Press Releases

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


December 21, 2015

Senators Seek Further Information About Federal Efforts to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Research

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.) sent a follow-up letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seeking additional information about the agencies' efforts to facilitate … Continue Reading


December 21, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Education Department Not to Use Unsolicited Robocalling for Student Loan Debt Collection Without Evidence of Benefits for Borrowers and Taxpayers

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan letter sent to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) raised concerns about the newly-authorized use of unsolicited "robocalling" to collect student loan debt. Federal law has generally protected individuals from automated, unsolicited robocalling by debt collectors and others, but this consumer protection recently was eliminated as it pertains to … Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Senators Warren, Blumenthal, Reid, Schumer Introduce Puerto Rico Emergency Financial Stability Act

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Puerto Rico Emergency Financial Stability Act. This legislation would establish a short-term stay on creditor litigation until Congress takes action to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debts. "Congress should take action on a long term plan to deal with Puerto Rico's debt crisis … Continue Reading


December 10, 2015

Congressional Delegation Applauds Federal Disaster Funding for Massachusetts

Washington, DC - Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation today applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) announcement that more than $120 million in disaster assistance has been awarded to the Commonwealth for costs associated with this past winter's historic snowfall. "This disaster funding is a big help for Massachusetts' cities and towns as we continue to recover from last winter's severe storms," Senator Elizabeth Warren said. "It's important for the federal … Continue Reading


December 09, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Remarks on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the following remarks on Tuesday evening in advance of the Senate's vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Video of the remarks is available here. SENATOR ELIZABETH WARRENREMARKS ON THE SENATE FLOORDECEMBER 8, 2015 Mr. President, I rise today in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act-the bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We have only one goal in mind: to give all our children the best possible … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Senator Warren's Statement on the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren entered the following statement in the Congressional Record following the Senate's vote on the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act: "Senator Boxer deserves tremendous credit for negotiating a long-term funding bill for our crumbling roads and bridges. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation, FAST, Act is an important turning point in addressing our Nation's infrastructure needs, and the bill will create quality jobs and … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Cummings and Warren Hold Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum on "The Effects of Poverty on Children's Opportunities"

Members Release State-by-State Staff Reports on the Benefits of Extending Tax Credits for Low-Income Families in Every State and Metro Area Panelists Emphasize That Millions of Children and Families Will Be Pushed into Poverty Unless Congress Extends EITC, CTC Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, held a Middle Class Prosperity Project forum today titled, … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Benefits of preserving and extending tax credits for families

Billions of dollars of tax breaks are about to expire for both businesses and families. Congress is actively advancing a package of more than $400 billion worth of tax credits for some of the nation's largest corporations, but tax breaks for families should also be part of that package. Critical parts of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), tax credits that boost wages for low - and moderate - income working families, are set to expire soon. If they are not renewed, … Continue Reading


December 02, 2015

Senator Warren Delivers Remarks Urging Congress to Pass the SAVE Benefits Act

Video of remarks Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and several of her Democratic colleagues went to the Senate floor this afternoon to call on Congress to pass the Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act). A video of Senator Warren's remarks is here, and the text of the sentator's remarks as prepared for delivery is below. Senator Elizabeth WarrenRemarks on the Senate FloorDecember 1, 2015***As prepared for delivery*** Mr. President, the clock is … Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Senators Warren, Durbin and Blumenthal Raise Concerns About Federal Settlement with For-Profit College Company EDMC

Washington, DC - In a letter to the Department of Education (ED) and Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) raised concerns about the federal government's recent settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC) over illegal recruiting tactics. The senators questioned the settlement's lack of accountability for company executives and inadequate relief for students. "We are profoundly … Continue Reading


November 30, 2015

Warren, Vitter: Fed’s New Bailout Rule is a Step in the Right Direction

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.) members of the Senate Banking Committee, today released the following statements upon the Federal Reserve's adoption of a new rule limiting its ability to lend funds to financial institutions in crisis, also known as a "bailout." "I'm glad the Fed incorporated many of the ideas from the bipartisan Bailout Prevention Act. These changes will help promote market discipline and make the financial system safer … Continue Reading


November 16, 2015

Warren, Grassley Seek Update from SEC on Whistleblower Program Performance

PDF of the Letter Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter today to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White requesting information on the recent performance of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower (OWB). The Dodd-Frank Act added several key whistleblower protections and mandated an SEC Inspector General … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Warren and Cummings Investigation Finds That Repeal of Dodd-Frank Provision Now Allows Banks to Keep Nearly $10 Trillion in Risky Trades on Books

Democrats Urge SEC and CFTC to Impose Strong Rules to Protect Taxpayers and the Economy They Ask GAO to Investigate Impact of Repeal After Regulators Failed to Analyze Risk Washington, DC - Today, 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, released new information about their investigation into the risks posed to taxpayers and the economy after last year's partial repeal of … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Members of Congress Urge Education Department to Grant Students Immediate Relief Following Federal Judge’s Ruling that Corinthian Colleges Broke the Law

Washington, DC -United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with House Committee on Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), House Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and 12 other congressional leaders on college accountability today sent a bicameral letter urging the Department of Education … Continue Reading

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