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September 22, 2015

Senate Passes Bipartisan Truth in Settlements Act to Make Federal Agency Settlements More Transparent

Bill Text Fact Sheet WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday evening, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent the Truth in Settlements Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to increase transparency around major settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies. When federal agencies close investigations and settle cases, they often tout the dollar amount obtained from the offender, but in many cases that amount is misleading … Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

Sens. Warren, Franken, Baldwin, Whitehouse Urge Treasury to Close Loophole Private Equity Fund Managers Use to Avoid Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to the United States Department of Treasury, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called on federal tax officials to act swiftly on a loophole private equity fund managers have been exploiting for years to disguise income and avoid paying taxes. In the letter, which was sent to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the Senators wrote that for more than a decade … Continue Reading

September 18, 2015

Senators ask U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member companies about the Chamber's Climate Denial Efforts

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Ed Markey (D-MA) sent letters to the CEOs of all 108 member companies of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors asking about their positions on the Chamber's efforts to undermine the … Continue Reading

September 18, 2015

YouthBuild Programs in Dorchester and New Bedford Receive More than $2 Million in Federal Grants

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressmen Michael Capuano, Stephen F. Lynch, and William Keating today announced that YouthBuild programs in Dorchester and New Bedford will receive more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The grants, which include $1,020,902 for Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) in Dorchester and $1,003,047 for People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. in New Bedford, will support … Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Members of Congress Introduce Bill to Restore Pell Eligibility for Students

Washington, D.C.- Today, Members of Congress, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2015. Scott and Boxer were joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representatives Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Janice Hahn (CA-44). With Corinthian Colleges, Inc. filing for bankruptcy amid widespread charges of fraud, this Act is more crucial than ever for … Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Vitter, Warren Pass Legislation to Cap Pay Raises for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, announced that last night the U.S. Senate passed their bipartisan legislation, S. 2036, which would cap pay raises for executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, authorized earlier this year by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The mortgage lenders cost the taxpayers $187.5 billion during the financial crisis. "Giving massive taxpayer-funded pay raises to … Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Warren, Bennet, Burr, Hatch Introduce Bill to Expedite Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases

Fact Sheet Bill text Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced the Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill will help advance the development of drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases by providing innovators the clarity they need to develop targeted therapies."Targeted therapies are a promising form of treatment for people … Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Corker, Warner, Vitter, Warren Reintroduce “Jumpstart GSE Reform Act”

WASHINGTON - In an effort to spur substantive and structural housing finance reform, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), all members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today reintroduced the "Jumpstart GSE Reform Act."The legislation would prohibit any increase in the guarantee fee - which is required to be charged by government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - from offsetting … Continue Reading

August 28, 2015

Adams Fire Department Awarded $809K Federal Grant

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Richard Neal today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Adams Fire Department an $809,524 grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funding will be used to replace the department's 1987 aerial ladder truck. "Our firefighters work tirelessly to keep our families safe, and it's up to us to make sure they have the equipment they need to do … Continue Reading

August 19, 2015

Baker-Polito Administration, Federal Congressional Delegation Seek Financial Relief for State Fishing Industry

BOSTON- Joined by the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, the Baker-Polito Administration today sent a letter to the Secretary of Commerce and other federal partners urging their support in covering the costs of At-Sea-Monitoring (ASM) for the entire Northeast fishery. Additionally, the correspondence requests that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) expedite electronic monitoring and other cost-saving alternatives to At-Sea-Monitoring. "We write with … Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Warren, Feinstein, and Gillibrand Renew Request for Information on Efforts to Combat Antibiotic Overuse in Animals

WASHINGTON, DC -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to Secretaries Burwell, Vilsack, and Carter, co-chairs of the Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, renewing their request for information on how the Task Force plans to address critical gaps in current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies to address the public health threat posed by the overuse of antibiotics … Continue Reading

August 10, 2015

Senator Warren asks regulators about concerns related to new system that could hide Wall Street communications, hinder enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to six financial regulators today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked about compliance and enforcement issues related to a new communications tool created by Symphony Communications LLC for use by financial institutions. The senator raised concerns about Symphony's description of the new system, "which appear(s) to put companies on notice - with a wink and a nod - that they can use Symphony to reduce compliance and enforcement concerns," … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Senator Warren Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Employers From Requiring Credit Report Disclosure

Fact Sheet is Available Here Text of the Legislation is Available Here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Equal Employment for All Act with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Murray, Warren, and Blumenthal Request Inspector General Examination of Education Department's Student Loan Servicers Compliance Review

A copy of the letter is available hereA copy of the Warren staff report is available here WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today sent a letter to the Education Department's (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting an examination of ED's recent reviews of student loan servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Statement from Senator Warren on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today: "A nuclear-armed Iran threatens the United States, Israel, and the world. The question now before Congress - the only question before Congress - is whether the recently-announced nuclear agreement represents our best available option for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. After carefully reviewing the text of the agreement, consulting with experts both in and out of government and receiving extensive … Continue Reading

July 31, 2015

Senators Warren, Markey Applaud Nomination of Inga Bernstein to U.S. District Court in Massachusetts

BOSTON - President Obama announced that he has nominated Inga Bernstein to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Inga Bernstein was recommended to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey as a top candidate for Boston's federal judicial vacancy by the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations. "I was glad to recommend Inga to the President for nomination to a District Court vacancy in Boston," Senator Warren said. "During her career, … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Senator Warren's Statement on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015: "Today, I voted in favor of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. While this was not the bill that I would have written, the bill contained several important provisions including permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Historic Preservation Fund. Additionally, the … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Energy Committee Adopts Three Warren Amendments Supporting Research to Address High Energy Prices, Improve Energy Efficiency, And Enhance National Security

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources this week adopted three amendments introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The amendments support research efforts to protect against higher domestic energy prices, improve energy efficiency, and enhance national security. Specifically, the amendments authorize a study into the state and regional economic impacts of exported liquefied natural gas (LNG); ask the … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Congressional Delegation Announces More than $19.2 million in Federal Fire Grants to Mass.

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Jim McGovern, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $19,237,879 in grants to seven Massachusetts fire departments and the Quincy-based Fire Protection Research Foundation. The grants, which will support equipment acquisition, training, and staffing, were awarded to the Upton Fire Emergency … Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Newton Fire Department Awarded $409K FEMA Grant to Purchase Emergency Vehicle

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Newton Fire Department a $409,091 grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funding will be used for the acquisition of a heavy duty rescue truck for emergencies and incidents that require specialized equipment. "Newton's firefighters are out on the front lines keeping our families safe, and we … Continue Reading

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