Press Releases

April 03, 2020

Massachusetts Awarded Over $92 Million in HUD Grants for COVID-19 Relief

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $92 million in federal grants to support cities and towns across Massachusetts as they combat the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.The funding, which was awarded through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Warren, Markey, Neal, Pressley Address Disturbing Reports of Veteran Deaths at Massachusetts Soldiers' Homes

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), today wrote to Ryan Lilly, Director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) New England Healthcare System, expressing their concern about the disturbing reports of the deaths of veteran residents at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home (HSH) and the Chelsea Soldiers' Home (CSH). The lawmakers urged Mr. Lilly to obtain more resources … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Warren, Grijalva, Velázquez, Castro Ask Trump Administration to Address Puerto Rico's Unique Vulnerability to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), House Natural Resources Committee Chair; Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), House Small Business Committee Chair; and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair; wrote to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus, regarding the economic and public health vulnerabilities of Puerto Rico amid the novel coronavirus disease … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Warren Urges FDA to Address Shortages of Drugs Prematurely Touted by President Trump as COVID-19 Treatments

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to address reports of shortages of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, antimalarial drugs typically used to treat lupus, malaria, and rheumatoid arthritis that President Trump has repeatedly promoted as treatments for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), despite neither drug being tested in appropriate clinical studies."President Trump's … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Senator Warren Unveils Legislation to Protect Individuals Experiencing Homelessness During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Senate companion to the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, legislation that would provide critical funding to states and local governments responding to the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)."Americans need … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Warren Calls on DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Instacart to Protect Workers' Health, Increase Pay to Compensate for Coronavirus Risks

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent letters to the CEOs of DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Instacart, urging them to reclassify their delivery workers as employees, rather than independent contractors, and provide appropriate pay, benefits, and protections during the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. By continuing to misclassify these workers as independent contractors, the food delivery companies exclude their workers from critical labor … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Warren Calls on Mnuchin and Powell to Protect Workers & Root Out Corruption When Doling Out New CARES Act $500 Billion Bailout Fund

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell in which she laid out a detailed list of conditions that should come with any bailout funds to corporate America. In her letter, Senator Warren urged Secretary Mnuchin and Chairman Powell to use their broad authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure that bailout funds (1) are used to … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Warren Demands Answers from FEMA on Plans to Ensure Massachusetts Receives Essential Medical Equipment

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting information on how the federal government plans to ensure the Commonwealth receives essential medical equipment as it works to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The senator's letter comes amid reports that the federal government is outbidding and seizing the state's orders for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address Racial Disparities in Access to Testing and Treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), along with Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, sent a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect racial and ethnic demographic data on testing and treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in order to identify … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Warren Urges Mnuchin to Use Massive Bailout Fund in Coronavirus Rescue Bill to Help States and Municipalities Before Giant Corporations

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter calling on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to use his new authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to fully meet the needs of state and local governments before using any taxpayer dollars to bail out large companies."State and local governments and the citizens they serve have urgent needs, and unlike large corporations -- which will not be required to use the bailout … Continue Reading


March 29, 2020

Senators Markey and Warren Release Statement on the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey released the following joint statement after the Department of the Interior announced the disestablishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation in Massachusetts. “The Mashpee Wampanoag have a right to their ancestral homeland no matter what craven political games the Trump administration tries to play. Disestablishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation would re-open a shameful and painful chapter of American … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Mass. Lawmakers Urge Trump to Approve Resources & Benefits for Activated National Guard Personnel

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) wrote to President Trump urging him to quickly approve the request made by Governor Charlie Baker to the Department of Defense (DoD) for … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Share Information & Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) today announced new resources that will soon be available to Massachusetts small businesses suffering the economic consequences of the coronavirus health emergency. The outbreak of COVID-19 has dealt a severe financial blow to the more than 669,000 small businesses across the Commonwealth. As non-essential businesses throughout the state are forced to cease in person operations, many of these … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Massachusetts Delegation Urges Trump Administration to Approve Commonwealth's Request for Federal Disaster Declaration to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led the Massachusetts congressional delegation, including Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), in a letter urging the White House to approve the Commonwealth's … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Mass. Lawmakers Urge USDA to Fully Reimburse School Districts and After-School Programs Providing Free Meals to Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the USDA to immediately grant additional flexibility to the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Warren and Van Hollen Lead Senators in Urging the State Department to Provide Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinian People to Fight Coronavirus

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo urging him to take every reasonable step to lawfully provide medicine, medical equipment, and other necessary humanitarian assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. The senators noted that President Trump has offered assistance to other countries … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

TRANSCRIPT: Senator Warren Joins Mayor Walsh and Boston Small Business Leaders to Share Details of the Relief Coming in the Latest Legislative Package

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh this morning on a conference call with Boston small business owners to share details of the coming relief for small businesses in the latest legislative package. Senator Warren held a similar call with small businesses across the Commonwealth this afternoon.A transcript of Senator Warren's opening and closing remarks is below.TRANSCRIPT: [Opening Remarks]So thank you so much. Thank you very … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Warren, Markey, in Letter to President Trump, Sound Alarm Over Lack of Federal Support for Massachusetts Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to President Trump regarding the dire conditions facing hospitals, health care providers, and first responders in Massachusetts and across the country as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency and the Trump Administration's botched response. The senators' letter follows a Medium post published today by Senator Warren in which she laid out plans for … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Senator Warren Publishes Medium Post Calling on Congress to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Read Medium Post HereWashington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) published a Medium post today in which she laid out several steps Congress should take to increase the supplies of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and the resources needed to administer them nationwide.The full text of the Medium post is below.Medium Post: Congress Must Move to Rapidly Increase Our Coronavirus Testing Capacity By Senator Elizabeth Warren March 26, 2020Congress is close to finishing … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Massachusetts Delegation Asks Census Bureau to Allow Colleges and Universities to Report on All Students Using Administrative Data

Washington, DC -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led the Massachusetts congressional delegation, including Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), in a letter to the U.S. Census Bureau asking them, in the wake of … Continue Reading

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