Press Releases

October 30, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on Mayor Thomas Menino

BOSTON, MA- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today: "The City of Boston lost a great fighter today. Mayor Tom Menino used his big heart, his strong voice, and his fierce determination to shape every corner of the city. Bruce and I send our prayers to Mayor Menino's wife Angela, to his family, and to all Bostonians. Our mayor is gone, but he lives on in every neighborhood in … Continue Reading

October 20, 2014

Cummings and Warren Request Investigation into Non-Bank Mortgage Servicing Industry

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate threats to consumers arising from the growth in non-bank mortgage servicing. In their letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Cummings and Warren noted that as the non-bank share of the mortgage … Continue Reading

October 16, 2014

Senator Warren Applauds Release of Federal Heating Aid

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) initial release of $131,791,505 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to Massachusetts. Senator Warren sent a letter with her Senate colleagues earlier this month calling on HHS to release LIHEAP funding quickly and at as high a level as possible. "Because thousands of families across the Commonwealth depend on federal LIHEAP aid to heat their … Continue Reading

October 01, 2014

Massachusetts Delegation Applauds New Job-Driven Training Grants for Mass. Community Colleges

Washington, DC - Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and Representatives William Keating, Niki Tsongas, and Joe Kennedy III applauded the awarding of more than $22 million from the Department of Education and the Department of Labor to Cape Cod Community College and Massasoit Community College for job-driven training programs. The New Aviation Maintenance Accelerated Job Training Program at Cape Cod Community College will receive $2.5 million. Massasoit Community College, as … Continue Reading

September 26, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on New York Fed

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the below statement on Friday following a report about the New York Fed published by ProPublica and This American Life: "When regulators care more about protecting big banks from accountability than they do about protecting the American people from risky and illegal behavior on Wall Street, it threatens our whole economy. We learned this the hard way in 2008. Congress must hold oversight hearings on the disturbing issues raised … Continue Reading

September 24, 2014

Mass. Delegation Applauds U.S. DOL Grant for Paid Family and Medical Leave Studies

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Niki Tsongas, Bill Keating, Joe Kennedy III, and Katherine Clark applauded the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) award of $117,651 to the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards to study the benefits of paid family and medical leave programs. Massachusetts was one of four states to receive funding. "It's tough enough to raise a family and hold down a job, but there's no denying that families … Continue Reading

September 23, 2014

Levin, Reed, Markey, Warren urge SEC to protect investors

WASHINGTON - Four Democratic senators today urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to promptly adopt proposed safeguards designed to protect investors from potential fraud and abuse in private securities offerings. In a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White [PDF], Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., write that today is the one-year anniversary of implementation of the SEC's rule allowing "general solicitation" in … Continue Reading

September 17, 2014

Warren-Portman "Smart Savings Act" to Strengthen Retirement Savings Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday evening, the Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to help substantially increase financial returns for federal employees' retirement plans without increasing federal spending. The legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The Smart Savings Act would change the automatic enrollment for federal employees enrolling … Continue Reading

September 09, 2014

Sen. Warren: "Our democracy is in real danger...This is the time to amend the Constitution"

Video of the Senator's Remarks Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate in support of a pending constitutional amendment, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), that would give Congress and individual states the authority to regulate campaign finance and rein in money pouring into our political process. Senator Warren remarked on the enormous impact of super PAC money in the 2012 presidential election, "32 people spent … Continue Reading

September 08, 2014

Legislators Urge Secretary Burwell to Reevaluate Discriminatory, Inconsistent Blood, Organ and Tissue Donation Policies

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing continued concern regarding current policies governing blood, organ, and tissue donation by men who have sex with men (MSM) and requesting an update on the Department's progress in reassessing the policies. Legislators wrote to Secretary … Continue Reading

August 18, 2014

Sens. Warren and Vitter, and Congressmen Garrett and Capuano Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Fed to Strengthen Restrictions on Emergency Lending Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.), and Congressmen Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and their colleagues in the Senate and House sent a letter today to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen calling for the Fed to strengthen restrictions on its emergency lending authority. The letter was signed by 11 additional members of the Senate and House: Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mazie Hirono … Continue Reading

August 01, 2014

Senators Warren, Markey Applaud Nomination of Allison Burroughs to U.S. District Court in Massachusetts

BOSTON - President Obama has announced that he has nominated Allison Burroughs to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Burroughs 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 Allison Burroughs to the President for nomination to a District Court vacancy in Boston," Warren said. "Her years of … Continue Reading

July 31, 2014

Sen. Warren Questions Lack Of Private Student Loan Relief Options

Video of Sen. Warren's Q&A is available here WASHINGTON, DC - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned a top banking lobbyist about the lack of private student loan relief options available to struggling borrowers. Senator Warren explained that in 2005, the banks successfully lobbied Congress to end bankruptcy protections for private student loans. "The banks...get the benefits of the bankruptcy exclusion and don't offer much of … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Sen. Warren Denounces Corporations Who "Renounce Their American Citizenship" To Dodge Taxes

Video of Sen. Warren's speech is available here. Full text of Sen. Warren's speech is available here. WASHINGTON, DC - In a speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren called for closing the "corporate inversion" tax loophole, which allows American companies to dodge taxes by filing paperwork claiming foreign citizenship after they merge with another company overseas. Senator Warren urged Congress to pass the Stop Corporate Inversions Act she … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Warren-Coburn Truth in Settlements Act Passes Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Heads to Full Senate

Bill Text Fact Sheet Washington, DC - The Truth in Settlements Act, a bipartisan proposal from Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to increase transparency around settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies, was approved today by the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill, which passed the Committee by voice vote, now heads to the floor of the Senate. "When government agencies reach settlements with companies that break the law, they … Continue Reading

July 28, 2014

Senators Warren, Feinstein & Gillibrand Question FDA About Efforts to Curb Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sent a letter today to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting information about the FDA's efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production. "The use of antibiotics in food-producing animals must be reduced as part of the effort to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics," the senators wrote. "Research has shown … Continue Reading

July 25, 2014

Sen. Warren Cosponsors Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Rights Protection Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today cosponsored the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Rights Protection Act (S. 1999), a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jack Reed (D-RI) that would help protect servicemembers' rights regarding their contracts for financial products such as credit cards, mortgages and student loans. "I'm glad to join this fight to protect the basic rights that our servicemembers have earned," said Senator Warren. … Continue Reading

July 23, 2014

Sen. Warren Applauds Senate Vote to Advance the "Bring Jobs Home Act"

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded the Senate's vote today to begin debate on the "Bring Jobs Home Act," of which Senator Warren is a cosponsor. This legislation, introduced by Senators John Walsh (D-Mont.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), would close a tax loophole benefitting companies that send jobs overseas, and use the savings from that loophole to invest in businesses who bring jobs back to the United States. The Senate voted 93-7 today to consider … Continue Reading

July 22, 2014

Miller, Harkin, Warren, DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

WASHINGTON D.C.-In response to recent workplace treads and supporting research that suggest uncertain work schedules can have broad negative consequences for working families, leading Democratic members of Congress today introduced legislation to stem abusive scheduling practices directed primarily at hourly workers. In some of the economy's fastest-growing and lowest-paying industries-including the retail, food service, and janitorial sectors-workers face erratic and irregular work schedules. … Continue Reading

July 16, 2014

Sen. Warren & Rep. Keating Announce Restoration of Social Security Services on Nantucket

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Bill Keating today announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin offering Social Security services on Nantucket via the use of video teleconferencing technology on July 23rd. Regular monthly visits to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard by SSA representatives ended in early 2011. Senator Warren and Congressman Keating had urged SSA to restore the critical services for residents on Nantucket and Martha's … Continue Reading

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