Press Releases

July 13, 2015

Senators Ask Federal Agencies About Efforts to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of eight United States senators today sent a 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) requesting information about the agencies' efforts to facilitate and coordinate scientific research on medical marijuana. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff … Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

DeLauro, Durbin, Levin, Reed, Whitehouse, Warren, Doggett Ask for Investigations into Ingersoll Rand’s Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC-A bicameral group of seven Members of Congress today called for Inspector General (IG) investigations into federal contracts being awarded to Ingersoll Rand, in violation of federal law. Making the call were: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Warren, Markey, Tsongas announce federal assistance for Fitchburg Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - Along with Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced today that the Fitchburg Fire Department has been awarded federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Fitchburg Fire Department will receive $409,091.00 to be used to purchase a heavy rescue truck. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas said: "Fitchburg Fire Department received these needed federal funds through a competitive grant process, which speaks … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Senators ask U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member companies about the Chamber's Big Tobacco lobbying efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), sent letters to the CEOs of all 108 member companies of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors asking about their positions on the efforts of the U.S. Chamber and its international affiliates to fight against international anti-smoking laws, regulations, and policies. The letters … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Senators Warren and Gardner introduce bipartisan amendment to improve education data transparency and analysis

WASHINGTON, DC -United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would strengthen education data transparency and analysis by requiring that academic assessment and graduation rate data on state report cards be reported by certain student subgroups- for example, African-American boys, Hispanic girls, or girls with disabilities. This additional data transparency would help improve … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Blumenthal, Durbin, Senate Colleages, Urge US Chamber to Cease Efforts to Undermine Anti- Smoking Public-Health Measures

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led a letter with their colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reconsider and refocus its efforts away from undermining global anti-smoking measures. Following reports of the Chamber's lobbying to defeat anti-smoking regulations across the globe, the Senators wrote to … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Senator Markey, Senator Warren, Congressman Lynch, and State Representative Murphy Announce Weymouth Fire Will Receive $265,237 in Grant Money

Senator Edward Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and State Representative James Murphy are pleased to announce today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Town of Weymouth a new grant in the amount of $265,237. With this money, the Weymouth Fire Department will upgrade the crucial protective gear required to carry out their jobs safely. This grant will go towards the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "The … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Senator Markey, Senator Warren, Congressman Lynch, and State Representative Murphy Announce Weymouth Fire Will Receive $265,237 in Grant Money

Senator Edward Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and State Representative James Murphy are pleased to announce today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Town of Weymouth a new grant in the amount of $265,237. With this money, the Weymouth Fire Department will upgrade the crucial protective gear required to carry out their jobs safely. This grant will go towards the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "The … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell and King Introduce 21st Century Glass- Steagall Act

Text of the LegislationFact Sheet Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME) today will re-introduce the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, a modern version of the Banking Act of 1933 (Glass-Steagall) that reduces risk for the American taxpayer in the financial system and decreases the likelihood of future financial crises. The legislation, first introduced in the 113th Congress by Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell and … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Warren, Markey, Keating announce more than $12.5 million in U.S. DOT grants to airports in 9th District

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman William Keating today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $12.5 million in infrastructure improvement grants to municipal airports in New Bedford, Plymouth, and Hyannis, Massachusetts. The grants announced today include a $3,048,820 grant to New Bedford Regional Airport for taxiway rehabilitation, a $2,394,230 grant to Barnstable Municipal … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Department of Transportation Awards the City of Beverly with a $700,000 Grant for Infrastructure Improvements at Beverly Municipal Airport

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it will award the City of Beverly with a $714,600 grant for critical infrastructure improvements at the Beverly Municipal Airport. Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill lauded the Department for investing in the local airport. "This grant will help fund improvements so that the Beverly Municipal Airport can continue to drive business activity … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Mass Members Commend Recommended Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Awards for Commonwealth

Washington, DC - Today, NOAA recommended over $25 million in funding to be awarded to 88 projects under the FY14-15 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants Program. Of that amount, the greater Atlantic region would receive over $8.8 million. Massachusetts would receive approximately $3 million from the greater Atlantic portion. These funds go toward increased research and development for the fishing industry. "Better science and research improves fisheries management and helps our fishing industry … Continue Reading


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

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