Press Releases

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

December 05, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Call for Investigation of Botched FEMA Contracts for Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today led a group of senators in calling for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, to award over $30 million in contracts to Bronze Star LLC for temporary roofing materials in Puerto Rico that were never delivered. The hurricane caused billions of dollars in property damage, and left many Puerto Ricans without adequate shelter. As part of … Continue Reading

December 04, 2017

Warren Presses White House to Clarify Kellyanne Conway's Role in Administration's Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly requesting clarification on Kellyanne Conway's role in leading the Trump Administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The letter, which follows a press conference last week in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Ms. Conway would "coordinate and lead" the White House's efforts to combat the epidemic, also requests information on when the Administration … Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Senator Warren Urges Budget Director Mulvaney to Do His Full-Time Job, Focus on Keeping Government Open in Advance of Potential Shutdown

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging him to focus on his primary job as budget director and work to prevent a government shutdown."You are President Trump's top budget official. As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), you should be working full-time, non-stop, to ensure that the government is funded and does not shut down," wrote Senator Warren. "It is … Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Warren Requests Inspector General Review of Mulvaney's Orders to Freeze CFPB Activity

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Inspector General of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to review a series of directives to halt CFPB activity ordered by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney after President Trump attempted to name him as acting director of the CFPB.Senator Warren raised a number of concerns about Mr. Mulvaney's actions at the CFPB, including a 30 day freeze on new rules, regulations and guidance … Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Warren, Brown Ask Mulvaney and English for Details on Halt of Payments from CFPB's Civil Penalty Fund to Defrauded Consumers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today requested information about Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's claims that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will halt payments from the agency's Civil Penalty Fund.The Civil Penalty Fund was established by Congress through the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, "to provide compensation for consumers who have been harmed by violations of federal consumer financial … Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Warren Calls for Investigation into Treasury's Economic Analysis of GOP Tax Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called for an investigation into the Department of Treasury's alleged economic analysis of the Republican tax plan. Senator Warren cited economic experts who contradict Secretary Steven Mnuchin's claims that the tax plan will "not only ... pay for itself, but it will pay down debt." She also expressed concern that on the eve of the Senate's vote to support the plan, the Treasury Department has yet to produce any support … Continue Reading

November 29, 2017

Following Exchange with HHS Secretary Nominee, Warren, Colleagues Introduce Medical Innovation Act of 2017

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Medical Innovation Act of 2017, following an exchange with Secretary-Designate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar during his nomination hearing about how drug companies that break the law should be held accountable. The bill, along with companion legislation introduced today in the House of Representatives by Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), would increase funding for critical … Continue Reading

November 29, 2017

Warren, Sanders, Colleagues Unveil Legislation to Rebuild Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and five cosponsors in the Senate, introduced a comprehensive plan Tuesday to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and ensure that the islands not only recover, but are able to rebuild in a way that empowers them to thrive. The Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act is cosponsored in the Senate by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), … Continue Reading

November 28, 2017

Fed Chair Nominee Tells Senator Warren Congress Needs to Address Opioid Crisis to Strengthen Labor Market

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Jerome Powell, President Trump's nominee to Chair the Federal Reserve, during today's Senate Banking Committee hearing about how the opioid epidemic is hurting the American labor market. In discussing possible explanations for why the current low unemployment rate has not been accompanied by wage increases, Senator Warren suggested that the opioid crisis, which has sidelined workers, may be partially to blame. The … Continue Reading

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