Press Releases

July 31, 2020

Senators Warren, Brown, and Harris Call On CFPB To Protect Borrowers from Discrimination

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), today sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger, urging the agency to take immediate actions to address potential violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by lenders who use educational data to make credit decisions."We renew our call for you to reverse your and Mr. … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Warren, Schatz to Wells Fargo: New Reports Show Mistreatment of Customers During Pandemic-Induced Financial Crisis, Highlighting Broken Culture at the Bank

Text of LetterWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i.), sent a letter to Charles W. Schaft, Chief Executive Officer and President of Wells Fargo, following reports about the bank placing borrowers who are not delinquent on their loans in mortgage forbearance programs without their consent and putting consumers at risk of greater financial hardship in the midst of one of the worst economic … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Warren Investigates Report that "No Fault" Attendance Policies at Large Corporations Punish Workers for Taking Legally-Protected Leave

Letter to Walmart | Letter to FedEx | Letter to 3M | Letter to Kroger | Letter to ConagraWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, sent a letter to five companies -- Walmart, Conagra, FedEx, 3M, and Kroger -- requesting information about their attendance policies, and whether the companies are appropriately providing information to … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Warren to CFPB Director Kraninger: You Should Resign For Helping Mortgage Servicers and Credit Reporting Companies Cheat Consumers During the Pandemic

Senator Warren: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. So, in 2008 when the bottom fell out of the economy and people were cheated on their mortgages and credit cards and auto loans and other financial products, there was no cop on the beat to protect them and that's why ten years ago last week President Obama created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from abusive financial products. And so now, here we are in the middle of another financial crisis, this time caused by a … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Warren and Schatz Again Raise Concerns About the Stability of the Financial System During the COVID-19-Induced Recession, Citing Recent Bank Sensitivity Analyses

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), both members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Chair Powell and Vice Chair for Supervision Quarles raising concerns about the Fed's lack of transparency and inaction to improve stability in the banking system following recent sensitivity analyses that showed banks may be vulnerable to losses during the COVID-19-driven … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Warren to Attorney General Barr, Secretaries Esper, Wolf & Bernhardt: Stop Trump from Turning your Departments' Personnel into his "Personal Militia"

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote today to Attorney General William Barr, Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, and Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt, urging them to stop President Donald Trump's use of paramilitary domestic federal law enforcement officers and agents against protesters and civilian bystanders in Portland, Oregon, and his imminent threats … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Warren and Murphy Urge FTC to Protect Workers By Restricting Non-Compete Agreements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging the FTC to take immediate action to protect workers suffering undue harm from the imposition and enforcement of employers' non-compete agreements during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and to finalize a rule the FTC discussed earlier this year that would restrict these agreements, protecting workers … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Levin to CDC and Education Department: Parents, Educators, School Staff Need to Know If School Reopening Guidance May Have Been Influenced by Trump's Political Pressure

Text of Letter Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, requesting all correspondence between their agencies and the White House regarding guidance for … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Trump COVID-19 Watch

Washington, DC - Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. We're regularly setting new daily highs in confirmed coronavirus cases and unemployment rates are at the highest levels since the Great Depression. President Donald Trump's failure to lead has allowed the virus to spread and put millions of Americans lives and livelihoods at risk. Senators Warren and Booker released information from their investigation into giant meatpackers … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Warren, Merkley, Harris, Tlaib, Dingell Continue to Lead Charge to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Utility Shut-offs

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today partnered with Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), to introduce bicameral legislation that would protect Americans’ access to the water and power necessary to safely maintain public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many utility companies voluntarily committed to protect their communities’ essential services, … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Warren, Haaland Take Historic Step to Affirm Native Nations’ Ownership of Broadband Spectrum on Their Lands

Bill Text | One Pager | List of Supporters Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced their historic bill that would affirm Tribal Nations' and Native Hawaiian organizations' ownership of broadband spectrum over their lands to deploy wireless internet services. The Deploying the Internet by Guaranteeing Indian Tribes Autonomy over Licensing (DIGITAL) Reservations Act would affirm Tribal sovereignty to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Joint Statement on Stop & Shop's Decision to Terminate Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers as COVID-19 Rates Continue to Rise

Stop & Shop ResponseWashington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, including Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) released the response from Stop & … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Warren, Reed Release GAO Report on National Security Threats Posed by Climate Change to Defense Contractors and Defense Supply Chain

Washington, DC - Today, - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report they requested on potential threats to national security resulting from the impacts of the climate crisis on defense contractors and the defense supply chain, and the extent to which the Department of Defense (DoD) addresses climate change and other … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Warren, Sanders, Pressley, Colleagues, Urge HHS to Fund Community Health Centers as the U.S. Undergoes Another Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), along with Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Richard J. Blumenthal (D-Conn.), led a letter with 48 other lawmakers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the agency to provide additional funding to community health centers (CHCs) … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Call on Anthony J. Tata to Withdraw Nomination as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Resign from the Pentagon

Text of LetterWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), all SASC members, as well as Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sent a letter to retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata calling … Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

Warren, Booker Release Information from their Investigation into Giant Meatpackers Exploiting Workers and Consumers during COVID-19

Statements from meatpacking workers and advocates Tyson response | JBS USA response | Cargill response | Smithfield responseWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released new information from their investigation into whether Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods used the COVID-19 pandemic - and warning of meat shortages - as cover while they failed to protect workers, dramatically increased prices for American consumers … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

In Response to Senator Warren's Request, DOJ Inspector General will Investigate the Role of Attorney General Barr & DOJ Law Enforcement at Protests in Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon

Washington, DC - In response to a June 2, 2020 request from United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) announced today that he will investigate the role of Attorney General William Barr and DOJ law enforcement officers in the "sickening and appalling" attack on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in front of the White House. The DOJ IG also told Senator Warren that it has opened an investigation into the role of DOJ law … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Question the Trump Administration's Efforts to Understand and Inform Americans About the Chronic Health Effects of COVID-19

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Special Committee on Aging, sent a letter with her Senate HELP Committee colleagues Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) to Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force, requesting information on what the administration is doing to identify, address, and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Warren Delivers Floor Speech Calling on Congress to Extend and Expand Eviction Moratorium Ahead of Friday Expiration

Watch her remarks hereWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to act now to extend and expand eviction protections. Amid deepening economic hardship, the federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire Friday and would eliminate a vital safety net for millions of Americans, disproportionately harming Black and Latino families.Senator Warren and Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-Ill.), a member … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

TRANSCRIPT: Senator Warren Joins Massachusetts Educators to Discuss Principles that Teachers are Fighting For in Order to Safely Reopen Massachusetts Schools

Video of the discussion is here.  Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) joined the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Massachusetts, and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) for a virtual discussion on the principles that Massachusetts teachers are fighting for in order to safely reopen schools, including funding, safety accommodations for students, teachers, and staff in Massachusetts and across this … Continue Reading

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