Press Releases

February 27, 2020

Senator Warren Unveils Legislation to De-Fund President's Border Wall, Use Funds to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, today unveiled legislation, the Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act, requiring all funds that have been appropriated to build a border wall-including funds directly appropriated by Congress and funds diverted by the executive branch from other accounts-to be immediately transferred to the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Senator Warren Raises Concerns with Federal Agencies over Troubling Decision-Making Process, Citing “Confusion and Disagreement” During Evacuation of Americans with Coronavirus from Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in Japan

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield raising concerns over reports that appeared to show confusion and disagreement between federal officials earlier this month when State … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Senator Warren Statement on Federal Criminal Charges Against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts for the 2018 Merrimack Valley Pipeline Disaster

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement concerning Columbia Gas of Massachusetts pleading guilty to violating the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act in connection with the September 2018 Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster that killed 19-year-old Leonel Rondon, injured more than two dozen people, damaged more than 100 structures, and left residents without heat for weeks. NiSource, the parent company to Columbia Gas, has also … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Senators Warren, Whitehouse, Booker, Van Hollen Call On BlackRock CEO Larry Fink to Endorse the Climate Risk Disclosure Act in Light of His Public Climate Commitments

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), sent a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink urging him to endorse the Climate Risk Disclosure Act after Mr. Fink publicly announced that BlackRock will "make investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal" and committed to release climate disclosures for the investment firm's mutual funds.In recent letters to … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Warren, Haaland Urge DoD to Model New Military Housing Quality Database After CFPB Consumer Complaint Database

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, and Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DoD) urging it to use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Complaint Database as a model when … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Warren, Markey Urge Inclusion of Taxpayer Advocate on IRS's Taxpayer First Act Implementation Team

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections, and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has assembled a team to advise on the implementation of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (TFA), urging the IRS to immediately add a representative from the Taxpayer Advocate Service … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Warren, Markey, Whitehouse, Reed Urge Correction of Cost-of-Living Pay Disparities for Federal Employees Living in Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Dale Cabaniss urging the agency to address the significant disparities between locality pay adjustments for hourly versus salaried federal workers in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Many federal employees are compensated under one of two pay systems. The General Schedule … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Markey, Warren, Senators Introduce Legislation to Counteract Trump Exit from Iran Deal

  Washington, D.C. - Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have introduced S.3314, the Iran Diplomacy Act, which calls upon the United States and Iran to return to their commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration unilaterally exited from the deal on May 8, 2018. … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Senator Warren's Ongoing Oversight of the U.S. Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has spent over seven years in the U.S. Senate fighting to keep families across the Commonwealth and the country safe. Since the beginning of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, she has worked to ensure that the Trump Administration is effectively responding to the outbreak and has the resources needed to address this public health … Continue Reading


February 16, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Raise Concerns, Questions about CBP SWAT Teams' Deployment to Major Cities, Including Boston, MA

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) yesterday sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), raising grave concerns about the decision to send CBP's SWAT teams to cities legally choosing not to cooperate with President Trump's inhumane immigration policies.On Friday, February 14th, CBP announced a plan to deploy … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Warren Joins Shaheen, Gillibrand Calling on EPA to Deliver on Promises Made in PFAS Action Plan

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with a group of 29 senators, in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting he provide an updated timeline for when the EPA will implement commitments made in the agency’s plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released its plan - the PFAS Action Plan - one … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Warren, McGovern, Mass. Lawmakers Demand HUD Take Action to Protect Public Housing Residents From Radon

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and House Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and United States Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), William Keating (MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04), Katherine M. Clark (MA-05), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Lori Trahan (MA-03), sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Call for Attorney General Barr's Resignation After "Corrupt" Intervention in Roger Stone Case

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai’i), today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr expressing alarm at, and opposition to, unethical political intervention of senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the case of … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey and Rep. Keating Sound Alarm Over Lack of Federal Funding for Cape Cod Canal Bridges

  Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Congressman William Keating (D-Mass.), called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to recommit to an earlier recommendation to replace the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. Lawmakers sent the letter after the agency announced its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) and President Trump unveiled his budget request for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021), neither of which … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Warren, Markey, Neal, McGovern Announce $10.2 Million of Federal Investment in Western Massachusetts Broadband Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. -United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.) today announced the release of $10.2 million in federal funding to expand broadband access in Western Massachusetts. This funding has been awarded through the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund to Westfield Gas and Electric, a public utility supplying electric, natural gas, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Warren, Senate Democrats Press Lenders for Answers Following Reports of Higher Interest Rates for Students of Minority-Serving Institutions

Washington, DC -- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D- N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pressed lender Upstart and other lenders and service providers for answers following a report … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Warren, Murray, Senate Colleagues Urge National Security Advisor to Appoint a Senior Global Health Security Expert as U.S. and Global Threat from Coronavirus Grows

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), led 25 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien pressing him to appoint a qualified, dedicated, senior global health security expert to the White House's National Security Council (NSC) to address and coordinate administration efforts in … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Massachusetts Delegation Announces Over $4.2 Million in Federal Grants to NeighborWorks Network Serving Massachusetts

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) today announced that NeighborWorks America, an organization that provides resources on affordable housing options for low-income and first-time homebuyers, has awarded … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Warren Raises Concerns to Fed Chair Regarding Significant Changes That May Weaken the Fed's Bank Supervision Process, Harming Consumers and the Economy

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell regarding potential changes to the Fed's bank supervision process involving Matters Requiring Attention (MRAs), critical tools that bank examiners use to communicate violations of law and other areas of risk to financial institutions. Senator Warren expressed concern that these changes … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Warren, Ernst, Pascrell, Bacon Seek Update on DoD Efforts to Protect Servicemembers from Traumatic Brain Injuries

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Don Bacon (R-NE), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requesting an update on their efforts to better prevent and protect servicemembers from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through the documentation of blast exposure in … Continue Reading

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