Press Releases

January 17, 2020

Sen. Warren Calls on Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign from Board of Energy Transfer, a Fossil Fuel Company Whose Board He Rejoined Weeks After Leaving Office

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent letters to Energy Transfer, the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline and other controversial fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry that (1) requested additional information regarding Perry's decision to rejoin the company's board of directors just weeks after leaving the U.S. Department of Energy and (2) asked that Mr. Perry reconsider his decision and immediately … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

After Years of Pressure, Senator Warren Applauds Treasury Department and IRS Decision to Expand Tax Exemptions for Cancelled Student Loans

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the statement below following the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) decision to expand tax exemptions for student loan borrowers who attended failing colleges or colleges that defrauded them."Predatory for-profit colleges have cheated hundreds of thousands of students who were trying to build a future, and those student loan borrowers shouldn't have to pay taxes on … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Warren Leads Colleagues Investigating the Revolving Door Between Federal Agencies and the Private Detention Industry

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) questioning their anti-corruption policies and practices after a series of high-profile officials responsible for oversight of the private prison and detention industry have left to join the biggest companies in the industry. Joining the letter are Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Mass. Congressional Delegation Announces Over $76.5 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Homelessness

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $76,567,387 in federal grants to support efforts to end homelessness in Massachusetts.The funding, which was awarded … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Lawmakers Urge Internet Governing Body to Block Private Equity Firm Ethos Capital from Taking Over the .ORG Internet Domain Name Registry

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) sent a letter to the leadership of global Internet governance body the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), urging them to block the Internet Society's (ISOC) proposed sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) and its contract to operate the .ORG … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Lawmakers Question Education Department and Accreditor About Fake Universities Used to Entrap Foreign-National Students

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; House Education and Labor Committee Vice Chair Andy Levin (D-Mich.); and House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment Chair Susan Davis (D-Calif.) sent letters to the Department of Education and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) regarding their respective roles in the accreditation of the … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Warren, Markey Press OCC for Solutions Following Closure of TD Bank in Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) wrote to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to request that the agency meet with community leaders to find a solution for residents affected by the closure of a TD Bank branch in Springfield, Massachusetts. The senators' letter, which follows a similar request made by Massachusetts State Senator James T. Welch and State Representative Bud Williams, comes with over 3,000 … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Warren, Van Hollen Seek Insider Trading Probe Following Report that President Trump Informed Mar-a-Lago Guests in Advance of Iran Attack that Killed Major General Qasem Soleimani

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection; and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment; sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) requesting that the agencies open … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Senator Warren and Reps. Velázquez and Thompson Urge President to Fully Fund Emergency Response in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection; House Small Business Committee Chair Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.); and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.); sent a letter urging President Trump to waive Puerto Rico's local cost-sharing requirement following recent earthquakes and to ensure that the … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Senators Warren and Brown Raise Alarms Over IRS's Decision to Allow Private Debt Collectors Direct Access to Taxpayer Bank Accounts

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig raising alarm about the agency's October 2019 decision to introduce preauthorized direct debit as … Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Senators Introduce Anti-War Crimes Resolution That Denounces Trump Threats to Attack Iranian Cultural Sites

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today in introducing a Senate resolution condemning Trump's threats to attack cultural sites in Iran and demanding the President refrain from violating the law of armed conflict. The resolution responds to President … Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Warren Demands Answers on Reports of Iranians and Iranian Americans Held Up at Border Crossings

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan requesting information regarding recent reports that dozens of Iranian Americans and others of Iranian heritage have been subjected to additional scrutiny at United States border crossings or have been denied entry into the country.Last week, following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Warren Statement on Trump Administration Plans to Weaken Fair Housing Rules

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration's plans to replace the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule."It's shameful that at a time when housing discrimination is still rampant, President Trump and Secretary Carson continue to try to gut foundational civil rights laws like the Fair Housing Act," said Senator Warren. "This new proposal is a major retreat in the Federal Government's efforts to … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Public Housing Agencies in Massachusetts Awarded Over $3.5 Million in Federal Grants

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $3.5 million in federal grants to public housing agencies (PHAs) in Massachusetts.The funding, which was … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Senator Warren, Rep. Sherman Release Statements on the IRS's Free File Addendum

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) today released statements regarding the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) December 30th announcement that the agency has amended its agreement with a consortium of tax preparation companies that participate in its Free File program. This IRS action roots out some of the worst abuses of the program by Intuit and other big tax preparation companies, and ends the ban on the IRS developing … Continue Reading


December 23, 2019

Massachusetts Lawmakers Question Amazon About High Rate of Serious Injuries at the Company's Fall River Facility

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), on Friday wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking about newly-reported data showing that the rate of serious injuries at a fulfillment facility in Fall River, MA is nearly three times higher than industry average, and requesting information about how the company is ensuring worker safety.A new report from Reveal News and The Center for Investigative … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Massachusetts Delegation Unveil Bill to Help Communities in Massachusetts and Around the Country Struggling with Water Infrastructure Costs

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced the introduction of the Affordable Safe Drinking Water Act, a bicameral bill to … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Schakowsky, Warren Reintroduce Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act, Legislation to Radically Reduce Drug Prices through Public Manufacturing of Prescription Drugs

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, today announced the reintroduction of the Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act, an ambitious proposal to address the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. The bill would lower prices and increase competition in the generic pharmaceutical market by … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Warren, Gardner Announce Bipartisan Bill to Address Immigration Status in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would remove participation in the state-legal cannabis industry from the list of activities that automatically bar naturalization. In April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance in its policy manual stating that, because cannabis is a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, an … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Warren, Gardner, Clark, and González-Colón Announce Bipartisan and Bicameral Bill to Protect Veterans Working in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Representative González-Colón (R-P.R.) announced the introduction of bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from denying veterans VA-backed home loans based on their employment in their state's legal cannabis industry. Currently, cannabis is considered illegal under … Continue Reading

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