Press Releases

December 20, 2016

McCaskill-Warren GAO Report Shows Shocking Increase in Student Loan Debt Among Seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Elizabeth Warren today released a government report showing that student loan debt is escalating rapidly, and tens of thousands of senior Americans are currently having their Social Security benefits cut below the poverty line to recoup defaulted student loan debt. The report, conducted for McCaskill and Warren by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), indicates that in the past ten years the amount of student loan debt among seniors has … Continue Reading

December 16, 2016

Led by Merkley, Warren and Sanders, Senate Democrats Roll Out New Website Inviting Personal Stories from Americans Hurt by Foreclosure King Steve Mnuchin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that Senate Democrats have launched a new website inviting Americans to share their personal stories of being impacted by the foreclosure practices of Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary nominee, foreclosure king Steve Mnuchin. "Donald Trump's choice of Mnuchin is not only a fundamental betrayal of his promise to stand up to Wall Street-it is a punch in the gut to the … Continue Reading

December 15, 2016

Senate Democrats to Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - On the day President-elect Donald Trump was supposed to inform the American people about his future with the Trump Organization, a group of Democratic U.S. senators announced they will introduce a bill in January that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of … Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Senator Warren Announces Appointment to Armed Services Committee

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that she will be serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services in the 115th Congress, subject to conference and Senate ratification. "I'm looking forward to serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services in the next Congress. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I understand the sacrifices America's servicemembers make to defend our country - and the important work that our Defense … Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Bipartisan Group of Senators Presses Federal Regulator for Clear Guidance on Banking Services for Vendors Working with Legal Marijuana Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to press a key federal regulator to take further action to ensure that vendors working with legal marijuana businesses in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana do not have their banking services taken away. In states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, conflicting federal policies have led most … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Warren and Cummings Ramp Up Investigation Into Wells Fargo Fraudulent Sales Practices

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to the CEO of Prudential Financial requesting a briefing and documents about press reports indicating that Wells Fargo bankers signed up customers for insurance without their knowledge or consent. Ranking Member Cummings and Senator Warren have launched investigations into Wells Fargo's business practices after the Consumer … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Senator Warren Urges FERC to Suspend Approval of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend approval of the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline until safety concerns are addressed. "As you are aware, the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline segment will carry highly pressurized natural gas in close proximity to an active quarry where dynamite is regularly exploded," Senator Warren wrote. "This choice of path has left many residents concerned about the … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

After Trump Delays Announcement on Business Plans, Senate Democrats Call on President-elect to Divest Holdings

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, along with 22 Democratic senators, sent a letter urging President-elect Donald J. Trump to follow the advice of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), an independent, nonpartisan ethics agency, and divest his business holdings in order to resolve potential conflicts of interest and deal with constitutional requirements before he assumes office. "As a … Continue Reading

December 09, 2016

Senator Warren's Statement on the Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

Washington, D.C. - Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement on today's announcement that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, to serve as Secretary of Labor: "Throughout his entire career, Andrew Puzder has looked down on working people. At Hardees and Carl's Jr., he got rich squeezing front-line workers on wages, overtime, and benefits, all while plotting to replace them with machines that are so much better than workers because … Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

Sens. Warren and Grassley Applaud FDA Steps to Improve Hearing Aid Accessibility, Implement Portions of Bipartisan Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement that it will take steps to improve consumer access to hearing aids, including by not enforcing the requirement for a medical evaluation or waiver in order to acquire hearing aids. Earlier this month, Warren and Grassley introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, which would make certain types of hearing aids available over the … Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Senators Urge President-Elect Trump to Live Up to Campaign Promises and Clarify Whether He Opposes Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 19 fellow senators, today sent a letter calling on President-Elect Donald Trump to remind him of his campaign promises to reject cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and to ask that he clarify whether he still intends to do so. The letter was signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Edward J. Markey … Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Senator Warren Introduces Legislation to Provide Military Health Care Treatment to Victims of Terrorism

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today introduced the Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes Act to provide victims of terrorism with access and treatment at appropriate military health care facilities. The name of the bill recognizes Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing who received a designation from the Secretary of Defense to receive the specialized care they needed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and who have … Continue Reading

December 06, 2016

Democratic Senators Urge Education Department to Protect Students and Taxpayers Should For-Profit Accreditor Lose Federal Recognition

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to take steps to protect students and taxpayers in the event that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), currently the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, loses federal recognition. ACICS losing federal recognition would require the approximately … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Senators Schumer, Brown, Whitehouse, and Warren Release Joint Statement on Attempt by Senate Finance Committee Republicans to Jam Through Radical Moninee to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees

Washington, D.C. - Senators Charles E. Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today in light of attempts today by Senate Finance Committee Republicans to jam through the confirmation of Charles Blahous - an advocate of privatizing Social Security - to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. "As Public Trustee Mr. Blahous' has promoted a radical agenda - spreading misinformation and fear about the future of Social Security … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Statement from Senator Warren on Congressman Neal's Election as Ranking Member of House Ways and Means

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today on Congressman Richard Neal's election to serve as Democratic Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means: "Congressman Neal fights hard for families in Western Mass, and he will bring a wealth of experience to the position of Ranking Member on Ways and Means. House Democrats and the people of Massachusetts will benefit enormously from Richie's leadership on the … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Sens. Warren, Schumer, Murray, Brown, and Franken Release Joint Statement on DOL Appeal of Overtime-Pay Rule Injunction

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement Friday on the Department of Labor's (DOL) decision to appeal a federal court injunction of the new overtime-pay rule: "We're glad the Department of Labor has decided to appeal a Texas court's misguided decision to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Because Republicans and corporate … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Sens. Warren, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Make Hearing Aids More Accessible and Affordable

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter (OTC) and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 percent of those … Continue Reading

December 01, 2016

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

November 30, 2016

Senators Warren and Sanders Release Joint Statement on Trump's Treasury Nominee

Washington, DC - Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement Wednesday after it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Steve Mnuchin to serve as Treasury secretary: "During the campaign, Donald Trump told the American people that he was going to change Washington by taking on Wall Street. Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is just another Wall Street insider. That is not the type of change that … Continue Reading

November 28, 2016

Senator Warren Delivers Remarks on the Proposed 21st Century Cures Bill

Video available here WASHINGTON, DC - In a floor speech on Monday evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised signficant concerns about the proposed 21st Century Cures bill. The text of her remarks is below: Mr. President, three weeks ago, Americans went to the polls. Voters were deeply divided on whether Democrats or Republicans should be in charge. Donald Trump is the President-elect despite losing the popular vote by more than two million people. But there is one thing that Americans were … Continue Reading

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