Press Releases

July 22, 2014

Miller, Harkin, Warren, DeLauro Introduce Legislation to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

WASHINGTON D.C.-In response to recent workplace treads and supporting research that suggest uncertain work schedules can have broad negative consequences for working families, leading Democratic members of Congress today introduced legislation to stem abusive scheduling practices directed primarily at hourly workers. In some of the economy's fastest-growing and lowest-paying industries-including the retail, food service, and janitorial sectors-workers face erratic and irregular work schedules. … Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Sen. Warren & Rep. Keating Announce Restoration of Social Security Services on Nantucket

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Bill Keating today announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin offering Social Security services on Nantucket via the use of video teleconferencing technology on July 23rd. Regular monthly visits to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard by SSA representatives ended in early 2011. Senator Warren and Congressman Keating had urged SSA to restore the critical services for residents on Nantucket and Martha's … Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Sen. Warren Delivers Floor Speech on Hobby Lobby, Urges Passage of "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act"

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Washington, DC - In a speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate Tuesday evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the destructive consequences of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, and urged the Senate to pass the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore basic health care services for women across the country. "I cannot believe that we are even … Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

Sen. Warren Questions Fed Chair Yellen on Oversight of Big Banks, Efforts to End Too Big to Fail

Video of Sen. Warren's Q&A with Fed Chair Yellen is available here WASHINGTON, DC -- At a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about the Fed's oversight of big banks and its efforts to end "Too Big to Fail." Under Dodd-Frank, big financial institutions are required to submit plans each year detailing how they could be liquidated without bringing down the nation's economy or needing a bailout. Senator Warren … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Congressional Delegation Announces $1.36M In Fire Grants To Mass.

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard Neal, Jim McGovern, Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $1,368,830 in grants to five Massachusetts fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The grants were awarded to the Northbridge Fire Department, Sturbridge Fire Department, Russell Fire Department, Braintree Fire … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on the Supreme Court's Decision on the Mass. Buffer Zone Law

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion holding that the Massachusetts buffer zone law is unconstitutional: "I am deeply disappointed by today's Supreme Court decision striking down the Massachusetts buffer zone law. Make no mistake - it is now more difficult to protect the patients and staff of health clinics from violence, intimidation, and harassment. While I strongly disagree … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on the Massachusetts Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill raising Massachusetts' minimum wage to $11.00 per hour by 2017: "Today, Massachusetts stands up and says that no one who works full time should live in poverty. Raising our state's minimum wage will help hundreds of thousands of workers make ends meet and will give them a fighting chance to build a better future for themselves and for their kids. … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Durbin, Brown, Reed, Warren, Baldwin, Sanders: Tax Credits Should Go to Companies That Invest in American Workers, Not Ship Jobs Overseas

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) introduced the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act, a bill that would provide a tax credit to companies that provide fair wages and good benefits to workers while closing a tax loophole that incentivizes corporations to send jobs overseas. The loophole costs the U.S. Treasury approximately $50 billion each year at a time when … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Warren-Portman “Smart Savings Act” to Strengthen Retirement Savings Passes Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the United States Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee passed by voice vote the "Smart Savings Act," originally introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and cosponsored by Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to help increase financial returns for federal employees' retirement plans without increasing federal spending. The "Smart Savings Act" would change the automatic … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Congressional Delegation Announces $783K in Fire Grants To Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Jim McGovern, William Keating and Katherine Clark today announced $783,232 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to four Massachusetts fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The grants were awarded to the Belchertown Fire Department, Sherborn Fire/Rescue Department, Hanover Fire Department, and Halifax Fire Department. "Day in and day out, our … Continue Reading


June 16, 2014

Sen. Warren Calls For Increased NIH Funding, Renewed National Commitment To Research

Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here BOSTON, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren called for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a renewed national commitment to research, in remarks at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's New England Research Breakfast in Boston this morning. In her speech, Senator Warren highlighted how federally funded medical research has helped support groundbreaking research to develop cancer treatments, and … Continue Reading


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

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