Press Releases

April 09, 2014

Schatz, Brown, Sanders, Warren, Blumenthal Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers From Credit Errors

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S.2224, the Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act of 2014, legislation that would make it easier for consumers to identify and dispute errors in their credit reports and build on a proposal from Senator Sanders to provide consumers with free credit scores. The senators' legislation has been … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Senator Warren Urges Senate To Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Full Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today delivered remarks on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would empower women to receive equal pay for equal work. According to a Bloomberg analysis of Census data, "median earnings for women were lower than those for men in 264 of 265 major occupation categories," said Senator Warren. "In 99.6 percent of all occupations, men get paid more than … Continue Reading

April 04, 2014

Sens. Warren, Markey, & Rep. Neal Ask CMS to Expedite Approval Process to Restore Emergency Medical & Hospice Services to North Adams

Full text of letter here WASHINGTON, DC- In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Richard Neal expressed their concerns about the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH), and asked CMS to expedite the application of Berkshire Health System (BHS) to restore emergency medical and hospice services to the North Adams community. "Given the importance … Continue Reading

March 28, 2014

Education Official: Profits from Student Loan Program "Are Used To Fund Government Generally"

Full Video Here Washington, DC - At a Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing yesterday on strengthening the federal student loan program for borrowers, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned witnesses about the profits the government makes off the student loan program and the Department of Education's lax oversight of Sallie Mae, a company that profits from multiple federal contracts related to student loans. Sallie Mae was asked to testify at the … Continue Reading

March 26, 2014

Warren, Markey, Kennedy Announce $818K Grant to North Attleboro Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an $818,394 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to the North Attleboro Fire Department to hire new firefighters. "North Attleboro's firefighters work tirelessly day in and day out to protect our families, and this grant will help support their efforts," … Continue Reading

March 25, 2014

Businesses Across the Commonwealth Attend Senator Warren’s “Massachusetts Business Matchmaker” Event

BOSTON, MA - On Monday, March 24th at Roxbury Community College, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a Massachusetts Business Matchmaker event for small businesses, government agencies, and government contractors to identify partnership opportunities. More than 200 people attended the event, and approximately 160 small businesses from across the Commonwealth were represented. The event was co-sponsored by the General Services Administration (GSA), Small Business Administration … Continue Reading

March 24, 2014

Sen. Warren & Rep. Keating Applaud Restoration of Social Security Services on Martha's Vineyard

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Bill Keating applauded the Social Security Administration's (SSA) decision to offer Social Security services on Martha's Vineyard via the use of video teleconferencing technology. Regular monthly visits to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket by SSA representatives ended in early 2011. Senator Warren and Congressman Keating had urged SSA to restore the critical services for residents on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in a … Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

Warren, Markey, Neal Announce $1 Million Fire Grant to Holyoke

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Richard Neal announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Holyoke Fire Department a $1,069,048 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "This major SAFER grant is great news for Holyoke, and I applaud Chief Pond and Mayor Morse for their efforts to get this significant funding," said Senator Warren. "Our … Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Sens. Warren and Markey Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today praised the Senate's passage of the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act," bipartisan legislation that will help protect millions of homeowners in Massachusetts and across the country from facing unaffordable Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance premium rate hikes. The legislation previously passed the House of Representatives last week and now will be sent to President Obama to be … Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Senate Passes Warren Amendment to Help Make Education and Training More Affordable for Childcare Workers

Washington, DC - The United States Senate today passed an amendment introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of its approval of a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. Senator Warren's amendment will strengthen CCDBG by ensuring child care workers can get access to federal and state resources that help to pay for postsecondary training. "Child care workers with better training are able to give our kids the quality care they deserve - … Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Senator Warren Announces “Mass. Business Matchmaker” Event

Senator Warren Announces "Mass. Business Matchmaker" Event Event Flyer; Event Agenda BOSTON, MA - On Monday, March 24th at Roxbury Community College, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren will host a "Mass. Business Matchmaker" event for local small businesses, government agencies, and government contractors to identify partnership opportunities. The event is being co-sponsored by the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration (GSA), Small Business Administration … Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Senator Warren Co-sponsors Legislation to Establish Uniform National Standards on Vessel Incidental Discharges

Fact Sheet on the Legislation WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D - Mass.) has co-sponsored legislation that would require the Coast Guard, in consultation with the EPA, to establish and implement uniform national standards and requirements on ballast water and other discharges related to normal vessel operation. This bipartisan bill, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, was introduced by Senators Mark Begich (D - Alaska) and Marco Rubio (R - Fla.). The legislation would … Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Sens. Warren & Portman Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral “Smart Savings Act” to Strengthen Retirement Savings

Bill Would Enroll Federal Employees in Retirement Investment Funds with Higher Returns Legislation Introduced in House by Congressmen Issa and Cummings WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would help increase financial returns for federal employees' retirement plans without increasing federal spending. The Smart Savings Act would change the automatic enrollment for federal employees enrolling in … Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Sarah Bloom Raskin Confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin as Deputy Treasury Secretary: "I'm pleased the Senate has confirmed Sarah Bloom Raskin to serve as Deputy Treasury Secretary. I have worked closely with Sarah in the past and know she brings strong, valuable judgment and experience to the position. I look forward to working with her in this new role to address the important issues facing our … Continue Reading

March 06, 2014

Senators Fight to Protect Medicare for Seniors

Text of the legislation WASHINGTON D.C. -U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (AR), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Brian Schatz (HI), Tom Udall (NM), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) today introduced the Medicare Protection Act, legislation expressing strong opposition to changes in Medicare that would reduce or eliminate guaranteed benefits or raise the eligibility age for hard-working seniors. Today, more than 46 million Americans rely on Medicare. "We've seen an … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Sens. Warren and Hatch Introduce Bipartisan TEACH Act

Text of the legislation Fact sheet on the legislation WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education ("TEACH") Act, bipartisan legislation that would help strengthen the accessibility of educational technologies for college students with disabilities. Senator Warren announced her introduction of the legislation this morning at a Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Chair Yellen Says Fed Will Alter Major Enforcement Decisions Procedures, Supports More Settlements Transparency

Washington, DC - At a Banking Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen about the Fed Board's involvement in critical enforcement decisions, the transparency of the Fed's settlements with financial institutions, and 'Too Big To Fail.' "Back at your confirmation hearing, you said you thought the Fed's supervisory and regulatory responsibilities were as important as the monetary policy responsibilities, and I agree," said … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Honoring POW/MIA Servicemembers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to honor American servicemembers who are Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act will honor these approximately 83,000 service members by establishing a permanent commemorative chair on the grounds of the United States Capitol. "All three of … Continue Reading

February 26, 2014

Veterans Groups Endorse Bipartisan Warren-Rubio Effort to Crack Down on Financial Scams Targeting Older Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced today that their bipartisan legislative effort to protect veterans from financial scams has gained the support of more than a dozen national veterans' service organizations. The Senators introduced the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act on Tuesday as an amendment to S. 1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. The amendment directs the … Continue Reading

February 26, 2014

Mass. Delegation Responds to Disaster Relief Allotment of $32.8 Million for New England Fishermen

Washington, DC - The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation released statements today in response to the disaster relief funding breakdown announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes $32,847,955 for New England fishermen, and the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to waive the state 25% match requirement for states receiving disaster relief. The delegation has been fighting for aid since a federal fisheries disaster was declared for Massachusetts … Continue Reading

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