Press Releases

June 22, 2015

Senator Warren holds roundtable discussions in Boston with FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff and members of MassMEDIC and MassBio

WASHINGTON, DC - This morning, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren held a roundtable discussion in Boston with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff and members of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). Also in attendance were FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Dr. Jeffrey E. Shuren, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Karen Midthun, and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Senate adopts Warren amendment to study problem gambling prevention, treatment, and financial counselling options for servicemembers

Text of the amendment is available here WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate today adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study into the assistance available to American servicemembers with gambling addictions. The study would gather information about gaming facilities on military installations and examine whether additional training and resources are needed … Continue Reading


June 11, 2015

Senator Warren Calls for Additional Federal Support for Wild and Scenic Taunton River

Video of the hearing is available here WASHINGTON, D.C. - At an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks hearing on Wednesday, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked a National Park Service representative about inequitable federal funding levels for the Wild and Scenic River Taunton River. The Taunton River was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 2009 through legislation introduced by Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. This designation … Continue Reading


June 10, 2015

Senator Warren Lays Out Comprehensive Framework for Making College Affordable Again by Renewing Investments and Strengthening Incentives to Increase Quality and Reduce Costs

Full text of the speech is available here Fact sheets on the Senator's proposals are available here: Fact sheet on changing incentives for collegesFact sheet on strengthening accountabilityFact sheet on renewing state investments in higher edFact sheet on reforming federal higher ed programs WASHINGTON, DC - In a speech today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out a comprehensive framework and a set of policies championed by both Republicans and Democrats to improve college … Continue Reading


June 05, 2015

Senators Warren and Markey Introduce Amendment Urging DOD to Expedite Purchase of American-Made Athletic Shoes

Text of the amendment is available here WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that asks the Department of Defense (DOD) to accelerate efforts to provide American-made athletic shoes to Armed Forces recruits. A statute known as the Berry Amendment requires DOD to spend appropriated funds only on products made in the U.S. that pass the military's … Continue Reading


June 04, 2015

Leading Democratic Lawmakers Raise Concerns over Banks’ Efforts to Secure DOL Waivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of five megabanks pleading guilty to felony charges, a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to carefully consider whether to waive sanctions that would be automatically imposed on these institutions stemming from their guilty pleas. The lawmakers today called on DOL to hold a public hearing on any waivers requested by the banks, to promote transparency in DOL's decision-making. The request was made in a letter to … Continue Reading


June 02, 2015

Senator Warren Letter to SEC Chair White Details Concerns with Lax Agency Enforcement, Slow Rulemaking

Read a PDF copy of the letter here WASHINGTON, DC- In a 13-page letter sent to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised serious concerns about the agency's regulatory and enforcement record during the past two years. The Senator explained that Chair White's leadership of the Commission for the past two years has been "extremely disappointing," with the agency failing to "consistently and aggressively enforce … Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Sens. Warren, Markey, Rep. Neal Announce $728K Grant to Springfield Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Richard Neal announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Springfield Fire Department a $728,878 grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funding will be used for the acquisition of firefighter breathing apparatus and to support officer training. "Every day, our firefighters are out on the front lines keeping our families and … Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Sens. Warren, Markey, Rep. Neal Announce $728K Grant to Springfield Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Richard Neal announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Springfield Fire Department a $728,878 grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funding will be used for the acquisition of firefighter breathing apparatus and to support officer training. "Every day, our firefighters are out on the front lines keeping our families and … Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Senators Question Dept. of Education About Long-Delayed Investigation into Navient's Violations of Servicemembers' Rights

Text of the letter here WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Department of Education (ED) seeking information about its long-delayed investigation into charges of systematic violations of servicemembers' rights by federal student loan servicers, including Navient. In the letter, the Senators note … Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Senators Introduce Amendment to Prevent the Use of Fast Track to Gut Financial Reforms

Text of the amendment is available here. WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have introduced an amendment that would prevent the use of Fast Track authority to pass a trade deal that weakens financial regulations. "This President supports financial reform - but he cannot stop the next President from caving to the big banks in a future trade deal," said Senator Warren. "With European … Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Senators Warren, Manchin Introduce Trade Transparency Act to Require Release of Trade Deal Text Before Congress Grants Fast Track Authority

Text of the legislation available here. WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) introduced the Trade Transparency Act, a bill that would require the President to release the scrubbed bracketed text of any trade agreement at least 60 days before Congress grants fast track authority to grease the skids for approval of that agreement. "The Trade Transparency Act would ensure that the public, experts, and the press can engage in meaningful … Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Senators Warren, Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Bill Calling for Energy Efficiency Study

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have introduced a bipartisan bill directing the U.S. Department of Energy to quantify the cost savings from operational energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies, without creating any new programs or increasing government spending. "Energy efficiency technologies help protect the environment, save companies' and taxpayer money and create new jobs," said Senator … Continue Reading


May 18, 2015

Senators Warren, Heitkamp and Colleagues Introduce Amendment to Stop Allowing Companies to Challenge U.S. Laws Outside U.S. Courts

Text of the amendment is available here WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today joined 13 of their colleagues to introduce an amendment that would prevent "Fast Track" authority from being used to pass trade deals that include Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). ISDS allows foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws and potentially pick up huge payouts from taxpayers without ever stepping foot in a U.S. court. The amendment is … Continue Reading


May 18, 2015

Senator Warren Releases Report Highlighting Decades of Broken Promises and Failures to Enforce Labor Standards in Trade Agreements

***Read a copy of the report here*** WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released a report highlighting more than two decades of failed enforcement by the United States of labor and environmental standards included in past free trade agreements (FTAs), including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and agreements with Peru, Colombia, and Panama. The report follows recent statements by President … Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Warren, Vitter Introduce Bailout Prevention Act

Bill text available here Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, today introduced the Bailout Prevention Act, legislation to halt megabank bailouts during a financial crisis by responsibly limiting the Federal Reserve's lending authority. It would also close a loophole that creates risk-taking exemptions for megabanks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. "It's no secret that Too Big to Fail is still around. If … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Cummings and Warren Host ‘Middle Class Prosperity Project’ Forum in Baltimore on Predatory Financial Services

Baltimore, Maryland - Today, following the recent unrest in Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Senator Elizabeth Warren convened the fifth in a series of congressional forums as part of their Middle Class Prosperity Project to examine the lack of economic access and opportunity in many communities, including Baltimore. The forum, which took place in Baltimore, was also attended by … Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Vitter, Warren Introduce Fed Accountability Act

Fact sheet on the bill available here Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, today introduced the Fed Accountability Act, legislation to improve the Federal Reserve's decision-making process by increasing independence of individual Governors and bringing transparency to votes on enforcement actions over $1 million. The two Senators are also working on legislation to further halt megabank bailouts during a … Continue Reading


May 05, 2015

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on GOP Budget's Damaging Impact on Massachusetts Families

Would Gut Critical Programs for Kids, Seniors, and Families While Giving Big Tax Cuts to the Wealthiest Americans Video of Senator Warren's speech available hereText of Senator Warren's speech available here Washington, DC - This afternoon, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a floor speech highlighting the FY16 Republican budget's damaging impact on Massachusetts families. The Senate is voting on the Republican budget this evening. Senator Warren explained in her remarks that … Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Senators Warren, Lankford Introduce Truth in Settlements Act to Make Federal Agency Settlements More Transparent

Bill Text Fact Sheet WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to increase transparency around major settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies. When federal agencies close investigations and settle cases, they often tout the dollar amount obtained from the offender, but in many cases that amount is misleading because of tax deductions and other "credits" built into the settlement that reduce … Continue Reading

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