Press Releases

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


April 23, 2014

Senators Warren, Harkin, Durbin & Congressman Miller Join Colleagues to Call On Education Department to Prohibit Harmful Banking Practices Targeting College Campuses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), and their colleagues in the House and Senate today sent a bicameral letter to Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in support of changes to Title IV's cash management rules, which are currently under revision. The letter urges ED to protect students from unfair banking practices, including campus-sponsored debit cards with … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

DeLauro, Warren Push for Focus on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, Most Effective Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC-Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today urged Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to address the growing issue of unaccompanied homeless youth. Unaccompanied youth live on their own, without a parent or other adult guardian, and are under age 25. According to HUD's 2013 Point-in-Time Estimate of Homelessness, over 45,000 unaccompanied youth experience homelessness on a given night. "As noted in the U.S. Interagency … Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

Markey and Warren: Seismic Risk at Pilgrim and Seabrook Greater Than Nuclear Reactors Are Licensed to Withstand

Lawmakers call on NRC to implement immediate mitigation measures to protect safety of neighboring residents, businesses Washington - Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to direct the licensees of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Seabrook Station in New Hampshire to immediately implement mitigation measures against seismic risks that were previously unknown. Reports released yesterday by the NRC … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Brown, Warren Urge Fed to Address Risks Associated With Bank Ownership of Physical Commodities

As Federal Reserve Closes Comment Period, Senators Point to Expansion of Bank Ownership of Physical Commodities and Risks Posed to Safety of Our Financial System Senators Urge Fed to Prohibit Financial Holding Companies from Owning Physical Assets WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged the Federal Reserve to address risks associated with financial holding companies' ownership of physical commodities. As the Federal Reserve closes the … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Schatz, Brown, Sanders, Warren, Blumenthal Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers From Credit Errors

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S.2224, the Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act of 2014, legislation that would make it easier for consumers to identify and dispute errors in their credit reports and build on a proposal from Senator Sanders to provide consumers with free credit scores. The senators' legislation has been … Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Senator Warren Urges Senate To Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Full Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today delivered remarks on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would empower women to receive equal pay for equal work. According to a Bloomberg analysis of Census data, "median earnings for women were lower than those for men in 264 of 265 major occupation categories," said Senator Warren. "In 99.6 percent of all occupations, men get paid more than … Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Sens. Warren, Markey, & Rep. Neal Ask CMS to Expedite Approval Process to Restore Emergency Medical & Hospice Services to North Adams

Full text of letter here WASHINGTON, DC- In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Richard Neal expressed their concerns about the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH), and asked CMS to expedite the application of Berkshire Health System (BHS) to restore emergency medical and hospice services to the North Adams community. "Given the importance … Continue Reading


March 28, 2014

Education Official: Profits from Student Loan Program "Are Used To Fund Government Generally"

Full Video Here Washington, DC - At a Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing yesterday on strengthening the federal student loan program for borrowers, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned witnesses about the profits the government makes off the student loan program and the Department of Education's lax oversight of Sallie Mae, a company that profits from multiple federal contracts related to student loans. Sallie Mae was asked to testify at the … Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Warren, Markey, Kennedy Announce $818K Grant to North Attleboro Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an $818,394 grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to the North Attleboro Fire Department to hire new firefighters. "North Attleboro's firefighters work tirelessly day in and day out to protect our families, and this grant will help support their efforts," … Continue Reading

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