Press Releases

January 31, 2019

Inspector General to Audit Labor Department's Rulemaking Process for Controversial Child Labor Policy, at Request of Warren and Scott

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, have received word that the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General (IG) will incorporate a review of the DOL's proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds working in nursing homes and hospitals to operate power-driven patient lifts without the … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Warren Questions White House on "Sudden Replacement" of Department of Education Acting Inspector General

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent an oversight letter to President Trump expressing concern about why the Education Department's Acting Inspector General Sandra Bruce was "suddenly replaced" less than two months into her tenure, and echoing concerns the Senator has learned from Department officials that naming a senior agency official to a dual role as the Acting Inspector General "will do grave damage to the independence and effectiveness of the OIG." The … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Senator Warren Asks for Long-Term Plan to Protect Workers as Sears Accepts Controversial Bankruptcy Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday sent a letter to Eddie Lampert, Chairman of Sears Holdings, asking him to prioritize the long-term health of the company and its workers. The letter follows Sears' acceptance of Lampert's bid to buy the company out of a bankruptcy that occurred under his leadership, and was sent five days prior to the bankruptcy court hearing concerning approval of the sale. "If your offer is accepted and approved, Sears will remain … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Senator Warren, Chairman Smith Unveil Legislation to Establish "No-First-Use" Nuclear Weapons Policy

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today introduced the bicameral No First Use Act, to establish in law that it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first. Today the United States explicitly retains the option to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict, even in response to a … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

As House Convenes Hearing, Warren, Speier Release DoD Reply on Trump Administration's Questionable Deployment of Active Duty Military Personnel to Border

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, released the Department of Defense's reply to their November 2018 letter questioning the Trump Administration's virtually unprecedented decision to send 5,000 troops to the southern border a week before the midterm elections and, earlier this … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Senator Van Hollen and a Bipartisan Group of Senators to Urge the Administration to Immediately Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with 27 of their colleagues, and sent a bipartisan letter to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Essential Federal and Tribal Programs from Future Budget Uncertainty

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) to protect essential federal and tribal … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Eliminate Penalties for Federal Workers When Accessing Money from Retirement Savings During Shutdown

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in introducing the Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 to ensure that federal employees impacted by a government shutdown can access money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty. The bill would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during this … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Warren, Casey, Feinstein & Colleagues Call For Investigation Into Conditions Of Detained Migrant Children

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Caif.) led 19 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Comptroller General to examine conditions for all children detained by the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP). The Senators called for an investigation that could help prevent tragedies like the deaths of Jakelin Caal and Felipe Alonzo-Gomez that occurred while in the agency's … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Senator Warren Unveils Proposal to Tax Wealth of Ultra-Rich Americans

Read Letter from Leading Economists with Revenue Estimates for the ProposalRead Letters from Leading Constitutional Scholars on Constitutionality of the ProposalWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today unveiled the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, a bold proposal to tax the wealth of the richest 0.1% of Americans. The legislation, which applies only to households with a net worth of $50 million or more, is estimated by leading economists to raise $2.75 trillion in … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Sen. Warren Sounds Alarm About Reduced Enforcement, Risks to Economy If Shutdown Continues

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent letters to Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Chairman Jay Clayton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, and Federal Reserve ("Fed") Chairman Jerome Powell requesting information about the impact of the federal shutdown on their agencies' ability to oversee our nation's economy and financial markets. The SEC and CFTC entered partial shutdown mode in late December, and … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Warren, Markey, Moulton Commend Decision to Delay Seabrook Nuclear Plant License Amendment and Extension

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) today commended the decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to delay the request to amend and extend Seabrook Nuclear Power Station’s license until the community’s concerns are heard. Seabrook’s licensee, NextEra Energy Resources, has requested a 20-year license extension to 2050. Last week, the lawmakers called on the NRC to hear community … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Warren-Neal Bill Honoring Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) applauded the enactment of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senator Warren and the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), along with Congressmen Neal and Andy Barr (R-Ky.) that would authorize the Treasury Department to mint a limited number of commemorative coins in 2020, at no cost to the taxpayer, to celebrate … Continue Reading

January 22, 2019

Senator Warren Investigates Whether Trump Administration Is Improperly Withholding Aid for Puerto Rico

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday wrote to the heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to inquire about reports that the Trump Administration is using the shutdown as an excuse to intentionally withhold Congressionally-appropriated aid for Puerto Rico recovery efforts, in addition to efforts in several other states and territories, as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane … Continue Reading

January 22, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Sanders, Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Prevent Mining Activities on Sacred Apache Tribal Land Given Away in 2015 Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and four of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Save Oak Flat Act, which cancels a mandated land swap that threatens the sacred Apache Leap site in central Arizona with environmental damage from nearby high-risk copper mining. The Senate bill is also cosponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Warren, Markey, Moulton: Community Concerns Must Be Heard, Safety Issues Addressed Before Extending and Amending Seabrook License

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) today urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reevaluate and abandon its plan to approve the license amendment and license renewal for the Seabrook Nuclear Plant without waiting for a planned hearing on the license amendment, set to take place this summer. The lawmakers also express their concerns with how the Seabrook plant operator plans to … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Senator Warren Inquires about Treasury Secretary's Unusual Calls with CEOs of the Nation's Six Major Banks

Washington, DC ­- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent separate letters to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and to the CEOs of the nation's six largest banks -- Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup Inc., and Bank of America. The letters follow an announcement on December 23rd by the Treasury Department that Mr. Mnuchin called the CEOs of the six banks about whether they had adequate liquidity during a sustained period … Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

Warren Questions Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on Excessively High Fees the Bank Charged College Students

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Timothy J. Sloan, CEO and President of Wells Fargo & Company requesting more information about the exorbitant fees Wells Fargo charged students for financial products marketed to them through agreements with their colleges. A report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) prepared in February of 2018, but only recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals that the fees … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in which she discussed how the ongoing government shutdown has affected workers and families in Massachusetts. In her remarks, which were delivered on the 26th day of the longest shutdown in American history, Senator Warren called on President Trump and Republicans to re-open the government now so that hundreds of thousands of federal workers can get the paychecks they have … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Warren Joins Smith, Colleagues in Introducing the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in introducing legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who continue to go without pay during the current government shutdown.The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act aims to help low- and middle-income federal contractor … Continue Reading

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