Press Releases

March 26, 2019

Warren, Cummings Release GAO Report Recommending Stronger Consumer Protections to Prevent Another Equifax Breach

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) today released the findings of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, entitled "Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies."  The lawmakers requested this GAO report on September 15, 2017, eight days after Equifax publicly announced that the company had allowed a massive data breach … Continue Reading

March 22, 2019

Senators Warren and Brown Call on OCC, CFPB to Fire Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan, Renew Call for Fed Action

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agencies to use their powers under a consent … Continue Reading

March 22, 2019

Warren Calls for Transparency as FINRA Updates Broker Expungement Rules

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) highlighting recent research on the value of strong broker expungement rules that ensure the availability of complete and transparent information and protect investors. The Senator's letter comes as FINRA considers changes to the processes by which brokers can scrub their records of customer complaints.FINRA, an independent, self-regulatory organization … Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Warren Joins Shaheen, Hassan in Letter to DOD & EPA Pressing for Answers on Reports of Efforts to Weaken Contamination Standards for PFAS

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), along with a group of fifteen Senators, in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, requesting the agencies to release communications they’ve had with the White House, and with each other, regarding the establishment of federal drinking water standards … Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Defense Department Watchdog Announces Ethics Investigation of Acting Secretary Shanahan, Opened After Senator Warren’s Inquiries

Washington, DC - On January 31, 2019, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent an oversight letter to Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan after public reports raised questions about his impartiality with respect to his former employer, Boeing, and its competitors, and after her office received a series of anonymous reports alleging that Acting Secretary Shanahan violated ethics rules by taking actions to promote Boeing in his current role at the Department of … Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Senators Warren, Hassan, and Colleagues Request HELP Hearing to Assess the Impacts of Title X Rule

 Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) yesterday sent a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP Committee) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), … Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Massachusetts Lawmakers Request Additional Information from Columbia Gas Amid New Reports of Delays and Shortfalls in Gas Explosion Claims Process

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) along with Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06) and Lori Trahan (MA-03) yesterday sent a letter to Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource requesting additional information about the claims process established for the communities of the Merrimack Valley devastated by the deadly September 13, 2018 natural gas explosions. The letter comes after recent reports that Columbia Gas is failing to … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Senators Warren, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Service of Military Retirees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led a bipartisan group of 21 senators today and introduced a resolution designating April 18, 2019 as "Military Retiree Appreciation Day" to commemorate the life-long service of military retirees. The resolution encourages Americans to honor the past and continued service of the approximately 2 million retired service members across the United States.The week of April 7-13, 2019 is designated as … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Warren, Courtney Introduce Bill to Aid Student Loan Borrowers

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) reintroduced the bicameral Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, a bill that would allow undergraduate borrowers repaying public or private loans to refinance those loans to an interest rate of 3.76 percent. The bill would also allow graduate and parent borrowers to refinance to competitive rates, reducing monthly payments and helping borrowers repay loans sooner. The Bank on … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Warren and Colleagues Reintroduce Historic Legislation to Confront America's Housing Crisis

Read Letter of Support from the U.S. Conference of MayorsRead Letter of Support from Massachusetts MayorsRead Letter of Support from Civil Rights GroupsRead Letter of Support from the National Rural Housing Coalition Read Letter of Support from Credit Union National AssociationBill Text | Bill Summary | Moody's Independent Analysis | Explainer VideoWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Edward Markey … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Warren, Udall, Colleagues Reintroduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

 Washington, DC — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in reintroducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process. The legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Warren Delivers Floor Speech Opposing Neomi Rao's Nomination for DC Circuit Judgeship

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor opposing the nomination of Neomi Rao for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In her remarks, Senator Warren highlighted Ms. Rao's record of rolling back consumer protections and rubber-stamping the Trump Administration's pro-corporate agenda, and urged the Senate to reject her nomination. The Senator also stated her strong opposition to William Beach's … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Senator Warren Questions CFPB Director Kraninger About Lack of Enforcement Action

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. So before the 2008 crisis, it was open season on consumers. Giant financial institutions cheated people on mortgages, on credit cards, and a bunch of other financial products, and government regulators did nothing. After the crisis, the CFPB was created to be a cop on the beat to aggressively enforce laws that protect consumers, especially those who get regularly cheated. So, Director Kraninger, during your confirmation hearing, you testified, … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

Senator Warren’s Statement on the Department of Labor’s Proposal to Set New Salary Threshold for Overtime Protections

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to raise the salary threshold for overtime protections to $35,000 annually, with no automatic updates for inflation. The proposed rule is expected to affect around a quarter of the 4 million workers who would have received a raise under an Obama Administration proposal to raise the threshold to nearly $50,000 in annual earnings. “The … Continue Reading

March 07, 2019

Warren Joins Sanders, Velázquez, Colleagues in Unveiling Legislation to Provide Nutrition Assistance to Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) in introducing the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for the Territories Act of 2019 to restore Puerto Rico's, the Northern Mariana Islands' and American Samoa's access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In the early 1980s, Puerto Rico was removed from SNAP and given a block grant to administer nutrition assistance. The … Continue Reading

March 07, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Bipartisan Call for an Investigation into Non-Compete Agreements Hurting U.S. Workers

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and four of their colleagues in calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into the use and abuse of non-compete agreements. Also joining the request for a nonpartisan GAO investigation are U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Non-compete agreements are increasingly used to impose arbitrary … Continue Reading

March 07, 2019

Senators Warren, Cotton, Thune and Sinema Reintroduce National POW/MIA Flag Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) today reintroduced the National POW/MIA Flag Act, which would require the POW/MIA Flag to be displayed whenever the American flag is displayed on prominent federal properties, including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, every national cemetery, the buildings … Continue Reading

March 06, 2019

Warren Joins Schatz, Pocan, Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to the End Student Loan Debt Crisis

Washington, DC -United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and 40 of their Senate and House colleagues in reintroducing the Debt-Free College Act, legislation that will reverse the growing student debt crisis in the United States. The bill restores a path to affordable college by providing states incentives through matching grants to increase investments in public higher education and provide students … Continue Reading

March 06, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues Demand Answers on Shamefully Weak SEC Settlement with Corinthian College Executives

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in sending a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton seeking answers about last week's feeble settlement with two top Corinthian College executives who materially misled the public about the … Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Senator Warren Discusses Importance of Vaccines to Preventing and Controlling Disease Outbreaks

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. So we've heard today about how important vaccines are to preventing and controlling many diseases, and I want to zero in on one that we are battling right now in Massachusetts. Since last April, 318 outbreak-associated cases of acute hepatitis A virus have been reported in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hep A is a contagious virus that causes liver infection. Older children and adults who acquire the hepatitis A virus can experience a slew of … Continue Reading

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