Press Releases

March 01, 2018

Warren, Sanders Request $1 Billion for Mental Health Programs

Washington, DC -United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today sent a letter to Senate Appropriators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), urging them to appropriate $1 billion in FY 2018 to mental health programs through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which passed last month, included $6 billion to address the opioid and mental health crisis, the legislation did not … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Warren, Daines Re-Introduce Bill to Upgrade America's Retirement Saving System

Bill Text | One-PagerWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today re-introduced the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to modernize the retirement system to better protect Americans' hard-earned savings. The proliferation of small accounts is costing Americans tens of billions of dollars every year in lost savings because of cash-outs and redundant fees, and that doesn't include lost savings from missing … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Warren Statement on Equifax Disclosure of 2 Million More Americans Affected by Massive Data Breach

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the below statement in response to Equifax identifying 2.4 million more people affected by its massive data breach than initially reported: "I spent 5 months investigating the Equifax breach and found the company failed to disclose the full extent of the hack. Today, Equifax acknowledged that 2.4 million more people were affected than initially reported and that driver's license information was also stolen. … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

With SNAP Under Attack, Warren, Blumenthal, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ensure Recipients Seeking Employment Don't Unfairly Lose Benefits

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation today to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients with job training and resources to seek employment opportunities. The bill introduction follows a Trump Administration proposal to severely cut SNAP benefits by $17 billion in 2019, and restructure … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Warren, Feinstein, Cortez Masto Seek Data on Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Financial Sector

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today sent letters to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), requesting information on the prevalence of sexual harassment within the financial sector. The financial services industry employs over six million people. According to EEOC data, the "finance and insurance" sector generated the ninth-largest … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

New Warren-Clark Report: DeVos Tenure has been a Boon for Shady For-Profit Colleges, Student Loan Companies, and School Privatization Advocates

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Katherine Clark today unveiled the first "DeVos Watch" annual review. The 17-page report finds that Secretary DeVos's major actions during her first year in charge of the U.S. Department of Education has been a boon for for-profit colleges, student loan companies, and advocates of school privatization at the expense of America's K12 and college students. The report reveals that Secretary DeVos's actions have … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Warren, Bennet, Heller, Toomey Introduce Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis with E-Prescriptions

Video: Senator Warren Discusses How E-Prescribing Can Help Fight the Opioid CrisisWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) today introduced the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act to combat opioid overdoses by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances under Medicare. “We need to be using every tool at our disposal to fight the opioid epidemic,” Warren said. “I’m glad … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Warren Calls on Institutional Investors to Encourage More Responsible Action by Gun Manufacturers

Washington, DC - In the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to nine major gun company shareholders calling on them to use their financial leverage to ensure that the companies they invest in are taking steps to reduce gun violence. Since the start of 2018, there have been 34 mass shootings across the country. On February 14, 2018, a 19-year old gunman opened fire on students, teachers, and staff at Marjory Stoneman … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Warren, Rosen Unveil Bicameral Legislation to End Secrecy in Workplace Harassment Settlements

Bill Text | One-Pager Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today introduced the Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act, which would require publicly-traded companies to disclose workplace harassment and discrimination settlements. In recent months, reports of high-profile sexual harassment and abuse settlement cases involving corporate executives, along with other sexual harassment allegations, have sparked a national … Continue Reading

February 26, 2018

Warren, Murray Call on NLRB Chairman to Reconsider Hy-Brand Decision as Watchdog Finds "Serious and Flagrant Problems"

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today sent letters to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Marvin Kaplan and Member William Emanuel in the wake of an investigation by the NLRB inspector general (IG) finding that Member Emanuel's participation in the December 2017 Hy-Brand case "exposes a serious and flagrant problem and/or … Continue Reading

February 23, 2018

Warren, Jones, Bonamici Press DeVos on Suspicious Stock Trades timed to Education Department Announcements

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to address disclosure of non-public information about important Department of Education actions. The disclosures appear to be … Continue Reading

February 23, 2018

Warren, Blumenthal, Merkley Press Mulvaney on Failure to Explain Sudden Actions Benefitting Payday Lenders

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, urging him to provide clarity on the rationale for his recent actions benefiting payday and installment lenders. The senators were among those who first wrote to Mr. Mulvaney on January 31st, questioning his actions to benefit the payday industry. Mulvaney's response to the letter raised … Continue Reading

February 20, 2018

Congress Passes Bipartisan Warren-Cartwright Legislation to Protect Veterans from Financial Scams

Washington, DC - Last Thursday evening, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). A modified version of the bill previously passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now heads to the President for his … Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Warren, Cardin, Brown Call for an End to Federally-Funded Private Debt Collection Agencies

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have introduced legislation to repeal authority from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private collection agencies (PCAs) to collect unpaid taxes. Now in its third iteration, each time the program has been allowed to function, it has been shown to cost the federal government more money than it takes in while targeting some of the most vulnerable taxpayers - … Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Warren, Markey Urge FEMA to Extend Benefits for Transitional Shelter Assistance Program to Puerto Rico Evacuees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting that FEMA allow Puerto Rico evacuees currently enrolled in the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program to continue living in TSA shelters until March 20, 2018, regardless of whether FEMA determines that their homes in Puerto Rico are habitable. FEMA's Transitional Shelter … Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Warren Questions OIRA Administrator Rao on Role in Hiding Damaging Analysis of Department of Labor Tipping Rule Proposal

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter inquiring whether Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials played a role in hiding an unfavorable internal analysis of a December 2017 proposal to rescind an Obama-era regulation ensuring that restaurant and other workers receive the tips they earn. According to news reports, the internal analysis found that the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposal would cost workers billions of dollars.In her letter … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Warren Calls on Equifax to Clarify Conflicting, Confusing, and Incomplete Information Provided to Congress and the Public on 2017 Data Breach

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Equifax CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. on the conflicting, confusing, and incomplete information provided by the company to Congress regarding the extent of the massive 2017 data breach that compromised the personal identifying information (PII) of over 145 million Americans. A new report today by the Wall Street Journal confirms that Equifax failed to fully disclose the extent of the breach, and raises … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Warren, Markey, Neal Urge Scott Pruitt to Ensure General Electric Deposits Housatonic River Toxic Waste Out of State

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representative Richard Neal sent a letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt calling on him to uphold the EPA's 2016 decision that contaminated material removed during the Housatonic River "Rest of River" clean-up project must be "shipped off-site to existing licensed facilities for disposal.""Rest of River" is an EPA-approved plan requiring General Electric (GE) to clean up the … Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Warren Statement on Proposed Senate Budget Agreement

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the below statement on the proposed senate budget deal:"Budgets aren't just numbers on a page. Budgets are about values. And over the past few months, I've fought tooth and nail for Congress to pass a budget deal that reflects our values and helps working families. "Today's deal makes real progress on those middle-class priorities I've spent months pushing for. If implemented, it would double child care funding … Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Senators Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Increase Number of VA Peer Counselors for Women Veterans

Bill Text | One-Pager Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced the Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Peer Support Program is equipped with an adequate amount of peer counselors to help address the mental health needs of women veterans. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) originally introduced the companion legislation in the House of … Continue Reading

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