Press Releases

March 25, 2017

Members of Congress Raise Concerns About Kushner Companies' "Unusually Favorable" Deal with Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, have raised concerns about a proposed Manhattan business partnership between the Chinese firm Anbang Insurance Group, and Kushner Companies, a real estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, a senior White House advisor and son-in-law of … Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts

Washington, DC - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has initiated a review requested by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) into the Department's decision to halt advertisements and suspend e-mail and social media outreach in the final days of the 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment season. The OIG said the review will include "the timeline, decision-making process, and factors considered by HHS, … Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

On Anniversary of ACA, Members of Massachusetts Delegation Issue 180-Page Report Sharing Stories of Its Positive Effects for Health Care in the Commonwealth

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, James P. McGovern, Michael E. Capuano, Niki Tsongas, William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine M. Clark, and Seth Moulton today issued a report sharing perspectives from across the Commonwealth about the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in providing affordable, accessible health care in Massachusetts. In the lead-up to today's vote in the U.S. … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Members of Congress Call for Ending Antibiotic Overuse in Agriculture

Washington D.C. -Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswomen Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called on the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to increase collaboration and oversight to reduce the inappropriate use of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. At the request of the members, the GAO issued a new report that found gaps in oversight and identified … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Hearing Aids Available Over the Counter

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), today reintroduced legislation to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC). A companion bill led by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was also introduced in the House. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Sen. Warren Questions Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta Before Confirmation Hearing

A PDF copy of the letter is available here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today sent a 23-page letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Nominee, Alexander Acosta, outlining a range of questions concerning Acosta's qualifications and views on issues before the department. The letter was sent in advance of Acosta's confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) scheduled for Wednesday. "Your career has … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Senator Warren: Cruel GOP Health Care Bill Will Hurt Efforts to Address Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - In a Senate floor speech on Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about how the Republican health care bill would hamper efforts in Massachusetts and across the country to address the opioid crisis. The text of her remarks is below, and a video of her speech is available here. Remarks by Senator Elizabeth WarrenMarch 15, 2017*As Prepared for Delivery* Last week, Republicans in the House released a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid to the … Continue Reading

March 14, 2017

Warren and Gillibrand Question Trump and Mattis About Harmful Impact of Executive Order on Families of Military Personnel

Washington, DC - In letters sent today to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) raised concerns about the harmful impact on military families of the president's recent "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" Executive Order. Under previous executive guidance, undocumented family members of individuals serving in the Armed Forces have been permitted to lawfully remain in the U.S. … Continue Reading

March 14, 2017

Warren, Bonamici Urge Administration to Protect Student Loan Borrowers from Unnecessary Fees

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) have asked the Department of Education to stand up for struggling student loan borrowers by keeping in place commonsense limits on the fees charged to those who have defaulted on their loans. Borrowers who default on loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) may be assessed a collection fee of up to 16 percent of the principal and accrued interest owed on the loans. The … Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Reps. Conyers, Waters, Scott, and Sen. Warren Applaud Appointment of Raphael Bostic to Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

Washington, DC - United States Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee; Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Financial Services Committee; and David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today released the following statements to recognize the historic appointment of Raphael Bostic to be the President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Bostic will become the first … Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Senate and House Leaders Raise Concerns About the Impact of President Trump's Decisions on HHS and CDC Preparedness for a Flu Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), today wrote to Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ask how several actions taken by the Trump administration could harm the CDC's preparedness for a pandemic flu outbreak. "The Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Amid Opioid Epidemic, Senator Warren Launches Survey of Massachusetts Treatment Facilities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday launched a new survey of over 70 organizations across Massachusetts providing dedicated behavioral health treatment and recovery services for patients suffering from substance use disorders. The aim of the survey, developed with input from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, is to determine the specific challenges faced by various providers in responding to the opioid epidemic and treating patients with mental health … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Warren, Carper and Cummings Question White House Counsel About Jared Kushner's Compliance with Conflict-of-Interest Laws

Washington, D.C. - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today wrote to the Office of White House Counsel asking for clarification on Jared Kushner's compliance with federal conflict of interest laws. In a letter sent to Stefan C. Passantino, Deputy Counsel to the President and Designated Agency Ethics Official, the members raised concerns that Mr. … Continue Reading

March 07, 2017

Warren, Sanders, Casey, Baldwin, Franken, Hassan and Murphy Ask Alexander for HELP Committee Hearings on Education Department Nominees

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today sent a letter asking asking Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to hold hearings prior to any committee votes on President Trump's nominees for critical posts at the Department of Education (ED). Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made clear … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

As Trump and GOP Congress Seek to Roll Back Worker Protections, Senator Warren Releases Report Detailing Labor Violations by Federal Contractors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday released a report detailing repeated violations of labor laws by companies that receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal contracts. These illegal actions include stealing wages and endangering workers, sometimes resulting in injuries or deaths. Nearly a quarter of the American workforce is employed at a company that holds at least one federal contract. "All Americans deserve a safe workplace and fair pay for a … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Senators Re-Introduce LifeBOAT Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "A major barrier that those … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Warren, Murray, Sanders Call on DOJ to Open Criminal Investigation into Federal Contractor VT Halter Marine's Repeated Workplace Deaths and Injuries

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a criminal investigation into the deaths and injuries of workers for federal contractor VT Halter Marine Inc. at their Mississippi shipyards. Despite repeated horrific accidents and penalties assessed by the Occupational Health and Safety … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Warren, Markey, and Kennedy Announce Additional Funding for General Dynamics' WIN-T Program

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) today announced that the House and Senate Appropriations committees have included two additional set orders and awarded an additional $114 million for General Dynamics' Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program (WIN-T) in their final version of the fiscal 2017 defense appropriations bill. WIN-T, which is produced at the General Dynamics facility in Taunton, … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Senators Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today sent a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy … Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Warren, Murray, Brown Question Businesses on Support of Expanded Overtime Rule

Trump Pick for Labor Secretary Has Not Taken a Position on Helping More Workers Get Overtime Pay Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Ranking Member on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today sent letters to 14 companies asking whether they oppose efforts to block new rules expanding overtime protections for 4.2 million new … Continue Reading

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