Press Releases

October 27, 2022

Warren Obtains Department of Defense Commitment to Protect Taxpayer Dollars, as DoD Indicates It Does Not Want to Adjust Contracts for Inflation

Washington D.C. - In response to questions from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about defense industry pressure on the Department of Defense (DoD) to increase the price of existing defense contracts, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Bill LaPlante said that the Department “does not intend to enact a policy to increase contract prices due to inflation.”“As major defense contractors brag to their … Continue Reading

October 27, 2022

Senator Warren Alerts CFPB to Extensive Fraudulent Activity on Zelle, Ramps Up Call for Stronger Rules to Prevent Banks From Mistreating Customers

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) summarizing the findings of her investigation revealing high rates of fraud and scams on the bank-owned peer-to-peer platform Zelle. The report found that not only is fraudulent activity growing on the platform, but the banks are not refunding the vast majority of defrauded consumers, breaking their promises to their customers and potentially violating federal law.“My … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

ICYMI: Senator Warren and Representative Pressley Launch Student Debt Cancellation Tour Across Massachusetts

Lawmakers Visited Sites in Boston, Brockton, Worcester, and Springfield to Sign Up Residents for Student Debt Cancellation   Boston, MA - In case you missed it, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) visited communities across Massachusetts to celebrate the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation plan and help residents sign up for student loan relief. Their statewide road trip followed the White House’s … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

Senator Warren, Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Ask FEMA for Assistance with Program for Food and Shelter Grants

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led a letter with the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell and Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Chair Michael Lee requesting help for local organizations to find the resources they need to support newly arrived migrants in Massachusetts. This request follows a letter sent last month by members of the Massachusetts delegation to FEMA and … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

Warren, Sanders, Schakowsky to FTC: Oppose Kroger-Albertsons Deal

Washington, D.C.— United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan urging the agency to oppose Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. In the letter, the lawmakers highlight how Kroger and Albertsons have price gouged consumers during the pandemic, and how this merger could increase monopoly power, buyer power, and hurt both companies’ … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

Senator Warren, Colleagues Urge the Biden Administration for TPS Extension and Redesignation for Haiti as Worsening Living Conditions Force Thousands to Leave

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 14 colleagues urging the Biden administration to immediately extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, authorizing Haitian nationals in the United States to remain in the country until conditions improve in Haiti. Haiti continues to face compounding crises, escalating gang violence, widespread civil and political unrest since the assassination of … Continue Reading

October 26, 2022

Senators Warren, Markey Push MBTA for More Answers, Accountability as Agency Begins Releasing Promised Public Data on Orange Line Repairs, Travel Times

Lawmakers respond to MBTA’s letter to Senator Markey, read full text HEREWashington, DC - Today Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) issued the following statement in response to a letter from MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak outlining the status of Orange Line speed restrictions and a list of outstanding work required to bring the MBTA up to a state of good repair. The letter from Mr. Poftak also included a renewed commitment to release average train time … Continue Reading

October 25, 2022

Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, Lawmakers Seek Answers From Financial Regulators About Revolving Door Between Regulatory Agencies and Crypto Industry

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), the Federal Reserve (Fed), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency … Continue Reading

October 21, 2022

Warren, Senators Respond to Heartbeat International About its Lack of Material Responses to Inquiry on Collection and Disclosure of Women’s Reproductive Health Information

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Heartbeat International, following up on their September letter to the organization, which laid out concerns and sought answers about Heartbeat International and its more than 2,000 affiliated crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) collection and use of pregnant … Continue Reading

October 20, 2022

Senators Warren and Booker Urge Commodity Futures Trading Commission to Investigate Rising Prices in Key Commodities Markets

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair Rostin Behnam asking him to conduct a series of studies examining whether excessive speculation in key commodities markets - including natural gas, wheat, and oil - has contributed to higher prices of household necessities.“The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has a responsibility to protect American families by fulfilling its … Continue Reading

October 20, 2022

Senator Warren Asks CFPB for Increased Transparency on Remittances Rule

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Rohit Chopra, to request that the Remittance Rule be strengthened in order to provide consumers with greater transparency around the costs of remittance payments. This letter was also signed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.).In May of 2020, the CFPB issued a final rule … Continue Reading

October 18, 2022

ICYMI: Warren joins Schumer, Velázquez to Call on Biden Administration to Establish a Puerto Rico Recovery Task Force

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) in a bicameral letter calling on the Biden Administration to establish a Recovery Task Force for Puerto Rico modeled after the successful Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force created by the Obama Administration in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Puerto Rico Recovery Task Force’s goal would be to provide a roadmap for the … Continue Reading

October 17, 2022

Following Hurricane Fiona, Warren Joins Lawmakers to Urge the Biden Administration to Increase Staff and Review All Resources in Spanish as Puerto Rico Recovers

Washington D.C. - As Puerto Rico rebuilds and recovers from the devastating impact of Hurricane Fiona last month, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) in a bicameral effort urging President Biden to instruct federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development … Continue Reading

October 17, 2022

Warren, Booker Lead Lawmakers in Urging the CFTC to Pursue Stronger Oversight of Carbon Offsets Market

Text of LetterWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led five colleagues in urging the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to take concrete steps to implement rules governing the voluntary carbon offsets market, also referred to as carbon credits.Facing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach worldwide net-zero emissions by 2050, companies, investors, and governments have turned to a strategy of purchasing carbon … Continue Reading

October 17, 2022

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Questions Key Officials on Monumental Failures of Leadership and Safety at the T

Warren: “We held this hearing, because it is crucial to understand what has gone wrong so that we can remedy it, and move forward to something not just a little better, but a whole lot better. The people of the Commonwealth deserve a reliable transit system that works for them and works for their families. And to achieve that vision, we need new leadership from top to bottom.”Video of Hearing Boston, MA - In case you missed it, on Friday, October 14, 2022, chairing a hearing of the … Continue Reading

October 14, 2022

At Hearing, Warren Examines Monumental Failures of Leadership and Safety at the T

Report By Federal Transit Administration Found Long List of Management and Safety Failures by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities“This is a dangerous situation that has been allowed to fester for far too long. We are here today at our field hearing to examine management of the MBTA and DPU and to press for change… We need the right leadership in place at the MBTA and DPU so that we can have a functioning T that riders throughout … Continue Reading

October 13, 2022

Warren: Wells Fargo’s Fraud and Scams on Zelle Are Higher Than Other Banks and Increasing Rapidly, Renews Call for Missing Data

Washington D.C. - Following the release of a report on fraud and scams on the money transfer platform, Zelle, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf based on new information indicating that Wells Fargo customers are reporting fraud and scams on Zelle at a rate that is nearly 2.5 times higher this year than that of 2019, and that the rate of reported fraud and scams this … Continue Reading

October 12, 2022

Warren Calls Out Abbott’s Coverup of Potentially Contaminated Infant Formula

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Abbott Laboratories, calling out the company for avoiding disclosure and accountability for infant formula potentially contaminated with Cronobacter. Investigations have revealed that Abbott used “scorched earth” legal tactics and non-disclosure agreements to get impacted families to stay silent and avoid accountability. Senator Warren is asking Abbott for information on all litigation and secret settlements … Continue Reading

October 12, 2022

Warren, Green, Lawmakers Open Investigation into Texas Energy Grid Operator’s Subsidies to Cryptominers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Al Green (D-Texas), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) sent a letter to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of Texas’ electrical grid, seeking information about ERCOT’s subsidies for cryptominers, and about how cryptomining is … Continue Reading

October 12, 2022

Senators Warren, Hirono, Representative Frankel, Lawmakers Support VA’s New Abortion Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Representative Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), along with Democratic Women’s Caucus leadership, Pro-Choice Caucus leadership, led 62 Congressional Democrats in submitting a comment letter in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) interim final rule (IFR) allowing VA to provide abortion counseling and, in some cases, abortions, to pregnant veterans and VA beneficiaries, while urging the Department … Continue Reading

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