Press Releases

January 08, 2014

Senators Warren, Coburn Introduce Truth in Settlements Act to Make Federal Agency Settlements More Transparent

Bill Text Fact Sheet Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) today introduced bipartisan legislation to increase transparency around settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies. When federal agencies close investigations and settle cases, they often tout the dollar amount obtained from the offender, but in many cases that amount is misleading because of tax deductions and other "credits" built into the settlement that reduce the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2014

Sen. Warren Praises New CFPB Mortgage Rules that Make Families, Economy Safer

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Text of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks delivered on the floor of the Senate this afternoon, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new mortgage rules, which will go into effect on Friday, January 10. Under the new rules, a lender must determine that a borrower has the ability to repay a mortgage before issuing the loan. The rules will also prohibit … Continue Reading


January 06, 2014

Statement from Sen. Warren on Janet Yellen's Confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve: "I am delighted the Senate has voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to Chair the Federal Reserve. This was an historic vote - one that reflected Janet's impeccable credentials and extraordinary track record. Janet understands that the Fed has a critical role to play in accelerating our economic recovery, and … Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Senator Warren and Senator Markey Re-Convene the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations to Consider Boston Vacancies

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today announced that the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations will re-convene to consider applications for federal judicial vacancies in Boston, Massachusetts. Candidates interested in applying for a U.S. District Court nomination must submit their applications to the Advisory Committee by Friday, January 31st. Earlier this year, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the appointment of the Advisory … Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Senator Warren Applauds Nomination of Judge Leo T. Sorokin to U.S. District Court

BOSTON - President Obama has announced that he has nominated Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Sorokin was recommended to Senator Elizabeth Warren as a top candidate to fill a federal judicial vacancy in Boston by the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations. "I was very pleased to recommend Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin to the President for nomination to a District Court vacancy in … Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

Senator Warren Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Employers from Requiring Credit Report Disclosure

Fact Sheet is Available Here Text of the Legislation is Available Here Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Equal Employment for All Act with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The legislation would prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history as part of the job … Continue Reading


December 16, 2013

Senator Warren Honors Mayor Menino in Floor Speech

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks Available Here Full Text of the Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Elizabeth Warren thanked Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for his 20 years of tireless service to the people of Boston. "For twenty years, Mayor Menino has made Boston into a city that all eyes can see is a model for the country and for the world," said Senator Warren. "And he has succeeded because … Continue Reading


December 16, 2013

Senators Warren, Crapo, Wyden Urge DOE to Study Cost Savings of Energy Efficiency Technology

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, today sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) urging the agency to study the cost-savings of energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies. Senators Warren and Crapo previously introduced an amendment calling for the DOE to conduct this … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

Senator Warren Questions Treasury and ED on Accountability for Sallie Mae Rulebreaking and Violations

Update (12/12): See Response from Department of Education here. The full text of Senator Warren's letter is available here. WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today (9/19) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Education Secretary Arne Duncan questioning their departments' ongoing relationship with Sallie Mae despite Sallie Mae's pattern of breaking the rules and ignoring its contractual obligations. "While the government has been quite tolerant of Sallie Mae's … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

Senator Warren Renews Call for Delay in Flood Maps Implementation

Video of Senator Warren's Remarks is Available Here Senator Warren's Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Are Available Here WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to renew her call for a delay in the implementation of new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps, and to urge her colleagues to immediately take up, debate, and vote to pass the Homeowner Flood Affordability Act. Many homeowners in Massachusetts and across the … Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

Sens. Warren & Markey, Rep. Keating Urge Coast Guard to Adopt Stronger Regulations for Vessels in Buzzards Bay

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representative Bill Keating have sent a letter urging the Coast Guard to adopt stronger regulations mandating the use of independent vessel pilots and escort tug boats for all barges carrying 5,000 or more barrels of oil or other hazardous materials through Buzzards Bay. In their letter, the lawmakers highlighted the devastating 2003 fuel oil spill in Buzzards Bay, and Massachusetts' efforts to prevent future … Continue Reading


December 04, 2013

Sen. Warren Urges Wall Street Institutions to Disclose Financial Contributions to Think Tanks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren today sent a letter to the nation's six largest financial institutions' CEOs, urging the companies to voluntarily disclose their contributions to think tanks. Currently, information on financial contributions to think tanks is not required to be made available to the public, threatening the credibility of these organizations' research and analysis. "Policies by your institutions to conceal those contributions from public view are wrong. Greater … Continue Reading


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 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

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