Press Releases

July 30, 2015

Energy Committee Adopts Three Warren Amendments Supporting Research to Address High Energy Prices, Improve Energy Efficiency, And Enhance National Security

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources this week adopted three amendments introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The amendments support research efforts to protect against higher domestic energy prices, improve energy efficiency, and enhance national security. Specifically, the amendments authorize a study into the state and regional economic impacts of exported liquefied natural gas (LNG); ask the … Continue Reading


July 30, 2015

Congressional Delegation Announces More than $19.2 million in Federal Fire Grants to Mass.

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Jim McGovern, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $19,237,879 in grants to seven Massachusetts fire departments and the Quincy-based Fire Protection Research Foundation. The grants, which will support equipment acquisition, training, and staffing, were awarded to the Upton Fire Emergency … Continue Reading


July 27, 2015

Newton Fire Department Awarded $409K FEMA Grant to Purchase Emergency Vehicle

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Newton Fire Department a $409,091 grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funding will be used for the acquisition of a heavy duty rescue truck for emergencies and incidents that require specialized equipment. "Newton's firefighters are out on the front lines keeping our families safe, and we … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Statement on the Every Child Achieves Act Vote

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement today: "The first version of ESEA was a landmark Civil Rights law. In the 1960s, the American people, through the federal government, committed to improving educational opportunity for children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, and other groups of kids who had been underserved, mistreated, or outright ignored by public schools. Today's bill does not live up to that powerful legacy. "In many … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Warren and Cummings Ask Financial Regulators About Risks to Banks and Taxpayers from Swaps Trading

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters requesting information from federal financial regulators about risks posed to taxpayers after last year's partial repeal of Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which had been designed to prevent bailouts to banks and other financial entities with swaps holdings. "Without this understanding, the country risks moving … Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Warren, DeLauro, Murray, Scott, Murphy introduce Schedules that Work Act to end unstable scheduling practices

Fact Sheet Bill Text Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and 75 of their colleagues introduced the Schedules that Work Act in the Senate and House. The legislation addresses unstable, unpredictable, and rigid scheduling practices like placing workers "on-call" with no guarantee of work hours, scheduling them for "split shifts" of … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Warren, Baldwin, Quigley, Lee Push FDA to Adopt Fully Risk, Science-Based Blood Donation Policy

Washington D.C. - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), and 79 of their congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency's draft guidance document, which, if finalized, would change the blood donation policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) from a lifetime ban to a one-year deferral from the donor's last sexual contact with another … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Brown, Waters, and Warren: FHA Lending Proposal Gives Wall Street Banks Free Pass at Taxpayers' Expense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading Democrats on the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees today urged the Obama Administration to reconsider a proposal that would make it easier for lenders that have engaged in criminal behavior to keep accessing taxpayer-backed mortgage insurance. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Banking Committee's senior Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the senior Democrat on Financial Services, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) outlined their concerns in a letter … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Iran Agreement

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today released the following statement: "A nuclear-armed Iran represents a significant threat to the United States, to our allies in the Middle East, and to the world. Diplomacy represents our best hope of ending that threat, far better than the alternative of escalating tensions and war. President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Moniz deserve great credit for working with our allies to reach a negotiated solution to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Murphy, Booker, Warren, Coons introduce accountability amendment to Senate's education bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), introduced an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would require states to identify and support schools that fail their most vulnerable students. In an effort to close the achievement gap and … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators Requests GAO Report on Medicaid Oversight and Quality of Care in Assisted Living Facilities

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of United States senators has sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a report on the oversight of and quality of care provided to Medicaid enrollees at assisted living facilities. The letter was sent by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Special Committee on Aging; Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Committee on Finance and member of the Special Committee on Aging; Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chairman of the … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Senators Ask Federal Agencies About Efforts to Facilitate Medical Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of eight United States senators today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information about the agencies' efforts to facilitate and coordinate scientific research on medical marijuana. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff … Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

DeLauro, Durbin, Levin, Reed, Whitehouse, Warren, Doggett Ask for Investigations into Ingersoll Rand’s Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC-A bicameral group of seven Members of Congress today called for Inspector General (IG) investigations into federal contracts being awarded to Ingersoll Rand, in violation of federal law. Making the call were: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Warren, Markey, Tsongas announce federal assistance for Fitchburg Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - Along with Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced today that the Fitchburg Fire Department has been awarded federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Fitchburg Fire Department will receive $409,091.00 to be used to purchase a heavy rescue truck. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas said: "Fitchburg Fire Department received these needed federal funds through a competitive grant process, which speaks … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Senators ask U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member companies about the Chamber's Big Tobacco lobbying efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), sent letters to the CEOs of all 108 member companies of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors asking about their positions on the efforts of the U.S. Chamber and its international affiliates to fight against international anti-smoking laws, regulations, and policies. The letters … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Senators Warren and Gardner introduce bipartisan amendment to improve education data transparency and analysis

WASHINGTON, DC -United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would strengthen education data transparency and analysis by requiring that academic assessment and graduation rate data on state report cards be reported by certain student subgroups- for example, African-American boys, Hispanic girls, or girls with disabilities. This additional data transparency would help improve … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Blumenthal, Durbin, Senate Colleages, Urge US Chamber to Cease Efforts to Undermine Anti- Smoking Public-Health Measures

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led a letter with their colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reconsider and refocus its efforts away from undermining global anti-smoking measures. Following reports of the Chamber's lobbying to defeat anti-smoking regulations across the globe, the Senators wrote to … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Senator Markey, Senator Warren, Congressman Lynch, and State Representative Murphy Announce Weymouth Fire Will Receive $265,237 in Grant Money

Senator Edward Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and State Representative James Murphy are pleased to announce today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Town of Weymouth a new grant in the amount of $265,237. With this money, the Weymouth Fire Department will upgrade the crucial protective gear required to carry out their jobs safely. This grant will go towards the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "The … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Senator Markey, Senator Warren, Congressman Lynch, and State Representative Murphy Announce Weymouth Fire Will Receive $265,237 in Grant Money

Senator Edward Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and State Representative James Murphy are pleased to announce today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Town of Weymouth a new grant in the amount of $265,237. With this money, the Weymouth Fire Department will upgrade the crucial protective gear required to carry out their jobs safely. This grant will go towards the purchase of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "The … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell and King Introduce 21st Century Glass- Steagall Act

Text of the LegislationFact Sheet Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME) today will re-introduce the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, a modern version of the Banking Act of 1933 (Glass-Steagall) that reduces risk for the American taxpayer in the financial system and decreases the likelihood of future financial crises. The legislation, first introduced in the 113th Congress by Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell and … Continue Reading

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