Press Releases

October 10, 2017

Investigation Shows Trump Transition Ignored Ethics Officials and Refused to Cooperate with GAO

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a report compiled by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at the Members' request showing the Trump Transition Team consistently ignored advice from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) - resulting in ethical crises that extended beyond the transition period into … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on CFPB's New Payday Lending Rule

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren issued the following statement after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its new rule on payday lending: "Payday lenders don't make their high profits on ordinary small-dollar loans. The big bucks come from trapping a portion of the borrowers in a cycle of debt that crushes families and sucks money out of communities that can least afford it. The CFPB's new rule will stop these abuses and, once again, help level the playing … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

Senator Warren Statement on Trump Administration Birth Control Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement of new rules to roll back the Affordable Care Act requirement that all health insurance plans cover birth control: "News flash to Republicans: The year is 2017, not 1917. Evidently, the Republicans believe that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access to birth … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

Senator Warren Co-Sponsors Three Gun Safety Bills, Advocates for Common Sense Reforms

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week cosponsored three bills to implement common sense public safety measures affecting the sale of guns, bump stocks, and high capacity gun magazines. Senator Warren co-sponsored the introduction of the "No Check, No Sale" bill to close a loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun, the Automatic Gun Fire … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

Warren and Grassley Issue Bipartisan Statement on HHS Inspector General Report About Medical Device Identifiers

Washington, DC - In a report earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) work to add device identifiers (DIs) to Medicare claims in order to better track faulty devices. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a joint statement in response today. "We are pleased to see that the Office of Inspector General has recommended that CMS work … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

During Senate Hearing, Warren Highlights New Funding for Massachusetts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Dr. Debra Houry, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about how new funding secured in a May budget deal has helped the CDC combat the spread of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and across the United States. Earlier this year, Senator Warren led a coalition of 19 … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump plans to "decertify" the international nuclear agreement with Iran: "President Trump's reported decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement is dangerous. But don't take my word for it: ask our nation's military leaders. The Secretary of Defense admitted just this week that it's in our national security interest to keep our word and stick to the agreement. … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Senators Warren and Sasse Raise Concerns About $7.2 Million IRS Contract Awarded to Equifax

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) today raised concerns about the recent decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to award Equifax a $7.2 million contract to handle sensitive taxpayer information, despite the company's recent data breach exposing the personal information of over 145 million Americans. Earlier this week, the IRS posted the award of a new, short-term, $7.2 million sole-source contract with Equifax "to verify taxpayer … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Senator Warren Asks Former Equifax CEO if Breach Created New Business Opportunities for the Company

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned former Equifax CEO Richard Smith during today's Senate Banking Committee hearing about how the company might profit from selling more fraud prevention services in the wake of its recent security breach. Senator Warren noted that while Equifax has committed to offering one year of free credit monitoring to those affected by the hack, consumers will have to pay for the service for years to come in order to protect … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Senator Warren Asks ED General Counsel Nominee to Submit Substantive Responses to Hearing Questions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called on Carlos Muñiz, President Trump's nominee for General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), to substantively respond to a series of questions regarding his legal perspective and interpretation of laws affecting ED programs and activities. Senator Warren expressed disappointment with Mr. Muñiz's initial, "rote, obfuscatory" responses to the questions she submitted for the record following his … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Senators Warren, Markey, Representative Tsongas, and Mayor Rivera Announce $41,000 Grant for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representative Niki Tsongas and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, announced today that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a federal grant of nearly $41,000 to the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) to fund the Lawrence Textile Innovation Center feasibility study in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The funding, which was awarded through the EDA's Planning and Local Technical … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Warren, Hatch, Whitehouse, Baldwin, Cassidy Request that GAO Consider Steps for Federal Agencies to Improve Patient Matching in Upcoming Report

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider a number of key issues related to improving patient matching in the U.S. health system as it begins a study required by a provision coauthored by the senators in the 21st Century Cures Act. Correct patient matching allows providers to share patient information, and … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Senator Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: "You should be fired."

Washington, DC - At today's Senate Banking Committee hearing, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan about his record at the company, including his actions as CFO during the fake accounts scandal. She also pressed him on his plans to cut $4 billion in expenses over the next several years, and whether those cuts would result in the firing of thousands of frontline Wells Fargo employees. Senator Warren questioned Mr. Sloan, a Wells Fargo employee for … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

In Advance of Banking Committee Hearing, Senator Warren Seeks Answers from Equifax's Former and Interim CEOs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, today sent a letter and a series of "Questions for the Record" to former Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith, and Interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros about the data breach that has exposed the personal information of millions of Americans and the company's response to it. Mr. Smith is scheduled to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Senator Warren, Colleagues Call on President Trump to Prioritize Disaster Relief Efforts for Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques and Culebra

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called on President Trump to step up disaster recovery efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Decision to Reduce Federal Oversight of AIG

Boston, MA -- Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement on the Financial Stability Oversight Council's decision to remove American Insurance Group's (AIG) designation as a "systemically important financial institution," reducing federal oversight of AIG: "This decision shows once again that the Trump Administration cares more about rewarding Wall Street executives than protecting Americans from another financial crisis. AIG got a $180 billion taxpayer bailout less than a decade … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on the Resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement on the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: "President Trump should nominate a new Secretary of Health and Human Services who is less focused on booking luxury travel and ripping health insurance away from millions of Americans -- and more focused on actually protecting and improving the health and well-being of … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Warren Joins Menendez, Booker, In Urging Trump to Use Defense Production Act to Hasten Puerto Rico Response

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), today joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and eight of their senate colleagues to call on President Trump to use the authority given to him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to more quickly respond to the disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The DPA was passed in 1950 to give the federal government the ability to quickly mobilize vast private sector resources through the Defense … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Warren, Cummings Release GAO Report Confirming 2014 Dodd Frank Rollbacks Resulted in Giant Giveaways for Big Banks

Washington, DC - A new GAO report released today by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) reveals that four of the nation's largest banks - JP Morgan, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America - have been allowed to retain an estimated $10.5 trillion worth of derivatives as a result of action by Congress in 2014 to roll back Dodd-Frank rules. As a result, taxpayers are now potentially on the hook to bail out … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Warren, Cantwell, Murray To Trump: We Must Do More for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 36 of their colleagues in a letter to President Trump expressing deep concern about the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and urge swift action by the federal government. In the letter, the senators wrote, "We write to express deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria … Continue Reading

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