Press Releases

June 21, 2021

Warren, Smith, Markey Call On Student Loan Servicers To Support Borrowers Before Repayments Resume

Letter to Edfinancial | Letter to Granite State | Letter to Navient | Letter to Nelnet Letter to OSLA | Letter to PHEAA | Letter to MOHELAWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent letters to the CEOs of all federal student loan servicers requesting information about the steps the companies are taking to transition millions of federal student loan borrowers back into repayments once the pause on … Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

Warren, Colleagues Question PhRMA's Lobbying Efforts to Block Policies That Would Lower Drug Costs for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) sent a letter to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Ubl requesting information on PhRMA's lobbying efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the implementation of key policies that would lower drug costs for millions of Americans-including the negotiation of prescription drug prices in … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

Warren to Yellen: Our Tax Code Lets Billionaires Like Bezos Opt Out

Washington, DC - During today's Senate Finance Committee hearing, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the need for significant reforms in the U.S. tax code system. The exchange follows the recent ProPublica report which revealed that the richest Americans often paid little or no federal income taxes. Senator Warren also continued her calls for a wealth tax on people with fortunes greater than $50 million, which would provide at … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

Warren Joins Hirono, Murray, Pocan, Scott in Introducing a Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), to reintroduce the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act, legislation that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make other changes to expand the award for working students and families. The bill also makes the Pell Grant funding fully … Continue Reading

June 15, 2021

Warren Statement on Committee Advancing Bill to Curb Child Abuse and Neglect in Indian Country

Bill includes provisions included in Senator Warren's American Indian and Alaska Native Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement regarding the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's advancement of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2021, which includes provisions from Senator Warren's bipartisan, bicameral American Indian and … Continue Reading

June 15, 2021

Warren Statement on Biden administration Naming Lina Khan Chair of the FTC

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement on the Biden administration designating Lina Khan as chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):"The Biden administration's designation of Lina Khan as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission is tremendous news. Lina brings deep knowledge and expertise to this role and will be a fearless champion for consumers. Giant tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon deserve the … Continue Reading

June 11, 2021

Warren Leads 40 Senators in Reintroducing Refund Equality Act to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Refund Equality Act. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples -- who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 U.S. v. Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly -- are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage.Before the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, a same-sex couple, legally married under state law, could not file … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Warren, Padilla, Torres Introduce Legislation to Improve Equity in Higher Education By Helping Students Access Basic Needs

 Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators  Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representative Norma Torres (D-Calif.), introduced the Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act, bicameral legislation to ensure college students are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) are cosponsors of the bill. The bicameral legislation provides $1 billion for grants … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Warren and HHS Secretary Agree that Congress Must Make "Generational Change" on Health Care and Put Biden's Medicare Priorities into Action

Washington, DC - At today's Senate Finance Committee, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra about the Biden administration's Medicare priorities, including authorizing drug price negotiation, expanding Medicare benefits, and lowering the eligibility age. In response to her questions, Secretary Becerra agreed that HHS looks forward to working with Congress on expanding coverage to include … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Warren, Colleagues Call On DHS and ICE to Issue Guidance Against Re-detaining Individuals Released During Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) calling on the agencies to issue guidance for all ICE field offices and detention centers against re-detaining individuals … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Warren, Murphy, Porter, Pocan Raise Concerns Over Pfizer Executives' Threats to Raise COVID-19 Vaccine Prices Despite Massive Profits

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) sent a letter to Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, raising concerns over Pfizer executives' statements earlier this year indicating the company would significantly raise the price of its COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, once the pandemic subsides. "As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to keep vaccines accessible … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

ICYMI Transcripts: Warren Chairs Hearing Focused on Digital Currency

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, held a hearing with experts on the opportunities and risks that digital currencies present. Full transcripts on the three rounds of questions and videos below.Transcripts: Building A Stronger Financial System: Opportunities of a Central Bank Digital Currency U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

At Hearing, Warren Delivers Remarks on Digital Currency

Washington, DC - Today, chairing a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered remarks on the opportunities and risks that digital currencies present. Following Senator Warren's remarks the following will testify: Dr. Neha Narula, Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT; Lev Menand, Academic Fellow And Lecturer In Law at Columbia Law School; J. … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Warren, Merkley, Krishnamoorthi, and Jayapal Introduce The NOVID Act To Provide International Aid and Protect The U.S. From Risk Of New Coronavirus Strains

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), introduced the Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) Act to dramatically expand the nation’s international coronavirus prevention and vaccination efforts. The NOVID Act would protect the United States from additional domestic outbreaks by reducing the risk of more dangerous, … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Warren, Strickland & Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Investigate and Hold Police Officers and Departments Accountable for Discriminatory Practices

Bill Text | One-PagerWashington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.-10) reintroduced the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to strengthen the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) and state governments' ability to investigate police departments with a pattern or practice of unconstitutional and discriminatory behavior.The legislation is co-sponsored by Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ron … Continue Reading

June 07, 2021

Independent Watchdog Finds Trump Administration's Unjustified CFPB Reshuffling Undermined Enforcement of Fair Lending Laws

GAO ReportWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, made the following statement regarding findings from a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) oversight and enforcement of fair lending laws under the Trump administration. The GAO report follows a request made by Senators Warren and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The Home … Continue Reading

June 04, 2021

Statement from Senators Warren and Markey, Rep. Pressley on the Release of Federal Dollars to Massachusetts’ Hardest-Hit Communities

Boston, MA - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement on over $100 million that was released today to Chelsea, Everett, Methuen, and Randolph, communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The cities of Chelsea, Everett, Methuen, and Randolph have borne the disproportionate brunt of the public health and economic crisis over the past year, and today, they finally received the help they … Continue Reading

June 04, 2021

Warren Seeks Gilead CEO's Testimony on Competition and High Drug Costs at June 16th Finance Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today invited Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day to testify at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance's Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth entitled "Promoting Domestic Competition and International Competitiveness." The hearing is scheduled for 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. "Gilead Sciences, Inc. can offer an important perspective on drug pricing and competitiveness within the pharmaceutical … Continue Reading

June 02, 2021

Statement from Senators Warren and Markey, Rep. Pressley on American Rescue Plan Funds for Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement on the approximately $5.3 billion in federal funding provided under the American Rescue Plan for Massachusetts: “Chelsea, Everett, Methuen, and Randolph have borne a disproportionate burden of the coronavirus pandemic and deserve financial support now,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “The flexible federal relief funding in … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Warren Joins Cardin, Van Hollen, Velázquez, Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Review Countries for Temporary Protected Status

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today, along with their colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to call on President Biden and the Department of Homeland and Security Secretary Mayorkas to use the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program broadly and boldly to safeguard vulnerable people. “We respectfully request that the U.S. … Continue Reading

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