Press Releases

January 19, 2017

Sen. Warren Asks Financial Institutions if they Support Delay, Rollback of Financial Adviser Conflict of Interest Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to 33 financial firms asking them whether they support delaying and rolling back a newly finalized Department of Labor (DOL) rule that would protect middle class investors from costly financial advisor conflicts of interest. This letter follows recent reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Trump will seek to delay the DOL "fiduciary rule." "As you know, the United States faces a retirement … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Baldwin, Stabenow, Warren, Merkley and Markey Introduce Legislation to Withdraw from TPP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation to require the President to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw from TPP on "Day One" of his presidency. This legislation would hold Trump accountable to this campaign promise to American workers. "TPP is a bad deal for American workers. Instead of creating an … Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Democratic Senators Renew Call for Puzder Hearing to Include Hardees, Carl's Jr. Workers

Washington, D.C. - Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 20 of their colleagues today sent a letter to HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) calling for the upcoming hearing for Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder to include current and former workers at Hardee's and Carl's Jr., who can provide the Committee with context on Mr. Puzder's treatment of workers. Several of Mr. … Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Senators Host Forum with Mnuchin Bank OneWest Foreclosure Victims

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her colleagues, including Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), hosted a forum with Americans from across the country who were victimized by Department of Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin. The participants came from … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Senator Warren to Serve as the Ranking Member on the Consumer Protection Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the panel's subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. Senator Warren will serve as the Ranking Member on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee. "I look forward to serving as Ranking Member on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, and I will keep fighting to protect families … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Banking Committee Democrats: Trump Administration Needs Cordray as Consumer Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Senate Banking Committee Democrats today praised Richard Cordray's outstanding work as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), emphasizing the need for his leadership at the agency in President-elect Donald Trump's Administration. In a letter to Cordray, whose term expires in July 2018, the Senators highlighted his accomplishments as the nation's top consumer watchdog in protecting servicemembers, seniors, students, and other hardworking … Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Sen. Warren Questions HHS Secretary-Designate's Suitability, Priorities for Agency

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary-Designate Congressman Tom Price, outlining concerns with his suitability to run the agency given his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and privatize and cut Medicare and Medicaid, opposition to improving women's health care coverage and protecting the LGBTQ community's access to health services, and involvement in trading health-related stocks while … Continue Reading

January 16, 2017

Senator Warren Delivers Remarks on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Video available here BOSTON, MA - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the following remarks this morning at the 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast: Each year, we come together on this day to remember-to remember Dr. King's vision for a better, fairer, more prosperous, and more just society. We come together to celebrate-to celebrate the achievements of the civil rights movement. And we come together to affirm-to affirm that we will continue this fight until every child … Continue Reading

January 13, 2017

Democratic Senators Call for Mnuchin Hearing to Include Outside Witnesses

25 Democratic Senators called for the Finance Committee to include outside witnesses who can speak to the impact of Mnuchin's business practices Mnuchin's tenure at OneWest - and his bank's treatment of thousands of working families struggling to recover from the financial crisis - bear directly on his qualifications and suitability to serve as Secretary of the Treasury WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 25 Democratic Senators sent a letter to Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) calling for … Continue Reading

January 13, 2017

Democratic Senators Ask Labor Department to Fulfill FOIA Request of Trump Nominee Labor Violations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez and Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil … Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Senator Warren's Statement on Armed Services Committee Vote on Waiver for General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today regarding the Senate Armed Services Committee's vote to waive the requirement that an individual be retired from active duty military service for seven years to be eligible for appointment as the Secretary of Defense, so that the Senate can subsequently consider President-Elect Trump's nomination of retired General James Mattis: "Americans have always been skeptical of concentrated government power, … Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

Warren, Cardin, Wyden, Durbin, Carper, Casey, Merkley, Baldwin Respond to Trump Announcement Not to Resolve Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - In a joint statement, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) responded to President-elect Donald Trump's announcement today that he will not follow precedent by divesting his assets by placing them in a blind trust. "President-elect Trump's plan to address his financial conflicts of interest boils down to this: he … Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

Banking Committee Democrats Question Surge in Wells Fargo's Overdraft Income

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of Senate Banking Committee Democrats today asked Wells Fargo's chief executive to explain whether the bank's recent surge in income from overdraft charges had any connection to the scandal over its fraudulent sales practices. In their letter to Wells Fargo Chief Executive Timothy Sloan, the Senators expressed concern with a recent Financial Times report on how the bank's income from overdraft charges grew by 7.5 percent between July and September. That was five … Continue Reading

January 10, 2017

Senators Warren, Murray, Stabenow Host Forum with Workers Mistreated by Puzder

Washington, DC -Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA.), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and 14 other Senators participated in a forum with witnesses who provided information on Department of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder - including fast food workers at Puzder's businesses and employment experts. The 17 Senators who participated in the forum … Continue Reading

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

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