Press Releases

February 22, 2019

Warren Seeks Answers from DOD & State Department on Reports of American Weapons Transferred to Suspected Terrorists and Militias

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday sent a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting information on the suspected retransfer of American weapons from foreign governments to suspected terrorists, armed militias, and other unauthorized third-party, non-state actors. Senator Warren's letter follows a recent investigation by CNN, which found that "Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have … Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Warren Joins Klobuchar and Senate Colleagues in Letter Pressing Department of Education to Address Backlog of Student Loan Forgiveness Requests

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a letter pressing the Department of Education to immediately address the backlog of federal student loan forgiveness requests from borrowers impacted by predatory practices. Also joining in this effort are Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein … Continue Reading

February 18, 2019

Warren Unveils Universal Child Care and Early Learning Proposal

| Warren's 2017 NWLC Remarks on Child Care | Warren's Ultra-Millionaire Tax Proposal Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today unveiled a proposal outlining the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, a comprehensive plan to provide millions of families with free, high-quality child care and early learning options and to ensure that every family in the country can affordably access these services. Over the past generation, wages have effectively remained … Continue Reading

February 18, 2019

Warren, Daines, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Steve Daines (Mont.), and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) today introduced the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. The bill requires most federal buildings to have dedicated rooms for breastfeeding mothers. “Breastfeeding has significant benefits for the health and wellbeing of a baby and it's mother," said Senator Warren. "Mothers deserve the flexibility to be able to breastfeed or pump as needed. It is well past time … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Senator Warren Statement on Change in Leadership at Columbia Gas

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement following the news that Mark Kempic will take over as President and COO of Columbia Gas after the current President Steve Bryant retires on May 1st: "A change in leadership can be a move in the right direction, but this disaster wasn't caused solely by one person. We need Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource to stop putting profits over safety and to completely overhaul their work … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Warren Joins Tester, Boozman to Renew Effort to Pass Landmark Legislation to Support Women Veterans

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) yesterday in reintroducing bipartisan legislation, the Deborah Sampson Act, to support women veterans.Women are the fastest growing group of veterans, but many VA facilities don’t have the ability to provide equitable care or services to women veterans. The Deborah Sampson Act would eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face and would … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Senators Warren, Alexander Are Encouraged By HHS Secretary Azar's Comments on the Department's Work to Pay for Health Care Based on Value, Rather Than Volume

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), encouraged by HHS Secretary Alex Azar's comments on the value of mandatory models, sent a letter to the Secretary yesterday to gather more information regarding the Department's use of mandatory models to test alternative health care payment methods. As health care costs continue to rise, it is imperative that the federal government continue efforts to deliver high-quality care to Medicare and … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

One Year After Parkland Shooting, Senator Warren, Rep. Clark Call for Renewed Federal Investigation into Gun Violence in Schools

Washington, DC - Yesterday, on the one-year anniversary of the deadliest high school shooting in American history, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) called for a new investigation to re-examine the danger that gun violence poses to our nation's children and the solutions to this violence in our schools and on our streets. In the immediate aftermath of the Parkland shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act Introduced by Warren, Markey, Blumenthal, Menendez, Harris, Gillibrand, Sanders

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced the Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act in the Senate to prevent President Trump from using funds appropriated for disaster relief to fund the construction of a border wall. This is the companion bill to legislation that Representative … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Sens. Warren, Markey & Rep. Keating Announce $2.34 Million Grant for Town of Bourne

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representative William Keating, today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a federal grant of $2,335,850 to the Town of Bourne, Massachusetts. The funding, which will support the construction of a new waste water treatment plant, is expected to create 30 jobs, save 183 existing jobs, and leverage $18.26 million in private investment."This new federal … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Senator Hassan in Calling on Department of Education to Reestablish Important Mechanism to Report Fraud and Abuse in Federal Financial Aid Programs

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a fellow member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, and a group of colleagues in calling on the Department of Education to reestablish the ability for individuals to anonymously report complaints through the Federal Student Aid's (FSA) Feedback System. The system helps students, borrowers, and the public report allegations of fraud and abuse in federal financial aid … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

HUD Response to Warren Inquiry Confirms that Shutdown Delayed Billions of Dollars of Disaster Relief Funds for Puerto Rico, USVI, Florida, California, Georgia, & Missouri

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) response to her January 21, 2019 letter expressing concerns that the Trump Administration used the recent shutdown as an excuse to stall the disbursement of housing funds for Puerto Rico, following reports that President Trump instructed his administration to cut off all disaster recovery funds to the island. In his response letter, Len Wolfson, Assistant … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Warren Joins Brown, Colleagues in Introducing VA Employee Fairness Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and four of their Senate colleagues in introducing the VA Employee Fairness Act to support the goal of building a talented workforce to care for America's veterans. The bill would create a better environment for attracting and retaining physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals by restoring collective bargaining rights to workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. … Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Warren, Murkowski, Grijalva, & Cole Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) along with Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) today re-introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act in the Senate and the House. This legislation would help address the alarming suicide rate in Native communities by requiring collaboration among states and tribal nations in the design and implementation of statewide suicide intervention and … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Senators Warren, Lee, Wyden, and Scott Re-Introduce the Graduate Student Savings Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today re-introduced the Graduate Student Savings Act of 2019, a bill to help graduate students start saving for their retirement by allowing funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Federal and state governments generally tax fellowship or stipend funding as income, which does not … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

As Another Funding Deadline Looms, Senator Warren Asks Big Banks to Expand Relief Efforts for Affected Workers

Washington, DC - As another deadline to fund the government looms, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday sent letters to leaders of Bank of America, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo asking them to expand their support for their federal employees, contractors, and other affected customers. Senator Warren also released the banks' responses to an earlier January 2019 letter about their relief efforts and asked a new set of questions about their … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech Opposing William Barr's Nomination for Attorney General

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor in which she spoke out against the nomination of William Barr for United States Attorney General. In her remarks, Senator Warren expressed concern that as Attorney General, Mr. Barr would put his loyalty to President Trump ahead of his duty to stand up for the rights of all Americans. Senator Warren also criticized Mr. Barr's history on women's rights, criminal justice reform, … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Warren Joins Blumenthal, Murphy in Introducing Bills to Provide Relief to Homeowners and Businesses with Crumbling Foundations

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), in introducing two bills—the Crumbling Foundations Small Business and Homeowners Assistance Act and the Aid to Homeowners with Crumbling Foundations Act—to provide meaningful relief for homeowners and businesses in Massachusetts and other states with crumbling foundations.“Families and business owners in Western … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Senator Warren Questions Military Housing Developers on Defense Dept. Partnership Agreements

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent letters to five of the nation's largest private military housing developers to request information about their partnership agreements with the Department of Defense (DOD). The senator's letter follows a series of disturbing new reports that reveal unsafe and unsanitary conditions in privatized, on-base housing for military personnel and their families. The letter, which was … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Senator Warren Questions the Fed's Approval of Bank Mergers & Acquisitions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's response to her April 2018 letter inquiring about the Federal Reserve's approval process for bank mergers and acquisitions-a response revealing that the Federal Reserve System approves virtually all bank M&A applications it receives. The release follows the announcement this morning by Suntrust Banks, Inc. (Suntrust) and BB&T Corporation (BB&T) that they intend to … Continue Reading

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