Press Releases

December 06, 2019

Warren, Brown Seek Answers from CFPB on "Advisory Opinions" That Could Weaken Consumer Protection Laws

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger seeking information regarding the Bureau's plans to develop a program to issue formal advisory opinions. In their … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Senator Warren and Representative García Announce Introduction of the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act to End Rubber Stamping of Bank Merger Applications

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), member of the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, today announced the introduction of the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act. The legislation would restrict harmful consolidation in the banking industry and protect consumers and the financial system from “Too Big to Fail” … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Senator Warren & Representative Schakowsky Unveil Legislation to Strengthen Part-Time Workers' Rights as Holiday Shopping Season Begins

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) today announced they will introduce the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act, legislation to strengthen protections for part-time workers and allow them to better balance their work schedules with personal and family needs. The legislation will address one of the primary issues that hourly workers face - work … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Senators Warren and Merkley Announce Senate Companion to Remove the Stain Act

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced that they will introduce the Senate companion to the Remove the Stain Act. First introduced in the House by Representatives Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Paul Cook (R-Calif.), the bill would revoke the Medal of Honor from the soldiers who perpetrated the Wounded Knee massacre on December 29, 1890, when U.S. soldiers slaughtered hundreds of Lakota men, women, and … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

In Bipartisan Letter, Warren, Grassley, Doggett, Fitzpatrick, & Pascrell Advocate for Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) Information to be Added to Electronic Health Insurance Claims Forms

  Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, along with Representatives Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), yesterday sent letters in support of recommendations that the device identifier portion of unique … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Warren, Markey, Keating, Kennedy Urge U.S. Trade Representative to Assist Struggling Cranberry Growers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives William Keating (D-MA-09) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging him to explore new markets for American cranberry growers to compensate for China's 40 percent tariff on imported cranberries. In the past year, the U.S. cranberry industry has experienced an estimated $42.8 million loss due to … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Senators Warren and Brown Raise Alarm in Letter to CFPB amid Reports of Gender Discrimination by Goldman Sachs and the New Apple Card

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger, following reports of alleged gender discrimination in underwriting for the Apple … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Senator Warren Voices Concern Over Brett Giroir Appointment as Acting FDA Commissioner

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Dr. Brett Giroir expressing concern regarding his recent appointment to serve as Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In her letter, the Senator outlined Dr. Giroir's troubling record as Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and requested that Dr. Giroir commit to making evidence-based decisions at the FDA. The FDA … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Updated: Senator Warren Urges Regulators and Companies to Increase Oversight, Address Health Impacts of E-Cigarette Products

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is working with her colleagues in Congress to urge federal regulators and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) companies, like JUUL Labs, to combat the growing public health crisis of vaping-related illnesses and the epidemic of youth tobacco use. Senator Warren is also working to hold regulators and e-cigarette companies accountable. Her ongoing oversight work includes:Submitting questions for the record to Food and Drug … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Warren, Markey, McGovern, Trahan Announce $4.5 Million Grant for Montachusett Regional Transit Authority

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA-02) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced that the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) will receive $4.5 million in competitive grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. This federal grant will support MART as it makes capital improvements to its buses and … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Massachusetts Orgs. Awarded Over $5 Million in Federal Grants Through Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), Jim McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today applauded the announcement that 12 organizations in Massachusetts were awarded a total of $5,150,760 in federal grants through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The grants will assist CDFIs in … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Urge Regulators to Reassess FERC Certificate for Weymouth Compressor Station as Enbridge Rushes to Begin Construction

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey yesterday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the recently-filed request for a Notice to Proceed on the construction of the Weymouth Compressor Station and reopen the decision to approve the project. In 2017, FERC issued a certificate for the project to move forward based on contracts from five local distribution companies, two manufacturing companies, and a municipal utility. … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Bipartisan Inquiry from Senators Warren, Blumenthal and Cassidy Asks Google to Explain How and Why It Secretly Collected Health Data on Millions of Americans Without Their Consent

Washington, DC - Following alarming reports of Google’s efforts to obtain the health records of millions of Americans without their awareness or consent, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-C.T.), and Bill Cassidy (R-L.A.) sent a bipartisan letter to Google demanding answers to the serious questions and concerns raised by “Project Nightingale.” “We write with concern over reports that Ascension has entered into a partnership that provides Google … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Commend House Committee Passage of Pipeline Safety Legislation That Includes “Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act”

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) commended the House Energy and Commerce Committee for inclusion and passage of their legislation, the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act, in SAFER Pipelines Act. The Senators and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) introduced their legislation in the wake of the September 2018 Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster that killed Leonel Rondon, injured more than two dozen, and damaged more than 100 structures. … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Senators Warren, Brown, and Sanders Investigate “Inherent” Conflicts of Interest of Private Equity-Owned Institutional Review Boards

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent letters to two major private equity-owned commercial institutional review boards (IRBs), WCG Clinical and Advarra, which review clinical research proposals to ensure that participant rights are protected and the research is conducted ethically. IRBs are entrusted with protecting participants and vulnerable populations. The lawmakers’ letter raises questions about … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Senators Warren, Brown and Rep. Pocan Investigate Role of Private Equity in Declining Quality of Nursing Home Care

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, along with Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), sent letters to four private equity firms -- Carlyle Group, Formation Capital, Fillmore Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus -- that currently invest, or have recently invested in, companies providing nursing home care and other long-term care services. The lawmakers' letters cited reports that show … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Criticize Ernst & Young for Misleading "Sham Study" on Private Equity Impact on U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), sent a letter to Ernst & Young (EY), sharply criticizing a misleading report the firm released in partnership with the American Investment Council (AIC), a trade group for the private equity industry, about the scope of private equity's influence in the economy.The letter concludes … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Senator Warren Introduces Senate Companion Bill to Ensure Our Nation's Public Housing is Healthy and Safe

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today announced she will introduce the Senate companion to the Public Housing Emergency Response Act. First introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), the bill would create a one-time, $70 billion appropriation into the PublicHousing Capital Fund to address the estimated $70 billion backlog of maintenance and repairs in public housing. This would allow tenants to live in safe … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans Passes Senate Unanimously

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), SASC member and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), SASC and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee member, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), SASC member and Ranking Member of the Military … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Warren, Blunt Rochester, Colleagues Question HHS and CMS on Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) led eight of their Senate and House colleagues in requesting information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about HHS' use of alternative payment models (APMs) to reduce maternal mortality and improve the delivery of maternal health care. The lawmakers' letter comes as the United States faces a … Continue Reading

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