Press Releases

April 25, 2024

Warren, Fetterman, Schumer, Blumenauer, Lee, 16 Lawmakers to DEA: Move Swiftly to Reschedule Marijuana

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.) and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) led 17 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram, expressing their growing frustration that the DEA has not acted to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. They are asking the DEA to swiftly take action and begin to … Continue Reading

April 24, 2024

Warren Calls Out Ineffectiveness of VA’s Privatized Disability Rating Exams, Pushes for Review of Private Contractors’ Service Quality

Washington, D.C. - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calling out the failures of contracted veterans’ compensation and pension (C&P) examinations, following disturbing reports of inadequate and unprofessional treatment of Massachusetts veterans at  facilities in the state. Senator Warren asked the VA a series of detailed questions about the VA’s use of private contractors, asking for “a review …of the waiting times for C&P exams, the … Continue Reading

April 23, 2024

Warren Statement on National Security Supplemental Package

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement on the passage of the national security supplemental package: “This funding delivers long overdue support for Ukraine as it defends its democracy against Russia's invasion. I visited Kyiv, witnessing firsthand the courage of the Ukrainian people who will lose this war if we fail to provide assistance. This package also includes life-saving humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza and for … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Presses Army Leadership on Military Housing Crisis, Need for Quality, Safe Accommodations

“No landlord should be able to make military families sign NDAs in exchange for providing basic housing. Period.” Video of Exchange (01:32:11-01:38:07) Washington, D.C. — Today, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Army Secretary Christine Wormuth on the need to increase military housing availability and the damaging impact of non-disclosure agreements between private landlords, service members, and their families on … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

Warren, Markey Question Steward’s Private Creditors, Push for Lenders to Help Keep the Hospitals Afloat

Boston, MA - As Steward hospitals in Massachusetts remain in danger of closure due to high debts rung up by CEO Ralph de la Torre and other top executives, and the hospitals’ previous private equity owners,  United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to six  private credit funds that are holders of Steward’s debt, asking them a series of questions about their loans and calling on them to offer loan modifications that could potentially help … Continue Reading

April 19, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Highlights Federal Home Loan Banks’ Failures to Meet Affordable Housing Mission, Calls on Housing Regulators to Act

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called out the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs) for failing to deliver on their mission to provide affordable housing as the country faces a housing crisis. Senator Warren called on the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to take action as the primary regulator of the  FHLBs.  In return for an implied government guarantee, favorable regulatory treatment, and … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Warren, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Simplify IRS Notices, Empower Hardworking Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the Internal Revenue Service Math and Taxpayer Help (IRS MATH) Act, legislation that would improve math error notices — an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) authority used to quickly adjust taxpayers’ returns. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) introduced the bill in the House. Each year, millions of Americans receive math error notices reducing their tax … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Warren, 8 Senators Press Navient to Cancel Loans of Borrowers Scammed by Fraudulent, For-Profit Colleges and Servicer Misconduct

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led eight of her colleagues in sending a letter to David L. Yowan, President and Chief Executive Officer of student loan servicer Navient, urging the servicer to cancel decades-old private student loans pushed onto borrowers attending fraudulent, for-profit colleges. The letter comes as Navient plans to transfer its 2.7 million student borrower loan portfolio to the Higher Education Loan Authority of the State of Missouri … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Calls Out Big Tech for Misleading Americans on Digital Trade, Highlights Biden Administration’s Actions to Protect Americans’ Data

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pushed back on Big Tech’s misleading claims that “free data flows” provisions in trade agreements will help combat China’s digital authoritarianism, when the opposite in fact is true. Senator Warren asked Ambassador Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), about the Biden administration’s actions to prevent Big Tech from co-opting U.S. trade policy for its own ends and to … Continue Reading

April 18, 2024

Senator Warren and Rep. Khanna Reintroduce Bill to Stop Wall Street from Profiting Off Water and Water Rights

Washington, D.C. - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have re-introduced the Future of Water Act to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to prohibit the trading of water and water rights in commodity futures contracts. Under current law, water prices are vulnerable to manipulation and speculation from futures markets. Without limitations on these markets, passive investors are incentivized to purchase acres of farmland purely for the commoditized water … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

ICYMI: Senator Warren Introduces Brian Murphy Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced Brian Murphy, nominee for United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. Senators Warren and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) recommended Mr. Murphy to President Biden for appointment to the federal bench.  Transcript: Nomination HearingU.S. Senate Judiciary CommitteeWednesday, April 17, 2024 Senator Elizabeth Warren: Thank you Chairman Durbin. I appreciate the … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Warren, Casey, Luján Slam DoorDash and UberEats for Hidden Junk Fees, Demand Information About Fees and Ties to Executive Compensation

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) wrote to DoorDash and UberEats, the two largest delivery platforms, calling out their use of hidden junk fees to take advantage of American consumers trying to put food on the table while balancing busy schedules. UberEats and DoorDash have taken advantage of consumers, who are relying more and more on delivery services to put food on the table while balancing difficult work … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Warren, Shaheen, Warnock, Seek Answers from Novo Nordisk on Discontinuation of Levemir Insulin After Announced Price Reduction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) sent a letter to the leadership of Novo Nordisk (Novo), slamming the company for its decision to discontinue production of Levemir (detemir) insulin -one of only three long-acting insulins on the market-and asked the company to commit to continue producing Levemir until a biosimilar is made available.  On March 14, 2023, Novo Nordisk announced that the price of Levemir … Continue Reading

April 17, 2024

Warren to Secretary Yellen: Any New Crypto Legislation Must Include All Anti-Money Laundering Protections Requested by Treasury Department

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, expressing the need for any new cryptocurrency legislation to include the full suite of anti-money laundering (AML) authorities that Treasury Department (Treasury) requested in a November 2023 letter to Congress. Senator Warren highlighted the growing threat crypto poses to our national security, … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

At Hearing, Warren Calls for Closing Loopholes In Revolving Door Between US Military and Foreign Governments

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for closing loopholes in the revolving door between the military and foreign governments, including policies that allow active duty service members to begin negotiating employment with foreign governments before they leave the military. Senator Warren also raised concerns that service members are being hired by private entities and may not know they are signing up to work for … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

At Hearing, Warren Calls on CMS to Finalize Proposed Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Rule to Ensure Safe, High-Quality Care

Witness Confirms “Virtuous Cycle” of Higher Staffing, Improved Quality of Care; Criticizes Industry Attacks on Rule “The federal government plays a critical role in ensuring high-quality care at long-term care facilities - and that starts with the workforce. It starts with the dedicated doctors, the nurses, the nurses assistants, that provide the daily care for millions of residents.”  “CMS should move quickly to finalize this proposed rule - and should make it even stronger. This would help … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Following Tax Day, Warren Applauds Successful IRS Direct File Pilot, Pushes Back on Baseless Attacks to Program’s Legality at Hearing

Washington, D.C. —The day after the tax filing deadline, at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel I. Werfel, on the IRS’s use of Inflation Reduction Act funds to successfully pilot a Direct File program, a first-of-its-kind option for Americans in twelve states to be able to file their taxes online directly with the IRS, easily and for free. In response, Commissioner Werfel … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Warren, Markey Call Out Medical Properties Trust and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for Exploiting Steward Hospitals, Urge Them to Help Keep the Hospitals Open

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Medical Properties Trust (MPT) and Karl Kuchel, CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP), pushing them to play a role in stabilizing Steward Health Care in Massachusetts. MPT and MIP share ownership of Steward’s Massachusetts hospitals’ real estate, and have been collecting huge lease payments from Steward on property the company used to … Continue Reading

April 16, 2024

Warren, Blumenthal Probe OCC Regulatory Failures Amid New York Community Bank’s Financial Spiral

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, sent a letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu, seeking answers about the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) approval of the December 2022 merger between New York Community Bank … Continue Reading

April 15, 2024

Warren, Grassley Probe CFTC Chair Behnam's Interactions and Meetings with Sam Bankman-Fried

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to Rostin Behnam, Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), requesting an accounting of all meetings and correspondence between Chair Behnam and Sam Bankman-Fried during his tenure as Chair.  “Mr. Bankman-Fried was sentenced last month to 25 years in … Continue Reading

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