Press Releases

December 08, 2016

Sens. Warren and Grassley Applaud FDA Steps to Improve Hearing Aid Accessibility, Implement Portions of Bipartisan Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement that it will take steps to improve consumer access to hearing aids, including by not enforcing the requirement for a medical evaluation or waiver in order to acquire hearing aids. Earlier this month, Warren and Grassley introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, which would make certain types of hearing aids available over the … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Senators Urge President-Elect Trump to Live Up to Campaign Promises and Clarify Whether He Opposes Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 19 fellow senators, today sent a letter calling on President-Elect Donald Trump to remind him of his campaign promises to reject cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and to ask that he clarify whether he still intends to do so. The letter was signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Edward J. Markey … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Senator Warren Introduces Legislation to Provide Military Health Care Treatment to Victims of Terrorism

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today introduced the Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes Act to provide victims of terrorism with access and treatment at appropriate military health care facilities. The name of the bill recognizes Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing who received a designation from the Secretary of Defense to receive the specialized care they needed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and who have … Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Democratic Senators Urge Education Department to Protect Students and Taxpayers Should For-Profit Accreditor Lose Federal Recognition

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to take steps to protect students and taxpayers in the event that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), currently the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, loses federal recognition. ACICS losing federal recognition would require the approximately … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Senators Schumer, Brown, Whitehouse, and Warren Release Joint Statement on Attempt by Senate Finance Committee Republicans to Jam Through Radical Moninee to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees

Washington, D.C. - Senators Charles E. Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today in light of attempts today by Senate Finance Committee Republicans to jam through the confirmation of Charles Blahous - an advocate of privatizing Social Security - to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. "As Public Trustee Mr. Blahous' has promoted a radical agenda - spreading misinformation and fear about the future of Social Security … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Statement from Senator Warren on Congressman Neal's Election as Ranking Member of House Ways and Means

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today on Congressman Richard Neal's election to serve as Democratic Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means: "Congressman Neal fights hard for families in Western Mass, and he will bring a wealth of experience to the position of Ranking Member on Ways and Means. House Democrats and the people of Massachusetts will benefit enormously from Richie's leadership on the … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Sens. Warren, Schumer, Murray, Brown, and Franken Release Joint Statement on DOL Appeal of Overtime-Pay Rule Injunction

Washington, D.C. - Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement Friday on the Department of Labor's (DOL) decision to appeal a federal court injunction of the new overtime-pay rule: "We're glad the Department of Labor has decided to appeal a Texas court's misguided decision to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Because Republicans and corporate … Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Sens. Warren, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Make Hearing Aids More Accessible and Affordable

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter (OTC) and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 percent of those … Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Senators Warren and Carper Question GSA on President-elect Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), Denise Turner Roth, seeking information on GSA's efforts to protect taxpayer dollars and address conflicts of interest in its business relationship with President-elect Donald Trump and his family. Specifically, the Senators requested information … Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Senators Warren and Sanders Release Joint Statement on Trump's Treasury Nominee

Washington, DC - Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement Wednesday after it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Steve Mnuchin to serve as Treasury secretary: "During the campaign, Donald Trump told the American people that he was going to change Washington by taking on Wall Street. Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is just another Wall Street insider. That is not the type of change that … Continue Reading


November 28, 2016

Senator Warren Delivers Remarks on the Proposed 21st Century Cures Bill

Video available here WASHINGTON, DC - In a floor speech on Monday evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised signficant concerns about the proposed 21st Century Cures bill. The text of her remarks is below: Mr. President, three weeks ago, Americans went to the polls. Voters were deeply divided on whether Democrats or Republicans should be in charge. Donald Trump is the President-elect despite losing the popular vote by more than two million people. But there is one thing that Americans were … Continue Reading


November 23, 2016

Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review "Chaotic" Trump Transition

Washington, DC -United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump's "chaotic" transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to business holdings of Mr. Trump and his family, potential violations of protocol and national security concerns … Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Warren, Markey, Capuano, and Lynch Ask JetBlue to Consider Request for Airline to Retrofit Aircrafts to Reduce Harmful Noise

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to the President and CEO of JetBlue, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Congressmen Michael E. Capuano and Stephen F. Lynch, asked the company to consider the Milton Board of Selectmen's request that the airline retrofit its pre-2014 Airbus A320 series aircraft by installing vortex generators, which are designed to significantly reduce airplane noise. This letter follows recent increased airplane traffic, noise, and … Continue Reading


November 16, 2016

Brown, Waters, Warren, Ellison Demand Financial Services Industry Condemn Bannon Appointment

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services; Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) sent an open letter to financial services trade groups demanding that they condemn the appointment of Stephen Bannon to President-elect Donald Trump's administration. The Members noted that the Mr. Bannon's … Continue Reading


November 16, 2016

Statement from Mass. Delegation Members on Harvard Graduate Student Union Election

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, Joe Kennedy III, and Katherine Clark, issued the following statement on this week's union election for Harvard University graduate students: "In August, the National Labor Relations Board reversed a decade-old decision, giving graduate student workers at private universities the right to form a union. And today, graduate students at Harvard University will … Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Warren to President-Elect Trump: You Are Already Breaking Promises by Appointing Slew of Special Interests, Wall Street Elites, and Insiders to Transition Team

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter to President-Elect Trump raising serious concerns about the special interest lobbyists, Wall Street bankers, and industry insiders who are staffing his transition team and who will shape the new administration. The senator wrote, "Based on public reports, your transition team and your potential cabinet include over twenty Wall Street elites, industry insiders, and lobbyists making decisions that could have huge … Continue Reading


November 07, 2016

Senators Warren and Grassley to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Hearing Aids More Accessible and Affordable

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that they will introduce the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter (OTC) and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 … Continue Reading


November 04, 2016

Warren and Markey Applaud Federal Medicaid Waiver for MassHealth

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey applauded today's announcement of a five-year Medicaid 1115 Waiver for Massachusetts, which includes more than $29 billion in federal funding for MassHealth. Warren, Markey, and the congressional delegation wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September in support of Massachusetts' waiver request. "This federal support is great news for Massachusetts providers, patients, and community-based … Continue Reading


November 03, 2016

Warren, Wyden, Menendez Question Wells Fargo CEO About Accuracy of Reports with Financial Regulator

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to Wells Fargo's new CEO, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) raised questions about the accuracy of Wells Fargo's filings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) relating to the termination of employees for creating more than two million unauthorized checking and credit card accounts. As a major securities industry regulator, FINRA is responsible for "writing and enforcing rules … Continue Reading


November 01, 2016

Senators Have New Questions for Mylan About EpiPen Price Hike, Pricing Strategy

Washington, DC - In a 13-page letter sent today to the CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan, 17 senators requested additional information about the company's recent EpiPen Auto-Injector (EpiPen) price increases and how Mylan's pricing strategy affects consumers, taxpayers, and insurance premiums. The letter follows a previous request for information made in August about the EpiPen price hike. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal … Continue Reading

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