Press Releases

September 19, 2017

Senators to Trump: Fill Diplomatic Appointments Key to Addressing North Korea Crisis

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 8 other Senate Democrats in calling on President Trump to fill the vacancies for U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea (ROK), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. These key positions have gone unfilled in the over eight months of the Trump presidency. In the wake … Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Warren Urges U.S. Trade Rep to Remove ISDS Provisions During Next Round of NAFTA Negotiations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), today wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging him to push for the removal of investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS) provisions as he renegotiates the terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These provisions give multi-national corporations special rights to challenge American laws in corporate courts without ever stepping foot in the United States. ISDS allows corporations to be … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

NDAA Passes Senate, Includes Numerous Provisions Led by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the Senate's passage of the critical National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which included multiple provisions she spearheaded. Senator Warren successfully fought for the inclusion of several major legislative priorities focused on improving the lives of servicemembers and their families, securing funding for Massachusetts military priorities, and … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Warren and Brown Urge Cordray to Continue Protecting Students Despite Roadblocks by DeVos

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rich Cordray to continue the CFPB's work to protect students from "unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts" by federal student loan servicers and debt collectors. The letter followed an announcement by Education Department (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos that ED has terminated information … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Cornyn, Warren Bill to Streamline Process for Veterans Applying for Commercial Drivers’ Licenses Passes Senate

Washington, DC - The Jobs for Our Heroes Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), passed the Senate yesterday. The legislation, which streamlines the process by which active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs), is cosponsored by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Thune (R-SD), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Dan … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Warren Launches Investigation into Equifax Breach with Letters to Equifax, TransUnion, Experian, FTC, CFPB, GAO

Washington, DC - Following the recent data breach at Equifax and the company's delayed and lackluster response, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to credit reporting agencies Equifax, TransUnion and Experian; to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on oversight actions prior to and following the breach; and to the Government Accountability Office to request a thorough investigation into consumer data security. The … Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Warren, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Give Control of Credit Information Back to Consumers, Protect Personal Data Following Equifax Hack

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give control over credit and personal information back to consumers. The Equifax hack announced last week, which compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans, highlighted just how little control consumers have over the collection, use, and sale of their own credit data. "Credit reporting agencies … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Senator Warren Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Employers from Requiring Credit Report Disclosure

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Equal Employment for All Act to prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history as part of the job application process. The need for legislation has increased recently, as the Equifax breach compromised millions of Americans' security and jeopardized their credit. It was previously thought that credit history may provide insight into an individual's character, but … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Following Warren Letter, Ginnie Mae Announces New Task Force to Crack Down on Lenders that Scam Veterans

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today praised Ginnie Mae's commitment to crack down on lenders who aggressively and deceptively market refinancing mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an effort to generate profits for themselves at the expense of veterans and American taxpayers. The Senator raised concerns about this problem in a letter sent last week to Ginnie Mae, the government corporation responsible for approving lenders to … Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Responses from Bank CEOs Demonstrate Positive Impact of CFPB Arbitration Rule, Undermine Industry Case for Reversal

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released responses from the CEOs of sixteen of the largest consumer banks in the country, following a request she sent last month asking for information about their bank's use of forced arbitration clauses and their position on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) recently issued arbitration rule. "Despite the claims of their paid lobbyists, not a single one of the sixteen CEOs I wrote was willing to … Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Senators Warren and Lee Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Preventing Development of Nuclear-Capable Intermediate-Range Missile

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced legislation that would prevent authorization of funding for the research and development of a new intermediate-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead until the Department of Defense certifies that such a system is needed. As signatories of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, both the United States and Russia are prohibited from testing and deploying this … Continue Reading

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

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