Press Releases

January 15, 2019

Massachusetts Lawmakers Decry Large Backdated Gas Bills for Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Disaster Impacted Families

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) today asked Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and NiSource why customers impacted by the Merrimack Valley natural gas explosions and fire are receiving large backdated bills with due dates in January after the company assured they would not, highlighting the lack of communication with residents about the bills. They also asked the … Continue Reading

January 15, 2019

Warren Asks Ethics Officials Whether Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Violated Ethics Laws While Seeking New Job

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Designated Agency Ethics Officials (DAEO) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request information regarding White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's compliance with federal ethics laws governing negotiations over post-government employment. The letter follows a report indicating that Mr. Mulvaney began discussions about becoming … Continue Reading

January 11, 2019

Warren Joins Shaheen, Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Close Big Pharma Advertising Tax Loophole

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and fourteen of their Senate colleagues in introducing the End Taxpayer Subsidies for Drug Ads Act, legislation that would prohibit pharmaceutical drug manufacturers from claiming tax deductions for consumer advertising expenses. Advertising expenses by pharmaceutical drug manufacturers have more than quadrupled over the past two decades, rising from $1.3 billion in 1997 to … Continue Reading

January 10, 2019

Warren Investigation Uncovers New Evidence That Financial Contractor Comerica Left Retirees, Veterans Vulnerable to Fraud

Washington, DC ­- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Bureau of the Fiscal Service Commissioner Kimberly McCoy sharing the results of an investigation of fraud affecting Social Security and VA beneficiaries using the Comerica-administered Direct Express program. The letter comes as the Treasury Department seeks applications to re-bid the agreement Comerica Bank currently holds as the Direct Express … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

New Government Report Shows Many College Students Are Unable to Afford Food, Recommends Federal Action to Address Food Insecurity in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), released a new report today from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing that college students around the country are struggling to afford food and basic nutrition. The report is … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Warren, Gillibrand, Velázquez, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), led four of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing legislation to establish a "9/11-style" independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. The National Commission of the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act would analyze several factors that impact the … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Senator Warren and Chairman Scott Lead Request for Inspector General Audit of DOL's Controversial Child Labor Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Chairman of Education and Labor Committee, led a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General (IG) Scott Dahl requesting an audit of DOL to determine whether the agency deviated from agency regulatory and data quality requirements when it developed a proposed rule relaxing child labor standards in health care occupations. Joining Senator Warren and Chairman Scott in … Continue Reading

January 07, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Applaud the End of the Six-Month Lockout of 1,250 Union Workers by National Grid

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) are pleased that on Monday, members of United Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 at National Grid of Massachusetts voted to ratify a new contract agreement with the company, ending the lockout of 1,250 employees. "While we are thankful for all of the hard work put into these negotiations, lockouts are unsafe, unfair, and should never be used as a negotiating tactic, damaging public trust … Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Call on Columbia Gas to Ensure Damaged Roads and Sidewalks Are Repaired in Wake of Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company NiSource reminding them of their responsibility to repair the more than 70 miles of damaged roads in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover that were dug up as a result of the deadly September 13 natural gas disaster. The Senators make specific mention of ensuring that the damaged roads and sidewalks be repaired consistent … Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Warren Joins Jones, Colleagues in Effort to Examine and Address Disproportionate Student Debt Burden Among Borrowers of Color

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), in sending letters to nearly 100 key stakeholders nationwide to solicit feedback that can help improve federal policies for student borrowers of color and make access to higher education more equitable. Stakeholders receiving the letter include experts in education policy and leaders in business, advocacy, academia, civil rights, … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Senator Warren Sworn-in to a Second Term

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren was sworn-in to office for a second term on Thursday, January 3, 2019, the first day of the 116th Congress. In her remarks to a gathering of supporters and colleagues Wednesday morning, Senator Warren thanked her constituents for being with her in the fight to make Washington work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected."Winning is not just about the elections, it is about what you do with this job once you've got it...We … Continue Reading

December 27, 2018

Warren, Cummings, Bonamici, Colleagues Demand Answers about Collapse of For-Profit College Chain Education Corporation of America

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) have opened an investigation into the sudden collapse of the massive for-profit college chain Education Corporation of American (ECA), demanding information from ECA and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the failed accreditor responsible for giving ECA its stamp of approval prior to the … Continue Reading

December 27, 2018

Senator Warren Announces New Staff Leadership for the 116th Congress

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today announced that Anne Reid has been named Chief of Staff and Nikko Mendoza will return as State Director for the 116th Congress. Anne currently serves as Senior Advisor to Senator Warren. Prior to joining Senator Warren's staff, she was Chief Strategy Officer at Vision To Learn, a non-profit organization that brings free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities. Anne previously served as Counselor … Continue Reading

December 21, 2018

Warren, Young Government Accountability Bill Passes Both Chambers of Congress

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced that their bipartisan legislation to increase oversight of federal agencies has passed the House by a 382-2 vote and now heads to the President’s desk to await his signature. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to report on open and unimplemented recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (IG) and the Government Accountability … Continue Reading

December 21, 2018

Farm Bill Includes Key Warren, Markey Provisions

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) applauded the final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which President Trump signed into law yesterday. The bill enacts legislation co-sponsored by Senator Warren, the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Act. "The 2018 Farm Bill makes important investments to sustain small farmers, promote organic agriculture, support tribal businesses, combat climate change, and encourage healthy nutrition. I'm … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Warren Applauds Historic Legislation to Benefit Veterans, Servicemembers, Gold Star Families

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement applauding the omnibus legislation passed today in the Senate, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act, which contains important provisions for veterans, servicemembers, and their families, including spouses whose loved ones died in the line of duty: "My three big brothers served in our military, so I know first-hand how veterans, servicemembers, and their families make immense sacrifices to … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Sen. Warren, Rep. Velázquez Concerned by Reports of McKinsey's Conflicts of Interest In Advising Puerto Rico's Oversight Board

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to the consulting firm McKinsey & Company regarding its work for Puerto Rico's Financial Oversight & Management Board. The lawmakers' letter raises questions about McKinsey's potential conflicts of interest after a recent report revealed that the consulting firm-which closely advises the Oversight Board on Puerto Rico's fiscal plans, budgets, and … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Warren to Kraninger on First Days at CFPB: Take Five Steps Immediately to Enable the Agency to Stand up For Consumers

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent an eight-page letter to Kathy Kraninger, newly confirmed Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to mark the first days of her five-year term.Kraninger's predecessor, Mick Mulvaney, undermined the CFPB's statutory mission to protect consumers by filling the agency with political appointees, halting enforcement activity, decimating the agency's access to resources and data, and dismantling critical … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Warren, Schatz Renew Call for VA Inspector General Investigation of "Mar-a-Lago Cronies'" Undue Influence over Dept. of Veterans Affairs Decisions

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to the Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reiterate their request for an investigation of the alleged interference by three members of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in decision-making at the VA. The letter, which follows a recent new report on the scope of undue influence on VA contracting and budgeting by Mr. Ike Perlmutter, Dr. Bruce … Continue Reading

December 18, 2018

Senator Warren Calls on CFPB Inspector General to Investigate Wasteful, Harmful Decision to Change Agency's Name

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Mark Bialek, the Inspector General (IG) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to request an investigation of former Interim CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney's attempt to change the agency's name, at the cost of millions of dollars for consumers, banks, and other regulated entities. "The failure to justify the name change, combined with the failure to … Continue Reading

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