Press Releases

June 26, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Senator Schatz and Other Senators Calling for an Investigation of Federal Contractors in Charge of Migrant Children

 WASHINGTON - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and seven other senators calling for the federal government to investigate federal contractors in charge of migrant children detained after crossing the U.S. southern border. The letters to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the suspension and debarment official and inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were sent after disturbing reports … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Criticize DOL Proposal to Narrow Definition of "Joint-Employer" Under Fair Labor Standards Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), today submitted a … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Sens. Warren, Sanders, Booker Urge FCC and DOJ to Review Sinclair Broadcast Group's $10.6 Billion Acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks

2016 Remarks on Competition in the American EconomyWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai and the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, urging close scrutiny of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.'s (Sinclair) recent acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports (RSNs) from the Walt … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Sen. Warren, Reps. Pressley and Porter Raise Concerns Over the Continued Employment of High-Level CFPB Staffer with History of Working for Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) today sent a letter to Kathleen Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), urging the CFPB to reconsider its continued employment of Paul Watkins as the Assistant Director of the Office of Innovation after a report this week revealed that Mr. Watkins previously served as a senior counsel for an anti-LGBTQ hate group, … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Senators Warren, Murray Question FDA Proposal to Weaken Approval Standards for Medical Devices

 Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter to Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless and Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren questioning whether the FDA has plans to weaken approval standards for medical products—a change that former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said would … Continue Reading


June 24, 2019

Warren Sends Letter to HUD and Federal Watchdog Expressing Concern Over Former CFPB Official Eric Blankenstein's New Position at HUD

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent separate letters to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Inspector General Mark Bialek expressing concern that Eric Blankenstein, who has a history of racist writings, has been hired at HUD in a position with authority over the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA facilitates … Continue Reading


June 21, 2019

Warren Questions ICE About Reports of Misuse of Solitary Confinement at Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) expressing concern and requesting information regarding the agency's reported misuse of solitary confinement at detention facilities. The senator's letter follows reports that ICE immigration detention facilities are relying on solitary confinement (segregation) "as a go-to tool to manage and punish vulnerable detainees" and "to house detainees they … Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Warren Leads 42 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 19, 2019

Warren Calls on Department of Defense and OSHA to Implement Workplace Safety Recommendations

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earlier this week sent letters to Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt expressing concern about the high number of safety violations among large Department of Defense (DOD) contractors discovered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and calling for further action from DOD and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers by fixing the … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues to Congressional Budget Negotiators: Make Child Care, Affordable Housing, and Addressing the Climate Crisis Top Priorities

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Senator Warren Responds to the Trump Administration’s Inadequate Replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency finalizing the so-called “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, an inadequate replacement for the Obama Administration’s 2015 Clean Power Plan. “The climate crisis is endangering our country, our health, our economy, and our national security, while the Trump administration continues to put the profits of corporate polluters over the well-being … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues to Congressional Budget Negotiators: Make Child Care, Affordable Housing, and Addressing the Climate Crisis Top Priorities

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

Massachusetts Elected and Community Leaders Support Senator Warren's Newly-Introduced Bill to Provide Universal Child Care and Early Learning to All Families

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Vice Chair of the Majority Leader's Task Force on Families and Children Living in Poverty, today unveiled the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, a comprehensive and bicameral bill that would provide millions of families with free, high-quality child care and early learning options and ensure that … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

Senator Warren and Congresswoman Haaland Unveil New Legislation to Provide Universal Child Care and Early Learning to All Families

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Vice Chair of the Majority Leader's Task Force on Families and Children Living in Poverty, today unveiled the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, a comprehensive and bicameral bill that would provide millions of families with free, high-quality child care and early learning options and ensure that … Continue Reading


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

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