legislation that would help ensure borrowers are not inhibited from working solely because they fell behind on their federal student loan payments. Specifically, the Protecting JOBs Act would prevent states from suspending, revoking or denying state professional, teaching, or … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Reed Offer Amendment to Strengthen Oversight, Restore Accountability & Keep Congress in Loop on New Warhead Development

Video of Floor Speech (YouTube)Washington, DC - In an effort to ensure that Congress continues to have an oversight role in authorizing the development of new, modified, nuclear weapons, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, are offering an amendment to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The senators say the amendment is needed because the Trump … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Krishnamoorthi Call on Inspector General to Investigate Failures of Education Department Ethics Program under Secretary DeVos

Letter to Inspector General (PDF) Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) today asked the Department of Education's Inspector General (IG) Kathleen Tighe to investigate the Department's ethics program. They brought to attention recent reporting that found Robert Eitel, Senior Counselor to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, played a more central role than previously indicated in the Department's decision to delay … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Young, Warren GAO-IG Act Passes Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that their legislation to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies has advanced out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and will be eligible for consideration by the full Senate. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Members of Congress Press FEMA, HHS on Federal Government's Failures on Puerto Rico Fatality Count Following Hurricane Maria

Letter to FEMA and HHS (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, led their Senate and House colleagues in a follow-up letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking information about the federal government's role in the official accounting of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Warren Statement on the United States-North Korea Summit

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement after the conclusion of the United States-North Korea Summit:"Yesterday's photo op doesn't change the fact that a nuclear-armed North Korea is a threat to the security of the United States, our allies, and the world. Generations of North Korean leaders have made and broken promises before -- this Administration's success will be judged on whether it can eliminate Kim's nuclear weapons … Continue Reading

June 11, 2018

Warren and Smith Press HHS Secretary Azar on Broken Promises in Trump Drug Pricing Proposal Prior to Appearance Before Congress

Letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar (PDF) Letters to Drug Company CEOs (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) sent a 12-page letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar with 38 questions seeking new information to address their concerns about President Trump's inadequate new proposals to reduce drug prices and his broken campaign promises to "negotiate like crazy" for lower drug prices. Last month, the senators … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Senators Open Inquiry on President Trump's Reckless Comments on Jobs Report

Text of letter to SEC and CFTC (PDF)Text of letter to BLS (PDF)Text of letter to Council of Economic Advisers (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today sent letters to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) expressing concern over President Donald Trump's … Continue Reading

June 07, 2018

Warren, Gardner, Joyce and Blumenauer Unveil Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Protect State Marijuana Policies

Fact Sheet (PDF)Bill Text (PDF)Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) today introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. The bill also extends these protections to Washington D.C, U.S. … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Warren Delivers Floor Speech Honoring Robert F. Kennedy

Video (YouTube)Washington, DC - In a floor speech delivered today on the Senate floor, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) paid tribute to former United States Senator Robert "Bobby" Kennedy (D-N.Y.) on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.The full text of her remarks is available below.Remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren June 6, 2018Mr. President, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of an American treasure: Bobby Kennedy.Robert Kennedy lived his life with courage … Continue Reading

June 05, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Speech on Dangers of Deregulation

Video (YouTube)Text of Remarks (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a major speech today in which she discussed how giant corporations and wealthy individuals are working to roll back regulations that protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of the American people. The Senator's remarks kicked off a symposium hosted by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards titled "The War on Regulation: Good for Corporations, Bad for the … Continue Reading

May 31, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Stable Housing for Hurricane Survivors

Bill Text (PDF) | Fact Sheet (PDF)Washington, DC - A group of eight U.S. senators today announced legislation that would activate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) to provide stable housing for survivors of major hurricanes. The senators introduced the legislation after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) refused to activate DHAP despite urgent need and requests from Members of Congress and from the Governor of Puerto Rico. The Housing Victims of Major Disasters … Continue Reading

May 31, 2018

Senadores Presentan Proyecto de Ley para Proporcionar Viviendas Estables para los Sobrevivientes de Huracanes

Texto de la Ley (PDF) | Hoja Informativa (PDF)Washington, DC - Hoy, un grupo de ocho senadores estadounidenses anunció un proyecto de ley que activaría el Programa para Asistencia de Vivienda por Desastre (DHAP, por sus siglas en inglés) para proporcionar viviendas estables para los sobrevivientes de grandes huracanes. Los senadores anunciaron el proyecto de ley después de que la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) se negó a activar DHAP a … Continue Reading

May 31, 2018

Warren Joins Heinrich in Effort to Help Native American Veterans Find a Home in Indian Country

Text of the Letter (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and ten other senators in calling on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve its program that assists Native American veterans find a home in Indian Country and allow them to live near their families with access to culturally appropriate and traditional healing practices.In a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee … Continue Reading

May 30, 2018

Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Urge NLRB Not to Circumvent Ethics Restrictions through Rulemaking on Joint-Employer Standard

Text of the letter (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), sent a letter to John Ring, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to express concern with Ring's announcement that the Board may issue a regulation that would undermine labor rights clarified by Browning-Ferris, an important 2015 decision ensuring that workers could bargain with employers that have … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Warren Applauds Department of Education Advisory Panel for Setting Up Committee to Examine For-Profit Conversions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the below statement following the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity's (NACIQI) announcement that it will set up a subcommittee to examine for-profit college conversions:"Sham for-profit colleges are champing at the bit to convert to sham non-profit colleges so they can dodge accountability for cheating students. This issue is urgent, and I'm glad the Education Department's … Continue Reading

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