Press Releases

January 27, 2014

Senator Warren Announces 11 Year Old Activist Zev Dickstein as State of the Union Guest

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today announced that Zev Dickstein will accompany her to President Obama's State of the Union address on January 28, 2014. At age nine, Dickstein started volunteering on political campaigns, and has remained active in his community, most recently serving as the campaign manager for a local school committee race. "I am very pleased to have Zev joining me for the State of the Union," Senator Warren said. "He understands the importance of public … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

Warren, Markey, & Keating Applaud $1 Million Grant to Preserve Cape Wetlands

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Bill Keating today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a $1 million grant to Harwich and Chatham to support the conservation of coastal wetlands. Another $1.9 million in funding will be provided by partner agencies. "Protecting Massachusetts' wetlands is good for the environment and good for our local communities," said Senator Warren. "Wetlands help improve water quality, … Continue Reading

January 24, 2014

Warren, Markey, Neal Announce $225K Fire Grant to Dalton

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Dalton Fire Department a $225,642 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "Our firefighters are out on the front lines protecting our communities," Senator Elizabeth Warren said. "This SAFER grant recognizes the critical work firefighters do day in and … Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

Markey, Warren Press Obama Admin. to Release LIHEAP Funds ASAP

WASHINGTON, DC - With millions of families facing harsh weather and economic conditions and nearly $490 million still remaining this year for the nation's low-income heating assistance program following recent passage of the omnibus spending bill, Massachusetts Democratic Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren today called on the Obama administration to immediately distribute those energy assistance benefits to Massachusetts residents. In a letter sent to Health and Human Services … Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

Senator Warren Highlights "Priorities for the Future" During Massachusetts Tour

BOSTON, MA -- On Tuesday and Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren visited cities and towns from Boston to Springfield, as part of her "Priorities for the Future" Massachusetts tour. During events with constituents across the state, Senator Warren discussed her agenda for the year ahead and the importance of making investments that help us build a strong middle class. On Tuesday, Senator Warren attended an event at Charlestown High School to increase awareness of College Goal Sunday, which will … Continue Reading

January 21, 2014

Sen. Warren Begins New Push to Reduce Student Loan Burden

BROCKTON, MA - During a roundtable with faculty and students at Massasoit Community College in Brockton today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced her intention to introduce legislation to help reduce the growing student loan burden that is burying graduates in debt and acting as a drag on our economic growth. Warren discussed the importance of allowing student loan borrowers to refinance their old, high-interest rate loans at the lower rates that are being offered to … Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Warren and Markey Praise Massachusetts Priorities in Budget Appropriations Package

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today commended passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, including several provisions that will help the Massachusetts economy, environment and its vital fishing community. "Today's agreement came at a critical time for Massachusetts, and I'm very grateful to Chairwoman Mikulski for her work fighting for appropriations that reflect our values," Senator Warren said. "I'm glad we were able to pass an … Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Mass. Congressional Delegation, Governor Applaud Fishing Disaster Relief

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Representatives John Tierney (MA-6), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Niki Tsongas (MA-3), Bill Keating (MA-9) and Joe Kennedy III (MA-4) today applauded the announcement that $75 million has been appropriated for national fishing disasters. The Massachusetts congressional delegation for months has been urging the Administration and the Appropriations Committees' … Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Massachusetts Delegation Announces $8 Million Federal Grant to Massachusetts for Marathon Bombing Victims

Washington, DC - The Massachusetts Delegation today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded Massachusetts an Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim grant for $8,355,648 to cover expenses as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. Following the tragedy, the delegation pledged full support from the federal government and encouraged the Administration to assist in Massachusetts' recovery. "After the terrorist attack at last year's … Continue Reading

January 08, 2014

Senators Warren, Coburn Introduce Truth in Settlements Act to Make Federal Agency Settlements More Transparent

Bill Text Fact Sheet Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) today introduced bipartisan legislation to increase transparency around 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 because of tax deductions and other "credits" built into the settlement that reduce the … Continue Reading

January 07, 2014

Sen. Warren Praises New CFPB Mortgage Rules that Make Families, Economy Safer

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks delivered on the floor of the Senate this afternoon, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new mortgage rules, which will go into effect on Friday, January 10. Under the new rules, a lender must determine that a borrower has the ability to repay a mortgage before issuing the loan. The rules will also prohibit … Continue Reading

January 06, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on Janet Yellen's Confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve: "I am delighted the Senate has voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to Chair the Federal Reserve. This was an historic vote - one that reflected Janet's impeccable credentials and extraordinary track record. Janet understands that the Fed has a critical role to play in accelerating our economic recovery, and … Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Senator Warren and Senator Markey Re-Convene the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations to Consider Boston Vacancies

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today announced that the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations will re-convene to consider applications for federal judicial vacancies in Boston, Massachusetts. Candidates interested in applying for a U.S. District Court nomination must submit their applications to the Advisory Committee by Friday, January 31st. Earlier this year, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the appointment of the Advisory … Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Senator Warren Applauds Nomination of Judge Leo T. Sorokin to U.S. District Court

BOSTON - President Obama has announced that he has nominated Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Sorokin was recommended to Senator Elizabeth Warren as a top candidate to fill a federal judicial vacancy in Boston by the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations. "I was very pleased to recommend Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin to the President for nomination to a District Court vacancy in … Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

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 Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The legislation would prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history as part of the job … Continue Reading

December 16, 2013

Senator Warren Honors Mayor Menino in Floor Speech

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Full Text of the Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren thanked Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for his 20 years of tireless service to the people of Boston. "For twenty years, Mayor Menino has made Boston into a city that all eyes can see is a model for the country and for the world," said Senator Warren. "And he has succeeded because … Continue Reading

December 16, 2013

Senators Warren, Crapo, Wyden Urge DOE to Study Cost Savings of Energy Efficiency Technology

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, today sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) urging the agency to study the cost-savings of energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies. Senators Warren and Crapo previously introduced an amendment calling for the DOE to conduct this … Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Senator Warren Questions Treasury and ED on Accountability for Sallie Mae Rulebreaking and Violations

Update (12/12): See Response from Department of Education here. The full text of Senator Warren's letter is available here. WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today (9/19) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Education Secretary Arne Duncan questioning their departments' ongoing relationship with Sallie Mae despite Sallie Mae's pattern of breaking the rules and ignoring its contractual obligations. "While the government has been quite tolerant of Sallie Mae's … Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Senator Warren Renews Call for Delay in Flood Maps Implementation

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks is Available Here Senator Warren's Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Are Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to renew her call for a delay in the implementation of new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps, and to urge her colleagues to immediately take up, debate, and vote to pass the Homeowner Flood Affordability Act. Many homeowners in Massachusetts and across the … Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

Sens. Warren & Markey, Rep. Keating Urge Coast Guard to Adopt Stronger Regulations for Vessels in Buzzards Bay

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representative Bill Keating have sent a letter urging the Coast Guard to adopt stronger regulations mandating the use of independent vessel pilots and escort tug boats for all barges carrying 5,000 or more barrels of oil or other hazardous materials through Buzzards Bay. In their letter, the lawmakers highlighted the devastating 2003 fuel oil spill in Buzzards Bay, and Massachusetts' efforts to prevent future … Continue Reading

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