Press Releases

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


June 17, 2020

Senator Warren Introduces the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, introduced the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act, legislation that would would cancel all pre-existing medical debt incurred by civilians at military hospitals and prohibit military hospitals from charging … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

At Banking Hearing Warren Questions Fed Chair Powell on Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you Chairman Powell for being here with us today. We're facing an economic crisis that has devastated millions of families and small businesses across this country. Two weeks ago, many people celebrated the latest job numbers, which showed a dip in the overall unemployment rate. But we're not going to be able to build a successful recovery if we don't understand the scope of the problem, so I wanted to dig into the numbers just a little … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Warren, Lieu Renew Calls for Investigation into State Dept. Official's Efforts to Fast Track Saudi Arms Deal Benefitting Former Client Raytheon

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the new Acting Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. State Department reiterating their 2019 request for an investigation into reports from one year ago that Charles Faulkner, a State Department employee who formerly lobbied for the defense contractor Raytheon, was reportedly … Continue Reading


June 16, 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.Senators Warren, Schumer, and Blumenthal released new findings and documents from their investigation of the Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" coronavirus response which has been marred by delays, incompetence, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Adriano Espaillat Push Housing Relief for Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - Last week, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in which they underscore the urgent need to pass the Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act, which would provide crucial relief to thousands of families who lost homes in natural disasters and ensure that future disaster relief efforts are more effective.“The … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Coons, Jayapal, Sarbanes Officially Introduce the CORE Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and the Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.) officially introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act (S. 3855), legislation that would ensure stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency in the … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Warren Joins Senate Democrats in Calling for an Improved Process for Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness

Washington, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) led all 47 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for urgently needed improvements to streamline and simplify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application process to ensure the … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Warren, Schumer, Reed Call on President Trump to Support Bipartisan Proposal in Annual Defense Bill to Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy and Anyone Who Served in the Confederacy

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and SASC Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) sent a letter urging President Donald Trump to support the bipartisan SASC-adopted proposal to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederacy … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Warren applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Expand Protections for Military Families Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and SVAC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in applauding the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and provide additional legal protections for servicemembers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.The senators’ legislation expands SCRA protections to servicemembers who were previously issued orders to … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Warren, Smith, Rosen, Casey, Clark Urge SBA and Treasury to Ensure Child Care Small Businesses Have Access to PPP Benefits

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), and Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury urging the agencies to issue clear and timely guidance to child care providers and to the nation's banks administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that child care small businesses can access benefits … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Sens. Warren and Portman Unveil Companion Bill to Support Dependents of Fallen and Injured Servicemembers

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation, the Leasing Relief for Dependents of Fallen Heroes and Injured Servicemembers Act, that would allow adult dependents of deceased or catastrophically injured servicemembers to terminate residential and car leases without financial penalty under certain conditions. The bipartisan bill is the modified companion to legislation introduced by Representatives Cheri Bustos … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Warren, Gallego Question DoD's Reliance on Prison Industry Trade Association for Accreditation of Military Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote to the Department of Defense (DoD) requesting information about DoD's reliance on the American Correctional Association (ACA), a prison industry trade association, for accreditation of military confinement and corrections facilities. The senators' letter follows an investigation opened by Senator Warren last year … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Dept. of Labor Inspector General to Conduct Audit of OSHA's Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), today applauded the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General's decision to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) actions during the coronavirus disease … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Khanna Introduce the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member for the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act, bicameral legislation that would enhance reporting on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations, improve investigations into civilian casualties, and strengthen resources for the Department of Defense (DoD) policies and practices relating to … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Warren Calls on Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks to Withdraw Rule That Guts Nation's Anti-Redlining Law

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks regarding the hastily finalized and widely opposed final rule issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to weaken the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The senator is calling on Acting Comptroller Brooks to withdraw the CRA final rule-which would gut the CRA and make it easier for banks to ignore and … Continue Reading

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