Press Releases

June 17, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Jayapal Probe Allegations of COVID-19 Conflicts of Interest Affecting Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short and Head of Operation Warp Speed Dr. Moncef Slaoui

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent letters to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the White House designated ethics official raising concerns about conflicts of interest with regard to Dr. Moncef Slaoui's appointment to head Operation Warp Speed, the administration's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine response, and Marc Short, … Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

Senator Warren Introduces the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, introduced the Financial Relief for Civilians Treated at Military Hospitals Act, legislation that would would cancel all pre-existing medical debt incurred by civilians at military hospitals and prohibit military hospitals from charging … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

At Banking Hearing Warren Questions Fed Chair Powell on Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

SENATOR WARREN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you Chairman Powell for being here with us today. We're facing an economic crisis that has devastated millions of families and small businesses across this country. Two weeks ago, many people celebrated the latest job numbers, which showed a dip in the overall unemployment rate. But we're not going to be able to build a successful recovery if we don't understand the scope of the problem, so I wanted to dig into the numbers just a little … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

Warren, Lieu Renew Calls for Investigation into State Dept. Official's Efforts to Fast Track Saudi Arms Deal Benefitting Former Client Raytheon

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the new Acting Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. State Department reiterating their 2019 request for an investigation into reports from one year ago that Charles Faulkner, a State Department employee who formerly lobbied for the defense contractor Raytheon, was reportedly … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

Trump COVID-19 Watch

Washington, DC - Elizabeth Warren is continuing her oversight of the Trump Administration's COVID-19 response. Government delivers best when its actions are fair, transparent and accountable. But President Donald Trump's approach to this crisis doesn't reflect those values.Senators Warren, Schumer, and Blumenthal released new findings and documents from their investigation of the Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" coronavirus response which has been marred by delays, incompetence, … Continue Reading

June 15, 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Adriano Espaillat Push Housing Relief for Puerto Rico

Washington, DC - Last week, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in which they underscore the urgent need to pass the Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act, which would provide crucial relief to thousands of families who lost homes in natural disasters and ensure that future disaster relief efforts are more effective.“The … Continue Reading

June 15, 2020

Warren, Blumenthal, Coons, Jayapal, Sarbanes Officially Introduce the CORE Act

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and the Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.) officially introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act (S. 3855), legislation that would ensure stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency in the … Continue Reading

June 12, 2020

Warren Joins Senate Democrats in Calling for an Improved Process for Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness

Washington, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) led all 47 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for urgently needed improvements to streamline and simplify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application process to ensure the … Continue Reading

June 11, 2020

Warren, Schumer, Reed Call on President Trump to Support Bipartisan Proposal in Annual Defense Bill to Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy and Anyone Who Served in the Confederacy

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and SASC Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) sent a letter urging President Donald Trump to support the bipartisan SASC-adopted proposal to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederacy … Continue Reading

June 11, 2020

Warren applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Expand Protections for Military Families Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and SVAC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in applauding the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and provide additional legal protections for servicemembers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.The senators’ legislation expands SCRA protections to servicemembers who were previously issued orders to … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Warren, Smith, Rosen, Casey, Clark Urge SBA and Treasury to Ensure Child Care Small Businesses Have Access to PPP Benefits

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), and Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury urging the agencies to issue clear and timely guidance to child care providers and to the nation's banks administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that child care small businesses can access benefits … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Sens. Warren and Portman Unveil Companion Bill to Support Dependents of Fallen and Injured Servicemembers

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation, the Leasing Relief for Dependents of Fallen Heroes and Injured Servicemembers Act, that would allow adult dependents of deceased or catastrophically injured servicemembers to terminate residential and car leases without financial penalty under certain conditions. The bipartisan bill is the modified companion to legislation introduced by Representatives Cheri Bustos … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Warren, Gallego Question DoD's Reliance on Prison Industry Trade Association for Accreditation of Military Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote to the Department of Defense (DoD) requesting information about DoD's reliance on the American Correctional Association (ACA), a prison industry trade association, for accreditation of military confinement and corrections facilities. The senators' letter follows an investigation opened by Senator Warren last year … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Dept. of Labor Inspector General to Conduct Audit of OSHA's Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), today applauded the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General's decision to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) actions during the coronavirus disease … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Senator Warren and Rep. Khanna Introduce the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member for the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act, bicameral legislation that would enhance reporting on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations, improve investigations into civilian casualties, and strengthen resources for the Department of Defense (DoD) policies and practices relating to … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Warren Calls on Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks to Withdraw Rule That Guts Nation's Anti-Redlining Law

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks regarding the hastily finalized and widely opposed final rule issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to weaken the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The senator is calling on Acting Comptroller Brooks to withdraw the CRA final rule-which would gut the CRA and make it easier for banks to ignore and … Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

Warren, Schumer, Blumenthal Release New Findings and Documents from Investigation of Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" Coronavirus Response

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) formally requested an investigation of "Project Air Bridge," the Trump administration's opaque medical supply chain management project, and released new documents and information from the six major medical wholesalers or distribution companies involved in the project. Senators Warren and Blumenthal opened an investigation into … Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Release Statement on President Trump's Roll Back of Protections on Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

"President Trump has spent his entire time in office selling out our public lands and coasts to Big Oil. His announcement last Friday has nothing to with helping families who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, it's about Trump trying to score some political points by rolling back environmental protections without authority. Let's be clear: if President Trump had his way, he would happily surround the marine national monument with offshore oil rigs, which would be devastating for … Continue Reading

June 06, 2020

Senators Warren and Markey Release Statement on the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey released the following joint statement after the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in the case Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. Bernhardt that the Department of Interior's 2018 Record of Decision regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law," ordering the Department to reconsider and reevaluate its decision, and preserving … Continue Reading

June 05, 2020

Warren to Introduce Legislation to Investigate and Hold Police Officers and Departments Accountable for Discriminatory Practices

Bill Text | One-Pager Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) will introduce the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to strengthen the federal and state government's ability to investigate police departments with a pattern or practice of unconstitutional and discriminatory practices. The legislation will hold police departments accountable when officers use excessive force and give federal and state governments tools to reform police … Continue Reading

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