Press Releases

March 31, 2017

Murray, Warren Question Department of Education Official's Ties, Conflicts of Interest with For-Profit College Chain

Murray: "The Department's policies related to higher education... directly and substantially impact Bridgepoint, raising questions about how Mr. Eitel has addressed conflicts of interest between his employment at Bridgepoint and work at the Department" Warren: "My concerns about Mr. Eitel's arrangement have been exacerbated by one of [Secretary DeVos's] first major higher education actions...[Secretary DeVos] delayed critical deadlines related to the Department's implementation of Gainful … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

As Health Care Debate Shifts, Senator Warren Joins Senator Franken and Senate Colleagues in Milestone Effort to Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of Congressional Republicans' failed attempt to rip health coverage away from millions of Americans, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a key group of Senate Democrats in launching a major push to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by bringing down the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, one of the main reasons why health care costs are rising. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that prescription drug … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Senator Warren Joins Senator Cantwell and Colleagues to Demand Trump Abandon Harmful DOE Cuts

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 16 other Democratic senators in a letter to President Trump urging him to reverse course on his plan to cut the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year 2018 budget. "The Department of Energy is a science and technology leader, with an unrivaled network of national laboratories, accelerating … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Senators Request SEC Inspector General Investigation into Acting Chairman's Moves to Reconsider Dodd-Frank Rules and Weaken Agency Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), today sent a letter to the Inspector General (IG) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting an investigation into recent actions taken by Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar to reconsider congressionally-mandated Dodd-Frank rules and to scale back the investigative powers of the agency's enforcement staff. The senators expressed concern that Piwowar's … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Senators Warren and Carper Question Office of Government Ethics on Ivanka Trump’s White House Role

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today questioned the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), about how President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will comply with federal ethics rules in her role as "the presidents 'eyes and ears' ... providing broad-ranging advice" in the White House. "Ms. Trump's increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role, her potential conflicts of interest, and her commitment to voluntarily comply with relevant ethics … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Durbin, Murray, Warren, Brown, Senators Urge Education Department To Protect Students and Taxpayers From Failing Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Federal Student Aid (FSA) failed to identify Corinthian Colleges' weak financial situation and allowed the failing for-profit to continue receiving Title IV student aid dollars without restriction, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a group of senators calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to implement OIG's … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Government Watchdog to Conduct Review of Security and Costs at Mar-a-Lago

Washington, D.C. - The Government Accountability Office has initiated a review requested by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, into President Trump's security procedures and taxpayer-funded travel costs at Mar-a-Lago resort. Last month, the Members of Congress raised concerns following an incident in which "the … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Senators Question Attorney General Sessions About Bharara Firing Amid Reports of Justice Department Investigation of HHS Secretary Price

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), today sent a series of questions to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about President Donald Trump's decision to fire Preet Bharara, formerly the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, amid a new report that Bharara was "overseeing an investigation into stock trades" made by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price. Secretary Price had made $300,000 in … Continue Reading

March 27, 2017

Senators Call on USA Hockey to Treat Women's National Hockey Team Fairly

The text of the letter can be viewed here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp … Continue Reading

March 25, 2017

Members of Congress Raise Concerns About Kushner Companies' "Unusually Favorable" Deal with Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, have raised concerns about a proposed Manhattan business partnership between the Chinese firm Anbang Insurance Group, and Kushner Companies, a real estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, a senior White House advisor and son-in-law of … Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts

Washington, DC - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has initiated a review requested by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) 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 OIG said the review will include "the timeline, decision-making process, and factors considered by HHS, … Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

On Anniversary of ACA, Members of Massachusetts Delegation Issue 180-Page Report Sharing Stories of Its Positive Effects for Health Care in the Commonwealth

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, James P. McGovern, Michael E. Capuano, Niki Tsongas, William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine M. Clark, and Seth Moulton today issued a report sharing perspectives from across the Commonwealth about the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in providing affordable, accessible health care in Massachusetts. In the lead-up to today's vote in the U.S. … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Members of Congress Call for Ending Antibiotic Overuse in Agriculture

Washington D.C. -Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswomen Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called on the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to increase collaboration and oversight to reduce the inappropriate use of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. At the request of the members, the GAO issued a new report that found gaps in oversight and identified … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Hearing Aids Available Over the Counter

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 reintroduced legislation to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC). A companion bill led by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was also introduced in the House. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Sen. Warren Questions Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta Before Confirmation Hearing

A PDF copy of the letter is available here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today sent a 23-page letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Nominee, Alexander Acosta, outlining a range of questions concerning Acosta's qualifications and views on issues before the department. The letter was sent in advance of Acosta's confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) scheduled for Wednesday. "Your career has … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Senator Warren: Cruel GOP Health Care Bill Will Hurt Efforts to Address Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - In a Senate floor speech on Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about how the Republican health care bill would hamper efforts in Massachusetts and across the country to address the opioid crisis. The text of her remarks is below, and a video of her speech is available here. Remarks by Senator Elizabeth WarrenMarch 15, 2017*As Prepared for Delivery* Last week, Republicans in the House released a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid to the … Continue Reading

March 14, 2017

Warren and Gillibrand Question Trump and Mattis About Harmful Impact of Executive Order on Families of Military Personnel

Washington, DC - In letters sent today to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) raised concerns about the harmful impact on military families of the president's recent "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" Executive Order. Under previous executive guidance, undocumented family members of individuals serving in the Armed Forces have been permitted to lawfully remain in the U.S. … Continue Reading

March 14, 2017

Warren, Bonamici Urge Administration to Protect Student Loan Borrowers from Unnecessary Fees

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) have asked the Department of Education to stand up for struggling student loan borrowers by keeping in place commonsense limits on the fees charged to those who have defaulted on their loans. Borrowers who default on loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) may be assessed a collection fee of up to 16 percent of the principal and accrued interest owed on the loans. The … Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Reps. Conyers, Waters, Scott, and Sen. Warren Applaud Appointment of Raphael Bostic to Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

Washington, DC - United States Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee; Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Financial Services Committee; and David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today released the following statements to recognize the historic appointment of Raphael Bostic to be the President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Bostic will become the first … Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Senate and House Leaders Raise Concerns About the Impact of President Trump's Decisions on HHS and CDC Preparedness for a Flu Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), today wrote to Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ask how several actions taken by the Trump administration could harm the CDC's preparedness for a pandemic flu outbreak. "The Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading

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