Press Releases

November 20, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Urge Regulators to Reassess FERC Certificate for Weymouth Compressor Station as Enbridge Rushes to Begin Construction

Washington, DC - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey yesterday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the recently-filed request for a Notice to Proceed on the construction of the Weymouth Compressor Station and reopen the decision to approve the project. In 2017, FERC issued a certificate for the project to move forward based on contracts from five local distribution companies, two manufacturing companies, and a municipal utility. … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Bipartisan Inquiry from Senators Warren, Blumenthal and Cassidy Asks Google to Explain How and Why It Secretly Collected Health Data on Millions of Americans Without Their Consent

Washington, DC - Following alarming reports of Google’s efforts to obtain the health records of millions of Americans without their awareness or consent, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-C.T.), and Bill Cassidy (R-L.A.) sent a bipartisan letter to Google demanding answers to the serious questions and concerns raised by “Project Nightingale.” “We write with concern over reports that Ascension has entered into a partnership that provides Google … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Senators Warren and Markey Commend House Committee Passage of Pipeline Safety Legislation That Includes “Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act”

Washington, DC - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) commended the House Energy and Commerce Committee for inclusion and passage of their legislation, the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act, in SAFER Pipelines Act. The Senators and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) introduced their legislation in the wake of the September 2018 Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster that killed Leonel Rondon, injured more than two dozen, and damaged more than 100 structures. … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Senators Warren, Brown, and Sanders Investigate “Inherent” Conflicts of Interest of Private Equity-Owned Institutional Review Boards

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent letters to two major private equity-owned commercial institutional review boards (IRBs), WCG Clinical and Advarra, which review clinical research proposals to ensure that participant rights are protected and the research is conducted ethically. IRBs are entrusted with protecting participants and vulnerable populations. The lawmakers’ letter raises questions about … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Senators Warren, Brown and Rep. Pocan Investigate Role of Private Equity in Declining Quality of Nursing Home Care

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, along with Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), sent letters to four private equity firms -- Carlyle Group, Formation Capital, Fillmore Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus -- that currently invest, or have recently invested in, companies providing nursing home care and other long-term care services. The lawmakers' letters cited reports that show … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Criticize Ernst & Young for Misleading "Sham Study" on Private Equity Impact on U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), sent a letter to Ernst & Young (EY), sharply criticizing a misleading report the firm released in partnership with the American Investment Council (AIC), a trade group for the private equity industry, about the scope of private equity's influence in the economy.The letter concludes … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Senator Warren Introduces Senate Companion Bill to Ensure Our Nation's Public Housing is Healthy and Safe

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today announced she will introduce the Senate companion to the Public Housing Emergency Response Act. First introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), the bill would create a one-time, $70 billion appropriation into the PublicHousing Capital Fund to address the estimated $70 billion backlog of maintenance and repairs in public housing. This would allow tenants to live in safe … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans Passes Senate Unanimously

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), SASC member and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), SASC and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee member, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), SASC member and Ranking Member of the Military … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Warren, Blunt Rochester, Colleagues Question HHS and CMS on Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) led eight of their Senate and House colleagues in requesting information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about HHS' use of alternative payment models (APMs) to reduce maternal mortality and improve the delivery of maternal health care. The lawmakers' letter comes as the United States faces a … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Senators Warren and Brown Raise Alarm about IRS's Ongoing Failure to Fix the Free File Program

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a follow-up letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles P. Rettig after new reports revealed that for-profit tax preparation companies in the Free File Alliance (FFA) continue to use tricks and traps to charge low- and moderate-income families fees to file their taxes, and that the IRS refuses to address the glaring failures that … Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Senator Warren and Majority Whip Clyburn Question DeVos Over Resignation of Top Student Loan Advisor

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Chief Operating Officer Major General Mark Brown, U.S. Air Force, Retired, regarding the recent resignation of Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, the former Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer and Chief Operating Officer of FSA at the U.S. Department of Education. The lawmakers seek … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Warren Leads Colleagues in Requesting Update on VA and DoD Efforts to Protect Veterans and Servicemembers from Foreign Online Disinformation

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Democratic Whip, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Robert Menendez … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

National POW/MIA Flag Act Signed into Law

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), today applauded the passage and signing into law of the National POW/MIA Flag Act, their bipartisan bill to require the POW/MIA Flag be displayed whenever the American flag is displayed on prominent federal properties to honor the more than 82,000 Americans who are … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Warren, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Student Veterans' Housing Benefits During Natural Disasters

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs today introduced legislation to protect student veterans from losing their housing benefits in the event a natural disaster.Under current law, veterans' housing benefits could end if a natural disaster closes a school for longer than a month. The Strengthening Disaster Assistance for … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Senators Warren and Duckworth Introduce Bill to Increase Veterans’ Access to Contraceptives

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Combat Veteran and SASC member, introduced the Access to Contraception Expansion for Veterans (ACE Veterans) Act, legislation that would increase access to contraceptives. The bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14).  The ACE Veterans Act would … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Senator Warren Reintroduces the Medical Innovation Act

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today announced the reintroduction of the Medical Innovation Act. The bill, along with companion legislation reintroduced today by Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), would increase funding for critical medical research by requiring large pharmaceutical companies that are accused of breaking the law and settle allegations of criminal wrongdoing with the federal government to reinvest a small percentage of their profits in … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Warren, Murkowski, McSally, Tester, Harris, Sullivan, Gillibrand and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), SASC member and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), SASC and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee member, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), SASC member and Ranking Member of the Military … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Senators Warren and Murray Raise New Questions About FDA Proposal to Weaken Approval Pathway for Certain Medical Devices

  Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and U.S. Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent a letter to Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Brett Giroir and FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeffrey Shuren calling for clarity and raising new concerns about the agency’s legislative proposal for a … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

Senator Warren Cosponsors Resolution Recognizing November 2019 as Native American Heritage Month

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement as she once again cosponsored a resolution to recognize November as Native American Heritage Month, a time for celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States. "I am deeply proud to work shoulder to shoulder with, learn from, and represent the federally recognized tribal nations of my home state—the Wampanoag … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

Senator Warren Statement on Holtec Exemption from Emergency Planning Requirements at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement today following news federal regulators at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plan to exempt Holtec International from emergency planning regulations as the firm works to decommission the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station:"I'm disappointed to learn Holtec will be exempt from important emergency preparation and planning safeguards as it decommissions the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station," said Senator … Continue Reading

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