Press Releases

June 26, 2020

Warren, Markey, Pressley Request Independent Investigation Into the Outbreak of COVID-19 at Chelsea Soldiers' Home

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), today wrote to Governor Charlie Baker requesting an independent investigation into the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Chelsea Soldiers' Home (CSH). This letter comes after disturbing reports of the deaths of veteran residents at Holyoke Soldiers' Home (HSH) and Chelsea Soldiers' Home. To date, 31 veteran residents of CSH … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Warren Questions Fed Chair on Impact of its Policy Decisions on Racial Inequality

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent questions for the record (QFRs) to Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell following up on their Senate Banking Committee hearing exchange about racial disparities in the COVID-19 economic recovery. During the hearing, Senator Warren noted that in the latest jobs numbers the white unemployment rate went down but the Black unemployment rate went up -- and stressed that this means the economy is not healthy. Chair … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Warren to Private Equity Industry Lobbyists: Don't Exploit the COVID-19 Pandemic to Line the Pockets of the Wealthy at the Expense of Struggling Workers and Communities

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, sent a letter to the head of the American Investment Council (AIC), which represents the private equity industry, regarding reports that private equity firms are maneuvering to acquire and siphon profits off of distressed companies and the federal assistance programs designed to provide economic … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Senators Warren and Brown Call for Capital One & Major Debt Collectors to Immediately Suspend Lawsuits and Wage Garnishment Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee sent letters to Capital One Financial Corp. and to Encore Capital Group, PRA Group, Alorica Inc., three of the nation’s largest debt collectors, following reports of the industry’s predatory and aggressive debt collection practices in the midst of the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Senator Warren Releases Statement on the Independent Investigation Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren releases the following statement on the independent investigation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. “The investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home reveals that veterans died and became infected due to shocking failures in basic infection control by the Home and a Department of Veterans' Services that neglected its responsibility to oversee the Home. Everyone responsible for … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Warren Joins Colleagues in Calling for Answers Over Fees, Difficulties With Stimulus Payments Issued as Debit Cards

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in calling for answers from the Treasury department about ongoing difficulties facing Americans who received their CARES Act stimulus payments as debit cards. The Treasury Department did not alert Americans who would receive their payment through a debit card, and many Americans missed or threw out the debit cards because they looked … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Warren, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy Within One Year

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 35 Senate Democrats introduced standalone legislation requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense. The Pentagon must rename the assets within one year. "Senate Democrats are putting forward … Continue Reading


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

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