Press Releases

January 25, 2018

Warren: "Health care in America should be about the well-being of families, not the wealth of insurance company CEOs."

Video available here (Facebook) Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered remarks today at Families USA's annual Health Action Conference. In her remarks, Senator Warren told the story of how her family struggled to make ends meet after her father's heart attack and proposed a number of legislative solutions for improving private insurance markets and holding health insurers accountable. The full text of her remarks, as prepared for delivery, is available … Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Warren, Polis, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Urging Action to Protect State Marijuana Laws

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and 52 of their Senate and House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter today to President Trump requesting he urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. Doing so would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and Matt … Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Warren, Harris, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Private Debt Collectors in Higher Education

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) led a group of Democratic senators in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid COO Dr. A. Wayne Johnson over the use of private sector collection agencies who are contracted to pursue defaulted student loan borrowers. Private debt collectors are incentivized to aggressively pursue defaulted student loan borrowers and do so while profiting from taxpayer … Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech Opposing Alex Azar Nomination for HHS Secretary

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor opposing the nomination of Alex Azar to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In her speech, Senator Warren criticized Mr. Azar's unwillingness to answer questions during his confirmation hearing about whether he would hold large drug companies accountable for breaking the law and expressed concern that Mr. Azar would continue the Trump Administration's efforts to … Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech Against Jerome Powell Nomination for Federal Reserve Chair

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the nomination of Jerome Powell to serve as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In her speech, Senator Warren expressed concern that Mr. Powell would weaken financial regulations rather than strengthen them, and urged her colleagues to reject his nomination. The full text of her remarks is available below. Remarks by Senator Elizabeth WarrenJanuary 23, 2018 Mister President, I am … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Warren, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military Retirees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced a bipartisan resolution designating April 18, 2018 as "Military Retiree Appreciation Day" to commemorate the life-long service of military retirees. The resolution encourages Americans to honor the past and continued service of the approximately 2 million retired service members across the United States. "All three of my brothers served in the military, and they taught me about the … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Warren, Massachusetts Delegation Question SAMHSA on Mental Health Challenges in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation today sent a letter to Elinor McCance-Katz, the Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to request information on SAMHSA's efforts to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The letter comes after Senator Warren led a congressional … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Warren, Carper, Cummings Introduce Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act

Bill Text | Section-By-Section | One-Pager Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) today introduced the Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act in the Senate and the House to enhance the ethics requirements that govern presidential transitions. To facilitate an orderly transition of power from one presidential administration to the next, the federal government … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Warren Leads Senate HELP Committee Democrats' Call for Immediate Hearings on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), requesting they immediately call hearings on workplace sexual harassment and assault. All HELP Committee Democrats joined Senator Warren in sending the letter. The HELP committee has oversight over the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the primary government … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Warren, Tillis Successful in Urging IRS to Protect Lower-Income Military Retirees from Losing Retirement Benefits

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today announced they were successful in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reconsider a decision that would have caused lower-income military retirees to lose federal retirement benefits. In response to an October 2017 Warren-Tillis letter to the IRS, Acting IRS Commissioner David J. Kautter stated that the agency had re-analyzed its data and would change its decision "in line with your … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Warren Presses Kellyanne Conway to Clarify Her Role in Trump Administration's Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, seeking clarity on the White House's strategy to combat the opioid epidemic, as well as her role in implementing this critical and time-sensitive strategy. Senator Warren is still waiting for a response from her letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about Conway's role in the Administration's effort to confront the opioid crisis - the letter was sent … Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Urge Senate Appropriators to Expand Funding for Equal Employment Opportunity Office to Combat Workplace Sexual Harassment

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 14 of her Senate colleagues today sent a letter to Senate appropriators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) urging them to expand funding for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to ensure the Commission has the resources necessary to enforce the nation's anti-discrimination laws. The EEOC is tasked with enforcing the nation's anti-discrimination laws and has the power to investigate discrimination … Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Warren, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Help Student Veterans Secure Housing

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation to allow student veterans to more easily access documentation needed to secure housing. The Securing Electronic Records for Veterans Ease (SERVE) Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make documentation of Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing stipends available online for use in verification to housing agents, leasing companies, apartment managers, and … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on Trump Expansion of Offshore Drilling

Washington, DC - In a floor speech delivered on the Senate floor, Senator Warren discussed the Trump Administration's plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to nearly all United States coastal waters. Raising concerns about the proposal's impact on the environment and American coastal economy, Senator Warren condemned the decision as putting the interests of big oil companies ahead of the health and livelihood of America's coastal families. The full text of her remarks is available … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Warren Leads Delegation Trip to Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren led a congressional delegation trip to Puerto Rico to conduct oversight of Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. The delegation will survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, assess the work and resources necessary to help the island fully recover, and speak personally with residents and government officials to discuss how best to support the people of Puerto Rico. The trip includes Senator Edward J. Markey and Representatives Richard … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Warren, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Laws

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, which will hold health insurers accountable for providing adequate mental health benefits and increase transparency for consumers seeking coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders. According to a National Alliance on Mental Illness report, insurers denied authorization for mental health care at nearly twice … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Warren, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans from Predatory Home Lending

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today introduced the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that would prevent veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate to consumers that there is material benefit to them when refinancing their mortgage. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Shelley Moore Capito … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Call on Education Department's College Accreditation Advisory Panel to Address For-Profit Colleges Converting to Non-Profit Status in order to Skirt Oversight

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today sent a letter to the Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), urging them to address at their upcoming February 7th, 2018 meeting the recent troubling pattern of for-profit colleges converting to, or attempting to convert to, non-profit institutions in … Continue Reading


January 10, 2018

Warren, Warner Unveil Legislation to Hold Credit Reporting Agencies Like Equifax Accountable for Data Breaches

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today introduced the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act to hold large credit reporting agencies (CRAs) - including Equifax - accountable for data breaches involving consumer data. The bill would give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more direct supervisory authority over data security at CRAs, impose mandatory penalties on CRAs to incentivize adequate protection of consumer data, and provide … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Senator Warren Presses Mulvaney, English for Details on CFPB Data Collection Freeze

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Leandra English, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), expressing concern about Mr. Mulvaney's decision to freeze the collection of consumer data by the CFPB. On December 4th, citing concerns by the Inspector General (IG) on the CFPB's information security controls, Mr. Mulvaney announced that he was … Continue Reading

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