Press Releases

June 29, 2018

After Visit to Border, Warren Calls on HHS, DHS to Explain Process for Reuniting the Thousands of Families They Separated

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alexander Azar and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen questioning them on the process that Administration officials claim to have put in place to reunify the families separated by President Trump's zero-tolerance policy. She also questioned their conflicting statements about the conditions in the facilities and the systems in place to … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Warren Joins Espaillat in Leading Members of Congress to Urge Extension of Housing Assistance for Displaced Puerto Rican Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led members in the House and Senate to send a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) urging for an immediate extension of the June 30th deadline for Puerto Rican families currently participating in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program and to request that the Disaster Housing Assistance Program … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Booker, Warren Question DOJ, FTC on Policy Allowing Employers to Share Compensation Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today questioned the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a policy, known as the "safety zone" policy, that allows employers to exchange detailed wage data without violating antitrust laws. The Senators warned that this policy has produced an imbalance in access to wage information that unfairly advantages employers over workers-and ultimately holds down workers' wages. In a letter … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Warren, Blumenthal, Cummings Call on SEC to Investigate Potential Insider Trading by Commerce Secretary Ross

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) called on the SEC to investigate whether Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross violated insider trading or other securities laws as a result of his investment activities related to Navigator Holdings Ltd - a company with ties to associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Senator Warren’s Statement on Career and Technical Education Bill Vote

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee vote to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act:“My top priority for our nations’ career and technical education programs is ensuring that all students—regardless of means or background—have access to career training that will provide a path to a good-paying job and a middle-class lifestyle. This … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Warren, Smith Seek Answers from Secretary Azar on Flawed Trump Drug Pricing Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today submitted sixty-nine written questions for the record (QFRs) for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alexander Azar following up on their exchanges with him during a June 12th Senate Help, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing. At the hearing, the senators expressed concern about President Trump's inadequate proposals to reduce drug prices and his promise that drug … Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill to Strengthen Oversight of Antibiotic Use in Animals

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today unveiled the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act. The legislation would help prevent antibiotic resistance by strengthening the oversight of medically important antibiotics administered to food animals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two million people in the U.S. … Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Warren, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Student Veterans

Bill Text | Fact SheetWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress (SIT-REP) Act to ensure that student veterans are not forced to endure additional financial burdens and are not denied access to school facilities due to delayed processing of G.I. Bill benefit payments. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill provides education benefits, including a monthly … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Warren Calls on Chamber of Commerce to Withdraw Endorsement of CFPB Nominee in Light of Nominee's Likely Role in Trump Administration Child Separations

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue urging him to reverse the Chamber's support for Kathy Kraninger's nomination to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unless and until she turns over all documents related to her role in the Trump Administration's separation of thousands of children from their families. Earlier this week, Mr. Donohue published a piece expressing outrage at … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Warren, Markey Press FEMA on Providing Stable Housing for Hurricane Maria Victims and Reconsidering Denied Applications

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, requesting that FEMA establish the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) to provide stable housing solutions for evacuees from Hurricane Maria and asking that it reconsider denied applications for benefits after new reporting revealed significantly higher proportions of Hurricane Maria applications are denied, … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Warren, Brown Call for CFPB Director Nominee to Turn Over Documents on Involvement in Trump Administration's Separation of Children from Their Families

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the Program Associate Director for General Government Programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Kathy Kraninger, seeking information on what role she … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Warren, Harris, Takano, Adams, Espaillat, Colleagues Press Education Secretary for Action on Student Loan Borrowers of Color

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), along with Representatives Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) today sent a bicameral letter signed by 19 other senators and 37 other members of the House of Representatives to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, raising concerns regarding the challenges facing students of color in the federal student loan system and calling on the Education Department … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Warren Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis with E-Prescriptions Passes Senate Finance Committee

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded the Senate Finance Committee's passage of her bipartisan bill to combat opioid addiction by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, under Medicare. The bill was included in the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act of 2018, which passed with unanimous committee approval. Senator Warren, along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dean Heller … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Warren, Grassley Renew Call for Inclusion of Medical Device Identifiers on Medicare Claim Forms

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to reiterate the importance of including medical device identifiers on the updated Medicare claim form and to urge the agency to maintain its support for this change. In its recently-released Medical Device Safety Action Plan, the FDA outlined the agency's efforts to ensure that medical devices meet the agency's gold … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Representatives Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced legislation to establish a "9/11-style" independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.Introduced in both chambers of Congress, the bill would create a … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Rubio Introduce Bill to Protect Jobs for Workers who Fall Behind on Student Loan Payments

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers (Protecting JOBs) Act, legislation that would help ensure borrowers are not inhibited from working solely because they fell behind on their federal student loan payments. Specifically, the Protecting JOBs Act would prevent states from suspending, revoking or denying state professional, teaching, or driver's licenses solely because … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Reed Offer Amendment to Strengthen Oversight, Restore Accountability & Keep Congress in Loop on New Warhead Development

Washington, DC - In an effort to ensure that Congress continues to have an oversight role in authorizing the development of new, modified, nuclear weapons, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, are offering an amendment to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The senators say the amendment is needed because the Trump Administration is seeking to … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Warren, Krishnamoorthi Call on Inspector General to Investigate Failures of Education Department Ethics Program under Secretary DeVos

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) today asked the Department of Education's Inspector General (IG) Kathleen Tighe to investigate the Department's ethics program. They brought to attention recent reporting that found Robert Eitel, Senior Counselor to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, played a more central role than previously indicated in the Department's decision to delay the enforcement of the borrower … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Young, Warren GAO-IG Act Passes Out of Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that their legislation to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies has advanced out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and will be eligible for consideration by the full Senate. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Members of Congress Press FEMA, HHS on Federal Government's Failures on Puerto Rico Fatality Count Following Hurricane Maria

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, led their Senate and House colleagues in a follow-up letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking information about the federal government's role in the official accounting of fatalities due to Hurricane … Continue Reading

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