Press Releases

June 14, 2019

Senators Warren, Wyden, and Chairman Cummings Release Watchdog Report Finding 2017 Equifax Breach Increased Risk of Fraud Against Citizens Using Government Services

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying significant gaps in the federal government's treatment of citizens' personally identifiable information, and revealing that "data stolen in recent breaches, such as … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Senator Warren, House Majority Whip Clyburn to Introduce Legislation to Cancel Student Loan Debt for Millions of Americans

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Representative James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), House Majority Whip, today announced they will introduce bicameral legislation to eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans -- providing debt relief to 95% of student borrowers, including cancelling student debt entirely for 75% of borrowers. The bill would significantly lessen … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Warren, Carper Demand Answers on Freddie Mac-Guaranteed $800 Million Loan to Kushner Companies

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today sent a letter to Freddie Mac Chief Executive Donald Layton seeking information about an $800 million Freddie Mac-guaranteed loan given to Kushner Companies, a real estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, a senior White House advisor and son-in-law of President Trump.  Freddie Mac is chartered by Congress to "provide liquidity, stability and affordability" in the mortgage market … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Senator Warren Asks Regulators About Discrimination Built into Automated Lending Decisions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Chairman Jerome Powell at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Comptroller Joseph Otting at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Chairman Jelena McWilliams at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Director Kathy Kraninger at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, regarding a recently-released … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Warren, Lieu Call for Investigation into State Dept. Official's Efforts to Fast Track Saudi Arms Deal Benefitting Former Client Raytheon

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. State Department urging him to investigate the involvement of Charles Faulkner, a former State Department official, in a recent Trump Administration decision to use emergency powers to waive Congressional review of billions of … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Warren, Sanders, Cosponsors Unveil Legislation to Put Territories on Par with States for Medicaid

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with six other cosponsors in the Senate, to introduce legislation Tuesday to address immediate humanitarian needs in the territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Territories Health Equity Act of 2019 (S. 1773) would correct long-standing inequities in federal health care funding for Medicaid and Medicare, and give the nearly four million Americans … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

GAO Agrees to Investigate Federal Disaster Aid Programs' Impact on Inequality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, applauded the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for agreeing to their April 2019 request to conduct a review of federal disaster relief programs to determine the extent to which the structure and administration of those programs exacerbate racial and socioeconomic inequities in the United States and the extent to which they … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Warren Calls on Assistant Attorney General Delrahim to Recuse Himself from DOJ Antitrust Probes of Google & Apple

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Department of Justice (DOJ) ethics officials regarding Delrahim's prior lobbying work for Google and Apple and urging him to recuse himself from any Department matters involving the two companies. The senator's letters follow a recent announcement that DOJ will have jurisdiction over antitrust investigations into the giant tech companies.While the DOJ and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Bipartisan Resolution to Honor the Nation's First Responders Unanimously Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Gary Peters (D-Mich.), as well as Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.) celebrated the unanimous Senate passage of a resolution to designate October 28, 2019, as "Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day." According to … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Senators Introduce Resolution Supporting Two-State Solution in Middle East

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing a new Senate resolution expressing continued support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution highlights the U.S.-Israel relationship while acknowledging the Palestinian right to self-determination. It seeks to renew commitment to a two-state solution as the best way to achieve a … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Warren, Blumenthal, Senate Colleagues Call For Review of Conduct by DOJ Attorneys

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and five other senators in writing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility seeking a review of DOJ attorneys’ “alleged attempts to hide or obscure the contribution of a deeply partisan political operative to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.” Recent reporting has revealed that DOJ attorneys may have given false testimony … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Senator Warren and Representative Sherman Applaud the Exclusion of a Provision Codifying the Failed Free File Program from Tax Legislation in Congress

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) today released statements applauding reports that updates to the Taxpayer First Act will remove a provision codifying the failed Free File program."For years, giant tax preparation companies have deliberately rigged the IRS program that is supposed to provide free filing services to low- and moderate- income taxpayers and used it to pad their bottom lines instead," said Senator … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Governors Baker and Newsom Lead Bipartisan Group of Governors Calling on Congress to Pass the STATES Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (D-Colo.) today applauded Governors Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) and Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) for leading a bipartisan group of twelve governors, including Kate Brown (D-Ore.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah), Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Phil Scott (R-Vt.), Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Doug Burgum (R-N.D.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Steve Sisolak (D-Nev.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), and Larry Hogan (R-Md.), in a letter of support for the … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Senator Warren, Representative Jayapal Investigate Former White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly's "Cynical" and "Unethical" Decision to Join the Board of Directors of Federal Contractor Running the Nation's Largest Detention Center for Migrant Children

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today sent a letter to Caliburn International Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jim Van Dusen expressing concerns and posing questions about the appointment of former White House Chief of Staff and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary General John Kelly to the company's board of directors.As DHS Secretary and then White House Chief of Staff, Kelly advocated for the Trump … Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

Statement from Senator Warren on Final SEC Standards of Conduct Rules

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) final standards of conduct rules for investment professionals:"The SEC's new rules make it easier for Wall Street to cheat families out of their hard-earned life savings," said Senator Warren. "The rules fail to ban conflicts of interest, leave open gaping loopholes, and, despite their deceptive name, don't require financial … Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Senator Warren, Reps. Pressley and Porter Investigate Reports that Education Department Seeks to Develop Income Share Agreements in Risky New Student Debt Experiments

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate HELP and Banking Committees, and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), both members of the House Financial Services Committee, today sent a letter to the Department of Education expressing concern about reports that the Department is exploring an experiment with Income Share Agreements (ISAs) in federal higher education programs, and seeking to learn more about the … Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

Warren Opens Investigation into Private Detention Accreditation System After Widespread Reports of Substandard Conditions & Safety Concerns in Multiple Facilities

"Perverse incentives, conflicts of interest and a failure to adequately oversee conditions at private detention facilities have put detainees in danger."Letter to DHS | Letter to BOP | Letter to ACA | Letter to Private Detention OperatorsWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has opened an investigation into the accreditation process for private detention operators following widespread reports of mismanagement and poor conditions for detainees in facilities … Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

Senator Warren, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Press Investor Eddie Lampert on Reports He Seeks to Renege on $43 Million in Severance Payments to Laid-Off Sears Workers

Washington, DC - Yesterday, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Eddie Lampert, ex-CEO and Chairman of Sears Holdings, who recently bought the company's assets out of bankruptcy, expressing alarm about reports that he is seeking to back out of an agreement to pay $43 million in severance payments for thousands of dedicated Sears employees who were laid off since the company filed for bankruptcy. Earlier this … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Warren, Loebsack Question Private Firms' Predatory Management of Manufactured Housing Communities

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) today sent letters to the investment firms behind some of the country's largest manufactured housing communities (MHC) to request information about their use of predatory practices to boost profits in the communities they own. Senator Warren and Representative Loebsack sent letters to Stockbridge and Havenpark Capital, following recent reports highlighting the abusive practices of … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Warren, Markey, Lynch Applaud $35 Million in New Markets Tax Credits to Mass. Housing Investment Corporation

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Representative Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), today applauded the announcement of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) award of $35 million to the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation NE New Markets CDE II LLC (MHIC). The tax credit, awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), will spur investment and … Continue Reading

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