Press Releases

July 31, 2020

Congressional Delegation Announces $2.95M in Grants To Massachusetts Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - 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) announced $2,952,665 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to support training and equipment needs at … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Warren Joins Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators to Push Provisions to Require Maximum Telework for Federal Workers in Next Relief Package

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a bipartisan group of senators in a letter urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to include maximum telework requirements for federal employees and contractors in the next coronavirus relief package. “As the Senate considers the next coronavirus relief package, we urge you to include requirements to ensure maximum telework for federal employees and … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Senators Warren, Casey, Colleagues Urge Inclusion of Home and Community-Based Services Funding for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Future COVID-19 Legislation

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urging him to include key provisions related to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) in any future COVID-19 relief package. With seniors and people with disabilities accounting for a disproportionate percentage of all COVID-19 deaths, the senators emphasized the need for expanded access to HCBS as a necessary tool in keeping safe those … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Warren, Brown Criticize Fed Vice Chair Quarles' "Outrageous and Irresponsible" Lobbying for Regulatory Favors for Big Banks in COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs' Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to Federal Reserve's Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles questioning why he is lobbying Congress to insert regulatory favors for big banks into the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Senators Warren, Brown, and Harris Call On CFPB To Protect Borrowers from Discrimination

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), today sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger, urging the agency to take immediate actions to address potential violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by lenders who use educational data to make credit decisions."We renew our call for you to reverse your and Mr. … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Warren, Schatz to Wells Fargo: New Reports Show Mistreatment of Customers During Pandemic-Induced Financial Crisis, Highlighting Broken Culture at the Bank

Text of LetterWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i.), sent a letter to Charles W. Schaft, Chief Executive Officer and President of Wells Fargo, following reports about the bank placing borrowers who are not delinquent on their loans in mortgage forbearance programs without their consent and putting consumers at risk of greater financial hardship in the midst of one of the worst economic … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Warren Investigates Report that "No Fault" Attendance Policies at Large Corporations Punish Workers for Taking Legally-Protected Leave

Letter to Walmart | Letter to FedEx | Letter to 3M | Letter to Kroger | Letter to ConagraWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, sent a letter to five companies -- Walmart, Conagra, FedEx, 3M, and Kroger -- requesting information about their attendance policies, and whether the companies are appropriately providing information to … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Warren to CFPB Director Kraninger: You Should Resign For Helping Mortgage Servicers and Credit Reporting Companies Cheat Consumers During the Pandemic

Senator Warren: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. So, in 2008 when the bottom fell out of the economy and people were cheated on their mortgages and credit cards and auto loans and other financial products, there was no cop on the beat to protect them and that's why ten years ago last week President Obama created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from abusive financial products. And so now, here we are in the middle of another financial crisis, this time caused by a … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Warren and Schatz Again Raise Concerns About the Stability of the Financial System During the COVID-19-Induced Recession, Citing Recent Bank Sensitivity Analyses

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), both members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Chair Powell and Vice Chair for Supervision Quarles raising concerns about the Fed's lack of transparency and inaction to improve stability in the banking system following recent sensitivity analyses that showed banks may be vulnerable to losses during the COVID-19-driven … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Warren to Attorney General Barr, Secretaries Esper, Wolf & Bernhardt: Stop Trump from Turning your Departments' Personnel into his "Personal Militia"

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote today to Attorney General William Barr, Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, and Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt, urging them to stop President Donald Trump's use of paramilitary domestic federal law enforcement officers and agents against protesters and civilian bystanders in Portland, Oregon, and his imminent threats … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Warren and Murphy Urge FTC to Protect Workers By Restricting Non-Compete Agreements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging the FTC to take immediate action to protect workers suffering undue harm from the imposition and enforcement of employers' non-compete agreements during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and to finalize a rule the FTC discussed earlier this year that would restrict these agreements, protecting workers … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Levin to CDC and Education Department: Parents, Educators, School Staff Need to Know If School Reopening Guidance May Have Been Influenced by Trump's Political Pressure

Text of LetterWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, requesting all correspondence between their agencies and the White House regarding guidance … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Trump COVID-19 Watch

Washington, DC - Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. We're regularly setting new daily highs in confirmed coronavirus cases and unemployment rates are at the highest levels since the Great Depression. President Donald Trump's failure to lead has allowed the virus to spread and put millions of Americans lives and livelihoods at risk. Senators Warren and Booker released information from their investigation into giant meatpackers … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Warren, Merkley, Harris, Tlaib, Dingell Continue to Lead Charge to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Utility Shut-offs

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today partnered with Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), to introduce bicameral legislation that would protect Americans’ access to the water and power necessary to safely maintain public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many utility companies voluntarily committed to protect their communities’ essential services, … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Warren, Haaland Take Historic Step to Affirm Native Nations’ Ownership of Broadband Spectrum on Their Lands

Bill Text | One Pager | List of Supporters Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced their historic bill that would affirm Tribal Nations' and Native Hawaiian organizations' ownership of broadband spectrum over their lands to deploy wireless internet services. The Deploying the Internet by Guaranteeing Indian Tribes Autonomy over Licensing (DIGITAL) Reservations Act would affirm Tribal sovereignty to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Joint Statement on Stop & Shop's Decision to Terminate Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers as COVID-19 Rates Continue to Rise

Stop & Shop ResponseWashington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, including Senator 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) released the response from Stop & … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Warren, Reed Release GAO Report on National Security Threats Posed by Climate Change to Defense Contractors and Defense Supply Chain

Washington, DC - Today, - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report they requested on potential threats to national security resulting from the impacts of the climate crisis on defense contractors and the defense supply chain, and the extent to which the Department of Defense (DoD) addresses climate change and other … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Warren, Sanders, Pressley, Colleagues, Urge HHS to Fund Community Health Centers as the U.S. Undergoes Another Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), along with Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Richard J. Blumenthal (D-Conn.), led a letter with 48 other lawmakers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the agency to provide additional funding to community health centers (CHCs) … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Call on Anthony J. Tata to Withdraw Nomination as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Resign from the Pentagon

Text of LetterWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), all SASC members, as well as Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sent a letter to retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata calling … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Warren, Booker Release Information from their Investigation into Giant Meatpackers Exploiting Workers and Consumers during COVID-19

Statements from meatpacking workers and advocates Tyson response | JBS USA response | Cargill response | Smithfield responseWashington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released new information from their investigation into whether Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods used the COVID-19 pandemic - and warning of meat shortages - as cover while they failed to protect workers, dramatically increased prices for American consumers … Continue Reading

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