Press Releases

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


January 08, 2018

Warren, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Prevent 'Forum-Shopping' in Bankruptcy Cases

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2017 to ensure corporations file for bankruptcy in districts that allow small businesses, employees, retirees, creditors, and other stakeholders to fully participate in cases that will have tremendous impacts on their lives. "Workers, creditors, and consumers lose when corporations manipulate the system to file for bankruptcy wherever they please," … 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


January 05, 2018

Warren, Markey, Neal, and Tsongas Request Update from Army on Civil War-Era Medal of Honor Case

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey along with Representatives Richard Neal and Niki Tsongas sent a letter to Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to express their continued interest in the Medal of Honor recommendation for the late Corporal David D. White, who served in the 37th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The Massachusetts delegation members requested that Secretary Esper promptly notify them of the Senior Army … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

As Frigid Temperatures Set In, Massachusetts Delegation Calls for Immediate Release of Vital Home Heating Assistance Funding

Washington, DC - As a brutal winter storm bears down on the Northeast, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation today called for the immediate release of as much as possible of the remaining 10 percent of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for this fiscal year. Nationwide, LIHEAP helps low-income households, veterans, and seniors pay their energy bills during the cold winter months. The Department of Energy forecasts that … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Warren, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Accountability and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As of 2016, there were more than 15,000 open and … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Warren Questions Federal Student Aid Chief on Student Loan Servicing and Borrower Protection

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the Department of Education, asking him about his specific plans for reducing student loan delinquencies and defaults, holding student loan servicers and contractors accountable, and improving customer service for the over 42 million student borrowers. Senator Warren asked Dr. Johnson 40 specific questions and … Continue Reading


January 03, 2018

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on John Rood Nomination for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the nomination of John Rood to be Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. In her speech, Senator Warren raised concerns about Mr. Rood's refusal to commit to not seek a waiver from his ethics agreement and urged her colleagues to reject his nomination. Senator Warren also made clear that she will not vote to confirm any Department of Defense nominee from industry who does not agree … Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Warren Calls for Inspectors General Review of Education Department's Potential Misuse of Social Security Data to Limit Relief for Defrauded Students

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today requesting the Inspectors General of the Department of Education and Social Security Administration (SSA) determine whether the Department is violating its information exchange agreement with the SSA and misusing Social Security data to limit relief to thousands of defrauded borrowers.The Department of Education plans to use federal earnings data produced from federal tax records to calculate limited relief … Continue Reading

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