Press Releases

May 07, 2014

Senators Warren & Markey, Governor Patrick, & CNCS Announce $32.9 Million In AmeriCorps Funding For Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received $32,933,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). These grants will put 6,775 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with 18 organizations. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Massachusetts including early childhood education, … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Senator Warren Joins with Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Giving Students a Fair Shot at an Affordable Education

Fact Sheet on the Legislation Available here. Bill Text Available here. Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mary Landrieu … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Sen. Warren Remarks on Republican Filibuster of Minimum Wage Increase: "This is Outrageous"

Video of the Full Speech Available Here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks today on the Senate floor in response to Senate Republicans' filibuster of a bill to increase the federal minimum wage. The full text of her remarks is available here: Mr. President, it's been seven years since Congress last increased the minimum wage. Seven years since Congress stood up for our working families. Seven years since Congress gave America a raise. Earlier today the … Continue Reading

April 23, 2014

Senators Warren, Harkin, Durbin & Congressman Miller Join Colleagues to Call On Education Department to Prohibit Harmful Banking Practices Targeting College Campuses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), and their colleagues in the House and Senate today sent a bicameral letter to Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in support of changes to Title IV's cash management rules, which are currently under revision. The letter urges ED to protect students from unfair banking practices, including campus-sponsored debit cards with … Continue Reading

April 23, 2014

DeLauro, Warren Push for Focus on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, Most Effective Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC-Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today urged Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to address the growing issue of unaccompanied homeless youth. Unaccompanied youth live on their own, without a parent or other adult guardian, and are under age 25. According to HUD's 2013 Point-in-Time Estimate of Homelessness, over 45,000 unaccompanied youth experience homelessness on a given night. "As noted in the U.S. Interagency … Continue Reading

April 18, 2014

Markey and Warren: Seismic Risk at Pilgrim and Seabrook Greater Than Nuclear Reactors Are Licensed to Withstand

Lawmakers call on NRC to implement immediate mitigation measures to protect safety of neighboring residents, businesses Washington - Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to direct the licensees of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Seabrook Station in New Hampshire to immediately implement mitigation measures against seismic risks that were previously unknown. Reports released yesterday by the NRC … Continue Reading

April 16, 2014

Brown, Warren Urge Fed to Address Risks Associated With Bank Ownership of Physical Commodities

As Federal Reserve Closes Comment Period, Senators Point to Expansion of Bank Ownership of Physical Commodities and Risks Posed to Safety of Our Financial System Senators Urge Fed to Prohibit Financial Holding Companies from Owning Physical Assets WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged the Federal Reserve to address risks associated with financial holding companies' ownership of physical commodities. As the Federal Reserve closes the … Continue Reading

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

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