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April 19, 2021

Defense News: Democrats reintroduce ban on US using nuclear weapons first

by Joe Gould

WASHINGTON — Two key Democratic lawmakers reintroduced legislation Thursday that would make it U.S. policy not to use nuclear weapons first.Opponents, including top military leaders, argue the vague threat of nuclear escalation serves as a deterrent to conventional war as well as the use of chemical and biological weapons. But the sponsors ? House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Senate Armed Services Committee member Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. ? argue a “no first use” … Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Cheddar News: Biden Should Cancel Student Loans to Improve Racial Equity, Says Sen. Elizabeth Warren

by Lawrence Banton

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and several of their Democratic colleagues are pressing President Joe Biden to forgive up to $50,000 for every American burdened by federal student debt. "If we canceled $50,000 of student loan debt right now, if Joe Biden would do that, two things would happen immediately: about 84 percent of all the people who have student loan debt would be completely debt-free and we would be able to close the Black/white wealth gap for … Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Mother Jones: Elizabeth Warren Slams Student Loan Servicer as Democrats Call for Debt Cancellation

by Hannah Levintova

Senate Democrats made the case Tuesday for canceling some student debt, noting that debt forgiveness would stimulate the pandemic-battered economy, help close the racial wealth gap, and aid families who have put off homeownership, child-rearing, or retirement.But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the chair of the Senate subcommittee that held the hearing on student debt—Warren’s first as the panel’s head—focused her questioning less on cancellation and more on the corporations who process the … Continue Reading

April 13, 2021

Yahoo Finance: Senator Elizabeth Warren breaks down America's 'broken student loan system'

by Aarthi Swaminathan

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grilled two student loan servicers and hosted experts at a student loan hearing on Tuesday before sitting down with Yahoo Finance to describe her argument for President Biden to unilaterally cancel $50,000 in federally-backed student loans for tens of millions of Americans."Overall, in this hearing, it was perfectly clear [that] we have a broken student loan system," Warren, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Policy at the Senate Committee on Banking, … Continue Reading

April 08, 2021

Bay State Banner: Senator Warren confronts anti-Asian bias

by Angela Rowlings

Like many small-business owners, Lorraine Tse has been dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic on her Quincy-based travel agency and transportation service for over a year. But as a Chinese American, she is also nearing the anniversary of what she described as a racially charged verbal and physical assault at a Dunkin as she picked up coffees for her staff last May.Tse, who owns Sunshine Travel, broke down in tears as she recounted the alleged attack to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading

April 07, 2021

Boston Globe: Massachusetts politicians push to shutter Weymouth gas compressor station after third unplanned release of gas

by Emma Platoff

Ahead of a deadline Monday evening, gas companies and industry groups rushed to tell federal regulators that a controversial Weymouth gas compressor station should be allowed to continue operating despite its rocky history, arguing the site was safe and critical to the country’s energy infrastructure.Then, around 9:37 a.m. Tuesday morning, the site spewed at least 10,000 standard cubic feet of natural gas into the surrounding neighborhood, its third unplanned release in just eight months.That … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

WJAR: Sen. Warren tours new vaccination site in New Bedford

by NBC 10 News

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WJAR) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday visited New Bedford to tour a new city vaccination site.Mayor Jon Mitchell and others joined Warren at the Waterfront Vaccination Center on Hervey Tichon Avenue.The site will open next month to add capacity to New Bedford's coronavirus vaccination efforts and focus on essential workers in the seafood industry....Read the full article … Continue Reading

March 29, 2021

WHDH 7 News: Warren, Trahan call for more accessible vaccine sites

by Dan Atkinson

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Lori Trahan say vaccine centers should follow the lead of a health clinic in Methuen to make testing and vaccines more accessible.The Methuen Family Health Center recently received an $8.5 million grant from the American Rescue Plan.“They’re partnering with all their community partners, they’re also calling people up on the phone and making sure you are eligible for a vaccine,” Trahan said. “I think that those … Continue Reading

March 28, 2021

The Berkshire Eagle: Sen. Warren tours Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, hears pitch for more funding

by Danny Jin

HATFIELD — Expecting a continued rise in hunger through the pandemic-induced recession, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts made the plea Saturday to visiting lawmakers that public dollars go a long way in allowing people to eat.U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa and Food Bank employees for a Saturday tour of the food bank’s headquarters in Hatfield.The nonprofit, which covers Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties, has served … Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Masslive: Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren join push for permanent $3,000-plus Child Tax Credit as White House preps massive infrastructure, recovery plans

by Benjamin Kail

The temporary $3,000-plus Child Tax Credit approved in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill should remain permanent, Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and more than three dozen Democratic senators recently argued.The expanded credit — from $2,000 to $3,000 per child aged 7 to 17 and $3,600 for every child under 6 — will go to parents of 83 million American children, including 1 million in Massachusetts. Biden says the move cuts U.S. child poverty in half; Rep. Jim … Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren’s Push To Diversify Federal Judges Is Finally Catching On

by Jennifer Bendery

For years, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been a lonely voice in the Senate on the need to put people with all kinds of different legal backgrounds into lifetime federal judgeships."We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” she said at a 2014 event on this topic, hosted by Alliance for Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group. “President Obama has supported some notable exceptions but ... the president’s nominees have thus far been largely in line with the … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

WGBH: In Wake Of Dual Shootings, Warren Calls For Immediate Vote On Assault Weapons Ban

by Aidan Connelly

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday that Senate leaders should bring an assault weapons ban to the Senate floor.“Let’s just put an assault weapons ban on the floor now and vote,” she said. “You want to vote yes? You have a chance to do that. You want to vote no? You have a chance to do that and go home and tell the people that you represent why it’s OK with you that people can carry assault weapons all across this nation."Assault weapons were banned under … Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Boston 25 news: 25 Investigates: Sen. Warren launching investigation into for-profit nursing homes amid pandemic

by Kerry Kavanaugh

BOSTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren is launching an investigation into for-profit nursing homes and their response to the COVID-19 crisis.25 Investigates has done extensive reporting on the crisis inside our long-term care facilities throughout the pandemic, which saw 8,797 deaths as of Wednesday. Now, the senator is claiming some corporations put profits over protecting their staff and vulnerable residents.“We cannot allow corporate greed to determine whether or not workers and seniors in this … Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren and AOC Lay Down Climate Challenge to Biden

by Jarrell Dillard and Leslie Kaufman

Progressives in the House and Senate plan to set down a marker Thursday for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plans, introducing a $500 billion proposal to shift U.S. transportation away from fossil fuels.Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, two proponents of the Green New Deal, are behind the bill, joined by Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Andy Levin of Michigan. Their plan aims to accelerate the process of making the U.S. carbon … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Boston Globe: Mass. congressional delegation calls on MBTA to justify service cuts

by Matt Berg

The Massachusetts congressional delegation on Wednesday called on MBTA officials to justify service cuts amid increased federal transit funding, saying the reductions disproportionately affect essential workers from low-income communities.In a letter, the lawmakers expressed frustration that MBTA officials have yet to respond to a previous correspondence the delegation sent in December that voiced concerns about service cuts.Since then, Congress has secured more than $250 million for the MBTA, … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Washington Post: Sanders, Warren reveal bill to tax CEO pay during income inequality hearing targeting Amazon

by Rachel Lerman

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon faced fresh scrutiny for its treatment of workers at a Senate hearing Wednesday on income inequality, as senators introduced a new bill to tax chief executives who make 50 times more than the median workers.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drilled into the gap between most Americans and billionaires during his opening remarks, pointing to data that billionaires have gained significant wealth during the pandemic.“During the pandemic, millions of people are struggling to put … Continue Reading

March 12, 2021

Market Place: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on her new wealth tax bill and how to enforce it

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon

In 2020, while millions of Americans struggled with job loss and economic turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, the richest 100 Americans’ fortunes grew by $598 billion. This is the backdrop for the wealth tax introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., last week.The Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, co-sponsored in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., would impose a 2% tax on individual net worth above $50 million and an additional 1% surtax on net worth above … Continue Reading

March 10, 2021 New legislation from Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey aims to address the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students

by Dialynn Dwyer

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey introduced legislation Wednesday that would create an application-based grant program to administer $100 billion in funding over the next 10 years to address the social, emotional, mental, and physical health needs of students related to impacts from COVID-19 and aid in accelerating academic progress. The Educational Equity Challenge Grant Act of 2021, which would be administered by the Department of Education, was also introduced by Democratic Sens. Ron … Continue Reading

March 07, 2021

Masslive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey and Rep. Jim McGovern urge improved staffing for St. Vincent Hospital nurses ahead of strike

by Benjamin Kail

A trio of Massachusetts lawmakers on Sunday urged Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of St. Vincent Hospital, to make staffing and safety concessions for the hundreds of nurses planning to strike starting Monday.Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Jim McGovern argued that Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has “still not made appropriate and necessary movement on the issue of staffing.” The hospital’s 800 nurses are preparing to start an open-ended strike Monday morning after two … Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

CNBC: Senators question Amazon about using cameras to monitor delivery drivers

by Annie Palmer

Five senators are calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to provide more information on the company’s recent deployment of “surveillance cameras” in vehicles used by contracted delivery drivers.In a letter Wednesday, Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked for more clarity on Amazon’s use of footage collected by the cameras and the scope of their use, with a deadline for … Continue Reading

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