Press Releases

November 27, 2013

Sens. Warren & Markey, Rep. Keating Applaud Major Fire Grant for New Bedford

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Bill Keating today applauded a major federal grant awarded to support the New Bedford Fire Department. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced yesterday that New Bedford will receive a $12,270,158 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. This funding will support 63 firefighter positions in the city. Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and … Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

Senators Warren, Rubio Propose Stronger Financial Protections For Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would help protect older veterans from financial scams. The legislation directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with other federal agencies and states to crack down on scam artists who are diverting federal funds intended to support low-income older veterans."For thousands of our oldest veterans who need … Continue Reading


November 21, 2013

Senators Warren, Heitkamp Applaud Banking Committee Bipartisan Approval of Janet Yellen's Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Heidi Heitkamp today applauded the Senate Banking Committee's bipartisan approval of Janet Yellen's nomination to serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), and highlighted the critical role of the Fed Chair in overseeing the Fed's supervisory and regulatory responsibilities. "Janet Yellen has impeccable credentials, and I'm very pleased she was voted out of committee with bipartisan backing," … Continue Reading


November 18, 2013

Statement by Senator Warren on Senate Passage of Pharmaceutical Compounding Legislation

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Drug Quality and Security Act: "I am proud to have worked together with Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Alexander and all of the Senators on the HELP Committee from both sides of the aisle over several months to develop this law, which will create common sense oversight of the pharmaceutical compounding industry and the pharmaceutical supply chain. For too long, … Continue Reading


November 18, 2013

Senator Warren Delivers Floor Speech on America's Retirement Crisis, Social Security

Full Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Washington, DC - In a speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed America's growing retirement crisis and the imperative of protecting Social Security for families who have worked hard and paid into the system their entire lives. Senator Warren addressed how the financial landscape of families on the verge of retirement has changed in a generation. "Just as they need to rely more than … Continue Reading


November 14, 2013

Senator Warren Questions Fed Chair Nominee Janet Yellen on Fed's Supervision and Regulation of Big Banks

Video Available Here Washington, DC - Today at a Senate Banking Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen to be Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned Dr. Yellen about the Fed's role in supervising and regulating the biggest financial institutions. "There has been a lot of talk today about the Fed's use of quantitative easing to try to help the economy get back on its feet," said Senator Warren. "But the … Continue Reading


November 14, 2013

Mass. Congressional Delegation Members Applaud VA Grants to Support Homeless Veterans

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representatives Richard Neal, Jim McGovern, Stephen Lynch, Niki Tsongas and Bill Keating today applauded more than $339,000 in grants awarded to five Massachusetts community organizations serving veterans. These U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grants will help the community agencies purchase vans to provide transportation services to homeless veterans. "Helping organizations that support our vets here … Continue Reading


November 13, 2013

Senator Warren Renews Call for Fishing Disaster Relief in Bipartisan Letter to Congressional Leadership

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter with 37 other members of Congress, led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), urging congressional leadership to approve $150 million in fisheries disaster funding. The $150 million is currently included in the Commerce, Justice and Related Agencies' budget, and the bipartisan coalition asked that the funds be allocated in any budget for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 by the Appropriations Committees and … Continue Reading


November 13, 2013

Senator Warren Denounces Republican Filibusters of President Obama's Three Female Nominees to D.C. Circuit Court

Full Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate on Republicans' shameless efforts to block President Obama's three female nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court. Republicans filibustered the nominations of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, the nomination of Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit last week, and the nomination of Caitlin Halligan earlier this year … Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

Senator Warren Asks CFPB Director Cordray About Agency's Efforts on Veterans Scams, Car Loans

Washington, DC - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray about the agency's efforts to protect older veterans from financial scams and to combat auto loan scams. Senator Warren asked about scams targeting the Department of Veterans Affairs' "aid and attendance benefit," which helps pay for the cost of nursing homes and in-home health aides for disabled veterans. … Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

Statement by Senator Warren Following Vote to Proceed to Pharmaceutical Compounding Legislation

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement after the Senate successfully voted to begin consideration of the Drug Quality and Security Act: "I'm pleased the Senate has voted to consider the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will help regulate the pharmaceutical compounding industry and secure our pharmaceutical supply chain. Because the tragic fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and made 751 sick just last year originated in … Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Action to End Too Big to Fail

WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks to Americans for Financial Reform and the Roosevelt Institute today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed the actions Congress needs to take to end Too Big to Fail and help prevent future financial crises. "We should not accept a financial system that allows the biggest banks to emerge from a crisis in record-setting shape while working Americans continue to struggle," said Senator Warren in her speech today. "And we should not accept a regulatory system … Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

Senator Warren at NCLC: "There are still too many places where armies of lobbyists are fighting to rig the system"

Remarks as prepared for delivery Washington, DC - Today at the National Consumer Law Center's (NCLC) Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on major improvements made over the last few years in consumer protection and the areas where the playing field is still rigged against hard-working, middle class families. The senator also made the case for government's role in protecting consumers. "When was the last time you heard someone call for … Continue Reading


November 06, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Colleagues to Pass ENDA

Video is available here Full text of the remarks available here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate calling on her colleagues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "Despite the successful efforts in many states to pass nondiscrimination measures," said Senator Warren, "Americans living in over half the … Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

Senator Warren Highlights Massachusetts Health Care at HELP Committee Hearing on Affordable Care Act Implementation

Video is available here Washington, DC - At a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren compared Massachusetts' health reform launch to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, including similar technical problems, enrollment trends and cost benefits. Senator Warren explained that in 2007, Massachusetts' website experienced technical problems that required a … Continue Reading


November 04, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Begich and Congressmen Tierney, Keating Hold Listening Session on Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization, Issues Facing Fishermen

BOSTON, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a listening session today with Senator Begich (D-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Senator Edward J. Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney and Bill Keating on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is up for reauthorization this year. Warren, Begich, Markey, Tierney, and Keating heard from panelists including members of the Massachusetts … Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

Senator Warren Urges Swift Confirmation of Congressman Mel Watt as Federal Housing Finance Agency Director

Video of the Senator's Remarks Washington, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren urged her colleagues to confirm Congressman Mel Watt's nomination to be the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Senator Warren called for an end to "obstruction for obstruction's sake," and stressed the importance of a confirmed Director and strong FHFA to bolster the recovery of the housing market and provide certainty to the agency, which … Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Senator Warren's Statement on the Anniversary of Supplemental Security Income

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Forty-one years ago today, SSI was signed into law as part of amendments to the Social Security Act. "For 41 years, SSI has been a lifeline for low-income older Americans and people who can't work because of disabilities. We have an obligation to support and strengthen this critical program, which helps millions of people make ends … Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Members of Massachusetts Delegation Join Bipartisan Coalition, Introduce Bill to Protect Homeowners From Flood Insurance Rate Spike

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives John Tierney (MA-6), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Niki Tsongas (MA-3) and William Keating (MA-9) today joined a bipartisan coalition of members to introduce the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which will protect millions of homeowners from facing huge flood insurance premium rate hikes and require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete an affordability study and propose … Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Senator Warren Lays Out Housing Finance Reform Priorities in MBA Remarks

Remarks as prepared for delivery are available here Washington, DC - In remarks to the Mortgage Bankers Association today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out her priorities for housing finance reform. She stressed the importance of preserving the elements of the American housing finance system that promote widespread home ownership while putting in place safeguards that reduce systemic risk in the housing market. The Senator also talked about increasing access to mortgage loan … Continue Reading

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