It's been 10 years since the global financial crisis severely damaged the nation's economy, and the Senate is on the brink of passing legislation that would roll back Obama-era rules Congress enacted to prevent another collapse.
Republicans overwhelmingly support rolling back key aspects of Dodd-Frank, the law that brought significant changes to financial regulation over the last decade.
"People in this building may forget the devastating impact of the financial crisis 10 years ago, but the American people have not forgotten," Warren said during a news conference Tuesday.
"The American people remember. The millions of people who lost their homes, the millions of people who lost their jobs, the millions of people who lost their savings, they remember. And they do not want to turn loose the big banks again," she said.
"Leading up to the 2008 crisis, banks were selling mortgages that were like grenades with the pins pulled out. Now supporters of the bill want to strip back some of the rules designed to stop that from happening all over again," Warren said.
Warren says the bill could also undermine civil rights protections for consumers.
"At a time when lending discrimination is running rampant, this bill would undercut reporting requirements that enable the federal government to enforce fair lending laws," Warren said.
"In a certain respect, this bill is a perfect complement to tax reform – further expanding opportunities for American families, communities, and small businesses," he said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
“The bill before us this week will continue to unwind the damage caused by an administration and Democrat-run Congress that kept its foot firmly on the brake of the American economy," McConnell said.
"This is a modest but critical bill. By streamlining regulations, it will bring relief to the small financial institutions who have been hurt by Dodd-Frank’s one-size-fits-all approach," he said.
The bill is expected to get the 60 votes it needs to pass the Senate later this week. It cleared a procedural hurdle Tuesday morning.