Press Releases

December 05, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Call for Investigation of Botched FEMA Contracts for Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today led a group of senators in calling for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, to award over $30 million in contracts to Bronze Star LLC for temporary roofing materials in Puerto Rico that were never delivered. The hurricane caused billions of dollars in property damage, and left many Puerto Ricans without adequate shelter. As part of … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Warren Presses White House to Clarify Kellyanne Conway's Role in Administration's Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly requesting clarification on Kellyanne Conway's role in leading the Trump Administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The letter, which follows a press conference last week in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Ms. Conway would "coordinate and lead" the White House's efforts to combat the epidemic, also requests information on when the Administration … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Senator Warren Urges Budget Director Mulvaney to Do His Full-Time Job, Focus on Keeping Government Open in Advance of Potential Shutdown

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging him to focus on his primary job as budget director and work to prevent a government shutdown."You are President Trump's top budget official. As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), you should be working full-time, non-stop, to ensure that the government is funded and does not shut down," wrote Senator Warren. "It is … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Warren Requests Inspector General Review of Mulvaney's Orders to Freeze CFPB Activity

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Inspector General of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to review a series of directives to halt CFPB activity ordered by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney after President Trump attempted to name him as acting director of the CFPB.Senator Warren raised a number of concerns about Mr. Mulvaney's actions at the CFPB, including a 30 day freeze on new rules, regulations and guidance … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Warren, Brown Ask Mulvaney and English for Details on Halt of Payments from CFPB's Civil Penalty Fund to Defrauded Consumers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today requested information about Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's claims that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will halt payments from the agency's Civil Penalty Fund.The Civil Penalty Fund was established by Congress through the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, "to provide compensation for consumers who have been harmed by violations of federal consumer financial … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Warren Calls for Investigation into Treasury's Economic Analysis of GOP Tax Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called for an investigation into the Department of Treasury's alleged economic analysis of the Republican tax plan. Senator Warren cited economic experts who contradict Secretary Steven Mnuchin's claims that the tax plan will "not only ... pay for itself, but it will pay down debt." She also expressed concern that on the eve of the Senate's vote to support the plan, the Treasury Department has yet to produce any support … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Following Exchange with HHS Secretary Nominee, Warren, Colleagues Introduce Medical Innovation Act of 2017

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Medical Innovation Act of 2017, following an exchange with Secretary-Designate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar during his nomination hearing about how drug companies that break the law should be held accountable. The bill, along with companion legislation introduced today in the House of Representatives by Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), would increase funding for critical … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Warren, Sanders, Colleagues Unveil Legislation to Rebuild Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and five cosponsors in the Senate, introduced a comprehensive plan Tuesday to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and ensure that the islands not only recover, but are able to rebuild in a way that empowers them to thrive. The Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act is cosponsored in the Senate by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Fed Chair Nominee Tells Senator Warren Congress Needs to Address Opioid Crisis to Strengthen Labor Market

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Jerome Powell, President Trump's nominee to Chair the Federal Reserve, during today's Senate Banking Committee hearing about how the opioid epidemic is hurting the American labor market. In discussing possible explanations for why the current low unemployment rate has not been accompanied by wage increases, Senator Warren suggested that the opioid crisis, which has sidelined workers, may be partially to blame. The … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Senator Warren Questions White House and OMB Director Mulvaney About Ethics Rules, Official Procedures Related to CFPB Role

Washington, DC - In a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked a series of questions about ethics, staffing, and recordkeeping concerns associated with Mr. Mulvaney's purported appointment to serve as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). President Donald Trump last week named Mr. Mulvaney to be the CFPB's Acting Director while still serving as OMB Director. … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Following Inquiry from Warren, Colleagues, NLRB Member Emanuel Discloses Additional Former Clients

Washington, DC - Earlier this month, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and eleven of her Senate colleagues called on William Emanuel, a recently confirmed member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to publicly disclose all potential conflicts of interest that might arise from any of Mr. Emanuel's numerous former clients, or his former law firm's clients, coming before the Board. In a response to their inquiry, Mr. Emanuel committed last week to recusing himself from … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Warren Questions HHS Secretary Designate Azar in Advance of Confirmation Hearing

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a 21-page letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Nominee, Alex Azar, outlining 68 questions on a range of subjects concerning his views on issues before the department, as well as his tenure at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, and his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter was sent in advance of Mr. Azar's confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Trump Administration Decision to End Temporary Protection for Haitians

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in 2019: "The Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is heartless. ‎It will force thousands of Haitians to return to a country still struggling to rebuild from devastating natural disasters. Haitian families are an important part of the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Warren and Booker Raise Concerns Over DOJ Enforcement Against Franchises for Collusive "No-Poach" Agreements

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today raised concerns about recent reports of collusion between franchise corporations and their franchisees that may be suppressing workers' wages and job mobility. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the senators urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to crack down on "no-poach" agreements, which prohibit franchisees from hiring away workers employed by another franchisee. "The pervasiveness … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Warren, Van Hollen Seek Information from OCC on Dubious Bank of Tokyo License Conversion

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) asking a series of questions about the questionable decision to allow the Bank of Tokyo to convert its license from a New York State license to a federal license in order to bypass a state investigation into whether the bank was allowing its clients to evade sanctions on countries like Iran and North Korea. Last week, the OCC … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

NDAA Passes Congress, Includes Key Warren Provisions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. "As a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I'm glad that the Senate approved the annual defense authorization this week," said Senator Warren. "The final bill includes a number of provisions I fought for. It increases funding for basic and applied research that … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Senators Warren and Hatch Introduce Bipartisan AIM HIGH Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act to develop voluntary guidelines that schools can use to ensure that educational technology is accessible to students with disabilities. The legislation would establish a commission of stakeholder groups to develop guidelines on accessibility for instructional technologies used by colleges and universities. … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Passage of the FY 2018 NDAA

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 earlier today: "In my first year on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I've focused on supporting servicemembers and their families, and on strengthening our national security. While I do not support everything in this defense bill, on balance I believe … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Request Information from DOD on Hospital Ship's Role in Puerto Rico Response Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today led five of her Senate colleagues in writing to the Department of Defense (DOD) to request information on the DOD's efforts to provide medical care in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria, and to request information on the role of the USNS Comfort in the Department's Puerto Rico response efforts. The letter was also signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Menendez … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Statement on Sen. Franken

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on Senator Al Franken: "The behavior reported today is unacceptable and deeply disappointing. I am glad Senator Franken has acknowledged as much and has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation. Women who come forward are brave and deserve to be respected. We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change … Continue Reading

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