Press Releases

August 29, 2020

Massachusetts Delegation Calls for an Independent DoD Watchdog Investigation into the Death of Sergeant Elder Fernandes

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), 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), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), and members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) William Keating … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Call for Immediate HELP Committee Hearing with CDC & FDA Heads to Investigate Trump Administration's Politicization of COVID-19 Response

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with HELP Committee members Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Warren, Blunt Rochester, Underwood, & Colleagues Highlight Dangerous New EPA Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), led a letter of 28 Members of Congress to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their deep concern with a new rule which would weaken the EPA’s ability to limit dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. The letter also highlighted the link between dangerous methane emissions and the … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Senators Warren and Smith Request Information on Capacity of COVID-19 Testing Labs to Process Diagnostic Tests

Letter to Quest | Letter to BioReference | Letter to ARUP Labs | Letter to LabCorp | Letter to Mayo ClinicWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent letters to several of the largest coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratories -- Quest Diagnostics, Mayo Clinic, Labcorps, BioReference, and ARUP Laboratories -- regarding each company's … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Senator Warren Questions How the FDA Communicates Emergency Use Authorization Changes to Health Care Practitioners and the Public

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inquire about the process for communicating changes in Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to medical providers in the field. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the FDA Commissioner may issue EUAs, which allow the use of unapproved medical products or unapproved use of approved medical products in an emergency. Since February 4, 2020, the FDA has … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Warren, Hirono, Murray, and Colleagues Again Seek Answers from Department of Defense Secretary Esper on Slow and Disjointed Response to COVID-19

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Member of SASC, and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of Senate HELP, along with Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) once again asked Secretary of Defense … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Senator Warren Statement on the Death of Sergeant Elder Fernandes

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren releases the following statement on the death of Sergeant Elder Fernandes. Sgt. Fernandes disappeared from Fort Hood more than a week ago and was found dead Tuesday evening about 25 miles from the military base. Sgt. Fernandes was the 10th soldier to vanish from Fort Hood in the past year. "I am heartsick for Sergeant Elder Fernandes' family and his hometown of Brockton. I am working with my colleagues in the Massachusetts … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal & Markey Urge CARES Act Inspectors General to Investigate Political Interference in Trump Administration's COVID-19 Response

Washington, DC - Presenting new evidence revealing President Trump and his advisors have repeatedly put their partisan political interests ahead of the health and welfare of the American people, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) urged the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) to open an investigation of the Trump Administration's politicization of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Warren, Markey Request All Communications Between FDA and White House on Potentially Politicized Convalescent Plasma Emergency Use Authorization

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Edward J. Markey are requesting copies of all communications between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and White House officials regarding the agency's announcement earlier this week of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Reports suggest that the FDA granted the EUA amid intense political pressure from President Trump and … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Trump COVID-19 Watch

Washington, DC - Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. Over 176,000 Americans have died and unemployment rates remain at the highest levels in decades. President Donald Trump's failure to lead has allowed the virus to spread and put millions of Americans' lives and livelihoods at risk. Senators Warren and Blumenthal and Representative Jayapal obtained and released troubling new information on evasion of federal conflict of interest … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Jayapal Obtain and Release Troubling New Information on Evasion of Federal Conflict of Interest Rules by Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Top Advisor to Trump Administration's COVID-19 "Operation Warp Speed"

 Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) obtained and released new details on how Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor to the Trump Administration's COVID-19 "Operation Warp Speed" response, is evading federal ethics laws by working under an HHS contract with a third party contractor, Advanced Decision Vectors, for $1. The lawmakers sent letters to the U.S. Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Warren and Markey Demand Answers from EPA Administrator Wheeler on Suspension of Environmental Enforcement During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter requesting information from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler about the Trump administration's efforts to weaken enforcement of environmental protections during the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and the impact of this compliance suspension on public health and the … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Warren to Postal Service Board of Governors: Immediately Release Your Federal Financial Disclosures

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors to immediately release their federal financial disclosure forms that describe potential conflicts of interest that may affect their actions on the Board. Last week, Senator Warren's staff requested financial disclosure reports for the Governors from the Postal Service's ethics office, but received back a reply indicating that the Board's financial … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

ICYMI: Warren Tweets on Trump Megadonor-Turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Testifying Before Congress

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted the following regarding Trump megadonor-turned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifying before Congress. DeJoy will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today and before the House Oversight Committee on Monday. Elizabeth Warren @SenWarren Trump megadonor & Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify in the Senate this morning about the policy changes he's made to sabotage … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Warren, Casey Open Investigation into Delays in Mail-Order Prescriptions Resulting from Postal Service Sabotage by Trump Administration

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Aging and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP), and Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee and HELP Committee member, requested information from five of the largest mail-order pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) about any delays or other problems with mail-order deliveries of medications as a result of operational changes at the United States Postal … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Warren Requests CARES Act Oversight Committee Investigate Trump Administration's Decision to Award Kodak a $765 Million Contract as Part of COVID-19 Response

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) formally requested that the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) conduct an investigation into the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation's (DFC) decision to award a $765 million taxpayer-funded loan to Kodak to produce generic pharmaceuticals, including the unproven and ineffective drug Hydroxychloroquine. Kodak had no pharmaceutical manufacturing experience -- and the loan was awarded through an … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Warren, Smith, and Murphy Call on Health Agencies To Require "Complete, Transparent, and Timely National Reporting of COVID-19 Cases" on College Campuses

Washington, DC - United States Senators and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee members Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting that the agencies issue detailed guidance for colleges and universities for reporting COVID-19 cases. Their letter also asks how the federal health agencies plan to study … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Warren, Tlaib Question College Housing Developer on Prioritizing Profits over Students' Health & Safety Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wrote to the Corvias Group questioning why the private company pressed for fewer restrictions on reopening of on-campus college housing and residential facilities, and reportedly put profits above public health during the COVID-19 pandemic for the colleges and universities at which it owns and manages student housing. Corvias has student housing agreements with the University … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

GAO Accepts Warren, Brown, and Sanders’ Request to Investigate For-Profit Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, applauded the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for agreeing to their June 16, 2020 request to investigate the operations of commercial Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), the private, for-profit … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Sens. Warren and Markey, Rep. Trahan Call on Expected New Brooks Brothers Owner to Maintain Haverhill Manufacturing Jobs

Boston, MA - Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) sent a letter to the expected new owner of Brooks Brothers asking that the company keep open the Southwick facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The recent bankruptcy of Brooks Brothers terminated the jobs of more than 400 jobs at the facility, and many of these workers are members of UNITE HERE 187. The expected owners, Authentic Brands Group, has previously purchased two … Continue Reading

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