Press Releases

March 07, 2017

Warren, Sanders, Casey, Baldwin, Franken, Hassan and Murphy Ask Alexander for HELP Committee Hearings on Education Department Nominees

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today sent a letter asking asking Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to hold hearings prior to any committee votes on President Trump's nominees for critical posts at the Department of Education (ED). Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made clear … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

As Trump and GOP Congress Seek to Roll Back Worker Protections, Senator Warren Releases Report Detailing Labor Violations by Federal Contractors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday released a report detailing repeated violations of labor laws by companies that receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal contracts. These illegal actions include stealing wages and endangering workers, sometimes resulting in injuries or deaths. Nearly a quarter of the American workforce is employed at a company that holds at least one federal contract. "All Americans deserve a safe workplace and fair pay for a … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Senators Re-Introduce LifeBOAT Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "A major barrier that those … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Warren, Murray, Sanders Call on DOJ to Open Criminal Investigation into Federal Contractor VT Halter Marine's Repeated Workplace Deaths and Injuries

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a criminal investigation into the deaths and injuries of workers for federal contractor VT Halter Marine Inc. at their Mississippi shipyards. Despite repeated horrific accidents and penalties assessed by the Occupational Health and Safety … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Warren, Markey, and Kennedy Announce Additional Funding for General Dynamics' WIN-T Program

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) today announced that the House and Senate Appropriations committees have included two additional set orders and awarded an additional $114 million for General Dynamics' Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program (WIN-T) in their final version of the fiscal 2017 defense appropriations bill. WIN-T, which is produced at the General Dynamics facility in Taunton, … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Senators Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today sent a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Warren, Murray, Brown Question Businesses on Support of Expanded Overtime Rule

Trump Pick for Labor Secretary Has Not Taken a Position on Helping More Workers Get Overtime Pay Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Ranking Member on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today sent letters to 14 companies asking whether they oppose efforts to block new rules expanding overtime protections for 4.2 million new … Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Senator Warren Announces Tiba Faraj as Guest at Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today announced that Tiba Faraj will accompany her to President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. Faraj, an Iraqi refugee, arrived in Lynn, Mass., in 2010 along with her parents and siblings. After a tumultuous journey spanning seven years and thousands of miles, Faraj became an American citizen last year. "Like many before her, Tiba came to America seeking a better life. Since arriving in … Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Sens. Warren and Markey Question Federal Agency Heads About President Trump's Executive Order to Deny Funding to "Sanctuary Jurisdictions"

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey on Monday will send a letter to the confirmed or nominated heads of 17 federal grant-making agencies to ask whether and how they intend to comply with President Trump's recent Executive Order directing Administration officials to identify "sanctuary jurisdictions" and to cut off all federal grants to those jurisdictions. In their letter, the senators highlight that the president's order is clearly unconstitutional, and detail … Continue Reading

February 24, 2017

As Foreign Favors Pile Up, Democratic Senators Call On Trump To Halt Unconstitutional Conduct

The full text of today's letter is available here. Washington, DC - Following news that the Chinese government awarded the Trump Organization a trademark that may be worth billions of dollars - one of many foreign favors President Trump may have accepted since taking office - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined a group of thirteen Senators led by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in calling on President Trump to take immediate action to resolve conflicts of interest that are … Continue Reading

February 23, 2017

Sens. Warren, Markey, Murray and Stabenow Request GAO Study on Food Insecurity at American Colleges and Universities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on food insecurity at American colleges and universities. "Sacrificing food for education can undermine a student's educational … Continue Reading

February 22, 2017

Warren Requests Update from Treasury on Investigation of Trump Advisor's Meeting with CEO of Sanctioned Russian Entity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking him to follow through on his commitment to investigate reports that Anthony Scaramucci, while acting as a "Trump translator" during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, engaged in direct talks regarding potential business transactions with the head of a Russian entity subject to sanctions by the Treasury Department. Today's letter follows a January 19th … Continue Reading

February 21, 2017

Senators Lodge Concerns About Icahn’s Control of Renewable Fuel Standard

A PDF copy of the letter is available here. Washington, DC - The White House has ignored seven Senators' request for information on oil refining executive Carl Icahn's role in determining the fate of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)-a regulation that Icahn claims will cost his business hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Now the group has filed that request with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its notice and comment process. In a letter sent to White House Counsel … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Warren, Cummings, Udall and Whitehouse Request GAO Immediately Review President Trump's Apparent Violation of National Security Protocols at Mar-a-Lago

Washington, D.C. - Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of whether President Donald Trump and his staff have followed appropriate protocol for handling sensitive national security materials at Mar-a-Lago and other locations. They also asked for … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Senator Warren's Statement on Andrew Puzder's Withdrawal as Labor Secretary Nominee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren commented today on Andrew Puzder's withdrawal as President Trump's nominee to serve as Labor Secretary. "We need someone running the Labor Department with a proven track record of respecting workers and protecting their rights," said Senator Warren. "There is ample evidence that Mr. Puzder does not meet those standards, including his mistreatment of his own workers and his company's record of labor abuses. His withdrawal from consideration is good … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Casey, Isakson, Warren, Rubio: Stop Terrorist Financiers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing the Stop Terrorists Operational Resources and Money (STORM) Act of 2017. This legislation would provide the President additional leverage in penalizing foreign governments that fail to shut down terrorist financiers and facilitators. The STORM Act would authorize the President to designate a country that is not adequately combating terrorism financing … Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Warren Questions White House, Labor, Financial Services Roundtable on Report that Wall Street Lobbyist Reviewed Drafts of Trump Executive Orders and Memorandums

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to the White House, Department of Labor (DOL) and Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) to ask about the role that banking industry lobbyists played in the development and drafting of President Trump's recent executive orders (EO) and memorandums on financial regulation, including his directive for DOL to halt implementation of the fiduciary rule, which requires that financial advisers provide retirement advice … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

New England Senators Introduce Resolution to Congratulate Super Bowl LI Champion Patriots

Washington, DC - Following the incredible and historic Super Bowl LI win by the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons, a group of New England Senators introduced a resolution to remember and congratulate the Championship team. Sponsors of the resolution include Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). The resolution … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Senators Demand Answers About Icahn's White House Role

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn today, a group of Senators demand to know what role oil refining executive Carl Icahn is playing in President Donald Trump's White House, how he affected the selection of Scott Pruitt to be Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, and to what extent Icahn controls the destiny of an EPA regulation that Icahn claims will cost his business hundreds of millions of dollars. Senators Sheldon … Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Warren Releases Questions for Secretary of Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Regarding Conflicts of Interest, his Public Opposition to Vital Protections for Workers, CKE’s Labor Violations, and More

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a 28-page letter to Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder, asking for information about Mr. Puzder's conflicts of interest and his plans for addressing conflicts of interest with the numerous companies of President Trump's that are regulated by the Department of Labor (DOL), his opposition to minimum wage laws and other vital protections for workers and families, and his company's prolific history of labor and … Continue Reading

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