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July 29, 2020

Morning Consult: Sens. Warren, Schatz Call on Fed to Suspend Bank Dividends and Increase Transparency

by Claire Williams

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are urging Federal Reserve officials to suspend bank dividends and to provide more transparency on the way the Fed measures the ability of banks to weather a crisis, according to a letter provided exclusively to Morning Consult. Warren and Schatz, both on the Senate Banking Committee, said in a letter sent Tuesday night to Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Fed Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles that their concerns are “especially … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

HuffPost: Millions Of Americans Are About To Be Homeless, And It’s Totally Preventable

by Alanna Vagianos

The federal moratorium on evictions expired last Friday, ending protections for nearly 12 million Americans. This Friday, 25 million people will stop receiving an extra $600 in weekly coronavirus relief in their unemployment benefits.And on Saturday, rent is due for millions of Americans who won’t be able to pay.If Congress doesn’t step in, these people could be evicted come September. And the worst part is that this looming crisis is completely avoidable. All lawmakers need to do is take … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

The Hill: Warren calls for pledge of no deployment of federal agents on protesters if Trump refuses to leave office

by J. Edward Moreno

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has asked President Trump’s top Cabinet officials to pledge that they will not deploy federal agents to U.S. cities to quell protests, specifically in the event that Trump loses reelection and refuses to leave the office. “I therefore write to seek your assurances that you will not allow the military or civilian forces under your control to be used by the President to suppress dissent and democracy,” Warren wrote Tuesday in a letter to Defense … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

The Hill: Warren hammers CFPB director over consumer complaints: 'You should resign'

by Rebecca Klar

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to resign over her handling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.The progressive senator claimed the director's response is hurting consumers and giving companies a “get out of jail free card” against consumer protections under law. “Your leadership has been a miserable failure based on your actions in this pandemic. You should resign,” Warren told CFPB director Kathy Kraninger on … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Bloomberg Law: Democratic Senators Urge Pandemic Crackdown on Noncompete Pacts

by Jaclyn Diaz

Two Democratic senators want the Federal Trade Commission to take emergency action to limit employers’ enforcement of noncompete agreements during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the public health emergency has “exacerbated” problems with such arrangements.Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also faulted the FTC for not advancing a rulemaking following a January workshop held to consider a possible rule restricting use of noncompete agreements, which hinder a … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

The Washington Post: Democratic lawmakers probing whether CDC guidelines on reopening schools were influenced by political pressure

by Valerie Strauss

U.S. lawmakers are probing whether newly released guidelines on reopening schools issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were subject to political pressure from President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos or other administration officials.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) have sent a letter to DeVos and CDC director Robert Redfield requesting all correspondence between their agencies and the White House that involves the guidance on … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

CNN: Warren calls on agency chiefs to commit to not deploying federal forces on Americans should Trump not leave office

by Caroline Kelly

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on the heads of the Justice, Defense, Homeland Security and the Interior departments to commit to not using federal agents against protesters in American cities before and after the November election -- specifically in the event that President Donald Trump loses and refuses to leave office."You are each responsible for the command of military or civilian troops and domestic law," the Massachusetts Democrat wrote in a letter Tuesday to Defense Secretary Mark … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Reuters: Lawmakers probe White House pressure over schools reopening amid coronavirus

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked the U.S. education secretary and head of a top government health agency for their correspondence with the White House to determine if political pressure influenced new federal recommendations on whether schools should reopen in the fall.Public comments from Republican President Donald Trump and members of his administration made clear that reopening schools was a priority and interfered in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) messages to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Foreign Policy: Democrats Make Last-Ditch Effort to Kill a Trump Pentagon Nomination

by Jack Detsch

Democrats are urging U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to lead the Defense Department’s policy shop to withdraw his nomination over offensive and conspiratorial tweets, according to a new letter shared with Foreign Policy.In a last-ditch attempt to force Anthony Tata to give up his White House-backed bid to become the undersecretary of defense for policy, 10 Democratic lawmakers, led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, argue that the retired Army brigadier general has a … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Common Dreams: Sen. Warren Demands Eviction Moratorium as New Reporting Sheds Light on Nation's Stark Housing Inequality

by Andrea Germanos

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday called for an extension of a federal evictions moratorium and expanded unemployment benefits in response to new reporting spotlighting Americans' divergent housing realities as a result of the nation's deepening inequality triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The headline on the Washington Post's Monday story puts the disparity in clear terms: "2020 Is the Summer of Booming Home Sales—And Evictions." "Americans with money in the bank are buying bigger homes, … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

The Real News Network: Elizabeth Warren On Why We Must Stop Utility Shutoffs During The Pandemic

With unemployment at record levels and an economy teetering on the edge, utility shutoffs threaten to compound the existing public health disaster unfolding in the US. The Real News is highlighting voices from a national campaign that is trying to do something to prevent this by demanding a national moratorium on shutoffs during the COVID crisis. In this first video in this series, Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks with Maria Bellen of Chelsea Green Roots about the impact of utility shutoffs on … Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

The Hill: Warren, Booker call for OSHA standards for meatpacking plants in next relief package

by Alex Gangitano

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called on Friday for the next coronavirus relief package to include new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as a way to address the ongoing issues at meatpacking plants during the pandemic.OSHA, a division of the Labor Department, has declined to impose a nationwide COVID-19 work safety standard through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), despite months of calls to do so from unions, Democrats and worker … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

The Hill: Democrats hit Interior secretary for reportedly refusing to wear mask in meeting with tribes

by Rachel Frazin

Three Democratic senators are criticizing Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over reports that he refused to wear a mask in a meeting with tribes in Oregon earlier this month.“On your July 9 visit with the Klamath Tribes of Oregon, the tribe expressed concerns that you and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of California refused to wear a mask ” wrote Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.).The letter did not name the … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Wall Street Journal: Democrats Push Bill Allowing Student Loans to Be Absolved in Bankruptcy

by Katy Stech Ferek

Democratic Senators introduced a bill Thursday that would allow people to cancel student-loan debt in bankruptcy if they can show income loss tied to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Federal law makes it extremely difficult for people to cancel student loans using bankruptcy. The measure from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) would allow student-loan cancellations for people who either racked up large medical bills in the past three years or lost … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Reuters: Seven Democratic senators urge caution on Google's purchase of Fitbit

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren and five other Democratic senators on Thursday urged the Justice Department to be cautious in reviewing Google’s planned purchase of Fitbit, saying the tech giant had already cemented its dominance in some areas through acquisitions.In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, the seven Democratic senators expressed skepticism that the purchase was solely a bid to enter the wearables market since Google’s revenues are largely based on advertising … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

People: Senators Introduce 'Much Needed' Bill to Address Coronavirus' Racial Disparities

by Sean Neumann

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted people from racial minority groups at a higher rate than it has white people, and two senators now say they have a "much needed" plan to address the virus' disparities.Sens. Bob Menendez, of New Jersey, and Maryland's Ben Cardin, both Democrats, introduced the COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act to Congress on Wednesday, saying the bill — if passed into law — would improve contact tracing, testing and provide public awareness campaigns in minority … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

CNN: Senators accuse White House of belittling pandemic by ignoring long-term effects of Covid-19 infection

by Maggie Fox

A group of senators accused the White House of downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic by ignoring the serious and long-term effects the virus can have on some patients.They wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, asking him to outline how the White House Coronavirus Task Force plans to address the issue of lasting health effects from infection....Read the full article on the CNN website … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

ABC News: Senate Dems warn of 'catastrophe' if eviction protections expire

by Allison Pecorin

Federal protections that have prevented millions of renters across the country from being evicted are about to expire and could leave them at risk of losing their homes if Congress does not act by Saturday.Senate Democrats are urging an extension of the eviction protection program, but it is unlikely that a new coronavirus relief bill will make it across the finish line before the current protections lapse at the end of the week, as Republicans scramble to put their plan forward.More than 12 … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

Politico: Senators request ethics probe after Ivanka Trump’s Goya endorsement

by Anita Kumar

Days after Ivanka Trump created an uproar for endorsing Goya Foods after its CEO praised her father, a pair of senators want an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s daughter violated federal ethics rules.Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics inquiring about possible disciplinary action for Ivanka Trump, who serves as a senior adviser in the White House....Read the full article on the POLITICO website … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

CNN: Warren asks CDC to mandate masks, citing Georgia's local ban

by Lauren Dezenski

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is requesting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention use its existing powers to implement and expand mask requirements, and asked whether the agency could intervene in situations like Georgia's ban on local mask laws.The Massachusetts Democrat appealed to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in a new letter sent Monday, suggesting that the public agency already has the authority to institute mask mandates and local gathering limits -- beyond the current patchwork … Continue Reading

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