Press Releases

July 08, 2019

Senators Warren and Blumenthal Request Information About Oversight of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about troubling reports of deficiencies in the U.S. organ procurement network.  Over 100,000 Americans are on a wait list for an organ transplant, and critical shortages in organs available for donation result in roughly 22 deaths per day among patients waiting … Continue Reading

July 08, 2019

Provisions from Warren-Haaland Bill to Address Unsafe Military Housing Advance in the Senate

Washington, DC - The United States Senate advanced a number of provisions from the Military Housing Oversight and Service Member Protection Act, a comprehensive bill that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced to address disturbing reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions in privatized, on-base … Continue Reading

July 08, 2019

Senators Warren and Gillibrand Raise Concerns that the Trump Administration May Separate Military Families

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, raising concerns about recent reports that the Trump Administration is considering eliminating Parole in Place and Deferred Action, which protect eligible undocumented family members of active duty servicemembers, reservists, and veterans from … Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

Senator Warren Calls on Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Resign from Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer's Board of Directors

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, the former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who recently joined the board of directors at Pfizer, calling on Dr. Gottlieb to resign from his position at Pfizer. Senator Warren noted that Pfizer has billions of dollars at stake in FDA decisions and wrote that his board appointment is exactly the kind of "revolving door influence-peddling" that causes Americans to … Continue Reading

July 01, 2019

Senator Warren, Rep. Jayapal Investigate Reports that FCC Advisory Council is Dominated by Industry Insiders

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent a letter to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on June 27, 2019, requesting more information about reports that the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) may be inappropriately dominated by industry insiders. CSRIC is an advisory panel, tasked with "provid[ing] recommendations to the FCC regarding ways … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Warren Proposal to Enhance Financial Protections for Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), as well as Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) today applauded the United States Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Sen. Warren, Rep. García Write JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon to Raise Alarms About His Decision to Reintroduce Forced Arbitration for Credit Card Users

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jesús "Chuy" García (D-Ill.) today sent a letter to Jamie Dimon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of JP Morgan Chase, expressing alarm with reports that Chase has decided to reintroduce forced arbitration clauses into their credit card contracts, which make it more difficult for consumers to hold banks accountable for misconduct.Forced arbitration clauses require consumers to give up their … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Lawmakers Urge DOJ and FTC to Reconsider Merger of Student Loan Servicers and Its Impact on Student Borrowers

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Chairman of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, and to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Joseph Simons, urging them to reconsider the merger between two of the four largest student loan servicers, Nelnet Inc. … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Warren Demands Answers Following Reports that Military Housing Contractor Balfour Beatty Falsified Maintenance Logs to Boost Income

Air Force Unit Tasked with Oversight Reportedly Blocked Attempts to Hold Contractor AccountableSen. Warren's Legislation Would Impose Greater Transparency and Accountability for Private Military Housing ContractorsLetter to Balfour Beatty | Letter to Air Force Asst. Secretary | Letter to Air Force IG Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Military Personnel Subcommittee, sent letters to Balfour … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Senator Warren Joins Senator Schatz and Other Senators Calling for an Investigation of Federal Contractors in Charge of Migrant Children

 WASHINGTON - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and seven other senators calling for the federal government to investigate federal contractors in charge of migrant children detained after crossing the U.S. southern border. The letters to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the suspension and debarment official and inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were sent after disturbing reports … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Criticize DOL Proposal to Narrow Definition of "Joint-Employer" Under Fair Labor Standards Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), today submitted a … Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Sens. Warren, Sanders, Booker Urge FCC and DOJ to Review Sinclair Broadcast Group's $10.6 Billion Acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks

2016 Remarks on Competition in the American EconomyWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai and the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, urging close scrutiny of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.'s (Sinclair) recent acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports (RSNs) from the Walt … Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Sen. Warren, Reps. Pressley and Porter Raise Concerns Over the Continued Employment of High-Level CFPB Staffer with History of Working for Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) today sent a letter to Kathleen Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), urging the CFPB to reconsider its continued employment of Paul Watkins as the Assistant Director of the Office of Innovation after a report this week revealed that Mr. Watkins previously served as a senior counsel for an anti-LGBTQ hate group, … Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Senators Warren, Murray Question FDA Proposal to Weaken Approval Standards for Medical Devices

 Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter to Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless and Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren questioning whether the FDA has plans to weaken approval standards for medical products—a change that former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said would … Continue Reading

June 24, 2019

Warren Sends Letter to HUD and Federal Watchdog Expressing Concern Over Former CFPB Official Eric Blankenstein's New Position at HUD

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent separate letters to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Inspector General Mark Bialek expressing concern that Eric Blankenstein, who has a history of racist writings, has been hired at HUD in a position with authority over the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA facilitates … Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Warren Questions ICE About Reports of Misuse of Solitary Confinement at Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) expressing concern and requesting information regarding the agency's reported misuse of solitary confinement at detention facilities. The senator's letter follows reports that ICE immigration detention facilities are relying on solitary confinement (segregation) "as a go-to tool to manage and punish vulnerable detainees" and "to house detainees they … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Warren Leads 42 Senators in Reintroducing Refund Equality Act to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Refund Equality Act. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples -- who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 U.S. v. Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly -- are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. Before the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, a same-sex couple, legally married under state law, could not file … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Warren Calls on Department of Defense and OSHA to Implement Workplace Safety Recommendations

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earlier this week sent letters to Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt expressing concern about the high number of safety violations among large Department of Defense (DOD) contractors discovered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and calling for further action from DOD and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers by fixing the … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues to Congressional Budget Negotiators: Make Child Care, Affordable Housing, and Addressing the Climate Crisis Top Priorities

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Senator Warren Responds to the Trump Administration’s Inadequate Replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency finalizing the so-called “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, an inadequate replacement for the Obama Administration’s 2015 Clean Power Plan. “The climate crisis is endangering our country, our health, our economy, and our national security, while the Trump administration continues to put the profits of corporate polluters over the well-being … Continue Reading

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