Press Releases

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

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 10, 2017

Warren, Udall, Schatz, Heinrich and Harris Raise Concerns About Diversion of Funds from Key Homeland Security Priorities to Pay for Trump Border Wall

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wrote today to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to raise concerns about the potential diversion of funds from key agency priorities to pay for President Trump's proposed border wall. The president's recent executive order requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to "identify and, to the extent permitted by law, allocate … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Warren, Baldwin Seek Information On Goldman Sachs' Role In and Influence over Trump Administration Economic Policies

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) today sent a letter to Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, calling on him to disclose the extent to which Goldman employees were involved in the drafting of two recent Executive Orders that will directly benefit the company. In addition, the Senators asked Mr. Blankfein to fully disclose any lobbying related to these executive orders and detail the profits Goldman Sachs expects to gain … Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Letter from Coretta Scott King About Jeff Sessions

On February 7, 2017, Senator Warren attempted to read the text of a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King about the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. The text of the letter is available below, or to download as a PDF here. -- The Honorable Strom Thurmond, ChairmanCommittee on the JudiciaryUnited States SenateDirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 Re: Nomination of Jefferson B. SessionsU.S. Judge, southern/District of Alabama Hearing, March 13, 1986 Dear Senator … Continue Reading

February 07, 2017

Schumer, Whitehouse, Warren Weigh in on Lawsuit Seeking Thousands of Emails Between Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Industry

"Mr. Pruitt shouldn't be rewarded for a cover-up-he should be held responsible for it." "Congress and the public deserve to know what Mr. Pruitt is hiding. Until those emails are released, the Senate should not vote on Mr. Pruitt's nomination." Washington, DC - Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) weighed in on a lawsuit filed today by the Oklahoma law firm Hall Estill and the Oklahoma American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Center … Continue Reading

February 07, 2017

Warren Letter Highlights Financial Firms' Support For Fiduciary Rule, Urges Labor Department Not to Delay or Eliminate Protections for Retirees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Labor Edward Hugler following President Trump's directive that the Labor Department re-examine the new fiduciary rule for financial advisers, which will protect consumers from predatory conflicts of interest that cost hardworking Americans $17 billion every year. The letter summarizes comments received by Senator Warren from twenty-one leading financial firms affirming widespread … Continue Reading

February 06, 2017

Senate Dems to SEC: Additional Evidence Requires Immediate Investigation Into Congressman Price’s Stock Trading Activities Before Nomination Advances

In a new letter to the SEC, Senate HELP Democrats say "additional evidence" necessitates an investigation and heightens "concerns about Rep. Price's financial dealings and his possible violations of the STOCK Act and insider trading laws" Letter follows several requests made by Democrats and government watchdog organizations for the Office of Congressional Ethics and the SEC to investigate potential violations ICYMI- Last week, Finance Committee Republicans broke longstanding Committee rules … Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Senators to Trump: Don't Pull the Rug Out from Under States Fighting Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and 19 additional Senate colleagues in warning President Donald Trump that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no replacement would pull the rug out from under local communities working to combat the opioid epidemic and could endanger millions of Americans just as they are getting treatment. Repeal threatens to cut $5.5 billion from … Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders to Roll Back Dodd-Frank, DOL Conflict-of-Interest Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today on President Trump's executive orders to roll back financial reforms and to delay the Department of Labor's Conflict of Interest rule for financial advisers: "Donald Trump talked a big game about Wall Street during his campaign - but as President, we're finding out whose side he's really on. Today, after literally standing alongside big bank and hedge fund CEOs, he announced two new orders - one that … Continue Reading

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