Press Releases

June 23, 2016

Senators Request Update on Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Decision as Deadline Nears

Text of the letter available here Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting an update on the agencies' decision about whether to adjust marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug … Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Sen. Warren Urges Federal Communications Commission to Adopt Strong Consumer Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt strong consumer privacy rules for internet service providers, and to ban dubious business practices that single out low-income consumers for different treatment. The FCC currently protects the privacy of traditional telephone customers, and now is considering whether to adopt proposed rules that would provide similar protections for broadband internet access service (BIAS) … Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Warren, Daines Introduce Bill to Protect Americans' Retirement Savings

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today introduced the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to protect hard-working Americans' retirement savings. As employers have shifted from defined benefit pensions to individualized retirement plans such as 401(k)s, workers have become responsible for tracking, managing, and consolidating multiple retirement accounts as they move from job to job. But moving accounts from job to job is not … Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Donnelly, Warren Encourage Fed, FDIC to Consider All Statutory Tools if Banks' Living Wills Are Found Not Credible

Washington, DC- United States Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to encourage the agencies to consider, and be willing to use, all statutory tools at their disposal if banks' resolution plans, also known as living wills, are found not credible. Earlier this year, the Fed and FDIC jointly determined that five large financial institutions had submitted living wills … Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren Lead Bipartisan Call on FDA to End Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to swiftly move to end the discriminatory blood donation deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM). The bipartisan letter was sent in light of the recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and requests an update on FDA's efforts to implement the updated one year deferral policy and to … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Lawrence Fire Department to Receive Federal Assistance for New Truck

WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Lawrence Fire Department has been awarded federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program. The Lawrence Fire Department will receive $500,000 to purchase a new pumper engine. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, Fire Chief Brian Moriarty and other officials will formally announce the grant at an event tomorrow, Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:00pm, at the Lawrence … Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Senator Warren Speaks About Orlando Attack on LGBT Club, Calls for Congress to Come Together to Address Gun Violence and Terrorism

Video of the speech is available here. Washington, DC - In remarks today on the Senate floor, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Senate Democrats during a filibuster to call for action to address gun violence following the recent attack on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. In her remarks, Senator Warren spoke about the need for our country to come together to drive out hate from our communities, to reduce gun violence, and to fight terrorism. … Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Senators Issue Report on U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbying

Washington, D.C. - Tonight, a group of Senators led by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and joined by Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Edward Markey (D-MA) released findings of an investigation into the lobbying activities of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-the purported voice of America's business community and the largest lobbying force in the country. In their report, the Senators … Continue Reading

June 10, 2016

Senator Warren Releases Report Raising Serious Concerns About College Accreditor and Federal Advisory Committee's Troubled Oversight

Washington, DC - A report released today by Senator Elizabeth Warren describes lax federal oversight of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a college accreditor that has a long track record of failing to hold schools accountable for wrongdoing. The report comes in advance of a June meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) that will consider whether to renew ACICS's federal recognition. ACICS and other … Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Sens. Warren and Lee Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Graduate Students Build Retirement Savings

Fact sheet Bill text Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Graduate Student Savings Act of 2016, which would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). While fellowship or stipend funding currently is taxed as income by federal and state governments, it does not qualify as "compensation" and so cannot be saved in an IRA. "We should be encouraging young … Continue Reading

June 06, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren Releases Report Detailing GOP's Extremist Record of Obstructing Key Obama Nominees

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released a report highlighting Senate Republicans' long record of delaying and blocking votes on President Obama's nominees to the judiciary and to other key administration positions, culminating in the GOP's ongoing obstruction of Supreme Court Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland. "The idea that Senate Republicans are willing to leave our highest court short-handed for nearly a year seems shocking. But the fact is that, for more … Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Warren, Hatch, and Rubio Call for GAO Review of Sober Living Home Federal and State Oversight

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today sent a bipartisan letter calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of federal and state oversight of sober living homes. "The ongoing opioid epidemic has fueled a high demand for substance abuse services, and it is critical that individuals receive the care they need, and that facilities purporting to help individuals with substance use disorders are actually doing … Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Warren, Markey, Capuano and Clark Urge Harvard to Allow Graduate Assistants to Organize for Collective Bargaining

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Michael Capuano and Katherine Clark, have sent a letter urging Harvard University President Drew Faust to recognize collective bargaining units of graduate student research and teaching assistants if they wish to organize. "For decades, U.S. labor law has protected the rights of workers to organize. This critical labor protection has been central to building our nation's middle class and … Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Senator Warren Lays Out Steps to Protect Workers in the "Gig Economy"

Washington, DC - In remarks delivered today at New America's annual conference, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the challenges facing workers in the "gig economy," and identified several key steps that should be taken to better protect workers as our economy changes in the 21st century. "Massive technological change is a gift - a byproduct of human ingenuity that creates extraordinary opportunities to improve the lives of billions," Senator Warren said. "But history shows that to harness … Continue Reading

May 16, 2016

Senator Warren Urges IRS to Select Balanced Representation for Electronic Tax Advisory Committee

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to select consumer advocates, as well other members representing the needs of low-income, elderly, disabled, and non-English speaking taxpayers, to serve on its Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC, which was established to "provide an organized public support of the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the … Continue Reading

May 16, 2016

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Urges FHFA to Delay New Policy on “Super Lien” Laws Affecting Homeowners in Community Associations

Washington DC - The Massachusetts congressional delegation wrote to urge Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Melvin Watt to delay implementation of the agency's new policy on state super lien laws until the agency has obtained and considered public comments on the issue. Massachusetts, 21 other states, and the District of Columbia have "super lien" laws giving community association liens priority over first mortgage liens. This allows community associations to foreclose on a … Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Senator Warren, Congressman Conyers, 100+ Members of Congress Call for Diverse Federal Reserve

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) Thursday released a letter signed by 116 members of the House of Representatives and 11 senators urging the Federal Reserve to reform its governance by committing to more diverse leadership and prioritizing full employment for all communities. Addressed to Fed Chair Janet Yellen, the letter calls attention to the lack of diversity across the Federal Reserve system. White men from the … Continue Reading

May 11, 2016

Warren and Cotton Raise Bipartisan Concerns About Financial Adviser Misconduct, Ask FINRA to Protect Investors

Text of the letter available here Washington, DC - In a bipartisan letter sent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked about steps the independent regulator is taking to address misconduct among financial advisers and to protect investors. The letter comes after a recent study found high rates of misconduct among advisers under FINRA's supervision, and revealed ineffective sanctions for this … Continue Reading

May 11, 2016

Warren: Navient Should Fix Abysmal Student Loan Servicing, Not Spend Millions on Lobbying for Sweetheart Deals

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote to the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) Office of Federal Student Aid to raise concerns about the recent dramatic increase in lobbying expenditures by student loan servicer Navient. Navient's significant lobbying expenditures - which total almost $24 million since 2010 - come while the servicer has faced a number of federal and state investigations into problems with its servicing practices. Warren raised particular concerns … Continue Reading

May 03, 2016

Senators Urge Education Department to Fully Enforce Key Funding Accountability Provision in "Every Student Succeeds Act"

A PDF copy of the letter is available here Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with seven other senators, urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to use the authority that it was given by Congress to fully enforce the "supplement, not supplant" provision in the recently-passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This provision helps ensure the law meets it goal of protecting the civil rights and educational opportunity for all … Continue Reading

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