Press Releases

January 10, 2017

Sen. Warren Questions HUD Secretary-Designate's Priorities for the Agency

Text of letter to CarsonText of letter to DeVos Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary-Designate, Dr. Ben Carson, raising questions about Carson's experience and priorities for the agency. This letter comes in advance of Dr. Carson's appearance before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Thursday. "Although you have many accomplishments in the medical … Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

VIDEO: Senator Warren on Republican Efforts to Repeal ACA: "Repeal and Run is for Cowards"

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate this evening on Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it. Senator Warren talked about the bipartisan commitment in Massachusetts to improve the health care system, and to make responsible adjustments when necessary to lower costs and improve care. "In Massachusetts, the belief that everyone should have access to affordable health insurance … Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Senators Call for Price Hearings to Include Outside Witnesses

Price has a long record of supporting fundamental changes to Medicare and Medicaid and is a leading architect of repealing the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic Senators today sent a letter to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) calling for the hearings of Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price to include outside witnesses who can provide the Committees with context … Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Sen. Warren Raises Concerns about ED Secretary-Designate's Experience, Positions, and Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a 16-page letter to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary-Designate, Betsy DeVos, raising questions about DeVos' experience, positions, and priorities. This letters comes in advance of DeVos's confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. "There is no precedent for an Education Department Secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education," wrote … Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Democrats Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - Today, Democratic members of Congress introduced the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 in the United States Senate and House that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies. Original co-sponsors of this … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

HELP Committee Members Request Details of DeVos's Connections to Dark Money Groups

Washington, D.C. - Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wrote to president-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, requesting information on her involvement with the American Federation for Children and the Great Lakes Education Project, dark money political groups with ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council and other Koch brothers organizations. DeVos is a member of the Kochs' donor … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Sens. Booker, Warren, Schatz, Markey, Murray, Sanders, Leahy, Merkley, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Block Establishment of Federal Religious Registry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), joined by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), today announced the introduction of legislation that would block the establishment of a registry of people based on their religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality. "Religious freedom and freedom from discrimination are … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Democratic Senators Call for Puzder Hearing to Include Outside Witnesses to Speak to his Treatment of Workers

In addition to numerous violations of worker protection laws, CKE is facing several potential class action lawsuits by its employees WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 21 others today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, calling for the hearing for Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder to include outside witnesses who can provide the Committee with knowledge of … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Massachusetts Elected Officials Call for Public Meeting on Safety at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Washington, D.C. - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congressman William Keating (MA-09), Governor Charlie Baker, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and numerous Massachusetts state legislators are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to immediately hold a public meeting to address concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. In a letter sent today to the NRC, the … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Massachusetts Elected Officials Call for Public Meeting on Safety at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Washington, D.C. - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congressman William Keating (MA-09), Governor Charlie Baker, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and numerous Massachusetts state legislators are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to immediately hold a public meeting to address concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. In a letter sent today to the NRC, the … Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren Issue Statement on Exxon-Mobil Payout Deal for Trump's Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today spoke out after Exxon-Mobil announced that President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will receive a $180 million payout deal before entering public service. This payment scheme would be illegal under Senator Baldwin's reform to slow the revolving door and stop "golden parachute" payouts and bonuses. "Too many Americans feel that Washington is broken and it isn't working for … Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Wyden Offers Bill Calling On President-Elect Trump, Future Presidential Nominees To Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill requiring President-Elect Trump to release his recent tax returns in order to give the public honest insight into the President-Elect's actions, values and foreign business dealings. "The fact that the president-elect refuses to release his tax returns is a tragic failure of transparency, and it needs to be corrected. With President-Elect Trump flouting bipartisan traditions of disclosure while … Continue Reading


December 21, 2016

Shaheen Calls for Review of Government Reporting on Animal Research in Federal Laboratories

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today to the Comptroller General of the United States Gene L. Dodaro, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), along with Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), called for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate current procedures and systems for the reporting of federal spending on animal research in government laboratories. The senators requested that the GAO complete a comprehensive review and produce a report on how data reporting … Continue Reading


December 20, 2016

McCaskill-Warren GAO Report Shows Shocking Increase in Student Loan Debt Among Seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Elizabeth Warren today released a government report showing that student loan debt is escalating rapidly, and tens of thousands of senior Americans are currently having their Social Security benefits cut below the poverty line to recoup defaulted student loan debt. The report, conducted for McCaskill and Warren by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), indicates that in the past ten years the amount of student loan debt among seniors has … Continue Reading


December 16, 2016

Led by Merkley, Warren and Sanders, Senate Democrats Roll Out New Website Inviting Personal Stories from Americans Hurt by Foreclosure King Steve Mnuchin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that Senate Democrats have launched a new website inviting Americans to share their personal stories of being impacted by the foreclosure practices of Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary nominee, foreclosure king Steve Mnuchin. "Donald Trump's choice of Mnuchin is not only a fundamental betrayal of his promise to stand up to Wall Street-it is a punch in the gut to the … Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

Senate Democrats to Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - On the day President-elect Donald Trump was supposed to inform the American people about his future with the Trump Organization, a group of Democratic U.S. senators announced they will introduce a bill in January that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of … Continue Reading


December 14, 2016

Senator Warren Announces Appointment to Armed Services Committee

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that she will be serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services in the 115th Congress, subject to conference and Senate ratification. "I'm looking forward to serving on the Senate Committee on Armed Services in the next Congress. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I understand the sacrifices America's servicemembers make to defend our country - and the important work that our Defense … Continue Reading


December 14, 2016

Bipartisan Group of Senators Presses Federal Regulator for Clear Guidance on Banking Services for Vendors Working with Legal Marijuana Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to press a key federal regulator to take further action to ensure that vendors working with legal marijuana businesses in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana do not have their banking services taken away. In states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, conflicting federal policies have led most … Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Warren and Cummings Ramp Up Investigation Into Wells Fargo Fraudulent Sales Practices

Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to the CEO of Prudential Financial requesting a briefing and documents about press reports indicating that Wells Fargo bankers signed up customers for insurance without their knowledge or consent. Ranking Member Cummings and Senator Warren have launched investigations into Wells Fargo's business practices after the Consumer … Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Senator Warren Urges FERC to Suspend Approval of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline

Washington, DC - In a letter sent today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend approval of the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline until safety concerns are addressed. "As you are aware, the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline segment will carry highly pressurized natural gas in close proximity to an active quarry where dynamite is regularly exploded," Senator Warren wrote. "This choice of path has left many residents concerned about the … Continue Reading

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