Press Releases

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


February 24, 2016

Warren, Capito, Clark and Stivers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Allow Partial Filling of Opioid Prescriptions

Bill text available hereFact sheet available here Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Representatives Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) to introduce the Reducing Unused Medications Act. The bill 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 … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Scott, Warren, Colleagues Call for EEOC Action to Protect Employees’ Family Health Information

Members ask for changes to ensure employer-sponsored wellness programs fully comply with the GINA Full text of the letter is available here WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); and six colleagues sent a bicameral letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requesting that the agency make changes to proposed regulations to help protect sensitive … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cummings and Warren Highlight Financial Industry’s Contradictory Statements on Retirement Adviser Conflict of Interest Rule

A PDF copy of the letter is available here Washington, DC - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) highlighting the stark difference between the financial industry's optimistic statements to investors about the impact of the proposed Conflict of Interest Rule, and the same firms' … Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Help Patients by Facilitating Faster Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases

Washington, DC - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved a bipartisan bill help advance the development of targeted drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases. The Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015 was introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in September. "Our conversations with Coloradans suffering the effects of … Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Senator Warren Urges CDC to Finalize Opioid Prescription Guidelines and to Work with States, Federal Agencies to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has sent a letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to finalize guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The Senator also encouraged the CDC to continue to work with states and other federal agencies to tackle the opioid epidemic. "According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there were almost 1,100 confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in 2014 - a 65% … Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Warren: Fix Rigged Justice System, Reject GOP Proposals to Shield Corporate Criminals From Prosecution

Washington, DC - In remarks on the Senate floor this morning, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the rigged system of justice for corporate lawbreakers and raised concerns about two Republican proposals that would make this system even worse. "We have one set of laws on the books, but there are really two legal systems. One legal system is for big companies, for the wealthy and the powerful...In this legal system, instead of demanding actual punishment for breaking the law, the government … Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Senator Warren Urges Congress to Reject TPP Agreement

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate this evening urging her colleagues not to approve the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which representatives from all twelve participating countries are set to sign later this week in New Zealand. "Most of the TPP is about letting multinational corporations rig the rules - on everything from patent protection to food safety standards - all to benefit themselves," said Senator Warren … Continue Reading


February 01, 2016

Senators Introduce Amendment to Establish Temporary Stay on Creditor Litigation Against Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced the Puerto Rico Emergency Financial Stability Act as an amendment to the Senate energy bill. The legislation would establish a short-term stay on creditor litigation until Congress takes action to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its … Continue Reading


January 29, 2016

Senator Warren Releases "Rigged Justice," First Annual Report Detailing How Weak Federal Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy

A PDF copy of the report is available here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released a report titled Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy. The report, the first in an annual series on enforcement, highlights 20 of the most egregious civil and criminal cases during the past year in which federal settlements failed to require meaningful accountability to deter future wrongdoing and to protect taxpayers and families. "Much of the … Continue Reading


January 21, 2016

On Sixth Anniversary of Citizens United Decision, Senator Warren Lays Out Steps to Tackle the Influence of Money in Politics

Video available here Washington, DC - In a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out several steps that Congress and the Administration could take immediately to address the influence of money on our political system. Today marks six years since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, unleashing a flood of unlimited corporate spending on U.S. elections. "Thanks to the Supreme Court, our system of elections is riddled with corruption. Money … Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Statement from Senator Warren on President Obama's State of the Union Address

Washington, DC -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement about President Obama's State of the Union Address: "As President Obama said tonight, 'democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter, that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful.' Congress has done enough damage with tax breaks for the rich and special favors for the banks. It's time to put hardworking people first, to invest in our kids by lowering the … Continue Reading


December 23, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges DEA to Clarify "Partial Fill" Policies to Help Address Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) sent a bipartisan letter asking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to clarify that partial filling of Schedule II opioid drugs is permitted under federal law. "States like Massachusetts are considering policies that would give patients, their providers, and pharmacists the option to dispense opioid … Continue Reading


December 22, 2015

Warren Joins Quigley, Lee, and Baldwin in Responding to FDA Policy Change to Blood Donor Deferral Policy for MSM

Washington - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) in responding to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) change of the blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) from a lifetime ban to a one-year deferral: "This past year, we saw tremendous progress for the LGBT community with the legalization of same sex marriage nationwide. Unfortunately, today's official policy change by the … Continue Reading

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