Press Releases

May 17, 2017

Heinrich, Warren Call For Investigation Into Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his recusal from the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign with his involvement in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. In a letter sent to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the senators stress that such a violation compromises the … Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Sen. Warren, Rep. Courtney Introduce Student Loan Refinancing Legislation with Vast Democratic Support in Senate and House

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and 136 of their congressional colleagues today reintroduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act in the Senate and House. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congress, and every Senate Democrat … Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Senators Ask Office of Government Ethics to Review Bannon's Compliance with Federal Ethics Regulations

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), today wrote to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), requesting information about the ethics rules that Stephen Bannon, President Trump's Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor, is required to follow with regards to communications with his former employer, Breitbart News Network. Under federal ethics regulations and … Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Warren, Hirono, Brown, Murphy Re-Introduce Bill to Restore Pell Eligibility for Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2017, joining Congressional Democrats today in introducing policies that will preserve and expand the federal Pell Grant program. With Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and ITT Technical Institute filing for bankruptcy in recent years amid widespread charges of fraud, this legislation is now more crucial … Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Senators Warren and Lankford Introduce Truth in Settlements Act to Increase Transparency of Federal Agency Settlements

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to increase transparency around major settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies. The Truth in Settlements Act will require more accessible and detailed disclosures about settlement agreements so that the public can better understand the agreements the federal government is making on their behalf. When closing investigations and settling cases, … Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Warren, Whitehouse, Carper, Leahy, Cummings Question Office of Government Ethics about Key White House Ethics Officer's Conflicts of Interest

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), today sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub to request information about the ethics rules that apply to President Trump's Deputy White House Counsel and Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), Stefan … Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

Hatch, Warren, Cassidy, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan College Transparency Act to Improve Reporting of Student Outcomes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), today introduced legislation to modernize the college reporting system for postsecondary data in order to provide greater transparency for students, families, institutions, and policymakers. The College Transparency Act of 2017 will provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities by … Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Sens. Warren, Markey, and Reps. Neal, Capuano, Keating, and Moulton Announce Nearly $900k in Grants to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey along with Representatives Richard Neal, Mike Capuano, Bill Keating and Seth Moulton announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded six fire departments in Massachusetts nearly $900,000 in 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants. These grants are awarded to fire departments to help provide the critical resources required to train and equip emergency personnel in order to meet … Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Warren, Grassley, Hassan, Isakson Applaud Inclusion of Bipartisan Hearing Aid Legislation in HELP Committee Markup

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today applauded the inclusion of their bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. Their legislation, the entirety of which was included in the package that moved through HELP today, would make certain types of hearing aids available over the … Continue Reading

May 09, 2017

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the heads of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate the activities of Carl Icahn, top adviser to President Trump and … Continue Reading

May 04, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Trumpcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement today after the American Health Care Act (ACHA) was passed by the House of Representatives: "Trumpcare isn't a health care bill. A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn't a health care bill. This is the same cruel bill that House Republicans tried to pass weeks ago. It still strips coverage from millions. Still guts Medicaid. Still strips funds away from states like … Continue Reading

May 04, 2017

Warren, Durbin and Brown Call for Inspector General Investigation of Education Department's Delay of Gainful Employment Rule

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), today asked the Inspector General of the Education Department (ED) to investigate the delay of two key implementation deadlines of the Gainful Employment (GE) rule. In a letter to the Inspector General, the senators raised concerns about ED's recent decision to delay reporting deadlines that help the department determine whether career programs are meeting the Higher Education Act's … Continue Reading

May 03, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Removal of Comptroller Tom Curry

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today on the removal of Tom Curry from his position as Comptroller of the Currency by the Trump Administration, and the decision to replace him with an acting director: "Tom Curry is a dedicated public servant who has been a tough but fair regulator of banks for decades - including under five different Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth's Commissioner of Banks. I am deeply concerned by the … Continue Reading

May 03, 2017

Senator Warren Applauds Inclusion of $150M for Green Line Extension in Federal Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced today that $150 million in funding for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line Extension (GLX) will be included in the bipartisan omnibus spending bill, which Congress is set to vote on this week. Senator Warren fought hard for the GLX funding during the Congressional appropriation process and has been a strong advocate for the GLX since her … Continue Reading

May 02, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Statement on House Vote to Gut Worker Protections on Overtime Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement about today's House of Representatives vote on the "Working Families Flexibility Act." This legislation amends the Fair Labor Standard Act to let private employers offer comp time instead of overtime pay, weakening worker protections that currently exist under the law. "With working families across the country scraping to make ends meet, Congress should strengthen protections for workers -- not gut protections … Continue Reading

May 01, 2017

Warren Joins Menendez, 14 Other Senators in Reintroducing the COAST Act in Response to Trump Executive Order to Expand Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and 14 other Senate cosponsors in reintroducing the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act. which would ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that takes the first steps towards allowing offshore oil and gas drilling along the East Coast. "Sandy was a natural disaster that devastated New Jersey. The last … Continue Reading

May 01, 2017

Warren and Carper Receive Response from OGE on Ethical Concerns Raised by Ivanka Trump's White House Role

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today released a new letter from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) clarifying that at least six separate ethics laws and rules will apply to Ivanka Trump in her role as a White House employee. The letter detailed financial disclosure requirements that apply to Ms. Trump and confirmed that she is prohibited from participating in government matters related to the Trump family businesses. OGE also reported … Continue Reading

May 01, 2017

Senator Warren Helps Secure New Funding for Opioid Epidemic, Medical Research in Bipartisan Government Spending Deal

Washington, DC - Senator Warren today applauded the inclusion of $100 million in new funding to address the opioid epidemic and $2 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the bipartisan deal to fund the federal government. The funding comes after Senator Warren recently led a large group of senators calling for new opioid and research funding to be included in the spending bill. "Sometimes the aggressive negotiations over the budget yield something good, … Continue Reading

April 27, 2017

Senator Warren Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Protecting Veterans Credit Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has co-sponsored the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). This legislation would prohibit medical debt for care received through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA community care programs from being reported to credit reporting agencies for one year, in order to prevent veterans for … Continue Reading

April 27, 2017

Warren and Pallone Request EPA Inspector General Investigation of Administrator Pruitt's Reversal of Proposed Ban on Hazardous Pesticide

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General, requesting an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reject a petition banning the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, reversing a previous EPA proposal to terminate use of this chemical and ignoring the EPA's scientific … Continue Reading

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