Press Releases

November 28, 2017

Warren Questions HHS Secretary Designate Azar in Advance of Confirmation Hearing

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a 21-page letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Nominee, Alex Azar, outlining 68 questions on a range of subjects concerning his views on issues before the department, as well as his tenure at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, and his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter was sent in advance of Mr. Azar's confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Statement from Senator Warren on Trump Administration Decision to End Temporary Protection for Haitians

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in 2019: "The Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians is heartless. ‎It will force thousands of Haitians to return to a country still struggling to rebuild from devastating natural disasters. Haitian families are an important part of the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Warren and Booker Raise Concerns Over DOJ Enforcement Against Franchises for Collusive "No-Poach" Agreements

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today raised concerns about recent reports of collusion between franchise corporations and their franchisees that may be suppressing workers' wages and job mobility. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the senators urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to crack down on "no-poach" agreements, which prohibit franchisees from hiring away workers employed by another franchisee. "The pervasiveness … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Warren, Van Hollen Seek Information from OCC on Dubious Bank of Tokyo License Conversion

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) asking a series of questions about the questionable decision to allow the Bank of Tokyo to convert its license from a New York State license to a federal license in order to bypass a state investigation into whether the bank was allowing its clients to evade sanctions on countries like Iran and North Korea. Last week, the OCC … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

NDAA Passes Congress, Includes Key Warren Provisions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. "As a new member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I'm glad that the Senate approved the annual defense authorization this week," said Senator Warren. "The final bill includes a number of provisions I fought for. It increases funding for basic and applied research that … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Senators Warren and Hatch Introduce Bipartisan AIM HIGH Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today introduced the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act to develop voluntary guidelines that schools can use to ensure that educational technology is accessible to students with disabilities. The legislation would establish a commission of stakeholder groups to develop guidelines on accessibility for instructional technologies used by colleges and universities. … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Passage of the FY 2018 NDAA

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 earlier today: "In my first year on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I've focused on supporting servicemembers and their families, and on strengthening our national security. While I do not support everything in this defense bill, on balance I believe … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Request Information from DOD on Hospital Ship's Role in Puerto Rico Response Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today led five of her Senate colleagues in writing to the Department of Defense (DOD) to request information on the DOD's efforts to provide medical care in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria, and to request information on the role of the USNS Comfort in the Department's Puerto Rico response efforts. The letter was also signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Menendez … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Statement on Sen. Franken

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on Senator Al Franken: "The behavior reported today is unacceptable and deeply disappointing. I am glad Senator Franken has acknowledged as much and has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation. Women who come forward are brave and deserve to be respected. We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Warren, Perdue Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Designate September 2018 as “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month”

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the seriousness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and expressing support for designating September 2018 as "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month". Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects between 5 and 10 million women in the United States, is the most common endocrine disorder among women and is a leading cause of infertility. Symptoms of … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Warren, Nelson Seek Funding for Schools Impacted by Irma, Maria

Washington, DC - As Congress begins work on a third disaster supplemental bill to help fund recovery efforts in areas hit hardest by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in urging Senate appropriators to include in the bill additional funding to help schools impacted, both directly and indirectly, by the storms. Nearly two months have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico and according to the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Sen. Warren, Rep. Velazquez Call for Discharge of Puerto Rico's Debt

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) wrote the Chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico urging the Board to request that the Court overseeing Puerto Rico's debt restructuring completely write off the Island's debt obligations. "Puerto Rico was in a terrible financial squeeze even before Hurricane Maria. Now, with the island devastated, the Oversight Board surely recognizes there is … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Richard Cordray

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released a statement following the announcement of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rich Cordray's forthcoming resignation: "At the CFPB, Rich Cordray forced the biggest financial institutions to return $12 billion directly to the people they cheated. He held big banks accountable. He is a dedicated public servant and a tireless watchdog for American consumers - and he will be missed. The new Director … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Senator Warren Delivers Remarks on Devastating Impact of GOP Tax Plan on Small Businesses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today delivered remarks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress on how the Republican tax plan will hurt small business owners, instead of leveling the playing field. Following her remarks, Senator Warren participated in a panel discussion with small business owners from around the country, including Beverly Armstrong, the founder & CEO of the Massachusetts-based Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer. The full text of her … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Banking Committee Deal to Deregulate Big Banks

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued the following statement today, in response to the announcement of an agreement among members of the Senate Banking Committee, including Democrats, to loosen regulations on the financial industry: "Instead of providing any real help to consumers hurt by the Equifax breach or the Wells Fargo fake accounts scam, this bill weakens consumer protections, helps out the country's biggest banks and encourages them to swallow up … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

New Report Highlights Betsy DeVos's Failure to Cancel Student Loans of Nearly 90,000 Defrauded Students

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today released a report detailing how the Department of Education (ED) and Secretary Betsy DeVos have failed tens of thousands of Americans by refusing to cancel the loans of students who were defrauded by predatory colleges. Senators Warren and Durbin also led 14 of their Senate colleagues in sending the report directly to Secretary DeVos, urging her to read the report's stories of defrauded borrowers, … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Warren, Merkley, Cortez Masto, Schatz, Van Hollen Object to Rushed Confirmation of Comptroller of the Currency

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today issued a joint statement objecting to the rushed confirmation of President Trump's nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, Mr. Joseph Otting: "We object to rushing the confirmation of Joseph Otting to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency through the Senate. Mr. Otting may be buddies with the … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Warren, Grassley Press CMS to Clarify Position on Medical Device Identifiers on Medicare Claim Forms

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting that CMS clarify its position on the inclusion of medical devices' device identifiers (DIs) on Medicare claim forms. After the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report recommending that CMS work to ensure that device identifier information is captured on Medicare … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Senators Warren and Rubio Applaud Banking Committee's Unanimous Approval of Bipartisan Provision to Shut Down Access to the Financial System for Human Traffickers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today applauded the inclusion of a provision to increase the role of the financial industry in combatting human trafficking in the BRINK Act, reported by the Senate Banking Committee. The language is based on the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, originally introduced by Senators Warren and Rubio earlier this year. The language, approved unanimously by the Banking Committee yesterday, requires … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Warren Leads Senate Colleagues in Calling on NLRB Member to Disclose All Potential Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led 11 of her colleagues in calling on William Emanuel, recently confirmed as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to publicly disclose all potential conflicts of interest that may come before the Board as a result of his previous work representing dozens of large employers involved in cases before the Board or that could come before the Board in the future. "One element of serving as an NLRB member in a … Continue Reading

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