Press Releases

October 01, 2019

Senators Warren and Schatz Request an Update from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Efforts to Build Resilience to Climate Change

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie requesting an update on the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the second largest agency in the federal government that provides care to approximately 20 million … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Senators Warren, Markey, and Rep. Trahan Seek Answers from Columbia Gas, NiSource Following Major Gas Leak in Lawrence

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and U.S. Representative Lori Trahan (D-Mass.-03) today sent a letter to Mark Kempic, President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and Joseph Hamrock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Gas's parent company NiSource, requesting information about a new major gas leak in Lawrence that forced over 300 people to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night and cut … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Senator Warren to SEC: Do Your Job, Crack Down on Dangerous Inflated Bond Ratings

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday wrote to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton regarding troubling reports of inflated bond ratings and the perverse incentives within the bond rating industry. She urged the SEC to take immediate action to protect the economy from risky lending propped up by conflicts of interest between bond issuers and rating agencies. Bond ratings firms like Standard & Poor's (S&P) and Moody's issue … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Updated: Senator Warren’s Statement on the Gas Leak in Lawrence, Massachusetts

 Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement in response to the gas leak reported earlier today in Lawrence, Massachusetts.“Today, a major gas leak was reported in Lawrence, and 300 residents are being evacuated. We are deeply grateful to Lawrence’s first responders and Mayor Rivera for their quick action to keep residents safe. Just three days ago, the NTSB released a damning report that drew a direct link between weak engineering management … Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Warren, Markey, McGovern, Moulton Announce Over $1.6 Million in Grants to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Over $32 Million Awarded to Massachusetts Fire Departments in 2019Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA-02) and Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded four fire departments in Massachusetts a total of $1,649,311 in competitive federal grants. The funding was awarded through the agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) … Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Mass. Orgs Awarded Nearly $350K in Federal Grants Through Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA-02) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today applauded the announcement that three organizations in Massachusetts were awarded a total of $347,760 in federal grants through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The grants will assist certified and emerging CDFIs in providing financial services to … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Senators Warren and Perdue Lead Senate Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Designating September 2019 as "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month"

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) this week introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the seriousness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and expressing support for the designation of September 2019 as PCOS Awareness Month. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Debra Fischer (R-Neb.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Massachusetts Congressional Lawmakers Announce Over $1.3 Million in Grants to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04) and Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nine fire departments in Massachusetts a total of $1,351,268 in federal grants.The funding, awarded through the agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program, will … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Senator Warren Raises New Concerns About Equifax Turning Away Customers Impacted by Data Breach and Seeking Settlement Awards

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting information regarding reports that consumers who opted to receive a $125 payment as a part of the Equifax breach settlement are now receiving suspicious-looking emails forcing them to complete additional, complicated steps in order to receive payments - an action that appears designed to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Announces Approximately $13 Million in Grants to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded fire departments in Massachusetts over $13 million in federal grants to aid Massachusetts firefighters.Awarded through FEMA's … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Warren, Pocan Investigate How Private Equity Buyouts Exacerbate Problems Plaguing For-Profit Colleges

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) wrote to six private equity firms with current or recent holdings in for-profit colleges, KKR, Sterling Partners, Altas Partners, Vistra, Leeds Equity Partners, and Apollo Global Management, and requested information about the firms' management of colleges and universities.Over the last two decades, private equity activity has exploded across the U.S. economy. Private equity funds … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

MA Lawmakers Press U.S. Trade Representative for Real Solutions for Massachusetts Lobstermen Impacted by Trade Tariffs

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging him to explore new markets for American lobster exports to address the impact of China's 25 percent tariffs on imported American lobsters. The lawmakers' letter comes ahead of … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Senators Warren, Brown, Hirono, and Murphy, Representatives Hayes, Scanlon, and McBath Introduce Bicameral Legislation Restoring Pell Grant Eligibility to Victims of Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Bill Text WASHINGTON - Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Representative Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) as well as Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), and Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) reintroduced the Pell Grant Restoration Act in both the House and Senate. This critical legislation would amend Title IV of the Higher Education Act to restore students' Pell Grant eligibility for any period of time … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Senator Warren Questions Navy's Decision to Terminate Its Climate Change Task Force

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Navy Richard Spencer expressing concern about reports of the "suspicious" termination of a Navy task force that helps prepare the Navy to combat the threats posed by the climate crisis and raising questions about the Navy's justification for this action. The task force was eliminated despite clear acknowledgements from the Navy … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Massachusetts Lawmakers Announce Approximately $5.4 Million in Federal Assistance to Massachusetts Fire Departments

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05) and Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded 14 fire departments in Massachusetts over $5.4 million in federal grants. Nine fire departments received funding through … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Senators Warren and Merkley Letter to HHS Raises Concerns about Reopening Migrant Child Detention Center and Conditions for Children

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar amid reports that while the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children (Homestead) is no longer being used to detain migrant children, it may be used for that purpose again, despite its history of overcrowding and poor conditions. Homestead is the nation’s largest detention center for migrant … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Mass. Congressional Delegation Announces Approximately $2.4 Million in Fire Department Grants

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), William Keating (D-MA-09), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05) and Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded twelve fire departments in the Commonwealth nearly $2.4 million in federal grants through its Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Army Inspector General Releases Damning Report on Privatized Military Housing

| Military Housing Oversight and Service Member Protection ActWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) today issued statements following the release of a damning U.S. Army Inspector General (IG) report on the state of privatized military housing on Army installations. The report, which found widespread failures by the private housing companies to provide adequate housing and Department of Defense (DoD) failures to … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Awarded Dislocated Worker Grant Following Closure of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representative William Keating (D-MA-09), today applauded a $503,079 competitive federal grant awarded to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support reemployment services for workers impacted by the June 2019 closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The funding, which was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) National Dislocated Worker grant … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Warren, Booker, Colleagues, Call on Senate Appropriators to Prioritize Affordable Housing, Child Care, and Climate Change in Budget Negotiations

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), calling on them to include robust funding for high-quality and … Continue Reading

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