Press Releases

September 12, 2017

Warren and Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Requiring DOD Report on Cyber Security Risks to National Electric Grid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today introduced the Securing the Electric Grid to Protect Military Readiness Act of 2017, requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue a one-time report on significant security risks to the national electric grid and the effects of those risks on military readiness. "The success of our military operations depends significantly upon maintaining a stable and secure electrical grid here at home," said … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Announces $2.2 million in Fire Department Grants

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard E. Neal, Jim McGovern, Stephen Lynch, Mike Capuano, Niki Tsongas and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded twelve fire departments in Massachusetts over $2.2 million in federal grants. Ten fire departments received Assistance to Firefighters Grants, totaling over $1.6 million, to help provide the critical resources required to train … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Senator Warren Secures Protections for Student Borrowers in Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), today announced the inclusion of multiple bills she proposed to protect students, including Pell Grant recipients and veterans, as part of the Senate Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Warren successfully fought for the inclusion of bills based on the Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2017 and the bipartisan Student Loan … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Warren, Kennedy Raise Concerns About Trump Administration Enforcement of Mental Health Parity Laws

Washington, DC - In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Joe Kennedy III requested an update on efforts to improve compliance with mental health parity laws through an online consumer parity portal. With insurance plans frequently denying claims for behavioral health services, the lawmakers expressed concern that the Trump Administration has neglected the Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help Consumer Portal, a potentially … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Warren and Capito Press FDA, Governors, and Medical Organizations to Implement New Partial Fill Law in Battle Against National Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today wrote to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, governors across the country, and 11 national medical member organizations, urging them to utilize provisions of the Reducing Unused Medications Act in their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Introduced by Senators Warren and Capito, the bipartisan bill passed in 2016 as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. As a result of … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Senator Warren Raises Concerns About Aggressive and Misleading Marketing of VA Refinance Mortgages, Urges Ginnie Mae to Work with Her and Other Agencies to Crack Down on Abuses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today raised concerns that certain companies may be aggressively and misleadingly marketing the refinancing of mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), generating fees for themselves at the expense of veterans and American taxpayers. In a letter to Ginnie Mae, the government corporation responsible for approving lenders to securitize VA-backed mortgages and obtain a government guarantee, Senator Warren cited data … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Senators Request Meeting with DeVos Appointee Dr. Schmoke

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), today sent a letter to Dr. Julian Schmoke, Jr., who was recently appointed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education's Student Aid Enforcement Unit. In the letter, the Senators raise serious concerns about Dr. Schmoke's appointment given his "lack of experience in consumer protection, … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

As CEOs Meet with Acosta to Lobby DOL on Fiduciary Rule, Warren Urges DOL to Consider Statements CEOs Made to Investors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter urging Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to fully implement the Fiduciary Rule, citing the earnings calls of financial and insurance companies indicating that they are prepared to comply with the rule in its current form and that many believe it to be in the best interests of their customers. In the letter, Senator Warren noted that while "...companies are required by law to accurately share all information … Continue Reading


September 04, 2017

New Report Shows President Trump is Failing Workers, Breaking Promises

PDF of the report available here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released a report on the Trump Administration's treatment of workers, comparing then-candidate Trump's promises to his actions as President. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump promised to protect and fight for workers, create jobs and raise wages, drain the swamp, and put American workers' interests above donors and special interests. To mark President Trump's first Labor Day in … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Statement on President Trump's Announcements Regarding Transgender Servicemembers and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement this evening: "As a hurricane prepares to devastate Texas, Donald Trump is more concerned with kicking people out of the military and pardoning a racist sheriff who broke the law. Every time we think our President can't go any lower, he goes lower. "I've said it before and I'll say it again: the only thing that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Senators Reed and Warren Visit General Dynamics

Taunton, MA - United States Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also serves on the committee, today visited the General Dynamics (GD) facility in Taunton. The senators viewed a demonstration of the U.S. Army's battlefield communications network, the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), and held a town hall meeting with GD employees from Massachusetts and Rhode Island on the manufacturing floor. The … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Senators Reed and Warren Visit General Dynamics

Taunton, MA - United States Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also serves on the committee, today visited the General Dynamics (GD) facility in Taunton. The senators viewed a demonstration of the U.S. Army's battlefield communications network, the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), and held a town hall meeting with GD employees from Massachusetts and Rhode Island on the manufacturing floor. The … Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Senator Warren Releases Findings of Innovative Survey of Massachusetts Addiction Treatment Providers, Pledges Support for Opioid Epidemic Response Efforts

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the findings of the survey she launched in March of organizations across Massachusetts providing dedicated treatment services for patients struggling with addiction. In a report, the senator analyzed the responses of more than 50 addiction treatment and recovery service providers in the Commonwealth, highlighting the role of these organizations in combatting the ongoing opioid epidemic. The report also detailed the challenges … Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Legislation Signed into Law

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded the enactment of the bipartisan Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, which President Trump signed into law on Friday as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017. The legislation was originally introduced by Senators Warren, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), along with Representatives Joe … Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Warren Highlights New Evidence of Wells Fargo Misconduct, Renews Call for Federal Reserve to Remove Bank Board Members

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today wrote a letter renewing her call for the Federal Reserve (Fed) to remove Wells Fargo Board of Directors members who served between May 2011 and July 2015. The senator's request comes amid new evidence that the bank failed to refund money owed to car loan customers, that it overcharged small businesses for credit card transactions, and that it billed certain mortgage customers for unexpected optional services. "Between 2011 and 2015, … Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Warren Asks DeVos for Information to Determine if Senior Counselor Eitel Broke the Law

Washington D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seeking information to determine whether or not Robert Eitel, a Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Education, may have violated federal conflict-of-interest law by working on the Education Department's Borrower Defense to Repayment rule while simultaneously employed by the Department and by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. From February to April 2017, Eitel served both as the Vice … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Senator Warren Questions Financial CEOs About Their Positions on CFPB Forced Arbitration Rule, Requests Data on Firms' Use of Arbitration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to the CEOs of 16 large financial institutions asking whether they supported or opposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) forced arbitration rule. The letters also request data on the firms' use of arbitration clauses in consumer agreements and the outcomes of arbitration proceedings. Senator Warren noted in her letters to the firms that "A number of lobbying groups representing big banks and financial … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Warren, Cotton Resolution to Designate Official "Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day" Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) today applauded the Senate's passage of their bipartisan resolution to designate October 28th, 2017 as Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day. "Each and every day, our first responders put their own lives on the line so they can help others. This resolution reflects our gratitude for their service, and offers them the recognition they deserve for keeping our families and communities safe," said Senator Warren. … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Senator Warren's Statement on the Nomination of Peter Oppenheim

Washington, DC - Senator Warren released a statement today on the nomination of Peter Oppenheim to serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the Department of Education (ED). "I supported Mr. Oppenheim's nomination because he committed to do everything within his power to obtain substantive, complete, thorough, and timely responses to my oversight letters-and the oversight of all Members of Congress," Senator Warren said. "I'm going to hold Mr. Oppenheim … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Bipartisan Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Legislation To Become Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today applauded final passage of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act. The legislation passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a unanimous, … Continue Reading

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