Press Releases

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 any … 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


October 24, 2018

Warren Examines McKinsey & Company's Services to Saudi Government

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to McKinsey & Company asking a series of questions about the scope of its consulting services to, or for the benefit of, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In her letter to Kevin Sneader, the global managing partner of the firm, Senator Warren requests that McKinsey provide a full, transparent accounting of how McKinsey's work may have enabled the Kingdom to repress critics and commit other human … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

Warren, Murray Release GAO Report Showing Trump Administration's Opioid Response Falls Short of Big Promises

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing that the public health emergency announced by President Trump has resulted in almost no meaningful action by the Trump Administration. While President Trump made big promises to communities ravaged by the epidemic, GAO found his … Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

Warren Demands Answers on Targeted Killing Operations in Yemen by Former U.S. Servicemembers

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to demand an investigation into and request information about a recent report in BuzzFeed News that describes targeted killing operations in Yemen by former or current U.S. servicemembers hired by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The letters, which call into question the legality of these operations in Yemen, also question … Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

Sens. Warren, Markey & Reps. Tsongas, Moulton Seek Disaster Relief for Small Businesses Affected by Merrimack Valley Explosions

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.), today sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) in support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' request for emergency assistance under the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program made following the Merrimack Valley gas explosions last month. If granted, the SBA's EIDL program would assist … Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

In Wake of Merrimack Valley Explosions, Senators Warren, Markey Demand Answers from PHMSA on Safety Gaps in Federal Natural Gas Pipeline Regulations

Washington, DC - After additional briefings from the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) on the causes of the September 13 Merrimack Valley gas pipeline explosions, Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey today asked the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) whether existing regulations are sufficient to prevent repeat disasters. The Columbia Gas disaster in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts was caused when two pressure-sensing lines both … Continue Reading


October 19, 2018

Sens. Warren, Markey & Reps. Tsongas, Moulton Work to Ensure Tax Exemptions for Those Affected by Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

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.), today sent letters to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Massachusetts Department of Revenue Commissioner Christopher C. Harding urging them to ensure that residents and businesses in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts would not be required to pay federal taxes on disaster relief payments they received for … Continue Reading


October 19, 2018

Warren, Bonamici, Colleagues Call on DeVos to Release Documents Used in Decision to Restore Recognition of For-Profit Accreditor ACICS

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), along with six of their Senate colleagues and six of their House colleagues, sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to request information regarding the U.S. Department of Education's decision to reinstate the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a federally-recognized accreditor. The lawmakers' letter follows a troubling report that the … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Warren, Wyden Question Misleading HHS Statements on Child Separation Database

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today announced a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar seeking answers on whether HHS misled Congress and the public about the implementation of President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and the agency's ability to track separated parents and children.Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Warren Urges Federal Reserve to Maintain Wells Fargo Growth Restriction Until CEO Tim Sloan is Replaced

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell urging him to maintain the Federal Reserve's growth restriction on Wells Fargo until the bank replaces CEO Tim Sloan with someone who is not deeply implicated in the bank's misconduct. The letter states that the Wells Fargo Board of Directors cannot comply with the Federal Reserve's requirements for rescinding the growth restriction if it continues to employ a … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today requested information from Columbia Gas on the number of homes that remain uninhabitable and number of residents that remain displaced in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions last month.The September 13 explosions and fires resulted in the death of one teenager, injured approximately 25 others, and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes. In the weeks following the … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Warren, Sanders Criticize Amazon's Distribution of Anti-Union Video at Whole Foods

Washington, DC -¬†United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Jeff Bezos, the Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, to request information about the distribution of anti-union materials that potentially encourage illegal interference with thousands of workers' rights at Whole Foods, Amazon's recently acquired subsidiary. The letter follows a recent report from Gizmodo about a leaked training video for "team leaders" at Whole Foods … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Warren Urges Dept. of Commerce, NOAA to Ensure Carlos Rafael Fishing Permits Remain in New Bedford

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to the Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to request that they do everything in their power to ensure that the 42 federal fishing permits held by disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael remain in the Port of New Bedford. The federal permits, which cover a significant portion of the ground fish industry and have an economic footprint that goes far beyond fish … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Warren Seeks Answers from Vornado Realty Trust and Five Hedge Funds Following Toys "R" Us Liquidation

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to Vornado Realty Trust and to five hedge funds -- Solus, Highland Capital, Franklin Mutual Advisers, Angelo, Gordon & Co., and Oaktree Capital -- to request information on the companies' role in the liquidation of Toys "R" Us, which resulted in more than 30,000 American workers losing their jobs without severance pay. Toys "R" Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2017, citing … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Sens. Warren and Markey Statement on JetBlue Decision to Retrofit Planes with Noise-Reducing Generators

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement on JetBlue's plans to retrofit its entire Airbus fleet with noise-reducing vortex generators and helping address airplane-related noise problems affecting communities near Logan International Airport and elsewhere."We are pleased that JetBlue has announced plans to retrofit its entire Airbus fleet with noise-reducing vortex generators, which was a request … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Warren Joins Baldwin, Colleagues in Effort to Give Workers a Greater Voice at Public Companies

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and 11 of her Senate colleagues in calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to use its upcoming Staff Roundtable to consider implementing reforms that will promote worker engagement, drive long-term growth and investment, and give workers a greater voice in public companies by allowing workers to be elected as company board members. In the letter, the senators note … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Warren Seeks Answers from Comerica, Social Security Administration, and VA on Direct Express Fraud, Security Breaches

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent letters to Comerica, the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek answers about security breaches in Comerica's Direct Express debit card program which led to hundreds of Americans becoming victims of fraud when their Social Security, disability, or other federal benefit payments were stolen.Since 2008, Comerica has administered the Direct Express program, which serves … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Warren, Markey Urge National Grid to Ensure Availability of Locked-Out Gas Workers to Assist with Merrimack Valley Recovery

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Marcy Reed, President of National Grid of Massachusetts, to urging her to ensure that the gas workers locked out by National Grid are available to help with the Merrimack Valley's recovery from the gas explosions on September 13, 2018. The letter follows a meeting between Senator Warren and Joe Hamrock, CEO of NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, in which Mr. … Continue Reading

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