Press Releases

March 20, 2020

Warren Raises Concerns that Leveraged Lending Market Could Escalate Risks to Financial System as Coronavirus Outbreak Continues to Rattle Markets

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who also serves as Chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), requesting information about the leveraged lending market and the risks these loans pose to the financial system as global financial and economic conditions deteriorate amid the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). FSOC is tasked with … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Urge FCC to Take Emergency Action to Ensure Students, Workers, and Patients Have Equal Access to the Internet during COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to take emergency action to address broadband internet accessibility for students, workers, and patients, and ensure equal access to the internet during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. “[T]he government and private sector must do as much as possible on a comprehensive basis to assist … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Mass. Lawmakers Seek Update from HHS on Commonwealth's Request for Personal Protective Equipment from Strategic National Stockpile

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), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting an update on the status of the Massachusetts … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren Unveil Bold, New Plan To Cancel Student Loan Payments For Duration Of Coronavirus Emergency And Provide Minimum $10K Payoff For All Federal Student Loan Borrowers

New Proposal Would Authorize Congress To Make Monthly Payments On Behalf Of Borrowers For Duration Of National Emergency And Be Followed By 3-Month Grace Period At Program Termination Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren: Borrowers Need Immediate Relief From Financial Strain Of Student Loan Debt Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Federal Gov’t Must Cancel Payments, Provide Minimum $10K Payoff Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Health, Education, … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Massachusetts Set to Receive $1.08 Billion in Medicaid Funding Under Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package

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), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will receive an estimated $1.08 billion in new Medicaid funding under … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Mass. Congressional Delegation Seeks Disaster Relief for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus Outbreak

Boston, MA - The Massachusetts congressional delegation, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) in support of the Commonwealth of … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Senator Warren Seeks Clarification on CDC’s Existing Legal Authority to Cover COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield requesting information on whether the agency has the legal authority to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment costs, and its plans to use those authorities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Senator Warren’s letter follows last week’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing when Director Redfield indicated under … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Warren Calls on Trump to Mobilize Army Corps Nationwide to Increase Capacity Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Trump calling on him to strengthen the domestic response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by directing the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to convert or construct new temporary medical facilities nationwide. The letter comes amid fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed by an influx of confirmed or presumed positive … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Warren, Merkley, Sanders, Pressley, Porter Call for Eviction Moratorium for Renters Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), today wrote to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking for a moratorium on evicting renters during the coronavirus pandemic.In their letter to HUD, the lawmakers requested a moratorium on evictions for individuals living in HUD-assisted rental housing, public … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Senator Warren Lays Out Progressive Litmus Test for Bailouts to Large Corporations

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for the following progressive priorities and requirements to be included in any bailout package for big business: Companies must maintain their payrolls and use funds to keep people working or on payroll. Companies must provide a $15 minimum wage as quickly as practicable but no later than one year of the national emergency declaration ending. Companies are permanently prohibited from engaging in share … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Demand Answers from Trump Administration on Shortage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Kits

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 15 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir, coordinator for diagnostic testing efforts, requesting information on the Trump Administration's failure to ensure that diagnostic tests are available for the novel … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Warren and Brown Raise Concerns to CFPB about Abusive Lending Practices in the Auto Loan Market

Washington, DC -- United States 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, sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) raising concerns about the agency's lack of oversight of the auto loan market and citing troubling trends in … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Senators Warren and Udall Unveil Bill to Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities Access to the Strategic National Stockpile

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today unveiled the Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act, legislation that would guarantee that the Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal health authorities, and urban Indian organizations have access to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), a federal repository of drugs and medical supplies that can be tapped if a public health … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Urge Pence to Protect Federal COVID-19 Response from Political Interference

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, urging him to ensure that the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak is grounded in scientific fact and is not distorted by politics. The … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Massachusetts Awarded Additional $11.65M in Federal Funding to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

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), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Commonwealth of Massachusetts an … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Raise Concerns about the Justice Department’s Handling of COVID-19 Prevention Efforts in Immigration Courts

Washington, D.C. -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regarding reports that EOIR ordered immigration court judges and staff to remove from EOIR facilities—which includes immigration courts—all posters with public health information about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). EOIR quickly reversed this decision in response to a news report, but the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Warren, DeLauro, Pocan, Lee Call on NLRB to Scrap New Policy Allowing Board Members to Flout Federal Ethics Law

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), today sent a letter to John Ring, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), expressing alarm about and urging the NLRB to rescind its new ethics guidance that allows NLRB Members to unilaterally decline recusal and take part … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Mass. Congressional Delegation Urges White House to Support Commonwealth's Coronavirus Efforts

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus, urging him to take swift, specific action to support … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Senators Warren and Murray Urge NIH and FDA to Incorporate the Needs of Pregnant People and Other Underrepresented Populations as Companies Develop Vaccines and Therapeutics for COVID-19

Washington, D.C. -- 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.) sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agencies to consider the needs of pregnant people and other underrepresented populations as they work with pharmaceutical companies to develop a pipeline for COVID-19 … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Warren, Markey Press Pence for Answers Following Trump's Rambling Coronavirus Press Conference at CDC

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Senate Aging Committees, and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus, expressing their concern about the troubling press conference held on Friday, March 6, 2020, by President Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, … Continue Reading

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