Senator Warren’s Response to the Coronavirus Emergency

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global public health emergency that poses serious health, diplomatic, and economic threats to our nation. Senator Warren is fighting to ensure that workers on the front lines of this pandemic have the resources they need and that racial and ethinic disparities in testing and treatment are made public and addressed. She foresaw the risks and, as early as 2017, pushed the Trump Administration to put resources and programs in place to respond to a pandemic. She has proposed a series of plans to get us through this crisis, including plans to rapidly expand diagnostic testing and to greatly scale up federal resources for workers, hospitals, small businesses, and state and local governments, so that they can weather this crisis and to stabilize our economy. Her ongoing efforts include the following: 

  1. Responding to the public health emergency
  2. Fighting for working families
  3. Safeguarding our economy and financial stability
  4. Protecting the most vulnerable Americans

Coronavirus Oversight and Legislative Actions

June 30

Senators Warren and Rubio introduced legislation to study the effects of America's over reliance on foreign countries and foreign direct investment in its pharmaceutical supply chain.

 

During a HELP Committee hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed to Senator Warren that the United States coronavirus response is going in the "wrong direction" and stated that the U.S. could see 100,000 cases a day if the nation fails to reverse course.   

June 29

Senator Warren, Reps. Chuy García and Lee introduced legislation to extend nation-wide moratorium on evictions. The Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act would extend and expand the eviction moratorium for renters that ends on July 24, 2020 unless extended.    

June 26

Senators Warren and Ed Markey along with Representative Pressley (D-Mass.), requested an independent investigation into the outbreak of COVID-19 at Chelsea Soldiers' Home.  

June 26
June 26
June 25

Senators Warren and Brown called for Capital One and major debt collectors to immediately suspend lawsuits and wage garnishment practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Senator Warren wrote a letter to private equity industry lobbyists: don't exploit the COVID-19 Pandemic to line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of struggling workers and communities.

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren sent questions for the record (QFRs) to Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell following up on their Senate Banking Committee hearing exchange about racial disparities in the COVID-19 economic recovery.  

June 25
June 24

Senator Warren joined Senators Hassan, Brown and Reed, in calling for answers from the Treasury department about ongoing difficulties facing Americans who received their CARES Act stimulus payments as debit cards.

 

Senator Warren released a statement on the independent investigation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. 

June 23
June 23

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker opened an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China.

 

Senator Warren led colleagues in a letter questioning DOJ Office's decision to reopen immigration courts and resume hearings amid COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Senator Warren questioned why Senate HELP Committee is preparing for the "next pandemic" when America is still unprepared for the current COVID-19 crisis.

June 23
June 23
June 22

After President Trump claimed he "slowed down" coronavirus testing at a rally, Senators Warren, Schumer, Markey, and Blumenthal called for the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to investigate.

 

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General notified Senator Warren that they plan to initiate three investigations that will address specific concerns laid out by her and 9 Senate colleagues about the management and distribution of medical supplies by FEMA during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

June 20
June 20
June 18

Senators Warren, Brown, and Sanders Called for the government watchdog to investigate for-profit institutional review boards (IRBs).

 

Senator Warren and Representative Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence requesting information regarding reports and whistleblower complaints about the U.S.’s limited domestic manufacturing capacity for N95 respirators.

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons tells Senator Warren and lawmakers it has implemented widespread COVID-19 testing for incarcerated individuals at Federal Medical Center Devens (FMC Devens).

 

Senator Warren joins Senator Markey in introducing legislation to halt deportations and harmful immigration enforcement actions during the coronavirus pandemic.

June 16

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell confirmed to Senator Warren that the serious racial gaps in COVID-19 recovery are not a "not a healthy feature of our economy" after she asked him about the latest jobs numbers. 

June 16
June 16
June 16
June 15
June 12

Senator Warren joined Senate Democrats in calling for an improved process for applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness to ensure the smallest and most underserved businesses are able to fully take advantage of the program.  


Senators Warren and Blumenthal and Representative Jayapal opened a probe into allegations of COVID-19 conflicts of interest affecting Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short and Dr. Moncref Slaoui, Head of Operation Warp Speed, the Administration's effort to speed up development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Senators Warren, Casey, and Baldwin sent a letter urging President Trump to stop dismantling assistance programs during COVID-19. 

June 12
June 11

Senator Warren joined Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and SVAC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in applauding Senate passage of bipartisan bill to expand protections for military families impacted by COVID-19.  

June 10

Senator Warren called on Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks to withdraw rule that guts nation's anti-redlining law.


The Department of Labor Inspector General agreed to investigate specific concerns raised by Senator Warren and colleagues about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) inadequate enforcement amid growing worker COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.  


Senators Warren, Smith, Rosen, Casey, and Representative Clark urged the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury to ensure child care small businesses have access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Benefits.  

June 9

Senators Warren, Schumer, Blumenthal released new findings and documents from investigation of Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" coronavirus response.

June 5

Senator Warren joined her colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include additional protections to help homeowners survive the COVID-19 crisis.


The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights agreed to Senator Warren's and Congresswoman Haaland's request to update the Broken Promises Report and examine COVID-19 impact on Indian Country.


Senator Warren and Congresswoman Pressley introduced the Andrew Kearse Accountability for Denial of Medical Care Act to hold law enforcement officers criminally liable for failing to obtain medical assistance to people in custody experiencing medical distress.

June 4

At a Banking hearing, Senator Warren pushed back on Republican proposals to shield companies from all liability for workers or customers getting sick at their business, and argued that keeping customers and workers safe is critical to our economic recovery.


At a HELP hearing, Senator Warren questions university presidents on how to safely reopen campuses and address risks to low wage and hourly workers.

    June 1
    May 29

    Sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Betsy DeVos raising serious concerns about reports that one of ED's federal student loan servicers provided incorrect payment information for nearly five million federal student loan borrowers to credit reporting agencies.

     

    Urged Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in the upcoming COVID-19 package.

     

    Sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, requesting that the agency clarify the disbursement formula used to allocate payments to Tribal governments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act.

    May 28

    Wrote to the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General requesting an audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's handling of inspections and citations during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and the DOL's failure to issue an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address the heightened risks for frontline workers.

     

    Sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper requesting additional information about the Department’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among detainees in the prison facility at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as efforts to protect service members responsible for detention operations and all other military personnel at the base.

    May 27

    Requested U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Examine Federal Government's Response to Impact of COVID-19 in Indian Country.

     

    Introduced the Child Care is Essential Act, to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant program.

    May 26

    Recommended that U.S. Customs and Immigration Services adopt technology solutions to continue the naturalization process for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    May 21

    Introduced the Paycheck Security Act to cover the wages and benefits of employees of affected businesses and non-profits.

     

    Sent letters to JetBlue and Delta expressing concern about the companies' decision to cut the hours of their employees after receiving financial assistance under the CARES Act.

     

    Sent a letter urging the administration to activate the resources of the federal government now to increase capacity, supplies, and vaccinations to prevent public health and medical systems from being overwhelmed by simultaneous peaks of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza.

    May 20

    Introduced the Strengthening Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants During the COVID-19 Crisis Act, legislation that would provide student debt relief to public health workers, police officers, and others who dedicate their careers to public service.

     

    Questioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the CARES Act corporate bailout at the May 19, 2020 Senate Banking Committee hearing.


    Led her colleagues in asking the White House Coronavirus Task Force to prepare the federal government for the alarming possibility of another wave of coronavirus on top of our normal flu season in the fall. 

    May 20
    May 18

    Asks Secretary Mnuchin & Fed Chair Powell to prioritize helping state & local governments, not bailing out rich corporate executives.

    May 17

    Joined the Declaration for American Democracy to urge Washington to protect our elections during the coronavirus crisis.

    May 16
    May 15

    Introduced the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act to eliminate all out-of pocket health costs for every person in America during the COVID-19 crisis.

     

    Announced that the Government Accountability Office has agreed to her request for an audit of VA oversight of care quality at State Veterans Homes.

     

    Wrote to the Federal Bureau of Prisons urging them to immediately implement widespread COVID-19 testing of all incarcerated individuals and staff at Federal Medical Center Devens (FMC Devens) and release to home confinement vulnerable individuals who do not pose specific and substantial safety threats.

     

    Urged House and Senate Leadership to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act in upcoming COVID-19 packages to enable vulnerable seniors to readily access critical hearing, balance health care services, and allow audiologists to be better deployed to serve them.

    May 15
    May 14

    Introduced legislation to protect workers’ rights amid the COVID-19 crisis to make sure workers get fair access to legal remedy despite the coronavirus pandemic.

     

    Urged the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to use their authority under the CARES Act to restrict large corporations that receive bailout funds from engaging in potentially harmful mergers and acquisitions. 

    May 13

    Introduced legislation for a federal contact tracing program to halt the spread of the COVID-19.

     

    Called for investigation of small business loan program, saying banks were ‘playing favorites.’

     

    Called on Congress to act on a $50B plan to keep child care from collapsing and fix our broken system.

     

    Led her colleagues on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee calling on Chairman Lamar Alexander to hold a HELP Committee hearing with HHS Whistleblower Rick Bright.

    May 13
    May 12

    Introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act to ensure stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency in the federal government's response to COVID-19 crisis.

     

    During a congressional hearing, Dr. Fauci confirmed to Senator Warren that America does not have COVID-19 completely under control. Fauci stated that if we don't have countermeasures in place like widespread testing and diagnostic testing, there will be more infections and more deaths. 

    May 11
    May 10

    Sent a letter, leading 43 of her Senate colleagues, in calling on Vice President Mike Pence to increase transparency regarding the nation’s COVID-19 diagnostic testing supply and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain24-07-2020.

    May 8

    Announced the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020 to establish an Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help families and individuals pay their rent and remain housed during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

     

    Wrote to congressional leadership urging them to provide at least $77.3 billion for community health centers (CHCs) in upcoming COVID-19 stimulus packages.

     

    Sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking how the agency is tracking the use, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 treatments, diagnostic tests and other medical products to protect and ensure the health and safety of Americans.

     

    Sent a letter calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to immediately explain how the federal government is distributing remdesivir, a drug recently approved to treat COVID-19.

     

    Sent a letter urging House and Senate leadership to include $11.5 billion in funding for Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) in the next relief package to aid the nation's homeless population who are experiencing heightened vulnerability.

    May 7

    Called on the Trump Administration to coordinate its domestic manufacturing efforts to produce COVID-19 medical products and requested information on the federal government's capacity to develop and manufacture therapeutics and vaccines.

    May 6

    Sent a letter to the Surgeon General and the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding efforts to fully utilize the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to implement the Ready Reserve Corps program to increase the nation's testing capacity.

    May 4

    Announced a plan that will grant full student loan discharges to three specific emergency categories of defrauded student borrowers, requiring eligible loans to be discharged within 30 days of enactment and provides timelines for the Department of Education to take other steps—such as correcting borrowers’ credit reporting.

    May 4
    May 1

    Sent a letter to the nation's largest assisted living operators asking a series of questions about COVID-19 outbreaks at their facilities and the actions they are taking to prevent and mitigate outbreaks.

     

    Laid out strong oversight, accountability, and anti-corruption provisions to be included in the next Congressional COVID-19 response package to Congressional leadership.

     

    Sent a letter to Senate Leaders, along with 42 senators, calling for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the next coronavirus relief package.

     

    Urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately disburse $8 billion in critical relief funds to eligible tribal governments as part of the CRF established in the CARES Act.

     

    Called on the Administration to mandate COVID-19 testing for all migrants before they are deported or transferred from the U.S., to ensure that migrants who test positive receive proper medical treatment, and to end deportations of individuals who have tested positive or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 until they have recovered and are no longer contagious.

    April 20

    Led her colleagues in the Massachusetts congressional delegation urging President Trump to direct FEMA to waive all of the traditional cost-share requirements for major disaster assistance.

    April 18

    Led her colleagues in urging the Federal Reserve to reconsider the arbitrary population requirements that lock most cities and counties out of CARES Act budget help.

    April 16

    Led her colleagues in the Massachusetts congressional delegation in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veteran patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Along with Senators Blumenthal and Carper, asked the top White House ethics official to ensure the Trump administration's COVID-19 decisions are serving the American public, not President Trump and Jared Kushner's financial interests. 

     

    Wrote to Fed Chairman Jay Powell and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressing concern with the inadequate oversight provisions of a new $600 billion loan program to bail out thousands of mid-sized businesses and a new $850 billion program to bail out large corporations.

     

    Along with Senator Sherrod Brown, called on banks and credit unions to cease the seizure of CARES Act stimulus payments from hardworking American families. 

    April 14

    Along with Senators Murray and Baldwin, urged the FDA to ensure Americans can access essential, time sensitive health care -- including medication abortion care -- during the pandemic.

     

    Introduced bicameral legislation to require the federal government to collect and report coronavirus demographic data--including race and ethnicity. 

    April 14
    April 13

    Along with Senators Wyden, Schumer, and 31 Democratic Senators, pressed the Department of Labor to ensure workers Congress intended to be covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program receive the benefits they are owed.

     

    Along with Senator Markey, called on the Trump administration to ensure taxpayers quickly receive stimulus checks regardless of banking status. 

     

    Along with Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), unveiled a proposal for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights to protect frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    April 13
    April 10

    Along with Senators Smith and Murray, led 43 of their Senate colleagues in calling on Vice President Pence, the Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA to conduct a national inventory of the COVID-19 testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. 

     

    Led her colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to protect people with disabilities and older adults from COVID-19 treatment discrimination.

     

    Along with Senator Markey and Congresswoman Pressley, called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to immediately release racial and ethnic data of Medicare beneficiaries who are tested or hospitalized for COVID-19. 

     

    Led her colleagues in calling for federal agencies to address coronavirus-related racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans.

     

    Unveiled legislation that would prohibit price gouging of consumer goods throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies.

    April 10
    April 9

    Along with Senator Markey, wrote to Zoom Communications Inc. requesting information on how the videoconferencing platform is protecting the safety and privacy of students who use its service.

    April 8

    Led her colleagues in pushing the Department of Education to target CARES Act funding to public and non-profit colleges, instead of for-profit colleges.

     

    Published an op-ed in which she outlined what Congress must do to confront the coronavirus crisis in the fourth stimulus package. 


    Called for a fix to the Paycheck Protection Program authorized by the CARES Act and for an elimination of the cap on total relief for small businesses affected by the pandemic.   

    April 8
    April 8


    April 7

    Led her colleagues in urging student loan companies to immediately provide relief to private student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Led her colleagues in writing to Deutsche Bank about the Trump Organization's reported request for financial assistance amid the current crisis.

     

    Laid out a plan for how to ensure our elections can proceed safely and securely during the coronavirus pandemic.

    April 7
    April 7
    April 6

    Along with Senator Markey, he urged Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to act quickly to ensure small businesses in Massachusetts and across the country get the help they need.

     

    Along with Senator Markey, wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding answers on the Trump administration's efforts to roll back environmental safeguards during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation in urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to immediately grant requests submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for additional ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile as the state prepares for a surge in hospitalizations.  

    April 6
    April 6
    April 6


    April 4

    Joined with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in leading a letter to the FDA, urging the agency to loosen its outdated restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood in the midst of an acute blood donation shortage caused by COVID-19. The FDA then announced that it was loosening its donation restrictions--a step in the right direction towards a more equitable, evidence-based blood donation policy.

    April 4
    April 3

    Along with Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), wrote to Vice President Pence requesting information on how the Trump administration will help Puerto Rico manage the crisis given the island's unique vulnerability to COVID-19.

     

    Led Senator Markey and Representatives Neal and Pressley in addressing disturbing reports of veteran deaths at Massachusetts Soldiers' Homes. 

    April 1

    Joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in urging the Trump Administration to ensure that tribal nations in Massachusetts and across the country receive the help they need in addressing COVID-19. 

     

    Called on the CEOs of Door Dash, Grub hub, Uber Eats, and Instacart to correctly classify their delivery workers as employees, rather than independent contractors, and provide appropriate pay, benefits, and protections during the pandemic.

     

    Unveiled legislation to provide critical funding to states and local governments responding to the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.

    March 31

    Joined Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urging airlines to provide customers with cash refunds, not just travel vouchers, for canceled flights.

     

    Wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell urging them to protect workers and root out corruption when administering the $500 billion bailout for corporate America under the CARES Act. 

     

    Demanded answers on how the federal government plans to ensure the Commonwealth receives essential medical equipment as it works to combat COVID-19 following reports that the federal government is outbidding and seizing the state's orders for personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies. She also pushed federal agencies like the Department of Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize sending resources to Massachusetts.

    March 31
    March 30

    Along with Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), led her colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to collect racial and ethnic demographic data on testing and treatment for COVID-19 in order to identify and address racial disparities.

     

    Wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling on him to use his new authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to fully meet the needs of state and local governments before using any taxpayer dollars to bail out large companies.

    March 30
    March 27

    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation in urging the White House to approve the Commonwealth's request for a declaration of a federal major disaster due to the state's outbreak of COVID-19, which was then granted by the President. 

     

    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation in urging President Trump to approve the request made by Governor Charlie Baker for authority and funding under Title 32 of the U.S. Code to assist the Commonwealth in deploying the National Guard to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which was subsequently granted.

     

    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation seeking a U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver to fully reimburse school districts and after-school programs providing free meals to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    March 26

    Laid out additional steps Congress should take to increase the supplies of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and the resources needed to administer these tests nationwide.

     

    Wrote to President Trump regarding the dire conditions facing hospitals, health care providers, and first responders in Massachusetts and across the country as a result of COVID-19 and the Trump Administration's botched response.

     

    Joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on a conference call with Boston small business owners to share details of the coming relief for small businesses in the latest legislative package.

     

    Worked with her colleagues to pass a stimulus package that includes $100 billion for health facilities like hospitals, $1.3 billion for Community Health Centers, $150 billion for state and local governments to combat coronavirus. Massachusetts will receive an estimated $2.67 billion from this stimulus package. 

    March 26
    March 24

    Co-authored an op-ed in which she called for billions in federal funding for local childcare providers to help workers and families weather the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Written to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private prison contractors demanding answers about the policies and procedures they have in place to prepare for and manage a potential spread of COVID-19 in federal prisons and jails.

     

    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation urging the U.S. Census Bureau, in the wake of campus closures, to allow colleges and universities to report on all their students using administrative data.

    March 23

    Led the Massachusetts congressional delegation in urging Congressional leadership to prioritize substantial emergency financial support for students and institutions of higher education in the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package. 

     

    Joined her colleagues in urging Senate leadership to support fishermen and seafood processors as the fishing industry endures severe economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    March 22

    Urged the Department of Justice and Executive Office for Immigration Review to close immigration courts nationwide in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Spoke out during coronavirus bailout and stimulus negotiations about the need to include provisions protecting workers and taxpayers in any bailout for large corporations.

     

    Called on President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of essential medical equipment and co-sponsored legislation to force President Trump to do so. She also led her colleagues in calling on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to cease its lobbying efforts against the use of the Defense Production Act which is endangering the public health and economic needs of millions of Americans.

    March 22
    March 21

    Called on Amazon, Walmart and McDonalds to ensure workers have immediate access to emergency paid leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Led her colleagues in urging Senate leadership to support child care as part of the third coronavirus stimulus package.

     

    Along with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), unveiled a plan to increase by $200 the monthly benefit for all Social Security, Veterans, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries through the end of 2021. 

     

    Called for strict guardrails to be included in any stimulus package that uses taxpayer dollars to bail out large corporations, in order to ensure the stimulus reaches workers and their families first.

     

    Led her colleagues in urging Congressional negotiators to cancel student loan payments and debt in the COVID-19 response package.

     

    Called on the Trump Administration to heed public health experts' advice on social distancing and issue clear directions to Federal Government agencies to utilize all telework capabilities for their employees to the maximum extent possible.

    March 21
    March 20

    Along with Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), called on President Trump to adopt and release decarceral guidelines to reduce the population of people in federal custody in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    Written to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, raising concerns about the leveraged lending market and the risks these loans pose to the financial system amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

     

    Urged Congressional leadership to include robust funding in the COVID-19 stimulus package for the Community Development Block Grant Program to help mayors and local governments in Massachusetts and nationwide to provide critical services during the pandemic. 

     

    Asked the Federal Communications Commission to take emergency action to address broadband internet accessibility for students, workers, and patients, and ensure equal access to the internet during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    March 19

    Following the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission's 2019 Annual Report that showed U.S. "growing reliance" on products critical to the manufacturing of drugs, which are primarily made in China, Senator Warren and a bipartisan group of senators wrote to the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking answers on how DoD is working to address the risk of reliance on foreign drug makers. Then, Senator Warren joined with Senator Rubio to introduce the Strengthening America's Supply Chain and National Security Act--portions of which were included in Congress' third coronavirus stimulus package.

     

    Unveiled a plan, along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), to cancel student loan payments for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency and provide a minimum $10,000 payoff for all federal student loan borrowers. 

    March 19
    March 18

    Supported the efforts of Senate colleagues to ensure the U.S. State Department does all it can to help Americans depart countries affected by COVID-19. 

     

    Led her colleagues in the Massachusetts congressional delegation in writing to the Small Business Administration (SBA) in support of the state's request for emergency assistance under the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program made as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This request was later granted by the SBA.

     

    Wrote with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.),to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking for a moratorium on evicting renters during the coronavirus pandemic.

     

    Called on President Trump to strengthen the domestic response to COVID-19 by directing the Army Corps of Engineers to convert or construct new temporary medical facilities nationwide.

     

    Sought clarification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the agency's legal authority to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment costs and pushed the agency to use this authority to help address the public health emergency. 

    March 17

    Led her colleagues in requesting information on the Trump Administration's failure to ensure that diagnostic tests are available for COVID-19. 

     

    Laid out a list of progressive priorities and requirements to be included in any bailout package for small business. 

    March 17
    March 16

    Introduced a bill that would allow Native communities to directly access vital supplies from the strategic national stockpile.

     

    Called for a grassroots economic stimulus package that would focus on recovery from the grassroots up, not Wall Street down.

    March 16
    March 13

    Called on President Trump to impose a moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures.

     

    Called on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to create a special enrollment period to provide individuals with health insurance.

     

    Wrote to Vice President Pence's Coronavirus Task Force urging him to ensure the federal government's response to COVID-19 is grounded in scientific fact and free from political interference.

    March 12

    Along with Senator Markey, raised concerns about the Justice Department's handling of COVID-19 prevention efforts in immigration courts. 

    March 11

    Along with Senator Patty Murry (D-Wash.), urged the National Institutes of Health and FDA to consider the needs of pregnant people and other underrepresented populations as they work with pharmaceutical companies to develop a pipeline for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

     

    Led the Massachusetts delegation in a letter to Vice President Pence's Coronavirus Task Force highlighting the unique needs of the state in combatting COVID-19 and urging him to take swift, specific action to support Massachusetts and other states as they combat the spread of the disease. 

    March 10

    Senators Warren and Markey wrote to Vice President Pence expressing their concern about the troubling press conference held on Friday, March 6, 2020, by President Trump, at which he made a series of false, politicized, and nonsensical statements about the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    March 9

    Urged Vice President Pence to account for the needs of front-line workers as the White House Coronavirus Task Force addresses COVID-19.

    March 9
    March 5

    Called on the Trump Administration to protect public health and  (1) halt immigration enforcement at hospitals and medical facilities and (2) suspend the “public charge” rule so that immigrants suffering from coronavirus are not afraid to seek treatment.

    March 3

    Urged the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission to step up their enforcement of federal law to stop companies marketing fraudulent coronavirus “cures” and other scams.

    March 2

    Joined HELP Committee Ranking Member Murray and colleagues to request Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia provide details about the Department's coronavirus preparedness and response efforts and how the Department plans to protect the safety, health, and economic security of workers and their families during the increasing threat from the coronavirus.

     

    Joined HELP Committee Ranking Member Parry Murray (D-Wash.) and colleagues in requesting Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provide details about the Department's coronavirus preparedness and response efforts and how the Department plans to protect students, teachers, and other school staff in the event of an outbreak.

    February 28

    Written to the nation's largest banks asking them how they are preparing for the economic risks of COVID-19 and also urged them to work to mitigate the impact on consumers.

    February 27

    Introduced legislation to defund President Trump's border wall and redirect that funding to fighting COVID-19.

    February 27
    February 26

    Senator Warren wrote to federal agencies raising concerns over reports that appeared to show confusion and disagreement between federal officials earlier this month when State Department and HHS officials overruled CDC recommendations during the evacuation of American citizens with coronavirus from Japan.

    February 14

    Joined Senator Murray and sent a letter to OMB and HHS opposing their decision to pull funding from existing public health programs to combat coronavirus rather than requesting supplemental funds from Congress.

     

    Senator Warren joined Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Murray and 24 of their Senate colleagues pressing the Trump Administration to request emergency funding for the coronavirus response. 

    February 13

    Led 26 of her Senate colleagues urging President Trump to appoint a Global Health Security Expert to the National Security Council after leaving the position vacant for nearly two years. Senators Warren and Murray first raised concerns about this lack of public health leadership at the NSC in May 2018.

     

    Joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on a bipartisan letter calling on HHS to establish clear guidelines for how state and local governments will be reimbursed for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    January 31

    After the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the United States, Senators Warren and Angus King (I-Maine) questioned USAID on the agency's 2019 decision to shutter PREDICT, a global infectious disease prevention program, which from 2009 to 2019, identified nearly 1,000 new viruses, including a new strand of Ebola; trained roughly 5,000 people; and improved or developed 60 research laboratories. On March 31st, after receiving Senator Warren's letter, the Trump Administration announced that it would expand the program for 6 months.