Press Releases

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


September 10, 2019

Senator Warren Leads Colleagues Calling on Defunct For-Profit College Education Corporation of America to Stop Attempts to Collect from Former Students

Text of Letter | ECA Receiver Response to Investigation Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), led their colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Warren, Colleagues Question DHS and HHS on Decision Not to Administer Flu Vaccines for Migrant Families Held at CBP Detention Centers

Boston, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), sent a letter to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Mass. Congressional Delegation Announces Over $5.8 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 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) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded over $5.8 million in federal grants to aid Massachusetts firefighters.Awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG), Staffing … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Senator Warren’s Statement Condemning the Trump Administration’s Housing Reform Plan

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s newly-announced Treasury Housing Reform Plan and Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Finance Reform Plan.“In the middle of a housing affordability crisis, when the gap between the Black and white homeownership rates is as big as it was when housing discrimination was legal, the Trump Administration wants to make it harder for … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Senator Warren Demands Answers from Regulators About How Wells Fargo Was Able to Charge Overdraft Fees After Falsely Telling Customers Their Accounts Were Closed

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week sent letters to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Jay Clayton, and Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, expressing concern that Wells Fargo executives may have once again intentionally misled investors-this time about the strength of their customer base. A recent New York Times report suggested that Wells Fargo keeps … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Warren Raises Questions about Vice President Pence's Stay at Trump International Property in Doonbeg, Ireland, at the "Suggestion" of the President

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising a series of questions about Vice President Mike Pence's recent stay at President Trump's Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg while in Ireland on official government business.Earlier this week, reports emerged that Vice President Pence and his staff patronized President Donald Trump's Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, traveling over 140 miles each day to Dublin … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Awarded Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

Under Warren's CARE Act, Massachusetts Would Receive an Estimated $120.1 Million Per Year in State and Local Formula Grants, With Opportunity to Apply for Additional Competitive FundingBoston, 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 … Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Warren Joins Durbin, Dem. Senators Calling for DeVos to Respect Automatic Closed School Discharges for Former ITT Tech Student Borrowers

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calling for automatic closed school discharges for former ITT Tech (ITT) student borrowers. The 2016 borrower defense rule—which is still in effect despite DeVos’ recently-released revised rule eliminating protections for students—provides … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Lawmakers Lead Bicameral Investigation into the Elimination of Medical Deferred Action

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Immigration and Citizenship Subcommitee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Representatives Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), and other lawmakers, penned a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Acting U.S. Customs and Immigration Services … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Mass. Lawmakers Announce Nearly $3.1 Million in Grants to Aid 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), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded 23 fire departments in Massachusetts approximately $3.1 million in federal grants.The funding, which was awarded through FEMA's Assistance to … Continue Reading


August 28, 2019

Senator Warren and Colleagues Urge EPA to Reconsider Allowing Expanded Use of Antibiotics as Pesticides and Ignoring Threats to Public Health

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representatives Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), today sounded alarm bells over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decisions to allow an unprecedented expansion of the use of the … Continue Reading

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