Press Releases

May 01, 2013

Statement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Nomination of Mel Watt for FHFA Director

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today released the following statement on President Obama's decision to nominate Mel Watt to serve as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): "The President has made an excellent choice in nominating Mel Watt to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Congressman Watt is a thoughtful policymaker with a deep background in finance and a long record as a champion for working families. The Senate … Continue Reading

April 30, 2013

Statement from Sen. Warren on NOAA Announcement Cutting Fish Catch Allocations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today following the announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of significant cuts to catch allocations for Massachusetts fishermen: "These painful cuts will be felt far beyond the docks and will impose economic hardship on our coastal communities. I am frustrated that the Administration rejected our calls to issue an interim rule that would have balanced protecting the fishing … Continue Reading

April 29, 2013

Senators Warren and Cowan Urge Action by President Obama to Support Massachusetts Fishermen

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, April 25th, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and William "Mo" Cowan (D-MA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging immediate action to aid Massachusetts fishermen. The full text of the letter may be viewed here. In September 2012, the Secretary of Commerce issued disaster declarations for several fisheries, including the Northeast groundfish fishery. The industry currently faces devastating reductions in catch allocations for key fish stocks … Continue Reading

April 27, 2013

Statement from Senators Warren and Cowan on SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan for Boston Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - On April 27, 2013, Senators Elizabeth Warren and William "Mo" Cowan released statements in support and appreciation of the Small Business Administration's announcement of Economic Injury Disaster Loans made available to Boston businesses impacted by last week's attacks in Boston. In the aftermath of the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a 12-block area surrounding the explosions was identified as a crime scene by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) … Continue Reading

April 25, 2013

MassDevelopment Awarded $40 Million in New Markets Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren applauds the decision of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to award a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) of $40 million to MassDevelopment New Markets LLC. The Massachusetts delegation sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in support of MassDevelopment's application and initiatives to stimulate development in low-income communities. The award will allow MassDevelopment to receive a credit against federal income taxes … Continue Reading

April 17, 2013

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Introduces Resolution on Boston Marathon Attacks

WASHINGTON - The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation today introduced a resolution honoring the victims of the bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon, recognizing the first responders who helped those in need, and committing to provide all necessary resources to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice. The full text of the resolution is below, and a link to a copy of the resolution can be found HERE: RESOLUTION Condemning the horrific attacks of April 15, 2013, in Boston, … Continue Reading

April 17, 2013

Letter from Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Tragedy in Boston

Each year, during the Boston Marathon, Bostonians are one family. We cheer for each other. We help each other across the finish line. Marathon Monday is always a day of great celebration, but two days ago it was turned into tragedy. When terror strikes, we are one family. We cry together. We pray together. We help each other together. On Monday, on Boylston Street and throughout Boston, people helped however they could. They carried each other, opened their homes, and gave comfort and support … Continue Reading

April 16, 2013

Information and Resources on the Tragedy in Boston

For information and resources on the tragedy in Boston, please visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website … Continue Reading

April 10, 2013

Warren and Cummings to OCC and Federal Reserve: Illegal Foreclosures are Not ‘Corporate Trade Secrets’

Washington, DC (April 10, 2013)-Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry challenging the decision by agency staff not to provide any documents in response to a requestfrom the Members of Congress seeking documents relating to … Continue Reading

April 09, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Financial Regulators to Prioritize Rules and Regulations that Help End “Too Big To Fail”

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., David Vitter, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, today wrote to Federal Reserve Governor Daniel K. Tarullo, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, and Chairman of the FDIC Martin Gruenberg, urging them to "proceed deliberately and expeditiously" to finalize rules regarding capital requirements for large financial institutions and to ensure that should a large institution fail, the losses … Continue Reading

April 08, 2013

Statement from Senator Warren on National Retirement Planning Week

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released the following statement today in recognition of National Retirement Planning Week, which is being held April 8th - April 12th, 2013: "National Retirement Planning Week is a great chance for Massachusetts families to review their savings and retirement plans. It's important to begin planning early for retirement to ensure financial security and comfort later in life. Families can take time this week to think about their savings and … Continue Reading

March 28, 2013

Mass. Delegation Unanimous in Support for Universal Gun Background Checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In honor of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition's "National Day to Demand Action," all eleven members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation today pledged their support for universal gun background checks as a common sense reform to help end gun violence. "It is long past time for the Senate to pass common sense gun control measures that will help protect our kids and make our communities safer," said Sen. Warren. "I applaud the leadership of Mayor Menino and … Continue Reading

March 25, 2013

Warren and Cummings to Meet with Fed and OCC on Foreclosure Abuses

Washington, D.C. (March 25, 2013) - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry accepting their proposal for a meeting to discuss the requests Warren and Cummings have made for documents relating to mortgage servicer abuses identified as part of the Independent Foreclosure Review. "Criminal activity should not be shielded by regulators as if it constitutes … Continue Reading

March 23, 2013

Sen. Warren and Sen. Murkowski Pass Bipartisan Budget Amendment to Help Fund Fishing Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to help provide critical disaster relief funds for fishermen. The amendment was the first introduced and passed by Senator Warren since she took office in January. Co-sponsors include Senators William "Mo" Cowan (D-MA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne … Continue Reading

March 22, 2013

Senator Elizabeth Warren Introduces Her First Senate Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has introduced an amendment to help provide critical disaster relief funds for the Northeast fishing industry. Co-sponsors of the amendment include Senators William "Mo" Cowan (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Angus King (I-ME).The amendment is the first introduced by Senator Warren since she took office in January. This amendment would allow … Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Nomination of Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's nomination of Tom Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor: "Tom Perez has a proven track record of success as an elected official and federal prosecutor. He is a great choice to lead the Department of Labor at this critical … Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

HousingWire: Senators Warren, Corker reach across the aisle on GSE reform

Four Senators are crossing party lines to propose a GSE reform bill that, if passed, would prevent the government from using guarantee-fee hikes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cover other spending initiatives. The proposed legislation also would prohibit the sale of GSE-preferred shares owned by the Treasury without congressional approval and the completion of GSE reform first. The bill, titled 'Jumpstart GSE Reform Act,' pulled in four well-known sponsors: CFPB architect and U.S. Sen. … Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

Senator Warren's Statement on the Banking Committee's Approval of the Nominations of Rich Cordray and Mary Jo White

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement after the Senate Banking Committee voted to recommend to the full Senate the nominations of Rich Cordray for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Mary Jo White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission: "I am pleased that the Banking Committee moved forward the nominations of Rich Cordray and Mary Jo White. "The SEC needs a strong leader to issue meaningful and final rules under … Continue Reading

March 14, 2013

Updated deadline: Senator Warren Announces Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations

BOSTON - The deadline for interested candidates to apply for U.S. District Court nominations in Boston and Springfield has been extended, with applications due to the Advisory Committee by Monday, April 15th. Last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the appointment of an Advisory Committee on Massachusetts judicial nominations to solicit, interview, and comment on applications for federal District Court vacancies in Springfield and Boston. Warren will review the work of the Committee and … Continue Reading

March 14, 2013

Corker, Warner, Vitter, Warren Introduce “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 introduced 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 other … Continue Reading

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