Press Releases

January 29, 2020

Warren Calls on Education Secretary DeVos to Recoup $22.3 Million Owed by Student Loan Giant Navient

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to collect the $22.3 million that student loan servicer Navient Corporation owes the U.S. Department of Education. After massively overcharging the federal government in a years-long scandal, and despite adverse findings from the Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), its Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), and the ruling of an administrative … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Sherman Announce the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) announced the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act, legislation that prohibits states from passing so-called “right-to-work” laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions by requiring unions to represent workers who don’t pay dues, draining the unions financially and making it harder to convince new workers to join. … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Lawmakers Ask IRS about Plans to Implement New Protections for Low-Income Taxpayers and Taxpayers Receiving Social Security Benefits

Washington, D.C. - 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; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance; and Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means; wrote a … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Warren Joins More than 100 Colleagues on Flores Amicus Brief Calling on Ninth Circuit to Uphold Protections for Immigrant Children

Washington, D.C. — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined U.S Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) along with 112 of their colleagues in submitting an amicus brief in Flores v. Barr. The brief urges the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the Trump administration’s latest attempt to use regulations to gut the Flores Settlement Agreement, which provides vital, long-standing protections ensuring minimum health … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Warren Joins Murray, Democrats in Pressing Health Department for Updates on Novel Coronavirus, Call for Continuing Robust, Science-Driven Response

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and 29 of their Democratic Senate colleagues, in sending a letter to Secretary Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting updates on the Administration’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and information on the steps being taken to keep families safe. In the … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Warren, Markey Request Updates from CDC on Efforts to Study and Address Rise of EEE Virus

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking an update on the agency's efforts to study the epidemiology of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and prepare for the upcoming mosquito season. The senators' letter follows a record number of EEE cases reported nationwide in 2019, with 12 confirmed cases in Massachusetts and 3 deaths.EEE, a rare virus that causes swelling in the … Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Bustos Urge Three of the Largest Carmakers Operating in the U.S. to Implement New Car Leasing Relief Requirement for Military Spouses

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, sent a letter to three major car companies -- General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles United States LLC -- urging them to immediately implement the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

Senators Warren and Brown Examine Questionable Business Practices of Largest Managers of Online Degree Programs

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wrote to the five largest Online Program Management (OPM) companies - 2U, Academic Partnerships, Pearson Learning, Wiley, and Bisk - that administer online degree programs for many colleges and universities, raising concerns about their business practices that appear to undermine the best interests of … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Senator Warren Statement on the OCC’s Plans to Charge Former Wells Fargo Managers in the Fake Accounts Scandal

Washington, DC -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the statement below following the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announcing its plans to charge former Wells Fargo managers involved in the fake accounts scam."Giant banks like Wells Fargo will only clean up their act when their executives know they'll face handcuffs when they preside over massive fraud," Senator Warren said. "Tomorrow morning, former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will wake up to … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey, and Rep. Pressley Demand Answers from Trump Admin on Removal of Student Shahab Dehghani, Pattern of Targeting Iranian Students

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today demanded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provide answers on a pattern of targeting Iranian students for inspection and removal from the United States, and in particular, its apparent refusal to comply with an emergency federal court order to stay the deportation of student Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi. On January 19, Mr. Dehghani attempted to enter … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Warren, Markey, Lynch Announce $1.5 Million HUD Loan Guarantee for Brockton's Downtown Dining District

Brockton, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $1.5 million Section 108 Loan Guarantee to the City of Brockton for its Downtown Brockton Restaurant Infrastructure Fund (DBRIF) project.The fund -- which is expected to create or retain at least 43 full-time jobs -- will provide low-interest financing for … Continue Reading


January 22, 2020

Warren Questions "Too Big to Fail" Banks on Plans to Address Climate Change Risks Faced by Financial Industry

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to the eight global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) under U.S. jurisdiction -- JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, Morgan Stanley and State Street -- inquiring about the banks' plans to mitigate the climate change risks to the financial industry.Late last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco published a series of research papers and held … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Warren Seeks Clarification from Amtrak on Reports of Impending Changes to Fare Policies That Could Impact Massachusetts Passengers

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to Amtrak seeking clarification about potential changes in Amtrak's pricing and fare policies that would impact rail passengers in Massachusetts and throughout New England and the Northeast Corridor.Business Insider reported last month on a leaked internal document showing proposed changes to Amtrak's pricing and fare policies. According to the report, Amtrak is considering making its cheapest fares, the "saver" fares, … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Warren joins Murray, Colleagues in Denouncing NLRB Proposal to Strip Students Employed by Private Universities of Workplace Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 12 Democratic senators in opposing the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) proposal to deny students employed by their private colleges and universities their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a letter sent yesterday, the senators urged the NLRB to withdraw the proposed … Continue Reading


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

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