Press Releases

November 19, 2018

Sens. Warren and Markey Seek Answers from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Following Report of Patient Neglect at the Brockton VA Nursing Home

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have sent a letter to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to express concern and to request information about another disturbing report of patient neglect at the nursing home on the campus of the Brockton VA Medical Center. On November 14, 2018, the Boston Globepublished an article on a VA Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI) report that identified significant lapses in … Continue Reading


November 16, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Implore Private Prison Companies and Auditor to Demonstrate Compliance

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), today sent letters to GEO Group and CoreCivic, the two largest private immigration detention contractors in the United States, to request information about the … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Warren Presses Regulators on Risks in Leveraged Lending Market

 Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWilliams, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, expressing concern about the rapid growth of leveraged corporate lending and the inadequate response from the Financial Stability Oversight Council and … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Statement on NTSB Initial Safety Recommendations on Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions and Fires

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today released the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its initial recommendations in the wake of the September 13 natural gas pipeline disaster that killed one, injured dozens, and displaced thousands in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. Today, the NTSB released an interim Safety Recommendation Report, including five new safety … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Warren Leads Massachusetts Delegation in Calling on President Trump to Support Massachusetts in Wake of Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, today sent a letter to President Trump in support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's request for an Emergency Declaration following the Merrimack Valley natural gas explosions on September 13, 2018. The disaster impacted thousands of residents and businesses in the communities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, and has placed a significant hardship on the … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Warren Seeks Answers from Major Consulting Firms about Services for Saudi Government

Washington, DC ­- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz Allen), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Deloitte requesting information on the scope of the services provided by the three consulting firms to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or any Saudi government-affiliated entity. The senator's letter asks the firms about their relationship with the Saudi government and questions their business with the Kingdom in the wake … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

In the Wake of a Newly Released Report on Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Warren Calls for Better Resources and Media Coverage

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called for better data and reporting to help address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in urban Native areas. A data report released today by the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, identifies 506 cases of urban missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, including 98 cases with an "unknown status," across 71 urban cities. The report raises awareness … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Warren, Markey Lead Massachusetts, New England Delegations in Unveiling Resolution Honoring Boston Red Sox World Series Victory

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today led the New England Senate delegation and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation in introducing a resolution to congratulate the Boston Red Sox on their 2018 World Series victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The resolution, which recognizes the Red Sox players, coaching staff, and management for their contributions to the team's historic season, thanks the world champions for their dedication to … Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Warren, Blumenthal, Markey, Booker Request Information About Secretary Ross's Meetings With Companies In Which He Held Financial Interests

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), sent a letter to the Department of Commerce Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) requesting information regarding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's meetings with Chevron, Boeing, and Greenbrier officials while holding at least hundreds of thousands of dollars of financial interests in all three companies. "Secretary Ross's decisions to meet with … Continue Reading


November 08, 2018

Warren Applauds HHS Secretary Azar Decision to Move Forward with Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) applauded HHS Secretary Alex Azar's announcement today that he would pursue mandatory payment models. This decision will improve data about bundled payments, giving health care researchers the rigorous tools they need to understand how payment reforms can bring down costs and lead to higher quality health care.Secretary Azar's announcement that "mandatory models are going to see a comeback" reverses troubling steps taken by … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Warren, Markey Demand Explanation from Columbia Gas on Delayed Gas Restoration Timeline in Merrimack Valley

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Columbia Gas seeking clarification from the company after it announced that the timeline for gas restoration for Merrimack Valley residents affected by the September gas fires and explosions could be delayed significantly. On September 13, natural gas explosions started as many as 70 fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts, damaging or … Continue Reading


October 31, 2018

Warren Questions Commerce Secretary Ross on Trump Steel Tariff Exemptions that Favor Chinese and Japanese-owned Companies Over American Companies

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to request information regarding the Commerce Department's tariff exemption process after a staff review found that the overwhelming majority of exemptions from President Trump's steel tariffs have gone to the U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies rather than U.S.-headquartered firms."You appear to be implementing the tariff exemption program in a way that … Continue Reading


October 31, 2018

Warren Presses Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Safety Concerns at Pilgrim Power Plant

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Kristine Svinicki, Chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), to reiterate her concerns regarding the safety operations at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station ("Pilgrim") in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The senator's letter, which marks the sixth time she has written to the NRC regarding Pilgrim's safety concerns, comes amid reports that the plant has been powered down for a total of 57 days this … Continue Reading


October 29, 2018

Warren, Markey Announce Release of Additional LIHEAP Funding for Massachusetts Residents

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) release of an additional $136,483,517 of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to Massachusetts. This funding, which includes $204,725 for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, follows a letter sent by Senators Warren, Markey, and 38 of their Senate colleagues earlier this month calling on HHS to release … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Decry Announced Delay in “House Ready” Deadline for Merrimack Valley Residents Impacted by Gas Explosions and Fires

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey released the following statement after Columbia Gas announced an expected delay in meeting the target of having all customers impacted by the September 13 explosions and fires “House Ready” by November 19. “As temperatures fall, so do the odds that Columbia Gas will fix everyone’s homes in time to meet the initial November 19 deadline. More resources, more people, whatever it takes - that is what Columbia Gas … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Massachusetts and New Hampshire Delegations Applaud Award of Substantial Anti-Heroin Task Force Grant

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), along with Representatives Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), Joe Kennedy … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Warren Applauds Women Veterans Peer Counseling Provisions Included in New Opioids Law

Washington, DC - When Congress passed bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis earlier this month, it included important elements of the Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act, which Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced in February 2018. The Women Veterans Peer Counseling Enhancement Act was designed to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Peer Support Program is equipped with an adequate number of peer counselors to address … Continue Reading


October 25, 2018

Sens. Warren, Smith Seek Explanation for HHS Secretary Azar's Misleading Testimony on President Trump's Broken Drug Pricing Promises

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today sent their second letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about his potentially misleading statements during Senate testimony in which he blamed pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and drug distributors for drug manufacturers' ongoing refusal to meaningfully reduce their prices.On May 30, 2018, President Trump promised that drug companies would "announce voluntary massive … Continue Reading


October 25, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Call for Emergency Home Heating Funds in Wake of Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Explosions and Fires

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy to include funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Emergency Contingency Fund in the next appropriations bill. The Secretary of Health and Human Services can distribute these emergency funds at his discretion in order to meet … Continue Reading


October 25, 2018

Sens. Warren, Markey & Reps. Tsongas, Moulton Affirm Small Business Administration Assistance to Merrimack Valley Businesses

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) released the following statement after the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced emergency assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the September 13th Merrimack Valley disaster, under the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Last week, the lawmakers called on … Continue Reading

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