Press Releases

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

October 25, 2017

Warren, Markey Urge Commerce Department to Expedite Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Investigation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to expedite its consideration of the Section 232 National Security Investigation into imports of steel and aluminum and urged the Department to publish the results as swiftly as possible. In April, the Department of Commerce opened an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to "determine the effects on national security" of steel and aluminum imports … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Warren Delivers Floor Speech in Defense of CFPB Forced Arbitration Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that gives consumers who have been cheated the ability to hold their banks accountable. The CFPB's forced arbitration rule prevents banks and other financial firms from forcing customers to give up their rights to join class action suits. Republican leadership has said they will schedule a vote to overturn … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Senator Warren's Remarks About Tonight's Vote on Blocking the CFPB's Forced Arbitration Rule

Video of the speech available here Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in advance of tonight's vote on whether to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) rule on forced arbitration: Tonight we are on the verge of passing a Republican resolution to make it easier for financial institutions to cheat people. Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule that prohibits financial companies … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Warren, Whitehouse Press FSOC Members for Details on Decision to Remove AIG's SIFI Designation

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today called on members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to provide details about their decision to remove American Insurance Group's (AIG) designation as a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI), potentially risking the security of the United States financial system. AIG received a $182 billion bailout from American taxpayers in the wake of the 2008 financial … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Massachusetts Delegation Forwards Letter from Governor Baker about Dire Impact of Trump's Health Care Sabotage to the White House

Washington, DC - The Massachusetts congressional delegation, including United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard Neal, James McGovern, Michael Capuano, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton, today sent the White House a letter from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. The Governor's letter to the delegation, received last Thursday, highlights the dire impacts that ending funding … Continue Reading

October 23, 2017

Warren, Bonamici Request SEC Investigation into Potential Insider Trading of Navient Stock

PDF of the letter Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and United States Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) today sent a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, urging the agency to open an investigation into potential insider trading of Navient stock. An unknown investor or group of investors placed three large trades of student-loan servicer Navient's stock at or after the market close on August 31, 2017, the … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Senator Warren, Colleagues Urge ED to Help College Students & Student Loan Borrowers Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and seven other senators to call on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to use its discretion to help college students and student loan borrowers displaced or otherwise unable to continue their education in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. "Nearly 250,000 college students have been displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the middle of their academic year," the senators wrote today in … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Senator Warren Demands Expedited Criminal Investigation into Tragic Death of Veteran at Bedford VA Medical Center

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to express "extreme concern and outrage" at the death of William R. Nutter, Jr., a patient at the Bedford, Massachusetts VA Medical Center, and to request that the VA Inspector General (IG) expedite its criminal investigation into the circumstances leading to his death. Mr. Nutter, a Vietnam War veteran who also served 21 years in the U.S. Army … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Impact of Trump Decision to End Federal Insurance Payments for Massachusetts

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement after The Massachusetts Health Connector announced that average premiums for 2018 health insurance plans would increase by 18 percent as a result of President Trump's decision to end crucial federal insurance payments: "President Trump's decision to cut off payments that help people afford health care is malicious - and today we learned that it will cause an 18 percent increase in insurance … Continue Reading

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