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April 14, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful

by Dylan Matthews

If you’re finishing up your income tax return at the last minute and frustrated by this annual ritual of busywork, you should know about a bill that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced last spring that would make doing taxes vastly easier for Americans — and would strongly push back against the tax prep industry's attempts to keep taxes difficult.The Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017 would order the IRS to create a free online tax preparation and filing service comparable to TurboTax … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

USA Today: Elizabeth Warren, Mick Mulvaney and the showdown at the CFPB Corral

by The Editorial Board

In a showdown Thursday over the future of the federal government's consumer sheriff, it quickly became obvious who was wearing the black hat. Mick Mulvaney, the acting director trying to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) he now leads, would return the country to the bad old days when banks and other financial outlaws scammed consumers who found themselves outgunned and out of luck. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the CFPB, would save the agency from … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts' net neutrality push

by Shira Schoenberg

Massachusetts' two U.S. Senators -- Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey -- have voiced support for work being done in the Massachusetts Legislature to impose state-level net neutrality. Warren and Markey did not endorse specific proposals, but both submitted letters to a state legislative committee supporting the concept of state action to maintain free and unfettered internet access. "Now that the FCC has abandoned its commitment to protect fair and open internet access, it's up to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren asks President Donald Trump for update on implementation of White House opioid commission's recommendations

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pressed President Donald Trump this week for an update on how his administration is responding to the more than 50 recommendations a White House commission has put forth to address drug addiction and end the opioid abuse crisis. Warren and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington penned a letter to Trump seeking information on his response to the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Bloomberg:Mulvaney Faces Elizabeth Warren Grilling Over New Tone at CFPB

by Elizabeth Dexheimer

For Mick Mulvaney, the tables have turned. ... This week, Mulvaney will be the one in the hot seat. President Donald Trump's budget director is doing double duty as acting director of the CFPB. Starting Wednesday when he appears before the House Financial Services Committee, Mulvaney will endure two days of congressional scrutiny over his role leading a financial regulator that he once called a "sick, sad" joke. ... A highlight will be Mulvaney's faceoff with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the … Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren presses immigration officials on policy allowing pregnant women to be detained

by Shannon Young

Responding to reports of mistreatment and miscarriages at ICE facilities, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, asked federal immigration officials this week to provide information regarding a policy change that impacts the number of pregnant women being detained. Warren, along with other Senate Democrats, penned a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas Homan seeking information on why ICE changed its detention policy, how many pregnant women are in … Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

Miami Herald: Warren calls for new federal approach to opioid crisis

by Steve LeBlanc

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for the federal government to confront the opioid addiction crisis like it ultimately attacked the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The Massachusetts Democrat said Friday that she will be unveiling legislation next week with Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, that would pump $100 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years to help communities battle the crisis that claims tens of thousands of lives each year. Warren said the goal is to … Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

WHDH: Sen. Warren says she wants to know more about Trump’s border security plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she would like to know more about President Donald Trump's plan to strengthen border security by sending troops there. Warren spoke Thursday at Hanscom Air Force Base, along with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. While said it is fairly common to send troops to the border, Warren said she needs more information about Trump's plans. Read the full artcle on the WHDH website … Continue Reading

April 04, 2018

LA Times: Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes Federal Reserve to hold formal vote on Wells Fargo reform plan

by Jim Puzzanghera

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is requesting that the Federal Reserve Board of Governors hold a formal vote on whether to accept a plan from Wells Fargo & Co. to address consumer abuses. In a letter to Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell released Wednesday, Warren said it was important for Senate-confirmed central bank governors to vote on enforcement decisions so Congress and the public can hold them accountable. ... "The Fed's consent order sent a powerful message to Wells Fargo and other … Continue Reading

April 02, 2018

Politico: Warren leads crusade for diversity at Fed

by Victoria Guida

The potential selection of a white man to head the New York Federal Reserve - the central bank's second-most powerful job - has sparked a fierce backlash from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other progressives, who are accusing the Fed of overlooking women and people of color. The expected pick is John Williams, a Ph.D. economist who currently heads the San Francisco Fed. Fueling the torrent of criticism is that Williams' reserve bank oversees Wells Fargo, the giant lender that has been consumed by … Continue Reading

April 01, 2018

The Guardian: Senator Warren says Trump diplomacy has been a 'terrible mistake'

On a three-day visit to China, the Democratic senator and potential 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Donald Trump's efforts to "take the legs out from underneath our diplomatic corps" had been a "terrible mistake". Warren discussed trade and North Korea with senior Chinese officials including Liu He, vice-premier for economic policy, Yang Jiechi, a top diplomat, and the minister of defense, Wei Fenghe. ... Warren said success would be getting a commitment to discuss … Continue Reading

March 27, 2018

Washington Monthly: Elizabeth Warren Proposes a Plan to Strengthen Obamacare

by Nancy LeTourneau

Months after all the talk about Democrats signing on to Medicare for All proposals, or attempts to move us in that direction, Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a plan to further regulate private insurers as a way to strengthen Obamacare. ... In her own way, Warren has exposed the issue that proponents of Medicare for All will have to grapple with: private insurance companies aren't the only problem in our current healthcare system. The other two factors will be much more difficult … Continue Reading

March 27, 2018

CNBC: Elizabeth Warren wants to grill likely New York Fed president on Wells Fargo oversight

by Jeff Cox

John Williams' cross-country path from the San Francisco to the New York Fed could be a bumpy one. ... Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who has been a staunch banking critic, particularly on issues relating to the Wells Fargo fake account scandal, said she wants a chance to grill Williams before he is appointed. "Mr. Williams' track record raises several questions, including about his fitness to supervise Wall Street banks given the San Francisco Fed's inadequate supervision … Continue Reading

March 26, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Warren Says New York Fed Pick Should Testify Before Senate Ahead of Appointment

by Nick Timiraos and Michael S. Derby

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Monday that John Williams should testify before the Senate Banking Committee before being approved as the next president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that Mr. Williams, who now serves as leader of the San Francisco Fed, was the front-runner to become the New York Fed chief, one of the top jobs in the central bank system. ... Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website … Continue Reading

March 26, 2018

Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren introduces plan to make healthcare coverage more affordable and reliable

by Joan McCarter

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren could be coming along with exactly the right healthcare bill at exactly the right time. Her legislation would build on the Affordable Care Act, providing more financial assistance to people buying insurance in the marketplace, capping out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs for consumers with high drug costs, and creating new rules for insurance companies to protect consumers. ... Read the full article on the Daily Kos website … Continue Reading

March 26, 2018

Roll Call: Warren Outlines Goals for Diplomacy Ahead of Trip to Asia

by Eric Garcia

Ahead of a trip to Asia this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined her goals for diplomacy in an op-ed for the Boston Globe. Warren, who is running for re-election this year, will meet with officials from China, South Korea and Japan. ... "I support talking to our adversaries, but we should be skeptical that he is negotiating in good faith and is willing to halt his nuclear expansion even as he snatches the trophy of a picture with an American president," she wrote. Read the full article on … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

The Hill: Warren battles Carson: Housing discrimination 'the scandal that should get you fired'

by Brett Samuels

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday tore into Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, saying he should be fired for failing to enforce the agency's laws. "It is HUD's job to help end housing discrimination. That's what the law said. You said you would enforce these laws. You haven't, and I think that's the scandal that should get you fired," Warren told Carson during a Senate hearing. "Well, I don't think that you have characterized things in any way close to what … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren Tells Ben Carson To His Face: You Should Be Fired

by Rebecca Shapiro

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tore into Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday, ripping the former neurosurgeon for failing to do his job. ... Warren made mention of the scandal currently plaguing his office ? that it spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on a dining set for his office ? but she was quick to call out the secretary for failing to advance HUD's mission of ending housing discrimination. Earlier this month, HuffPost reported that Carson removed … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

FierceHealthcare: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to make ACA plans more affordable, tighten controls on private payers

by Paige Minemyer

In addition to increasing subsidies for coverage, Warren's plan would make those funds easier for people to obtain. Warren's bill also seeks to exercise greater control over private payers. It would set profit limits for private insurers to match what they can earn from Medicare and Medicaid plans and suggests an ombudsman program to monitor consumer complaints. The bill would also require payers who profit off of Medicare or Medicaid plans also offer health plans on the ACA exchanges that … Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

MassLive: 'We have not forgotten Puerto Rico' says Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 6 months after Hurricane Maria

by Elizabeth Roman

Six months ago, on Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving destruction in its wake and causing residents to flee the islands. Many storm evacuees, particularly from Puerto Rico, arrived in Massachusetts by the thousands, leaving behind family, friends and damaged homes in hopes of finding shelter and work. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Tuesday issued a post on the social media blogging platform Medium to bring awareness to the issues … Continue Reading

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