Press Releases

January 04, 2018

As Frigid Temperatures Set In, Massachusetts Delegation Calls for Immediate Release of Vital Home Heating Assistance Funding

Washington, DC - As a brutal winter storm bears down on the Northeast, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation today called for the immediate release of as much as possible of the remaining 10 percent of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for this fiscal year. Nationwide, LIHEAP helps low-income households, veterans, and seniors pay their energy bills during the cold winter months. The Department of Energy forecasts that … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Warren, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Accountability and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As of 2016, there were more than 15,000 open and … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Warren Questions Federal Student Aid Chief on Student Loan Servicing and Borrower Protection

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the Department of Education, asking him about his specific plans for reducing student loan delinquencies and defaults, holding student loan servicers and contractors accountable, and improving customer service for the over 42 million student borrowers. Senator Warren asked Dr. Johnson 40 specific questions and … Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on John Rood Nomination for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the nomination of John Rood to be Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. In her speech, Senator Warren raised concerns about Mr. Rood's refusal to commit to not seek a waiver from his ethics agreement and urged her colleagues to reject his nomination. Senator Warren also made clear that she will not vote to confirm any Department of Defense nominee from industry who does not agree … Continue Reading

January 02, 2018

Warren Calls for Inspectors General Review of Education Department's Potential Misuse of Social Security Data to Limit Relief for Defrauded Students

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today requesting the Inspectors General of the Department of Education and Social Security Administration (SSA) determine whether the Department is violating its information exchange agreement with the SSA and misusing Social Security data to limit relief to thousands of defrauded borrowers.The Department of Education plans to use federal earnings data produced from federal tax records to calculate limited relief … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Warren, Cassidy, Colleagues Call for HELP Committee Hearings on Hurricanes' Impact on Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), along with 7 of their colleagues on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to request that the Committee hold hearings to assess the challenges facing the health and educational systems of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Noting the extensive damage … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Warren, Capito, Colleagues Urge DEA to Swiftly Issue Regulations and Guidance on Partial Fill Law to Better Address Nation’s Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) sent a letter today urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to update regulations and guidance related to the partial filling of Schedule II controlled substances. Doing so would give prescribers and pharmacists additional clarity about the new provisions of federal law and other steps that can be taken to better address the nation's opioid crisis. The senators were joined by Senators Chuck … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Warren, Murray, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Rescind Rule Denying Women Access to Birth Control Coverage

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 16 of their colleagues sent a letter to Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin highlighting the hundreds of thousands of comments in opposition to the Trump Administration's interim final rules (IFR) significantly weakening the birth control requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The senators called on the … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on the Dream Act

Watch the Video Here. Senator Warren's Remarks Start at Minute Six. Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of a clean Dream Act. The full text of her remarks, as delivered, is available below.On Tuesday, Senator Warren met with a group of Dreamers from Massachusetts. Watch their meeting here. Remarks by Senator Elizabeth WarrenDecember 21, 2017 Just yesterday, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a massive … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Warren, Markey, Capuano Applaud Release of $100M in Federal Funding for Green Line Extension

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Congressman Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.) today applauded the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to release $100 million in federal funding for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line Extension (GLX). Senators Warren, Markey and Congressman Capuano fought hard to secure this funding in the … Continue Reading

December 19, 2017

Senator Warren's Remarks about Tonight's Vote on the Republican Tax Bill

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in advance of tonight's vote on the Republican tax bill. The full text of her remarks, as prepared for delivery, is available below. Remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren *As prepared for delivery*December 19, 2017 Today is a terrible day. It's a terrible day for the millions of working families in this country who just want Congress to work for them. A terrible day for millions of … Continue Reading

December 19, 2017

Warren and Brown Statement on Anti-Worker NLRB Rulings

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today issued a statement on the recent harmful, anti-worker National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings that advance corporate special interests at the expense of America's workers: "President Trump's effort to stack the NLRB with two anti-worker attorneys supported by large corporations paid off last week. Like clockwork and without any public input, the Board checked several items off those corporations' wish … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Warren, Brown, Colleagues Call on EEOC to Address Rampant Sexual Harassment of Tipped Workers

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and 17 of their colleagues sent a letter to Acting Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Victoria Lipnic requesting information on the commission's efforts to address sexual harassment in the food and hospitality industries, which have high numbers of tipped workers. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws and investigating discrimination charges … Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Senator Warren Calls For An Additional $1 Billion in Mental Health Funding To Be Included In The Year-End Budget Deal

Washington, DC - At a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on Wednesday, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) highlighted the importance of mental health funding at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Senator Warren called for an additional $1 billion in mental health funding which would roughly double SAMHSA's two biggest mental health grant programs, the Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Programs of Regional and … Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

NDAA Signed Into Law, Includes Key Warren Provisions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which President Trump signed into law earlier today. "In my first year on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I've focused on supporting servicemembers and their families, and on strengthening our national security. While I do not support everything in this defense bill, on balance … Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Warren Calls on Mnuchin to Explain Treasury's Sham "Analysis" of Republican Tax Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requesting more information about the dubious claims made in the Treasury Department's "analysis" of the Senate Republican tax plan. Warren also urged Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to cooperate fully with the pending Inspector General investigation she requested last month. "After repeatedly promising to release a robust Treasury analysis showing that the Republican tax bill … Continue Reading

December 11, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on New Report on Student Borrower Defense

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement in response to the release of a new report from the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General on the federal student loan borrower defense loan discharge process: "In today's report, the Education Department's nonpartisan, independent watchdog recommends that the Department resume processing loan relief applications for defrauded students - and confirms that Secretary DeVos' … Continue Reading

December 08, 2017

Following Exchange with NIH Director, Warren, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Funding for Biomedical Research

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the National Biomedical Research Act, following an exchange with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The legislation would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purchasing … Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Ginnie Mae Steps to Crack Down on Predatory Lenders

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement after Ginnie Mae, the government corporation responsible for approving lenders to securitize VA-backed mortgages, announced it would take additional steps to prevent loan churning by predatory lenders: "I'm glad Ginnie Mae Acting President Michael Bright has responded so quickly and aggressively to the concerns I raised in September about veterans getting exploited by predatory lenders. … Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Warren Joins Colleagues in Calling on Senate Leaders to Boost Medicaid Resources in Wake of Hurricanes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in urging Senate leaders to boost Medicaid resources for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands while they negotiate a disaster relief package. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the senators highlighted the urgent need to bolster Medicaid programs in U.S. territories … Continue Reading

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