Press Releases

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 Letter Washington, 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 for … 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

July 23, 2020

In Response to Senator Warren's Request, DOJ Inspector General will Investigate the Role of Attorney General Barr & DOJ Law Enforcement at Protests in Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon

Washington, DC - In response to a June 2, 2020 request from United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) announced today that he will investigate the role of Attorney General William Barr and DOJ law enforcement officers in the "sickening and appalling" attack on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in front of the White House. The DOJ IG also told Senator Warren that it has opened an investigation into the role of DOJ law … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Warren, Colleagues Question the Trump Administration's Efforts to Understand and Inform Americans About the Chronic Health Effects of COVID-19

 Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Special Committee on Aging, sent a letter with her Senate HELP Committee colleagues Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) to Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force, requesting information on what the administration is doing to identify, address, and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Warren Delivers Floor Speech Calling on Congress to Extend and Expand Eviction Moratorium Ahead of Friday Expiration

Watch her remarks hereWashington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to act now to extend and expand eviction protections. Amid deepening economic hardship, the federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire Friday and would eliminate a vital safety net for millions of Americans, disproportionately harming Black and Latino families.Senator Warren and Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-Ill.), a member … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

TRANSCRIPT: Senator Warren Joins Massachusetts Educators to Discuss Principles that Teachers are Fighting For in Order to Safely Reopen Massachusetts Schools

Video of the discussion is here.  Washington, D.C. - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) joined the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Massachusetts, and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) for a virtual discussion on the principles that Massachusetts teachers are fighting for in order to safely reopen schools, including funding, safety accommodations for students, teachers, and staff in Massachusetts and across this … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Warren, Murray, Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address the Needs of Pregnant People during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Combat Maternal Mortality Crisis

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Senators Warren, Hassan, Durbin, and Brown Lead Colleagues in Opposing COVID-19 Bailout for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee,along with Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), led a group of their colleagues in calling for upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation to exclude federal funding for predatory for-profit colleges. If legislation does include support of for-profit colleges, the senators raise specific limits that should be included in the … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

TRANSCRIPT: Warren Remarks at Senate Democrats' Press Conference Calling For Expanded Eviction Protections Ahead of Friday Expiration

Watch the press conference here Washington, DC - Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to continue Democrats' demand for an extension of eviction protections in the next coronavirus bill. The federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire Friday and … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

Senator Warren Requests Information on CDC's Legal Authority to Stem the Surge in COVID-19 Cases in States and Localities

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield regarding the agency's plans to use its existing legal authorities to implement and enforce public health measures under the Public Health Service Act, which gives the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC Director significant … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

Senator Warren Joins Colleagues in Urging the Trump Administration to Enforce Housing Eviction Bans During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria urging the agencies to enforce bans on housing evictions for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.  The CARES Act includes a federal eviction moratorium, but … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

At Banking Hearing on the 10th Anniversary of Dodd-Frank, Warren Calls for SEC Nominees to Improve Oversight of Private Equity and Protect Workers and the Economy

Senator Warren: So, later today Republicans on this committee plan to confirm an unqualified nominee to the Federal Reserve. They will do so ten years to the day after President Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law to protect our financial system. Confirming Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve is a mistake and it will endanger our economy and I'll be voting against her confirmation and I urge my colleagues to do the same. President Trump's total failure to protect this country from a public … Continue Reading

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