Press Releases

November 05, 2013

Senator Warren Highlights Massachusetts Health Care at HELP Committee Hearing on Affordable Care Act Implementation

Video is available here Washington, DC - At a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren compared Massachusetts' health reform launch to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, including similar technical problems, enrollment trends and cost benefits. Senator Warren explained that in 2007, Massachusetts' website experienced technical problems that required a … Continue Reading


November 04, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Begich and Congressmen Tierney, Keating Hold Listening Session on Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization, Issues Facing Fishermen

BOSTON, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a listening session today with Senator Begich (D-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Senator Edward J. Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney and Bill Keating on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is up for reauthorization this year. Warren, Begich, Markey, Tierney, and Keating heard from panelists including members of the Massachusetts … Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Swift Confirmation of Congressman Mel Watt as Federal Housing Finance Agency Director

Video of the Senator's Remarks Washington, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren urged her colleagues to confirm Congressman Mel Watt's nomination to be the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Senator Warren called for an end to "obstruction for obstruction's sake," and stressed the importance of a confirmed Director and strong FHFA to bolster the recovery of the housing market and provide certainty to the agency, which … Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Senator Warren's Statement on the Anniversary of Supplemental Security Income

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Forty-one years ago today, SSI was signed into law as part of amendments to the Social Security Act. "For 41 years, SSI has been a lifeline for low-income older Americans and people who can't work because of disabilities. We have an obligation to support and strengthen this critical program, which helps millions of people make ends … Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Members of Massachusetts Delegation Join Bipartisan Coalition, Introduce Bill to Protect Homeowners From Flood Insurance Rate Spike

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives John Tierney (MA-6), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Niki Tsongas (MA-3) and William Keating (MA-9) today joined a bipartisan coalition of members to introduce the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which will protect millions of homeowners from facing huge flood insurance premium rate hikes and require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete an affordability study and propose … Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Senator Warren Lays Out Housing Finance Reform Priorities in MBA Remarks

Remarks as prepared for delivery are available here Washington, DC - In remarks to the Mortgage Bankers Association today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out her priorities for housing finance reform. She stressed the importance of preserving the elements of the American housing finance system that promote widespread home ownership while putting in place safeguards that reduce systemic risk in the housing market. The Senator also talked about increasing access to mortgage loan … Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Markey, Warren, Ayotte, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Honor Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Heroes Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack

Washington (October 28, 2013) - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) today introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods in recognition of their contributions to the nation. Doherty and Woods, both former combat-decorated Navy SEALS, were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. Doherty was a native … Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Senator Warren Calls on Congress to Double NIH Funding, Promotes Critical Government Investments in Scientific Research

Remarks as prepared for delivery are available here BOSTON, MA - In remarks to the Boston Chamber of Commerce today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Congress to double funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and stressed the importance of supporting innovation and basic scientific research. "What drives the Massachusetts economy - and the American economy - is innovation," said Senator Warren. "Innovation makes us soar. And government-supported research is a … Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Senator Warren Applauds New CFPB Protections for Consumers Sending Money Abroad

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a new rule the agency issued to protect American consumers making electronic money transfers to foreign individuals and companies, known as "remittance transfers." Until the CFPB was tasked with issuing rules around transfers abroad, there were no protections for remittances. These rules, which go into effect today, will give consumers new confidence that the money they … Continue Reading


October 25, 2013

Warren, Markey, Keating and Kennedy Announce Major Storm Mitigation Grants for Massachusetts

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Bill Keating and Joe Kennedy III today announced that Massachusetts has been awarded major grants from the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support storm mitigation efforts. Salt marsh and wetland restoration and flood resilience projects in Dartmouth, Chatham, Harwich, Yarmouth and Taunton will receive more than $10.4 million in total funding. "These grants … Continue Reading


October 23, 2013

Senator Warren Highlights Enforcement Record of SIGTARP, Questions Fed, SEC, OCC

PDF of the full letter is available here WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Chairman Ben Bernanke of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), Chair Mary Jo White of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Comptroller Thomas Curry of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to request information about the enforcement records of their agencies between 2009 and 2012. "According to a recent analysis by the … Continue Reading


October 11, 2013

Sens. Warren and Markey Sign Letter Urging Immediate Flood Insurance Rate Relief for Homeowners

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have signed a bipartisan letter urging Congress to act now to provide immediate rate relief for homeowners impacted by new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance rules. "While we support the long-term reauthorization of the program, we have serious concerns about the sharp rate increases included in that legislation that could render flood insurance unaffordable and … Continue Reading


October 11, 2013

Sen. Warren, Financial Industry Leaders Agree that National Default Would Have Dangerous Consequences

Video of Sen. Warren's Q&A at the Banking Hearing Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked financial industry representatives about the economic consequences of a default on our nation's debt if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. "If the very prospect of a default costs us money and costs us our good name, I don't understand why we keep voluntarily raising the prospect of default with … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Congress to Raise the Debt Ceiling Immediately to Prevent Default and Avoid Recession

Video of the Senator's remarks is available here WASHINGTON, DC- In a speech today on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) outlined the potential consequences of a voluntary default on our nation's debt and called on Congress to immediately raise the debt ceiling. "We're in this position for one reason, and one reason only: because Congress told the government to spend more money than we have - and Congress told the Treasury to run up our debt to pay … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Senator Warren Speaks About the Shutdown and Why Government Matters

Video of the Senator's remarks is available here Full text of the Senator's remarks is available here WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate Thursday, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the consequences of the Republican shutdown, and why government matters to the American people. "The anarchy gang is quick to malign government, but when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys? Or for food … Continue Reading


September 30, 2013

Sen. Warren Addresses House Republicans' Threat to Shut Down Government, Assault on Women's Health Care

Full Video of the Senator's Remarks Here Washington, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed House Republicans' irresponsible threats to shut down the government and steps to deny women access to contraception and affordable health care. She urged House Republicans to stop their assault on orderly functioning of our government and economy, to keep the government open, and to address the impact of drastic spending cuts from the … Continue Reading


September 28, 2013

Remarks to the Education Writers Association Conference on Higher Education

Senator Elizabeth WarrenRemarks to the Education Writers Association Conference on Higher EducationNortheastern UniversityBoston, MA As Prepared for Delivery Thank you to Caroline Hendrie and the Education Writers Association for inviting me to join you today. The American education system faces some huge challenges, and high quality news coverage in this area is more important than ever. So I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak with you today. I understand that you all have been … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Congressman Neal Announce $3.8 Million Grant for Springfield Public Schools

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement has awarded Springfield Public Schools (SPS) a $3,850,000 Magnet School Assistance Program grant. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to the Department of Education earlier this year in support of the grant application. "This award is exciting news for Springfield Public Schools," said … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Congressman Neal Announce $3.8 Million Grant for Springfield Public Schools

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement has awarded Springfield Public Schools (SPS) a $3,850,000 Magnet School Assistance Program grant. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to the Department of Education earlier this year in support of the grant application. "This award is exciting news for Springfield Public Schools," said … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, and Reps. Tsongas, McGovern Applaud Mt. Wachusett Community College for Securing Major Advanced Manufacturing Training Grant

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representatives Niki Tsongas and Jim McGovern today applauded Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) for securing a major grant from the Department of Labor. MWCC, located in Gardner, will oversee the $15.9 million grant in partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College, North Central State College in Ohio, and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana, to create the Advanced Manufacturing, … Continue Reading

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