Press Releases

April 07, 2016

Ernst, Bennet, Ayotte, and Warren Introduce Tax Credit for Family Caregivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit to working family caregivers for qualified expenses. According to AARP, there are an estimated 40 million family caregivers in the United States. Most of these caregivers spend approximately 18 hours per week providing critical support to a family member. The … Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

Federal Agencies Commit to Marijuana Scheduling Decision by Mid-2016

Read the agencies' response here Washington, DC - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) responded on Monday to a letter from several U.S. Senators requesting information on these agencies' efforts to facilitate medical marijuana research. In the response, DEA, HHS and ONDCP announced plans to release a determination on rescheduling petitions in the first half of 2016 and laid out a … Continue Reading


April 06, 2016

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Advance Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research at NIH

Washington, DC - Yesterday, United States Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research Act. The legislation will advance a number of policies to improve planning, collaboration, and representation in research conducted and funded by the National Institutes of Health … Continue Reading


April 05, 2016

Senator Warren Questions Former Fed Regulator Whose Failures Helped Cause the Financial Crisis

Full Video Here Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren attended a Senate Banking Committee hearing about assessing the effects of consumer finance regulations. At the hearing, Senator Warren questioned one of the witnesses chosen by Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.): former Federal Reserve (Fed) regulator Leonard Chanin. From 2005 to 2011, Chanin helped lead the Fed's Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, where he had the responsibility and authority to regulate … Continue Reading


April 05, 2016

Senators Warren and Enzi Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Genetic Privacy Protections for Research Participants

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today introduced the bipartisan Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act, which would strengthen privacy protections for the genetic information of medical research participants. Federal agencies as well as research institutions maintain large databases of genetic information. It also is now possible to use genetic information to identify individuals and to learn information about their health and the … Continue Reading


April 01, 2016

Warren, Markey, Keating, and Kennedy Applaud Release of Additional LIHEAP Funds for Mass. Residents

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Congressmen Bill Keating and Joe Kennedy III applauded today's release of an additional $14,806,664 of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for families in Massachusetts. With this second release, 99 percent of FY 2016 formula funds will have been provided to grantees. The remaining one percent is being held back pending final agency-wide budget decisions by the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


March 31, 2016

Senator Warren Calls for SEC Investigation Into Financial Services Providers Over Contradictory Statements on the DOL Conflict of Interest Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White to request that the SEC open an investigation into whether financial services providers violated securities laws by misleading investors by making contradictory statements about the impacts on their business practices of the Department of Labor's (DOL) pending Conflict of Interest Rule. "Corporate interests have become accustomed to saying whatever they … Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Senator Warren Calls on Department of Education to Implement Five Fundamentals to Reform Student Loan Servicing

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren has called on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to implement five fundamentals to reform federal student loan servicing, following a recent ED Office of Inspector General (OIG) report identifying significant flaws in the Department's 2015 review of Navient's and other servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. "When a private company breaks the law and steals from American soldiers who are literally in the field fighting … Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Senator Warren Applauds Medical Journals’ Proposal to Require Sharing of Clinical Trial Data

Washington, DC- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) applauding its proposal for journals to require the sharing of clinical trial data by researchers as a condition of publication. Under ICMJE's proposal, the author of a journal article would be asked to share the deidentified individual-patient data (IPD) that was used to generate the article's results. In the letter, Senator Warren explains how increased … Continue Reading


March 23, 2016

Sen. Warren and Rep. Takano Commend Social Security Administration for Taking Steps to Ensure SSI Beneficiaries in Same-Sex Marriages Are Not Penalized

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a letter from United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), and 119 of their congressional colleagues, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has adopted a streamlined waiver process to address errors in SSA's treatment of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries in same-sex marriages. The October 26, 2015 letter sent by the Members of Congress urged Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin and … Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Amendment based on the Bipartisan, Bicameral Reducing Unused Medication Act to Allow Partial Filling of Opioid Prescriptions

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment based on the bipartisan, bicameral Reducing Unused Medication Act that would allow prescriptions for opioid medications to be partially filled by pharmacists at the request of patients or doctors, reducing the number of unused painkillers. More than 70 percent of adults who misuse prescription opioids get them from friends or relatives, according to the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Senator Warren's Statement on the Supreme Court Nomination

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today: "For decades, Chief Judge Merrick Garland has served his country with distinction - as a federal prosecutor, a senior official at the Department of Justice, and a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Along the way, he has won praise from Democratic and Republican Senators, liberals and conservatives - even the Bush-appointed Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "The confirmation … Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Senator Warren Delivers Speech on the Republican Blockade of Any Supreme Court Nominees

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate highlighting Senate Republicans' blockade of any Supreme Court nominee, and their history of bowing to extremists in the Party who refuse to recognize the legitimacy of our democratically-elected President. The full text of Senator Warren's speech is below: Senator Elizabeth WarrenFloor Speech on the Republican Blockade of Any Supreme Court NomineesMarch 9, 2016 There's a vacancy on the … Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Senators Introduce Bill to Help Ensure Patient Access to Mental Health Coverage Required by Law

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Monday introduced the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, which would increase transparency and strengthen accountability for insurers so that patients receive the mental health coverage they are entitled under the law. The legislation is a companion to the House bill previously introduced by Congressman Joe … Continue Reading


March 07, 2016

Sen. Warren Seeks Information from CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo on Flawed Committee Report

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today asked Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo for additional information regarding new and troubling revelations about his role as the sponsor of the CFTC's Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC). On February 25, 2016, the EEMAC released a report that was critical of the CFTC's proposed rule on position limits for commodities futures and swaps. Sen. Warren wrote to Giancarlo the same day … Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Warren Seeks Answers from Education Secretary Nominee About Department’s Flawed Oversight of Student Loan Servicers

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter and a series of "Questions for the Record" to Acting Secretary of Education Dr. John King, seeking answers about the Education Department's (ED's) flawed oversight of student loan servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Dr. King recently was nominated to serve as Education Secretary and his nomination is being considered by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) … Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Senator Warren Highlights Corporate Capture of the Rulemaking Process

Washington, DC - In remarks today at a Regulatory Capture Forum hosted by the Administrative Conference of the United States, Senator Elizabeth Warren highlighted the challenges posed by corporate capture of the rulemaking process. "When it comes to undue industry influence, our rule-making process is broken from start to finish," Senator Warren said. "At every stage - from the months before a rule is proposed to the final decision of a court hearing a challenge to that rule - the existing … Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Restore Medical Research Funding

Fact SheetBill Text Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced the National Biomedical Research Act with all of their Democratic colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. This bill would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug … Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal Respond to Oversight Report on Education Department’s Student Loan Servicers’ Compliance Review

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) responded to the report from the Education Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG), examining the Department's review of student loan servicers' compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The senators requested the OIG report and released a Warren staff report in … Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Sen. Warren Asks CFTC Commissioner to Withdraw Biased, Faulty Committee Report

Full text the letter available here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo asking him to withdraw a newly-released report from the CFTC's Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC), citing significant legal, substantive, and procedural irregularities. In order to ensure market stability and prevent speculation that can drive up the cost of oil and gas for … Continue Reading

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