Press Releases

July 08, 2016

Senator Warren Urges Changes to Help Consumers Recover Unclaimed Property

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter raising concerns that the recent draft of the revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (UUPA) makes it too difficult for consumers to recover billions of dollars in unclaimed property. She called on the drafting committee to make several changes to the UUPA to better protect consumers. "The revised UUPA could help consumers across the country more easily recover their unclaimed property," Senator Warren wrote. "I urge the … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Warren Renews Objections to SEC Efforts to Limit Disclosure Requirements

Read a PDF copy of Senator Warren's letter here. Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White to follow up on Chair White's testimony at a Senate Banking Committee hearing regarding the SEC's "Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative," and to renew objections to any SEC efforts to limit disclosure requirements in ways that would harm investors. Senator Warren writes in the letter, "Based on … Continue Reading


July 05, 2016

Cummings, Warren, Warner Launch Investigation Of Major Derivatives Clearing Organizations’ Recovery and Resolution Plans

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), members of the Senate Banking Committee, sent letters to two systemically important derivative clearing organizations (DCO)-CME, Inc. and Ice Clear Credit LLC-requesting information on the firms' recovery and resolution plans. "Like the nation's largest banks, systemically important DCOs are required to … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren Delivers Remarks on Reigniting Competition in the American Economy

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks highlighting the need for stronger action to encourage competition in markets and to strengthen our economy. "Today, in America, competition is dying," Senator Warren said. "Consolidation and concentration are on the rise in sector after sector. Concentration threatens our markets, threatens our economy, and threatens our democracy." Noting examples of significant concentration in various industries, the senator … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Warren, Warner, Cummings Introduce Legislation to Improve Federal Oversight of Risky Derivatives Trading and to Protect Taxpayers

Fact SheetBill Text Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced the Derivatives Oversight and Taxpayer Protection Act to strengthen federal oversight of the multi-trillion dollar derivatives market and to ensure that big financial firms - not taxpayers - are on the hook for derivatives losses. The Financial Crisis … Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Markey, Warren, Keating, Lynch and Moulton Welcome Additional Funding for New England At-Sea Monitoring

Washington, DC - Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and Congressmen Bill Keating, Stephen F. Lynch and Seth Moulton today welcomed the announcement that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found additional money to fund the At-Sea Monitoring (ASM) Program for New England's groundfish industry. As Massachusetts groundfish fishermen continue to experience financial strain due to reductions in annual catch limits, the additional burden of monitoring costs … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Senators Request Update on Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Decision as Deadline Nears

Text of the letter available here Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting an update on the agencies' decision about whether to adjust marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug … Continue Reading


June 22, 2016

Sen. Warren Urges Federal Communications Commission to Adopt Strong Consumer Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt strong consumer privacy rules for internet service providers, and to ban dubious business practices that single out low-income consumers for different treatment. The FCC currently protects the privacy of traditional telephone customers, and now is considering whether to adopt proposed rules that would provide similar protections for broadband internet access service (BIAS) … Continue Reading


June 22, 2016

Warren, Daines Introduce Bill to Protect Americans' Retirement Savings

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today introduced the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to protect hard-working Americans' retirement savings. As employers have shifted from defined benefit pensions to individualized retirement plans such as 401(k)s, workers have become responsible for tracking, managing, and consolidating multiple retirement accounts as they move from job to job. But moving accounts from job to job is not … Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Donnelly, Warren Encourage Fed, FDIC to Consider All Statutory Tools if Banks' Living Wills Are Found Not Credible

Washington, DC- United States Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter today to the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to encourage the agencies to consider, and be willing to use, all statutory tools at their disposal if banks' resolution plans, also known as living wills, are found not credible. Earlier this year, the Fed and FDIC jointly determined that five large financial institutions had submitted living wills … Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren Lead Bipartisan Call on FDA to End Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to swiftly move to end the discriminatory blood donation deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM). The bipartisan letter was sent in light of the recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and requests an update on FDA's efforts to implement the updated one year deferral policy and to … Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Lawrence Fire Department to Receive Federal Assistance for New Truck

WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Lawrence Fire Department has been awarded federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program. The Lawrence Fire Department will receive $500,000 to purchase a new pumper engine. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, Fire Chief Brian Moriarty and other officials will formally announce the grant at an event tomorrow, Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:00pm, at the Lawrence … Continue Reading


June 15, 2016

Senator Warren Speaks About Orlando Attack on LGBT Club, Calls for Congress to Come Together to Address Gun Violence and Terrorism

Video of the speech is available here. Washington, DC - In remarks today on the Senate floor, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Senate Democrats during a filibuster to call for action to address gun violence following the recent attack on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. In her remarks, Senator Warren spoke about the need for our country to come together to drive out hate from our communities, to reduce gun violence, and to fight terrorism. … Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Senators Issue Report on U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbying

Washington, D.C. - Tonight, a group of Senators led by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and joined by Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Edward Markey (D-MA) released findings of an investigation into the lobbying activities of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-the purported voice of America's business community and the largest lobbying force in the country. In their report, the Senators … Continue Reading


June 10, 2016

Senator Warren Releases Report Raising Serious Concerns About College Accreditor and Federal Advisory Committee's Troubled Oversight

Washington, DC - A report released today by Senator Elizabeth Warren describes lax federal oversight of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a college accreditor that has a long track record of failing to hold schools accountable for wrongdoing. The report comes in advance of a June meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) that will consider whether to renew ACICS's federal recognition. ACICS and other … Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Sens. Warren and Lee Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Graduate Students Build Retirement Savings

Fact sheet Bill text Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Graduate Student Savings Act of 2016, which would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). While fellowship or stipend funding currently is taxed as income by federal and state governments, it does not qualify as "compensation" and so cannot be saved in an IRA. "We should be encouraging young … Continue Reading


June 06, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren Releases Report Detailing GOP's Extremist Record of Obstructing Key Obama Nominees

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released a report highlighting Senate Republicans' long record of delaying and blocking votes on President Obama's nominees to the judiciary and to other key administration positions, culminating in the GOP's ongoing obstruction of Supreme Court Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland. "The idea that Senate Republicans are willing to leave our highest court short-handed for nearly a year seems shocking. But the fact is that, for more … Continue Reading


June 02, 2016

Warren, Hatch, and Rubio Call for GAO Review of Sober Living Home Federal and State Oversight

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today sent a bipartisan letter calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of federal and state oversight of sober living homes. "The ongoing opioid epidemic has fueled a high demand for substance abuse services, and it is critical that individuals receive the care they need, and that facilities purporting to help individuals with substance use disorders are actually doing … Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Warren, Markey, Capuano and Clark Urge Harvard to Allow Graduate Assistants to Organize for Collective Bargaining

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Michael Capuano and Katherine Clark, have sent a letter urging Harvard University President Drew Faust to recognize collective bargaining units of graduate student research and teaching assistants if they wish to organize. "For decades, U.S. labor law has protected the rights of workers to organize. This critical labor protection has been central to building our nation's middle class and … Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Senator Warren Lays Out Steps to Protect Workers in the "Gig Economy"

Washington, DC - In remarks delivered today at New America's annual conference, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the challenges facing workers in the "gig economy," and identified several key steps that should be taken to better protect workers as our economy changes in the 21st century. "Massive technological change is a gift - a byproduct of human ingenuity that creates extraordinary opportunities to improve the lives of billions," Senator Warren said. "But history shows that to harness … Continue Reading

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