Press Releases

January 31, 2017

Sen. Warren Statement on the Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General of the United States: "Last night, the acting Attorney General of the United States refused to defend President Trump's unlawful and unconstitutional Muslim ban, so Donald Trump fired her. Let me repeat: the President of the United States just fired the nation's top law enforcement officer for refusing to defend an illegal, … Continue Reading

January 31, 2017

Senators ask Inspector General to investigate HHS suspension of Affordable Care Act outreach efforts at enrollment deadline

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today requested an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) into the Department's decision to halt advertisements and suspend e-mail and social media outreach in the final days of the 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment season. The senators noted that this decision "has been labeled 'outrageous' and 'irresponsible'," and that "the strength … Continue Reading

January 30, 2017

Senators Call on Sec. of State Nominee Rex Tillerson to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to ExxonMobil

Washington, DC - As the Senate prepares to take its first full vote on the nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of nine other senators in calling on Mr. Tillerson to recuse himself from participating in any matter that could impact ExxonMobil for the entirety of his tenure at the department. Mr. Tillerson's Ethics Agreement includes only a one-year … Continue Reading

January 30, 2017

Senator Warren to Serve on Airland, Personnel, and Strategic Forces Subcommittees

Washington, DC - The Senate Committee on Armed Services announced today that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will serve on the Airland, Personnel, and Strategic Forces Subcommittees during the 115th Congress. "Serving on these Armed Services subcommittees is an opportunity to support the innovative defense work at Massachusetts' military installations - work that strengthens our national security and helps our servicemembers do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible," Senator … Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

HELP Committee Members Raise Fresh Concerns About Education Secretary-Designate Betsy DeVos's Conflicts of Interest in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - Today, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wrote to Education Secretary-Designate Betsy DeVos, raising concerns about Betsy DeVos's potential conflicts of interest that may not be resolved by her public ethics agreement, particularly potential conflicts in higher education. In their letter, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Maggie … Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement today regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education: "I will vote against Betsy DeVos's nomination to serve as Secretary of Education because her nomination is not in the best interests of the young people of America. She has repeatedly demonstrated her contempt for public education, she plans to maintain financial ties that could create conflicts of interest, and she is … Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

Senators Introduce Bill to Authorize Delayed VA Medical Leases

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined a group of senators led by Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to reintroduce the bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, legislation that would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in 15 states. The bill seeks to improve veteran's access to healthcare through the approval of these medical leases, which would allow the VA to open needed healthcare facilities … Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

Warren Questions Removal of Wells Fargo Complaint Webpage by Department of Labor

Washington, DC - In a letter to the Acting Secretary of Labor, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked why the Department of Labor (DOL) recently eliminated a webpage allowing Wells Fargo employees to report potential labor violations and to obtain information about their rights under the law. The webpage, which was up and available to the public earlier in January, remains unavailable despite several new allegations about Wells Fargo's labor practices. "I am concerned that the … Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Senator Warren Statement on President's Executive Orders to Advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on President Trump's executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. "Democrats have proposed a new infrastructure blueprint that would create over 15 million jobs and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure -- including through investments in clean energy and modernizing our electric grid -- and we welcome President Trump and congressional … Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Senator Warren Statement on Vote to Approve Dr. Carson Nomination to HUD

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved Dr. Ben Carson's nomination for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: "Although I continue to have concerns about Dr. Carson's inexperience in the field and his comments on poverty and government dependency, he has pledged to 'look for ways to expand affordable housing options for everyone,' to 'aggressively … Continue Reading

January 23, 2017

Senators Warren and Carper Question GSA on President-elect Trump's Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), Denise Turner Roth, seeking information on GSA's efforts to protect taxpayer dollars and address conflicts of interest in its business relationship with President-elect Donald Trump and his family. Specifically, the Senators requested information … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Senators Stabenow, Warren, and Murray Hosted Forum with Americans Who Would Be Hurt by Tom Price's Policies and Healthcare Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined other Senators to host a forum with Americans from across the country who would be hurt by healthcare repeal and the policies supported by Congressman Tom Price, the nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 12 Senators who participated in the forum included: Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Sens. Warren, Cardin Raise Concerns about President-Elect Trump's White House Appointee's Meeting with CEO of Sanctioned Russian Entity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary-Designate Steve Mnuchin raising concerns about reports that the recently appointed White House Director of Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President under incoming President Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, engaged in direct talks with the head of a Russian entity subject to sanctions by the Treasury Department since 2015. "Reports indicate … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Sen. Warren Asks Financial Institutions if they Support Delay, Rollback of Financial Adviser Conflict of Interest Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to 33 financial firms asking them whether they support delaying and rolling back a newly finalized Department of Labor (DOL) rule that would protect middle class investors from costly financial advisor conflicts of interest. This letter follows recent reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Trump will seek to delay the DOL "fiduciary rule." "As you know, the United States faces a retirement … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Baldwin, Stabenow, Warren, Merkley and Markey Introduce Legislation to Withdraw from TPP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation to require the President to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw from TPP on "Day One" of his presidency. This legislation would hold Trump accountable to this campaign promise to American workers. "TPP is a bad deal for American workers. Instead of creating an … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Democratic Senators Renew Call for Puzder Hearing to Include Hardees, Carl's Jr. Workers

Washington, D.C. - Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 20 of their colleagues today sent a letter to HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) calling for the upcoming hearing for Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder to include current and former workers at Hardee's and Carl's Jr., who can provide the Committee with context on Mr. Puzder's treatment of workers. Several of Mr. … Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Senators Host Forum with Mnuchin Bank OneWest Foreclosure Victims

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her colleagues, including Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), hosted a forum with Americans from across the country who were victimized by Department of Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin. The participants came from … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Senator Warren to Serve as the Ranking Member on the Consumer Protection Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the panel's subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. Senator Warren will serve as the Ranking Member on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee. "I look forward to serving as Ranking Member on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, and I will keep fighting to protect families … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Banking Committee Democrats: Trump Administration Needs Cordray as Consumer Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Senate Banking Committee Democrats today praised Richard Cordray's outstanding work as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), emphasizing the need for his leadership at the agency in President-elect Donald Trump's Administration. In a letter to Cordray, whose term expires in July 2018, the Senators highlighted his accomplishments as the nation's top consumer watchdog in protecting servicemembers, seniors, students, and other hardworking … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Sen. Warren Questions HHS Secretary-Designate's Suitability, Priorities for Agency

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary-Designate Congressman Tom Price, outlining concerns with his suitability to run the agency given his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and privatize and cut Medicare and Medicaid, opposition to improving women's health care coverage and protecting the LGBTQ community's access to health services, and involvement in trading health-related stocks while … Continue Reading

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