Press Releases

June 23, 2020

Warren Questions Why Senate HELP Committee is Preparing for the "Next Pandemic" When America is Still Unprepared for the Current COVID-19 Crisis

Elizabeth Warren: Thank you Mr. Chairman. Now, I have to be honest. I am puzzled by the topic of today's hearing which asks us to start preparing for "the next pandemic." The next pandemic? What about the pandemic that's going on right now? You know, the last time I checked, the U.S. was still fighting coronavirus and losing. Cases are rising rapidly. Over 20 states and hundreds of people are dying every single day. In Massachusetts, we learned first-hand just what happens when the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Warren Leads Colleagues Questioning DOJ Office's Decision to Reopen Immigration Courts and Resume Hearings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led her colleagues in a letter to the director of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) questioning the decision to reopen some immigration courts and resume hearings for non-detained cases despite the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.This letter comes after EOIR announced that hearings in the immigration courts in Boston, Honolulu, Hartford, New Orleans, … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Warren, Booker Open Investigation into Meatpackers' Manipulation of COVID-19 Crisis to Raise Prices and Exploit Workers

Statements from RWDSU & other expertsWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are opening an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China. The companies used the COVID-19 pandemic -- and warning of shortages -- as cover while they … Continue Reading


June 23, 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.After President Trump claimed he "slowed down" COVID-19 testing, Senators Warren, Schumer, Markey, and Blumenthal called for the Health and Human Services Inspector General to investigate. The Department of Homeland … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

After Trump Claims He "Slowed Down" Coronavirus Testing, Warren, Schumer, Markey, and Blumenthal Call for Inspector General to Investigate

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) asked the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) to conduct a full review of all funding streams, programs, and other congressional mandates related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing to determine whether any programs have been "slowed down" at the request of President Donald Trump … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Warren and Brown Urge Regulators: Reverse Rule that Weakens Capital Requirements and Makes Banks More Vulnerable to Collapse During this Crisis

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today raised concerns to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Fed), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Senator Warren Joins Markey in Introducing Legislation to Halt Deportations, Harmful Immigration Enforcement Actions During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) to introduce legislation to halt the Trump administration’s harmful immigration enforcement activities, including deportations, during the coronavirus pandemic to protect public health.Continued arrests and apprehensions discourage immigrant communities from accessing services necessary for their health and well-being and contribute to dangerous crowding in immigration detention centers. … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Warren, Schakowsky Investigate Reports that Trump Administration Dismissed an Offer to Manufacture Millions of N95 Respirators Even After the First COVID-19 Case was Detected in the U.S.

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting information regarding reports and whistleblower complaints that the Trump Administration rejected an offer from Prestige Ameritech, a medical company that identifies … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Urge FERC to Halt Construction of the Natural Gas Compressor Station in Weymouth

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt construction of the natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts, due to ongoing environmental justice concerns. The Weymouth compressor station, which was approved by state and federal agencies in November, is intended to send natural gas through Massachusetts and export it out to Canada. The plan is vigorously opposed … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Senators Warren, Brown, and Sanders Call for the Government Watchdog to Investigate For-Profit Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

| Responses from WCG Clinical and Advarra (PDFs) Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study for-profit Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which review clinical research proposals to ensure that participant rights are protected and the research … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

At SASC Hearing, Warren Questions Nominee for National Guard Chief on Role of Guard Soldiers at Peaceful Protest in Lafayette Square and How He Will Resist Political Interference

Elizabeth Warren: Thank you Mr. Chairman and General Hokanson, congratulations on your nomination. I'd like to have your views on the use of the military in response to peaceful protests and other acts of civil disobedience on America's streets. I was very troubled that the National Guard soldiers were deployed in Washington on June 1 to disperse people who were protesting systemic racism. That response, including using DC National Guard helicopters, one of which was a medical evacuation … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Senators Warren, Casey, and Baldwin Urge Trump to Stop Dismantling Assistance Programs During COVID-19

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) led a letter urging President Trump to end his Administration’s assault on the health, quality of life, and well-being of low-income Americans. The senators also condemned President Trump for his ongoing efforts to dismantle assistance programs that millions of low income Americans rely on, especially as they deal with financial hardships during the public health crisis. Senators … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Jayapal Probe Allegations of COVID-19 Conflicts of Interest Affecting Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short and Head of Operation Warp Speed Dr. Moncef Slaoui

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent letters to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the White House designated ethics official raising concerns about conflicts of interest with regard to Dr. Moncef Slaoui's appointment to head Operation Warp Speed, the administration's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine response, and Marc Short, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Senator Warren Introduces the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, introduced the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act, legislation that would would cancel all pre-existing medical debt incurred by civilians at military hospitals and prohibit military hospitals from charging … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

At Banking Hearing Warren Questions Fed Chair Powell on Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you Chairman Powell for being here with us today. We're facing an economic crisis that has devastated millions of families and small businesses across this country. Two weeks ago, many people celebrated the latest job numbers, which showed a dip in the overall unemployment rate. But we're not going to be able to build a successful recovery if we don't understand the scope of the problem, so I wanted to dig into the numbers just a little … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Warren, Lieu Renew Calls for Investigation into State Dept. Official's Efforts to Fast Track Saudi Arms Deal Benefitting Former Client Raytheon

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the new Acting Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. State Department reiterating their 2019 request for an investigation into reports from one year ago that Charles Faulkner, a State Department employee who formerly lobbied for the defense contractor Raytheon, was reportedly … Continue Reading


June 16, 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.Senators Warren, Schumer, and Blumenthal released new findings and documents from their investigation of the Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" coronavirus response which has been marred by delays, incompetence, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Adriano Espaillat Push Housing Relief for Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - Last week, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in which they underscore the urgent need to pass the Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act, which would provide crucial relief to thousands of families who lost homes in natural disasters and ensure that future disaster relief efforts are more effective.“The … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Coons, Jayapal, Sarbanes Officially Introduce the CORE Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and the Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.) officially introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act (S. 3855), legislation that would ensure stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency in the … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Warren Joins Senate Democrats in Calling for an Improved Process for Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness

Washington, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) led all 47 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for urgently needed improvements to streamline and simplify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application process to ensure the … Continue Reading

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