Press Releases

November 14, 2013

Mass. Congressional Delegation Members Applaud VA Grants to Support Homeless Veterans

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representatives Richard Neal, Jim McGovern, Stephen Lynch, Niki Tsongas and Bill Keating today applauded more than $339,000 in grants awarded to five Massachusetts community organizations serving veterans. These U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grants will help the community agencies purchase vans to provide transportation services to homeless veterans. "Helping organizations that support our vets here … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Senator Warren Renews Call for Fishing Disaster Relief in Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter with 37 other members of Congress, led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), urging congressional leadership to approve $150 million in fisheries disaster funding. The $150 million is currently included in the Commerce, Justice and Related Agencies' budget, and the bipartisan coalition asked that the funds be allocated in any budget for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 by the Appropriations Committees and … Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Senator Warren Denounces Republican Filibusters of President Obama's Three Female Nominees to D.C. Circuit Court

Full Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate on Republicans' shameless efforts to block President Obama's three female nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court. Republicans filibustered the nominations of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, the nomination of Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit last week, and the nomination of Caitlin Halligan earlier this year … Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

Senator Warren Asks CFPB Director Cordray About Agency's Efforts on Veterans Scams, Car Loans

Washington, DC - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray about the agency's efforts to protect older veterans from financial scams and to combat auto loan scams. Senator Warren asked about scams targeting the Department of Veterans Affairs' "aid and attendance benefit," which helps pay for the cost of nursing homes and in-home health aides for disabled veterans. … Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

Statement by Senator Warren Following Vote to Proceed to Pharmaceutical Compounding Legislation

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement after the Senate successfully voted to begin consideration of the Drug Quality and Security Act: "I'm pleased the Senate has voted to consider the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will help regulate the pharmaceutical compounding industry and secure our pharmaceutical supply chain. Because the tragic fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and made 751 sick just last year originated in … Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Action to End Too Big to Fail

WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks to Americans for Financial Reform and the Roosevelt Institute today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed the actions Congress needs to take to end Too Big to Fail and help prevent future financial crises. "We should not accept a financial system that allows the biggest banks to emerge from a crisis in record-setting shape while working Americans continue to struggle," said Senator Warren in her speech today. "And we should not accept a regulatory system … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Senator Warren at NCLC: "There are still too many places where armies of lobbyists are fighting to rig the system"

Remarks as prepared for delivery Washington, DC - Today at the National Consumer Law Center's (NCLC) Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on major improvements made over the last few years in consumer protection and the areas where the playing field is still rigged against hard-working, middle class families. The senator also made the case for government's role in protecting consumers. "When was the last time you heard someone call for … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Colleagues to Pass ENDA

Video is available here Full text of the remarks available here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate calling on her colleagues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "Despite the successful efforts in many states to pass nondiscrimination measures," said Senator Warren, "Americans living in over half the … Continue Reading

November 05, 2013

Senator Warren Highlights Massachusetts Health Care at HELP Committee Hearing on Affordable Care Act Implementation

Video is available here Washington, DC - At a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren compared Massachusetts' health reform launch to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, including similar technical problems, enrollment trends and cost benefits. Senator Warren explained that in 2007, Massachusetts' website experienced technical problems that required a … Continue Reading

November 04, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Begich and Congressmen Tierney, Keating Hold Listening Session on Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization, Issues Facing Fishermen

BOSTON, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a listening session today with Senator Begich (D-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Senator Edward J. Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney and Bill Keating on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is up for reauthorization this year. Warren, Begich, Markey, Tierney, and Keating heard from panelists including members of the Massachusetts … Continue Reading

October 31, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Swift Confirmation of Congressman Mel Watt as Federal Housing Finance Agency Director

Video of the Senator's Remarks Washington, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren urged her colleagues to confirm Congressman Mel Watt's nomination to be the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Senator Warren called for an end to "obstruction for obstruction's sake," and stressed the importance of a confirmed Director and strong FHFA to bolster the recovery of the housing market and provide certainty to the agency, which … Continue Reading

October 30, 2013

Senator Warren's Statement on the Anniversary of Supplemental Security Income

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Forty-one years ago today, SSI was signed into law as part of amendments to the Social Security Act. "For 41 years, SSI has been a lifeline for low-income older Americans and people who can't work because of disabilities. We have an obligation to support and strengthen this critical program, which helps millions of people make ends … Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Members of Massachusetts Delegation Join Bipartisan Coalition, Introduce Bill to Protect Homeowners From Flood Insurance Rate Spike

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives John Tierney (MA-6), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Niki Tsongas (MA-3) and William Keating (MA-9) today joined a bipartisan coalition of members to introduce the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which will protect millions of homeowners from facing huge flood insurance premium rate hikes and require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete an affordability study and propose … Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Senator Warren Lays Out Housing Finance Reform Priorities in MBA Remarks

Remarks as prepared for delivery are available here Washington, DC - In remarks to the Mortgage Bankers Association today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out her priorities for housing finance reform. She stressed the importance of preserving the elements of the American housing finance system that promote widespread home ownership while putting in place safeguards that reduce systemic risk in the housing market. The Senator also talked about increasing access to mortgage loan … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Markey, Warren, Ayotte, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Honor Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Heroes Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack

Washington (October 28, 2013) - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) today introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone Woods in recognition of their contributions to the nation. Doherty and Woods, both former combat-decorated Navy SEALS, were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. Doherty was a native … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Senator Warren Calls on Congress to Double NIH Funding, Promotes Critical Government Investments in Scientific Research

Remarks as prepared for delivery are available here BOSTON, MA - In remarks to the Boston Chamber of Commerce today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Congress to double funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and stressed the importance of supporting innovation and basic scientific research. "What drives the Massachusetts economy - and the American economy - is innovation," said Senator Warren. "Innovation makes us soar. And government-supported research is a … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Senator Warren Applauds New CFPB Protections for Consumers Sending Money Abroad

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a new rule the agency issued to protect American consumers making electronic money transfers to foreign individuals and companies, known as "remittance transfers." Until the CFPB was tasked with issuing rules around transfers abroad, there were no protections for remittances. These rules, which go into effect today, will give consumers new confidence that the money they … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Warren, Markey, Keating and Kennedy Announce Major Storm Mitigation Grants for Massachusetts

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Bill Keating and Joe Kennedy III today announced that Massachusetts has been awarded major grants from the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support storm mitigation efforts. Salt marsh and wetland restoration and flood resilience projects in Dartmouth, Chatham, Harwich, Yarmouth and Taunton will receive more than $10.4 million in total funding. "These grants … Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Senator Warren Highlights Enforcement Record of SIGTARP, Questions Fed, SEC, OCC

PDF of the full letter is available here WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Chairman Ben Bernanke of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), Chair Mary Jo White of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Comptroller Thomas Curry of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to request information about the enforcement records of their agencies between 2009 and 2012. "According to a recent analysis by the … Continue Reading

October 11, 2013

Sens. Warren and Markey Sign Letter Urging Immediate Flood Insurance Rate Relief for Homeowners

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have signed a bipartisan letter urging Congress to act now to provide immediate rate relief for homeowners impacted by new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance rules. "While we support the long-term reauthorization of the program, we have serious concerns about the sharp rate increases included in that legislation that could render flood insurance unaffordable and … Continue Reading

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