May 27, 2020

Trump COVID-19 Watch

Washington, DC - Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. Government delivers best when its actions are fair, transparent and accountable. But President Donald Trump's approach to this crisis doesn't reflect those values.

During a Senate Banking hearing exchange with Senator Warren, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin indicated he would refuse to use his authority to require companies receiving taxpayer bailout money to keep workers on payroll. Senator Warren also called for criminal and civil penalties for CEOs whose companies misuse funds and Secretary Mnuchin said he would "review that."

Senator Warren and Senator Jack Reed led their colleagues in calling out JetBlue and Delta for accepting federal CARES Act bailout funds and then cutting employees' hours and paychecks. 

At an Aging Committee Hearing, Senator Warren called for consistent federal reporting requirements for nursing homes and assisted living facilities amid COVID-19. She has launched an investigation into the extent of outbreaks at assisted living facilities and the actions they are taking to prevent and mitigate outbreaks when they do occur.

Senator Warren led a letter to Vice President Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, questioning the Administration's preparedness for possible simultaneous peaks of the 2020 flu season and the COVID-19 outbreak.

UPCOMING: Senator Warren will request that the Department of Labor Inspector General conduct an audit of OSHA's lack of workplace oversight during COVID-19 and will release new information on the Trump Administration's Project Air Bridge as part of her ongoing oversight of the project.