Press Releases

November 08, 2017

Senators Warren and Rubio Applaud Banking Committee's Unanimous Approval of Bipartisan Provision to Shut Down Access to the Financial System for Human Traffickers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today applauded the inclusion of a provision to increase the role of the financial industry in combatting human trafficking in the BRINK Act, reported by the Senate Banking Committee. The language is based on the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, originally introduced by Senators Warren and Rubio earlier this year. The language, approved unanimously by the Banking Committee yesterday, requires … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Warren Leads Senate Colleagues in Calling on NLRB Member to Disclose All Potential Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led 11 of her colleagues in calling on William Emanuel, recently confirmed as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to publicly disclose all potential conflicts of interest that may come before the Board as a result of his previous work representing dozens of large employers involved in cases before the Board or that could come before the Board in the future. "One element of serving as an NLRB member in a … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Seek Information on Water- and Vector-Borne Diseases in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request information on the spread of water- and vector-borne diseases in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Warren Joins Colleagues In Calling for Comprehensive Disaster Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in calling on the Trump administration to put forward a comprehensive package to provide relief from the onslaught of natural disasters in recent months. The administration has committed to releasing such a package in the coming weeks. In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Following Government Watchdog Report, Senators Warren and Murray Request Further Details from HHS on Sabotage of Open Enrollment, Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan to provide details about the department's decision to waste $1.1 million in an effort to sabotage open enrollment. Just a few days prior to the end of the 2017 open enrollment period, the Trump Administration canceled key portions of Affordable Care Act (ACA) paid advertising and outreach efforts to promote individual … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Warren Joins Shaheen, Colleagues in Urging Trump Administration to Support Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and 21 other senators in calling on President Trump to support additional funding necessary to combat the opioid epidemic. Last week, after President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency under federal law, Senator Warren urged the administration to "do more to back up its commitments with action" by working with Congress to increase federal funding for … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Senator Warren Requests EPA Investigation of Water Discoloration in Norton

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conduct an investigation into discolored water flowing out of faucets in Norton, Mass. reportedly due to an ongoing flushing of the town's water main and hydrants. Residents of Norton have been experiencing water ranging in color from pale yellow to dark brown. While local officials have said that the water meets health standards, the degree of discoloration has … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on New Fed Chair

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he will nominate Jerome "Jay" Powell as the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve System: "Janet Yellen has been one of the most successful Fed Chairs in history and she deserved to be re-nominated - just as every prior Fed Chair has been re-nominated, regardless of party, since 1979. President Trump's refusal to name Chair Yellen demonstrates that his focus is … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

As Open Enrollment Period Begins, Sen. Warren, Rep. Neal Call on HHS, Labor & Treasury Inspectors General to Review President Trump's Executive Order to Sabotage ACA

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, today called on the Inspectors General of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury to thoroughly review the implementation and impact of President Trump's October 12th Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Executive Order asked the HHS, Treasury, and Labor Secretaries to take a … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Senator Warren Raises Concerns About Navient Acquisition of Earnest, Possible Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised concerns today about Navient's recent acquisition of Earnest, an education finance company and private loan lender, and the deal's potential impact on federal student loan borrowers serviced by Navient. Navient, the nation's largest student loan servicer, announced an agreement on October 4th to purchase Earnest for $155 million. Earnest offers private student loan refinancing among its products, and is projected to … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

Warren, Colleagues: Congress Should End Loophole That Encourages For-Profit Colleges to Target Veterans & Service Members

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and four other senators today introduced legislation that would help put an end to the for-profit college industry's aggressive recruiting of veterans, service members, and their families. The Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act would prohibit for-profit colleges and universities from receiving more than 85 percent of their revenue from the federal government and change the calculation of federal … Continue Reading

October 27, 2017

35 Senate Dems Demand Administration Kick into High Gear Power Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), today released a new letter to administration officials demanding agencies expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Democrats said the administration's current lack of coordination with local officials, clearances for crews to begin their restoration work, lack of materials and support services, and a clear chain of command on the … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Warren, Duckworth Lead Senators in Pressing Trump Administration to Boost Disaster Relief Efforts on Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques and Culebra

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a group of seven senators to urge the Trump Administration to prioritize hurricane relief efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra and called on the White House to swiftly secure the Superfund site on Vieques. Both islands' drinking water and food are at an exceptionally high risk of contamination due to their proximity to a Superfund site, the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Area. … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on House Passage of FY2018 Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren issued the following statement today in response to the House passage of the FY2018 budget resolution: "Budgets are a reflection of values, and the budget that passed the House today shows that the Republican Party values nothing but trillions in tax cuts for their wealthy donors. This budget will gut crucial programs that hardworking Americans depend on, and it paves the way for Republicans to deliver trillions of dollars in tax cuts for big … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren in Response to Trump Declaration on Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a statement today in response to President Trump's announcement declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency under federal law. Recently, Senator Warren and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) urged the President to heed the recommendation of his own Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Senators Unveil Legislation to Invest $45B to Address Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and nine other senators in introducing the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act to address a number of critical shortcomings in our nation's approach to combating the opioid epidemic, including the Trump Administration's unwillingness to make a long-term investment in the fight. The legislation would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Government Watch Dog Investigation Confirms Trump Administration Sabotaged Open Enrollment Without Any Analysis of Impact on Patients & Families

Washington, DC - United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released a report written by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) that details results from an investigation into the Trump Administration's decisions to pull Affordable Care Act (ACA) advertisements just a few days prior to the end of the 2017 open enrollment period. The Senators requested the investigation on January 31, 2017, amid concerns that the Trump Administration … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Warren, Tillis Urge IRS to Stop Lower-Income Military Retirees from Losing Benefits

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, John Koskinen, to urge the IRS to reconsider a recent decision that will cause lower-income military retirees to lose federal benefits. The senators explained that "the IRS recently expanded its application of the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP) to include military payments," which means that the IRS can now "impose a levy on … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Warren, Grassley Introduce Resolution to Designate October as “National Audiology Awareness Month”

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for designating October 2017 as "National Audiology Awareness Month". The resolution, which presents various statistics on the prevalence and distribution of hearing loss, notes that hearing loss is the third most-common chronic physical condition in the United States and that 24 percent of adults in the United … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Call for Resolution in Univision-Verizon Retransmission Dispute

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and four other senators in calling on Verizon and Univision Communications to settle their retransmission consent dispute that, as of last week, has made Univision unavailable on Verizon's FiOS platform. The senators also called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to bring the parties together so these negotiations can be concluded quickly and fairly. Senators Bob … Continue Reading

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