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October 17, 2018

CNN Business: Elizabeth Warren wants Toys 'R' Us owners to take care of its 30,000 laid off workers

by Chris Isidore

Senator Elizabeth Warren is urging the companies responsible for the demise of Toys "R" Us to take care of its former employees.Warren, who has said she's considering a run for president in 2020, wrote to five investment firms that had advocated for a liquidation of Toys "R" Us assets and asked them to consider supporting a severance fund.Two of the company's owners, Bain Capital and KKR, have discussed setting up such a fund, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The company's … Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Firms That Pulled the Plug on Toys ‘R’ Us

by Gretchen Morgenson and Lillian Rizzo

The decision by five investment companies to pull the plug on a Toys “R” Us reorganization earlier this year is coming under fire from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In an Oct. 16 letter to the companies, Ms. Warren (D., Mass.) asked why the investment firms had pressed to liquidate the retailer amid viable options to reorganize it and she urged them to contribute to a fund benefiting laid-off employees.  The letter went to executives at Solus Alternative Asset Management, Angelo … Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

Kaiser Health News: Congress Targets Misuse of Hospice Drugs

by Melissa Bailey

Hospice workers would be allowed to destroy patients’ unneeded opioids, reducing the risk that families misuse them, according to one little-noticed provision in the bipartisan opioids bill headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for his likely signature.The bill would empower hospice staff to destroy opioid medications that are expired, no longer needed by the patient because of a change in treatment or left over after the patient dies.A spokesperson for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

HousingWire: Warren unveils sweeping legislation to address affordable housing crisis

by Alcynna Lloyd

Affordability concerns continue to plague homeowners and renters across the country, forcing organizations and legislators to seek a solution.Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., recently introduced a proposal that could potentially ease America’s ongoing affordable housing crisis.The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, which Warren introduced at the end of September, aims to provide $470 billion for affordable housing trust funds and expand the variety of financial institutions subject to … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

Fast Company: Elizabeth Warren has a plan to help end the housing crisis

by Eillie Anzilotti

America’s housing crisis reaches across income levels and geography, but the further one goes down the socioeconomic ladder, the more dire it becomes: Currently, the U.S. is short 7.2 million homes for the 11 million residents living on very low incomes. The affordable rental market is so constrained that 71% of low-income families spend over half their income on rent. Absent any meaningful federal investment in affordable housing in the last few decades, local governments, nonprofits, and in … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Glamour: Elizabeth Warren Has a Powerful Message for Sexual Assault Survivors Watching the Kavanaugh Hearing

by Celeste Katz and Samantha Leach

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday spoke with Glamour exclusively about the historic Senate hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republican push to move forward with his confirmation, calling it "fundamentally wrong." At the Hart Senate Office building, where Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford was also testifying, Warren stood alongside Ford's supporters, telling Glamour that she was "here with people of conscience who believe that when a woman … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Reveal: Sen. Warren’s new bill is designed to combat modern-day redlining

by Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday unveiled a bill that one racial justice advocate said would be the first law since 1968 “to redress a century of housing discrimination.” The Massachusetts Democrat, who helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has railed against modern-day redlining since a February expose by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal found 61 cities where people of color were more likely to be denied a home mortgage than their white … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

MarketWatch: Elizabeth Warren proposes legislation for affordable housing crisis

by Andrea Riquier

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday introduced legislation to address the affordable housing gap. The bill, called the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, would direct about $500 billion, primarily to build and rehabilitate housing for low- and moderate-income Americans. It would also create incentives for local governments to eliminate land use restrictions that drive up costs. It would also steer down payment assistance monies to communities historically denied … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

American Banker: Warren wades into CRA overhaul with revamp plan of her own

by Neil Haggerty, Rachel Witkowski

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday threw a new twist into efforts to reform the Community Reinvestment Act.Just as the federal bank regulators try to modernize their CRA policy through reforms authorized under the current law, Warren released a bill that would apply CRA requirements to a broader array of institutions — including credit unions — and make penalties tougher for any violations."Obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act ... to provide credit to lower-income and … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

The Atlantic: Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

by Madeleine Carlisle

Ten years ago, the subprime-mortgage crisis stripped millions of Americans of their homes. Many haven’t gotten those homes back and now face skyrocketing rents. Ask an economist, or any recent graduate trying to afford rent, and they’ll tell you: America is still in a housing crisis. On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill tackling the issue head on, trying to lower the cost of homes in neighborhoods with greater economic opportunity.The legislation, titled the American Housing … Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

Government Executive: Democratic Senator Questions Mulvaney’s Hatch Act Compliance

by Charles S. Clark

The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made waves this summer with his warnings that Republicans face a tough mid-term election climate. Now Mick Mulvaney, the former Tea Party-aligned House member whose main job is White House budget director, has been hit with questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on whether he has complied with the Hatch Act. The law bans federal officials from engaging in partisan political activity on the job. In a Sept. 19 letter … Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

7News: Lawmakers speak out about the Merrimack Valley gas disaster

by Sharman Sacchetti

Lawmakers are speaking out about the Merrimack Valley gas disaster and what they feel needs to be done moving forward. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren says she is frustrated with Columbia Gas after she and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera met with people impacted by the gas explosions on Friday.Warren also met with senior officials Thursday night and said she feels they did not answer her questions about what went wrong last Thursday.Read the full story on the WHDH website … Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

Eagle-Tribune: Sen. Warren says she, Markey are putting pressure on gas companies to restore service

by Paul Tennant

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday that the Columbia Gas Co. "owes an explanation to everyone" about why its over-pressurized lines caused numerous explosions and fires in the area last week. Warren, who visited the Beacon Courts housing project in South Lawrence, said she and her Bay State colleague, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, are putting pressure on the federal government to find out "exactly what the problem is" and to make sure there is no risk of a similar incident happening.They are … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Sputnik: Over 130 US Lawmakers Urge Trump to Admit Hurricane Maria Death Toll, Apologize

More than 130 US lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to acknowledge the official death toll from Hurricane Maria and apologize for his recent comments about the fatalities, a letter to Trump said. "We write to denounce your recent statements about the fatalities in Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their aftermath. These comments were grossly inaccurate, callous, embarrassing and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States. We call on you … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Indianz: Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts

A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers. States already receive federal funds to develop and implement prevention programs. The Native American Suicide Prevention Act will ensure that Indian Country is included in those efforts, lawmakers said as the Senate version of the bill was introduced on Tuesday."Any conversation on suicide prevention must begin at the grassroots, and tribal communities must be … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

The Hill: Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors

by Megan Keller

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney might have broken the federal Hatch Act by meeting with Republican donors and campaign officials earlier this month. "Your appearance at this private event with Republican donors and campaign officials raises questions about your compliance with the Hatch Act and other federal laws, your judgment, and your management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Consumer Financial … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

American Banker: CFPB chief's meeting with GOP donors may be illegal, Warren says

by Kate Berry

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has raised ethical questions about a recent private meeting where acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney reportedly discussed the midterm elections with Republican donors and party officials. Warren said Mulvaney's appearance at the closed-door event in New York City on Sept. 8 could violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive-branch officials — with some exceptions — from engaging in certain forms of political activity.At the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2018

Politico: Warren slams Mulvaney for donor meeting

by Katy O'Donnell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suggested Wednesday that Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, may have violated federal law by speaking to a group of donors, in the latest of a series of stinging letters to the Trump administration official. Warren questioned whether Mulvaney, who is also White House budget director, violated the Hatch Act in appearing at a “closed-door event in New York City” this month with Republican Party officials and contributors, … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

USA Today: Senators: Natural gas pressure was 12 times normal level before Massachusetts explosions

by Gregory Korte

The pressure in the natural gas pipelines under three Massachusetts communities  spiked to 12 times their normal level last week, just before the explosions and fires that destroyed dozens of homes and killed an 18-year-old man, according to Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.The Massachusetts Democrats were briefed on the explosions in and around Lawrence by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating.Markey and Warren are demanding answers from Columbia Gas and its … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

The Hill: Warren joins Sanders in support of striking McDonald's workers

by Megan Keller

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday voiced her support for McDonald's workers who are on strike to protest the fast food chain's response to sexual harassment in the workplace.  "I stand with @McDonalds workers who are striking today to protest sexual harassment on the job, and retaliation for reporting it," Warren tweeted."Low-wage workers are especially vulnerable to workplace discrimination and sexual harassment," she added. "It’s wrong, and it has to stop."Read the full article on … Continue Reading

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