Press Releases

June 06, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Release Statement on the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey released the following joint statement after the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in the case Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. Bernhardt that the Department of Interior's 2018 Record of Decision regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law," ordering the Department to reconsider and reevaluate its decision, and preserving … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warren to Introduce Legislation to Investigate and Hold Police Officers and Departments Accountable for Discriminatory Practices

Bill Text | One-Pager Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) will introduce the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to strengthen the federal and state government's ability to investigate police departments with a pattern or practice of unconstitutional and discriminatory practices. The legislation will hold police departments accountable when officers use excessive force and give federal and state governments tools to reform police … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warren, Pressley Introduce the Andrew Kearse Act

BillText | One-PagerWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) will introduce the Andrew Kearse Accountability for Denial of Medical Care Act to hold law enforcement officers criminally liable for failing to obtain medical assistance to people in custody experiencing medical distress. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) are original co-sponsors.On May 11, 2017, Andrew Kearse, a 36-year-old … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Agrees to Warren, Haaland Request to Update Broken Promises Report and Examine Pandemic Impacts on Indian Country

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) voted to fulfill U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland’s (D-N.M.) request to update the recommendations of its report, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote came after Warren and Haaland asked the USCCR to examine in particular how the problems identified in the Broken Promises report have been … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warren, Brown, Menendez Urge Senate Leadership to Include Additional Protections to Help Homeowners Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

Letter to Senate LeadershipWashington, DC -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote to Senate leadership about the information they received as part of their inquiry into mortgage servicers' practices during the current crisis. As a result, they are urging leaders to include additional protections for homeowners in any upcoming coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief legislation.On April 20, 2020, Senators Warren, … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Warren, Harris, Scanlon, Vargas Demand Answers on ICE & CBP Involvement in Policing Ongoing Protests

Washington, DC — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), along with 95 of their colleagues, in a letter to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers on the agencies’ involvement with the ongoing protests against police brutality in light of reports of law enforcement using force at protests and demonstrations. The … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Senator Warren Joins Senator Markey and Colleagues to Announce Legislation to Prohibit Restart of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing

Bill Text Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Senator Edward J. Markey to announce the Preserving Leadership Against Nuclear Explosives Testing (PLANET) Act, which would prevent the Trump administration from restarting explosive nuclear weapons testing by restricting funds for fiscal year 2021 and all previous years from being used for such a purpose. The Washington Post recently reported that senior Trump administration officials advocated for a demonstration … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

At HELP Hearing, Senator Warren Questions University Presidents on How to Safely Reopen Campuses & Address Risks to Low Wage & Hourly Workers

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you Mr. Chairman. I want to start if I can by quickly thanking Ranking Member Murray for her comments acknowledging what's happening in our country. We can't ignore the racist violence that has killed George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and so many, many others. We must commit ourselves to change and using this committee as well as others to advance anti-racist policies in health, in education, and for workers, including today's hearing about … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

At Banking Hearing, Warren Pushes Back on GOP Proposal to Shield Businesses from COVID-19 Liability

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to start by thanking Senator Brown, Ranking Member Brown, for his comments today about what's happening around us. We can't come together and just ignore everything that's going on and the racist violence that has killed George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. This has got to be a moment where we commit ourselves to change and to real accountability. And I hope that is where we will all be putting our energies.I … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Urge Defense Department to Refrain from Using U.S. Military to Suppress Nationwide Protests

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) with 15 of their colleagues to send a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley voicing grave concerns over President Donald Trump’s recent threat to invoke the Insurrection Act in response to nationwide protests calling … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Warren, Schatz Release GAO Report Detailing the "Mar-a-Lago Crowd" of Trump Cronies' Undue Influence Over Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today released the results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation revealing the undue influence of unqualified, unaccountable private citizens-with no official government role or responsibilities-over Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decisions. The investigation was initially requested by the senators in August 2018 followingreports that a trio of President Trump's … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Warren Calls on DOJ IG to Investigate Role of Attorney General Barr in "Sickening and Appalling" Attack on Peaceful Protestors at the White House

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) formally requested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) investigate the role of Attorney General William Barr and DOJ law enforcement personnel in the "sickening and appalling" attack on peaceful protesters at the White House. "The role of Attorney General Barr in ordering this attack and then participating in an ugly political propaganda event with the President, and the potential roles of DOJ law … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Warren Calls for an Independent Watchdog Investigation of Role of Military in "Sickening and Appalling" Attack on Peaceful Protestors at the White House

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) formally requested the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General to conduct an immediate investigation of the role of DoD civilian and military officials in the attack on peaceful protesters at the White House and the response to the nationwide protests that began in May 2020. Peaceful Americans protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer were shot at with rubber bullets and tear-gassed so … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warren, Democratic Senators Request Information About the Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Tribal Governments

Washington, DC — United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, requesting that the agency clarify the disbursement formula used to allocate payments to Tribal governments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The senators echoed the concerns of many tribal nations … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warren Joins 22 Colleagues in Urging Senate Leadership to Increase Funding for Nonprofit Museums and Library Services in the Next COVID-19 Package

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined 22 of her Senate colleagues to urge Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The senators asked to direct $2 billion to nonprofit museums through the Institute of Museums and Library Services in the upcoming COVID-19 package. The letter comes in the aftermath of a massive loss in revenue for museums due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Warren, Merkley, Colleagues Demand Education Department Hold Student Loan Servicer Great Lakes Accountable for CARES Act Blunder That Likely Lowered Credit Scores for Millions of Borrowers

Washington, DC -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Betsy DeVos raising serious concerns about reports that one of ED's federal student loan servicers, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. (which is owned by Nelnet, Inc., another federal student loan servicer), … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Senator Warren Questions Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Airlines' Compliance With CARES Act Bailout Provisions

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, submitted Questions for the Record (QFRs) in which she asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the Treasury Department's lack of enforcement action against airlines that cut the hours of their employees after receiving financial assistance under the under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).The senator's questions come after Secretary … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Warren, Reed, Colleagues Seek Information on DoD Efforts to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks at Guantanamo Bay Prison

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Edward J. Markey … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Call for Inspector General Audit of OSHA's Inadequate Enforcement Amid Growing Worker Illnesses and Deaths 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.), wrote to the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Inspector General requesting an audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) handling of inspections and citations during … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Warren, DeLauro, Scott, Murray, Smith & Members Introduce $50 Billion Child Care Stabilization Fund Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) introduced new legislation, the Child Care is Essential … Continue Reading

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