Press Releases

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

November 07, 2017

Warren, Colleagues Seek Information on Water- and Vector-Borne Diseases in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to request information on the spread of water- and vector-borne diseases in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Warren Joins Colleagues In Calling for Comprehensive Disaster Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in calling on the Trump administration to put forward a comprehensive package to provide relief from the onslaught of natural disasters in recent months. The administration has committed to releasing such a package in the coming weeks. In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Following Government Watchdog Report, Senators Warren and Murray Request Further Details from HHS on Sabotage of Open Enrollment, Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan to provide details about the department's decision to waste $1.1 million in an effort to sabotage open enrollment. Just a few days prior to the end of the 2017 open enrollment period, the Trump Administration canceled key portions of Affordable Care Act (ACA) paid advertising and outreach efforts to promote individual … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Warren Joins Shaheen, Colleagues in Urging Trump Administration to Support Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and 21 other senators in calling on President Trump to support additional funding necessary to combat the opioid epidemic. Last week, after President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency under federal law, Senator Warren urged the administration to "do more to back up its commitments with action" by working with Congress to increase federal funding for … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Senator Warren Requests EPA Investigation of Water Discoloration in Norton

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conduct an investigation into discolored water flowing out of faucets in Norton, Mass. reportedly due to an ongoing flushing of the town's water main and hydrants. Residents of Norton have been experiencing water ranging in color from pale yellow to dark brown. While local officials have said that the water meets health standards, the degree of discoloration has … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on New Fed Chair

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he will nominate Jerome "Jay" Powell as the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve System: "Janet Yellen has been one of the most successful Fed Chairs in history and she deserved to be re-nominated - just as every prior Fed Chair has been re-nominated, regardless of party, since 1979. President Trump's refusal to name Chair Yellen demonstrates that his focus is … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

As Open Enrollment Period Begins, Sen. Warren, Rep. Neal Call on HHS, Labor & Treasury Inspectors General to Review President Trump's Executive Order to Sabotage ACA

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, today called on the Inspectors General of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury to thoroughly review the implementation and impact of President Trump's October 12th Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Executive Order asked the HHS, Treasury, and Labor Secretaries to take a … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Senator Warren Raises Concerns About Navient Acquisition of Earnest, Possible Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised concerns today about Navient's recent acquisition of Earnest, an education finance company and private loan lender, and the deal's potential impact on federal student loan borrowers serviced by Navient. Navient, the nation's largest student loan servicer, announced an agreement on October 4th to purchase Earnest for $155 million. Earnest offers private student loan refinancing among its products, and is projected to … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

Warren, Colleagues: Congress Should End Loophole That Encourages For-Profit Colleges to Target Veterans & Service Members

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and four other senators today introduced legislation that would help put an end to the for-profit college industry's aggressive recruiting of veterans, service members, and their families. The Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act would prohibit for-profit colleges and universities from receiving more than 85 percent of their revenue from the federal government and change the calculation of federal … Continue Reading

October 27, 2017

35 Senate Dems Demand Administration Kick into High Gear Power Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), today released a new letter to administration officials demanding agencies expedite and better coordinate the ongoing power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Democrats said the administration's current lack of coordination with local officials, clearances for crews to begin their restoration work, lack of materials and support services, and a clear chain of command on the … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Warren, Duckworth Lead Senators in Pressing Trump Administration to Boost Disaster Relief Efforts on Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques and Culebra

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a group of seven senators to urge the Trump Administration to prioritize hurricane relief efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra and called on the White House to swiftly secure the Superfund site on Vieques. Both islands' drinking water and food are at an exceptionally high risk of contamination due to their proximity to a Superfund site, the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Area. … Continue Reading

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