Press Releases

June 13, 2014

Whitehouse, Warren Introduce Measure to Help Families Struggling with Medical Debt

Washington, DC - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have introduced legislation to help families burdened by the costs of illness and injury. The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014 (S. 2471) would make the bankruptcy process more forgiving for those driven to insolvency by medical issues. "Even families with quality health insurance coverage can be bankrupted by an illness or injury that causes lost work and income," said Whitehouse, who introduced similar … Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Congressional Delegation Announces $638K In Fire Grants To Mass.

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard Neal, John Tierney, Michael Capuano, Niki Tsongas, and Joe Kennedy III announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $638,817 in grants to eight Massachusetts fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. The grants were awarded to the North Reading Fire Department, Quincy Fire Department, Dalton Fire Department, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on Senate Passage of Veterans Care Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act: "Our veterans put it all on the line for our country, and we owe them the very best. The Senate made a downpayment on our debt to our veterans by passing legislation to improve the delivery of care and strengthen accountability at the VA. I am very glad to see $4.855 million in the bill … Continue Reading


June 07, 2014

Sens. Warren & Markey Applaud $138 Million in New Markets Tax Credits to Help Low-Income Communities in MA

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today applauded the announcement of $138,000,000 in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards to Community Development Entities (CDEs) in Massachusetts. Boston Community Capital Inc., Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation NE New Markets CDE II LLC, and AL Wainwright LLC will receive the tax credit allocation authority through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund … Continue Reading


June 07, 2014

Sens. Warren & Markey Applaud $138 Million in New Markets Tax Credits to Help Low-Income Communities in MA

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today applauded the announcement of $138,000,000 in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards to Community Development Entities (CDEs) in Massachusetts. Boston Community Capital Inc., Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation NE New Markets CDE II LLC, and AL Wainwright LLC will receive the tax credit allocation authority through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund … Continue Reading


June 07, 2014

$100 Million for Green Line Extension Included in Senate FY15 Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) has included $100 million in funding for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line Extension Project in its Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Appropriations bill, federal and state officials announced today. "This is exciting news - the Green Line Extension is a key infrastructure investment that … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Dozens of Higher Education Institutions, Organizations Endorse Legislation Introduced by Sen. Warren and Senate Colleagues to Refinance Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her colleagues in the Senate have received dozens of endorsements through petitions and letters in support of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act introduced on May 6, 2014, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Student loan debt is the second highest form of consumer debt, now at a staggering $1.2 trillion, and it is weighing … Continue Reading


June 04, 2014

Statement From Sen. Warren On The Confirmation Of Mark Mastroianni To U.S. District Court Of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today following the Senate's vote to confirm Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts: "Mark Mastroianni is a true son of Western Massachusetts who brings impressive credentials and diverse experience to the federal bench. I am proud to have recommended his nomination to President Obama, and am very pleased the … Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Sen. Warren: EPA's Clean Power Plan is "Powerful Step" In Fight to Tackle Climate Crisis

Video of Senator Warren's remarks available here Full text of Senator Warren's remarks available here WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren praised the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan in a floor speech on Monday, calling it a "powerful step" in the fight to protect Americans' health and the environment, and to tackle the climate change crisis. "We face a crisis. We know that high carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are driving climate change," said Senator Warren. … Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Rockefeller, Warren Introduce Legislation to Protect Employees and Retirees from Unfair Benefit Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today introduced legislation, The Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act, that would make it harder for companies to reduce or eliminate the pay and benefits their employees and retirees were promised-and earned-during their careers. Among other provisions, the bill would limit the ability of companies to reduce or terminate benefits for employees and retirees under the federal Bankruptcy Code, … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Senators Merkley and Warren Call on President Obama to Fill Vacant Fed Slots with Strong Financial Reform Advocates

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) - leading voices on the Senate Banking Committee for the Main Street economy and a stronger approach to financial regulation - today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fill remaining openings on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors with nominees who will bring strong expertise and advocacy for financial reform. The Senators emphasized that despite the Fed's outsized role in financial regulation, the … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Mass. Congressional Delegation Applauds New Funding to Clean and Revitalize Brownfields

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy, William Keating, Niki Tsongas, Michael Capuano, Richard E. Neal, and John Tierney today applauded the Environmental Protections Agency's (EPA) announcement of more than $4 million in funding to clean and revitalize brownfields in Massachusetts. The FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants will give communities and businesses a chance to return economic stability to … Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

Markey, Warren, Capuano and Lynch Applaud Funding for $310 Million Boston Harbor Improvement Project

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch today applauded the inclusion of the $310 million Boston Harbor dredging project in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The funding for the Boston Harbor Federal Deep Draft Navigation Improvement Project to deepen the Harbor's main navigation channels will come in WRRDA reauthorization, legislation that will authorize the dredging project and other … Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Congressional Delegation Announces $8.9 Million In FAA Grants To Mass. Airports

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representatives Richard Neal, Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, Bill Keating, and Katherine Clark today announced $8.9 million in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to support projects at Massachusetts airports. "These significant FAA grants will help Massachusetts' airports better serve our state's families and promote more business activity in the area," said Senator Warren. "These … Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Senators Urge FCC to Promote Net Neutrality, Reverse Proposal to Create Internet Toll Lanes

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, 11 U.S. senators called for the FCC to protect net neutrality and reject efforts by big cable companies to extort businesses for the right to provide content at the fastest Internet speeds. Net neutrality - the principle that all Internet traffic travels at the same speed, regardless of its source - governed the Internet for decades, to the benefit of innovators, consumers and the U.S. economy. Sens. … Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement to mark Public Service Recognition Week, which is celebrated the first week of May each year: "This week we have a great chance to celebrate the hard work and dedication of America's public servants. Public employees are tireless workers who support our communities day in and day out. They teach our kids, keep our families safe, repair our roads, and deliver our mail. Their service benefits all … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Senators Warren & Markey, Governor Patrick, & CNCS Announce $32.9 Million In AmeriCorps Funding For Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received $32,933,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). These grants will put 6,775 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with 18 organizations. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Massachusetts including early childhood education, … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Senators Warren & Markey, Governor Patrick, & CNCS Announce $32.9 Million In AmeriCorps Funding For Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received $32,933,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). These grants will put 6,775 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with 18 organizations. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Massachusetts including early childhood education, … Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Senator Warren Joins with Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Giving Students a Fair Shot at an Affordable Education

Fact Sheet on the Legislation Available here. Bill Text Available here. Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mary Landrieu … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Sen. Warren Remarks on Republican Filibuster of Minimum Wage Increase: "This is Outrageous"

Video of the Full Speech Available Here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks today on the Senate floor in response to Senate Republicans' filibuster of a bill to increase the federal minimum wage. The full text of her remarks is available here: Mr. President, it's been seven years since Congress last increased the minimum wage. Seven years since Congress stood up for our working families. Seven years since Congress gave America a raise. Earlier today the … Continue Reading

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