April 24, 2020

Warren Joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues in Call for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Text of Letter (PDF)


Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Steve Daines (R-Minn.), along with 73 senators, in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to take steps to support local radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers--including those in Massachusetts--during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Their letter urges OMB to coordinate with federal agencies to increase advertisement spending at local newspapers and broadcast stations in order to provide much-needed support during the pandemic, and to increase the dissemination of critical information about the pandemic and the government’s response to it, including information about recently enacted economic relief packages.


The senators said in part, “Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of the United States. In many rural areas, broadcast stations are the predominant or only form of local information. It is important that local media are able to continue to provide their services during the COVID-19 pandemic so that Americans are able to stay up to date with the latest news and information.”