Press Releases

April 02, 2024

Warren, Markey Statement on Role of Private Equity Firm Cerberus in Creating Steward Health Care’s Financial Challenges

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement on the role of private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management (Cerberus) in creating Steward Health Care’s (Steward’s) financial challenges, following Cerberus’s reply to the Massachusetts congressional delegation’s February 2024 probe:  “Cerberus’s response confirms the key points of this whole dirty saga: Cerberus looted Steward, failed to invest in Massachusetts … Continue Reading

April 01, 2024

Senators Warren, Gillibrand, Representatives Espaillat, Bowman, Garcia Lead Letter to the Biden Administration Urging Immediate Work Permit Extension for Immigrants

Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Ill.), led a bicameral letter to President Biden, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ur Jaddou, urging them to lengthen the automatic extension period for work permits, or Employment Authorization … Continue Reading

March 29, 2024

Warren, Markey, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Phase Out ICE Solitary Confinement

Washington D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Patrick Lechleitner, calling for ICE to limit and phase out solitary confinement while finding meaningful alternatives so that detainees receive the same rights as others in ICE detention, including access to counsel, … Continue Reading

March 29, 2024

Warren, Markey Question Citigroup on Bank’s Role in Deals that Led to Demise of Steward Health Care’s Massachusetts Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Jane Fraser, the CEO of Citigroup Inc. (Citi), probing Citi on the role it played as lender or adviser in the deals that led to the demise of Steward Health Care’s (Steward’s) Massachusetts hospitals.  After years of poor management and private equity profiteering, Steward is in deep financial distress, threatening closure of its hospitals in Massachusetts, which could … Continue Reading

March 28, 2024

Warren, Scanlon, Lawmakers Urge FTC to Revive Enforcement of Robinson-Patman Act to Promote Competition, Lower Food Prices

Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) led a group of 14 lawmakers in a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan urging the agency to revive enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act (RPA), a critical tool to promote fair competition in the food industry.  In the letter, the lawmakers note that the RPA is still the law of the land and call on the FTC to investigate potential RPA violations and, when … Continue Reading

March 28, 2024

Warren, Dean, 31 Lawmakers Urge Treasury, Financial Regulators to Curb Gun Violence by Directing Financial Institutions to Implement MCC Code for Gun Stores

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) led 31 lawmakers in a letter to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and financial agencies within Treasury: the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve — urging Treasury to issue clear guidance directing payment card networks and financial institutions to implement … Continue Reading

March 27, 2024

Warren, Lawmakers Urge President Biden and FEMA to Issue a Major Disaster Declaration After Catastrophic Flooding in Massachusetts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich, writing in support of Governor Maura Healey’s formal appeal asking  FEMA to reconsider its decision to deny a major disaster declaration and deliver … Continue Reading

March 27, 2024

Warren, MA Delegation Urge Biden Administration to Expedite Visa Process for Haitians Fleeing Extreme Unrest, Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter, urging them to expedite the processing of immigrant visas for Haitians — particularly for relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The request comes as Haiti has plunged further into chaos, with gangs … Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

Senator Warren Statement on Steward Health Care’s Sale of Stewardship Health to UnitedHealth Group

Washington D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement regarding Steward Health Care’s plan to sell its physician group Stewardship Health to UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Optum:  “After years of gross profiteering and mismanagement, Steward’s latest plan raises more serious questions about the future of the Massachusetts health care system. My top priority is ensuring Steward’s Massachusetts hospitals remain open. But Steward executives … Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

Warren on the Supreme Court Mifepristone Case

“This case is about Donald Trump and the Republican politicians marching us toward a full-on nationwide abortion ban.” Boston, MA — Today, in response to the conclusion of oral arguments in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the first abortion case the Supreme Court has taken up since the reversal of Roe v. Wade, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the following statement: “FDA has already made clear that mifepristone is safe and effective, and Americans have … Continue Reading

March 26, 2024

Warren, Sanders Slam Zuckerberg, Meta for Suppression of Palestinian-Related Content, Urge Greater Transparency

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, slamming his continued secrecy around Meta’s content moderation policies and censorship of Palestinian-related content on Instagram and Facebook. The letter follows a December 2023 letter from Warren to Zuckerberg, in which Warren inquired about disturbing reports that Meta suppressed Palestine-related content following Hamas’s deadly October 7 … Continue Reading

March 25, 2024

Massachusetts Delegation Announces Additional $38.7 Million in Federal Funding to Support Critical Projects Across Commonwealth, Bringing Total to $213.4 Million

  Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with the entire Massachusetts delegation announced $213.4 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bills for projects across the state.   “My colleagues and I are making sure the government is investing in working families and communities in Massachusetts, not for the wealthy and well-connected,” said Senator Warren. “With this funding, people in … Continue Reading

March 22, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Warns of Threats Posed by North Korea’s Crypto-Funded Weapons Program and Pig-Butchering Scams to National Security

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and General Paul J. LaCamera, Commander of the the UN Command, ROK/US Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea, on the national security risks posed by North Korea’s crypto-funded weapons programs and crypto’s use in ‘pig butchering’ scams — a type of scam in which fraudsters … Continue Reading

March 21, 2024

At Hearing, Secretary Yellen Agrees with Warren on Great Taxpayer Reviews of Direct File Pilot, Potential to Keep Building the Tool to Make Filing Easier for More Americans

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) highlighted the positive feedback that the IRS’s Direct File pilot in 12 states has received from taxpayers and asked Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to commit to expanding and extending the program in 2025 if positive feedback continues.  Senator Warren pointed out that the average American spends about $150 and nine hours to prepare their taxes and that this year’s Direct File … Continue Reading

March 21, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Raises Concerns About States Seizing Foster Youth Social Security Benefits

Washington, D.C.  - At a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised the alarm about state governments seizing the Social Security benefits of foster youth, often with the help of predatory private contractors. Senator Warren called on Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Martin O’Malley, to use his authority to ban states from taking away foster children’s earned benefits.  During the hearing, Senator Warren noted that some children … Continue Reading

March 21, 2024

Senators Warren, Kaine, Rep. Burgess Press DoD on Continued Issues with Access to Medical Care for DoD Civilians and Contractors in Japan

| DoD Response to Senator Warren’s January 2023 Letter Washington, D.C. - Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) sent a letter to officials in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Health Agency (DHA) expressing serious concern over DoD civilians and contractors continuing to face problems with access to medical care and its impacts on morale and retention.  In September 2022, the U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka announced it … Continue Reading

March 21, 2024

Warren Renews Call for SEC Investigation of Tesla Board of Directors and Chief Executive, Elon Musk, Raises Fresh Conflict of Interest Concerns

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Gary Gensler, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised  new concerns related to her July 2023 call for the SEC to investigate Tesla’s Board of Directors (Board) and its Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk. Warren’s initial letter raised concerns about possible misappropriation of Tesla resources and conflicts of interest related to Mr. Musk serving in dual roles at Tesla and X, formerly known as … Continue Reading

March 21, 2024

ICYMI: At Hearing, Warren Calls out DoD Budget Mismanagement and Lack of Accountability

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned Secretary Robert F. Hale, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chair of the PPBE Commission, about how the Pentagon allocates budgetary resources and their requested increase in allocation flexibility.  Senator Warren highlighted that the Department of Defense has never passed an audit and that no other agency has the two-bite funding where the agency … Continue Reading

March 20, 2024

Warren, Markey Applaud Brian Murphy’s Nomination to U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s nomination of Brian Murphy to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts:  “Brian Murphy has fought throughout his career to protect and uphold fundamental constitutional rights of all Americans. It’s a testament to Murphy’s respect for our system of justice that he got his start as a public defender in … Continue Reading

March 20, 2024

Warren, Wyden, Pressley, Jayapal, Grijalva, Larson, Lawmakers Call on Biden Administration to Stop Withholding Social Security Payments to Pay Defaulted Student Loans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and John Larson (D-Conn.), led their colleagues in calling on the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to end the practice of offsetting Social Security benefits to … Continue Reading

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