Press Releases

September 28, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Secure Congressional Field Hearing in Merrimack Valley on Columbia Gas Explosions and Fires

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have received a commitment from the leadership on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to hold a hearing in Merrimack Valley on the September 13 Columbia Gas explosions and fires that killed one, injured dozens, and displaced more than 8,000 residents from their homes. Senator Markey is a member of the Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over both the Pipeline and … Continue Reading


September 27, 2018

Warren Unveils Legislation to Help States and Municipalities Detect Fentanyl & Other Dangerous Synthetic Opioids

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Surveillance and Testing of Opioids to Prevent (STOP) Fentanyl Deaths Act to assist states and municipalities in identifying the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl in both fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses. This measure, which is a Senate companion to a bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) and Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), was incorporated this week into … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Warren Unveils Historic Legislation to Confront America's Housing Crisis

Bill Text | Bill Summary | Moody's Independent AnalysisWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act to help bring down costs for renters and buyers and level the playing field so working families everywhere can find a decent place to live at a decent price. According to an independent analysis of the legislation from Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of non-partisan Moody's Analytics, the bill would build … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation, today introduced a resolution to honor the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The resolution, which was introduced today in both chambers of Congress, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the Boston affiliate of the Washington, … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Renew Call for HELP Committee Hearings on Hurricanes' Impact on Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with seven of her colleagues on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to reiterate a request that the Committee hold hearings to assess the challenges faced by the health and educational systems of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Joining Senator Warren in sending the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Mass. Lawmakers Announce Over $3.3 Million in Grants to Aid Massachusetts Fire Departments

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, Michael E. Capuano, Niki Tsongas, Katherine Clark, and Seth Moulton, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded over $3.3 million in federal grants to aid Massachusetts firefighters. Awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants and Fire Prevention … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Warren Questions Mulvaney about "Closed Door Event" with Campaign Donors, GOP Officials

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today raised questions about Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney's reported "closed door" appearance at a private event with Republican donors and campaign officials in New York at which he provided "an unusually raw assessment of [the Republican] party's strengths and weaknesses in the midterm elections." "Your appearance at this private event with Republican donors and campaign officials raises … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Call on Columbia Gas to Provide Robust Financial Assistance to Impacted Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Residents

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) today called on Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to immediately commit whatever financial resources are necessary to ensure that every affected resident in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover has the resources needed to rebuild their lives now and made economically whole in the wake of the September 13 gas explosions and fires that killed one and injured dozens more. The company recently made a $10 million donation to a … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Warren, Velázquez Lead Over 130 Lawmakers in Condemning Trump Remarks on Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren(D-Mass.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), along with 14 of their Senate colleagues and 116 of their House colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump denouncing his recent statements about the fatalities in Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their aftermath. The lawmakers'letter, which comes nearly one year since Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, calls on President … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Warren Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today applauded the Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis. The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 99-1, incorporated several of Senator Warren's bipartisan efforts to address opioid epidemic, including: Disposal of Controlled Substances by Hospice Care Providers: This provision will allow hospice care providers to safely and properly dispose of leftover prescription … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Warren, Murkowski, Colleagues Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

Bill Text | One-PagerWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), along with fifteen of their Senate colleagues, today introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act. This legislation would help address the suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and tribal communities to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention strategies that work for their communities. The Native … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Question Columbia Gas and Eversource About Communications with Customers in Wake of Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

Washington, DC - With many customers in the impacted areas of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover still confused about whether their gas should be turned on or off, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) today sent letters to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and Eversource asking for clarification on which homes are impacted and should have gas turned off, as well as how residents have been notified about whether it is safe for them to be receiving gas. Company officials have … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Call on NLRB Chairman to Enforce Ethics Regulations and Ensure Member Recusal from Key Ruling on Workers' Rights

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), sent a letter to John Ring, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), urging him to enforce ethics federal regulations and ensure that NLRB Member William Emanuel is recused from participating in overturning a case in which his former employer currently represents a party. The NLRB in 2014 … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Demand Answers About Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions and Fires

Washington, DC - With thousands of families in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts facing weeks or months without gas, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) today called on Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, NiSource, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to provide answers about the September 13, 2018 natural gas explosions in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, Massachusetts that killed one and injured dozens. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Warren, Colleagues Unveil Bill to Require Every Public Company to Disclose Climate-Related Risks

Bill Text | One-PagerWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the Climate Risk Disclosure Act to require public companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to climate-related risks. The legislation will help investors appropriately assess climate-related risks, accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner and more efficient energy sources, and reduce the risks of both environmental and financial catastrophe. It builds on … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Warren Joins Moulton, Tsongas in Letter to President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Demanding Answers in Response to Gas Explosion

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), led a letter with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) to the president of Columbia Gas of of Massachusetts demanding answers in the wake of the gas explosions that spread through the communities of Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, Massachusetts on Thursday.In the letter, the members stated, "Thoughts and prayers are not enough. The residents of Lawrence, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Senators Warren and Markey Call for Congressional Hearing on Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions and Fires

Boston, MA - As they visit Command Center in Lawrence today and speak with first responders and local and state officials, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) urged leadership of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to hold an immediate hearing on the September 13 gas fires and explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over both the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Warren, Lawmakers Press FEMA, HHS on Updated Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with nine of her Senate colleagues and twelve of her House colleagues, sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting information about fatalities in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath.  The letter comes after a study commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico found that there were an estimated 2,975 … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Mass. Lawmakers Announce Nearly $4.5 Million in Federal Grants to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded twenty-seven fire departments in Massachusetts nearly $4.5 million in federal grants. The Fire Protection Research Foundation in Quincy was awarded $1.5 million through the Fire … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Warren Calls on Veterans Affairs Secretary to Provide Long-Overdue Update of Criminal Investigation into Death of Veteran at Bedford VA

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today pressed Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, for an update on the status of the criminal investigation into the alleged misconduct that contributed to the death of a Vietnam veteran and patient, William R. Nutter, Jr., in 2016, and any additional active investigations into the Bedford VA. Senator Warren also informed Secretary Wilkie that she obtained a verbal commitment from New England Veterans Integrated … Continue Reading

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