Press Releases

February 24, 2015

Leading Economists Warn About Challenges Facing Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C.-To launch their new Middle Class Prosperity Project, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today held the first in a series of congressional forums to hear directly from leading economists about how the nation's economic system has been rigged against the middle class over the past several decades. "As our economy recovers from the recession, big corporations and wealthy Americans are … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Markey, Warren Push Obama Admin. to Release Home Heating Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C - Massachusetts Democratic Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren today asked the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to release the remaining $34 million in low-income energy assistance funds to help families in Massachusetts and around the nation who need help heating their homes during a brutal stretch of winter. Tens of thousands of Massachusetts families have exhausted their funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) … Continue Reading


February 20, 2015

Warren and Cummings Request Information About CFTC Commissioner's Possible Conflicts of Interest

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The letter requests information related to potential conflict of interest concerns stemming from the Commissioner's prior employment … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Mass. Delegation Urges FEMA to Support Commonwealth's Snowstorm Disaster Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - The Massachusetts Congressional delegation today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate urging the agency to support the Commonwealth's disaster recovery efforts following the severe winter storms that have caused historic snowfall accumulations over the last few weeks. In the letter, the Massachusetts delegation asks FEMA to provide support for the Preliminary Damage Assessment process and to swiftly approve the forthcoming … Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

Sen. Warren: GOP Should Not Play Political Games with the Safety of the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - In a speech on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren urged Republicans to stop playing political games with the safety of the American people and to pass a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In her speech, Senator Warren highlighted a recent editorial in the Boston Globe, which said, "This game of political chicken has to end with the Republicans blinking. It's one thing to disagree with the president's executive … Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

Sen. Warren: Vaccines are Safe, Effective, and Best Chance to Protect our Children from Diseases

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today titled, "The Reemergence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Exploring the Public Health Successes and Challenges." At the hearing, the Senator asked Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the science around vaccines, and highlighted the … Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

Warren and Cummings Request Information on Fed Investigation into Leak of “Market Moving Information”

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Scott Alvarez, the General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board, seeking information about his internal investigation into a leak of "market moving information" from a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in September … Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Senators Introduce Resolution Congratulating Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators from New England today introduced a resolution congratulating the Patriots on their Super Bowl victory. The resolution was sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The text of the resolution is below: RESOLUTION Congratulating the New … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Senators Introduce Medical Innovation Act to Increase Federal Investments in Research

Bill Fact Sheet Available Here Bill Text Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) today introduced the Medical Innovation Act, a bill that would boost funding for critical medical research. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) plans to introduce the Medical Innovation Act in the House of Representatives next week with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Congressman Peter Welch … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Warren and Cummings Ask Banks about Swaps Trading Practices After Key Section of Dodd-Frank Gutted

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and Goldman Sachs requesting information about how they will alter their swaps trading practices after a law passed in December gutted a key section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 630 of … Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

Senator Warren Announces Legislation to Advance Medical Research in Remarks at Families USA Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks at the Families USA Health Action Conference in Washington, DC today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren announced plans to introduce new legislation to advance medical research. "Over the past fifty years, the American system of medical innovation has transformed the health of literally billions of people around the world. But today, that incredible system is in trouble," Senator Warren said in her speech. "The first problem is the government. Congress used to … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Senator Warren and Senator Markey Re-Convene the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations to Consider Boston Vacancy

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey announced today that the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations will re-convene to consider applications for a federal judicial vacancy in Boston, Massachusetts. Candidates interested in applying for a U.S. District Court nomination must submit their applications to the Advisory Committee by February 23, 2015. The Advisory Committee, first appointed in March 2013, solicits, interviews, and comments … Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

Statement by 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: "President Obama said it right: 'This country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.' He laid out ways we can create more opportunities for working families -- helping students get an education without getting crushed by debt, expanding access to paid sick time and family … Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Senator Warren's Remarks at AFL-CIO National Summit on Raising Wages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at the AFL-CIO National Summit on Raising Wages. The text of Senator Warren's remarks as prepared for delivery follows, and a PDF copy of her remarks is available here: Good morning, and thank you MaryBe for the introduction, and for your work with the North Carolina AFL-CIO. Your efforts make a real difference for our families. I want to start by thanking Rich Trumka and Damon Silvers for your leadership on economic … Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Senators Raise Concerns to USTR About Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions That Could Make it Harder to Prevent Financial Crises

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman on Wednesday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) raised concerns about provisions that may be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would make it harder for Congress and regulatory agencies to prevent future financial crises. The senators specifically highlighted concerns about provisions related to the investor-state dispute … Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Bill to Make Corporate Enforcement Deals More Transparent Blocked in Senate

Text of Senator Warren's remarksVideo of Senator Warren's remarks WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday night to ask for unanimous consent to pass the Truth in Settlements Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Warren and Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The Truth in Settlements Act would require more accessible and detailed disclosures about the content and value of settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies when the government … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Senators Warren, Feinstein and Gillibrand Ask Interagency Task Force About Efforts to Combat Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to Secretaries Hagel, Vilsack, and Burwell, co-chairs of the newly formed interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to ask about how the Task Force plans to address critical gaps in current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies to address the public health threat posed by the overuse of antibiotics in food … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Congress Passes "Smart Savings Act" to Strengthen Retirement Savings for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate unanimously passed the Smart Savings Act last week, which will substantially increase financial returns for federal employees' retirement plans without increasing federal spending. The Smart Savings Act was introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and co-sponsored by Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The bill previously passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the President for … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Legislators Call on HHS to End Discriminatory Blood Donation Policy, Implement Risk-Based Policies

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to replace the outdated and discriminatory lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) with a policy based on individual risk factors. The legislators expressed deep … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Senators File Bipartisan Amendment to Strip Wall Street Bailout Provision from Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.) today filed a short, one-page, bipartisan amendment to remove a provision from the government funding bill that would allow for future bailouts of financial institutions that engage in risky derivatives trading. "Ever since the new financial regulations went into place, Wall Street has been working behind the scenes to open another loophole so they could gamble with taxpayer money and get bailed out … Continue Reading

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