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September 18, 2018

TIME: Elizabeth Warren's New Argument: Corruption Drives Inequality

by Abby Vesoulis

President Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., but his Administration has been beset by ethics scandals both big and small. Now, one of his potential opponents in 2020 has put together a detailed legislative proposal to tackle a wide range of issues involving lobbying and self-dealing in Washington, some of which seem aimed directly at Trump’s indiscretions.Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would institute a lifetime ban on lobbying for … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

Market Watch: Elizabeth Warren leads push by Democrats to force public companies make climate-risk disclosures

by Francine McKenna

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is spearheading an effort by Democratic senators to bring a bill that would require public companies to disclose more information about their exposure to climate-related risks.The bill, called the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, would direct the SEC, in consultation with climate experts at other federal agencies, to issue rules within one year that require every public company to disclose:• Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions• All fossil-fuel related … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

WBUR: Warren Bill Would Require Companies To Disclose More About Their Climate Risks

by Benjamin Swasey

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday proposed legislation that would require public companies to disclose more information about their exposure to climate-related risks. Warren's bill would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue rules to require each company to detail its greenhouse gas emissions; its total amount of "fossil fuel-related assets;" how its valuation would be affected by certain climate change forecasts; and its risk management strategies related to climate … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

Pensions&Investments: Climate risk disclosure bill introduced in Senate

by Hazel Bradford

Legislation aimed at helping investors assess climate-related risks was introduced Monday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and seven Democratic senators. If passed, it would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue within one year rules requiring every public company to disclose direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, the total amount of fossil-fuel related assets that it owns or manages, how valuation would be affected and risk management strategies. Disclosure … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

The Hill: Warren says vote should be delayed, asks what Kavanaugh is hiding

by Megan Keller

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats in demanding that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing be delayed until they can fully review the sexual misconduct allegations against him .Christine Blasey Ford over the weekend went public with her accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to remove her clothes her at a party in the early 1980s, roiling the confirmation process. "Christine Blasey Ford is brave, deserves to … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

Bloomberg: Warren Sees New Conflict in NLRB Bid to Unravel Obama-Era Worker Rules

by Josh Eidelson

Democratic U.S. senators led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts urged a Trump administration labor board appointee to recuse himself from a case that could end up being a big victory for corporations trying to make it harder for workers to unionize. The case before the National Labor Relations Board deals with the right of companies to restrict workers’ online organizing efforts. In a letter sent to NLRB Chairman John Ring, a Trump appointee, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory … Continue Reading

September 15, 2018

The Boston Globe: Mass. lawmakers rip Columbia Gas for ‘woefully inadequate response’ to Merrimack Valley fires, explosions

by Danny McDonald

The state’s two US senators and the congressmen representing the Merrimack Valley communities rocked by gas fires and explosions Thursday have sent a letter to Columbia Gas criticizing its “woefully inadequate response” to the disaster that forced thousands of residents from their homes. US Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Niki Tsongas of Lowell and Seth Moulton of Salem addressed the sharply worded letter Friday to Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

MassLive: Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 'The spotlight's on Columbia' after 1 killed, thousands displaced in Lawrence, North Andover, Andover fires and explosions

by Melissa Hanson

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey on Friday morning called for answers and transparency from Columbia Gas after explosions and fires on Thursday killed one man and injured 25 others. Warren said while the immediate problem is residents being moved out of their homes in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, officials need to look at the long term."The spotlight is on Columbia," Warren said to reporters Friday morning. "I want to make sure that spotlight stays on them when the … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek congressional hearing on Merrimack Valley gas explosions

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on Congressional leaders Friday to immediately convene a hearing on gas explosions and fires that damaged homes and injured residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Thursday. The senators, who met with first responders and local officials during a visit to the command center in Lawrence Friday, asked the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to look into how the incident occurred and what must be … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Business Insider: Elizabeth Warren calls out Amazon for using a 'special information advantage' for 'anti-competitive' practices

by Dennis Green

Sen. Elizabeth Warren laid out her criticisms of Amazon - and why she thinks it should be scrutinized more closely. Speaking with The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin on Thursday, Warren centered her criticism on the fact that Amazon is both a marketplace - essentially, a platform for other sellers - and a direct retailer itself.The problem, Warren says, is that Amazon gets the data from all of these sales and doesn't necessarily share it. With that information, Amazon can then create its … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

The Hill: Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts

by Timothy Cama

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to require corporations to disclose to the public and investors about how much they are contributing to climate change and what risks it causes their businesses.Warren, seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2020, has largely built her political career on pushing progressive policies on corporate accountability, like her role launching the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.She proposed the Climate Risk Disclosure Act Friday to raise public awareness … Continue Reading

September 13, 2018

Roll Call: Senators Cheer Trump Order on Election Meddling, but Want More Action

by Niels Lesniewski

Senators are pleased to see the Trump administration doing something about election interference, but they don’t think Wednesday’s executive order will be enough.Some of the concern comes from the fact that even if federal agencies report evidence of Russian evidence to interfere in the 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump could still waive the imposition of sanctions.Perhaps not coincidentally, the Senate Banking Committee was holding a hearing Wednesday afternoon with outside witnesses to … Continue Reading

September 12, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, MA Dems condemn President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, reject claim it was 'unsung success'

by Shannon Young

Massachusetts congressional lawmakers pushed back this week against President Donald Trump's assertion that his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was an "incredible unsung success."U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrats who have criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency's handling of the September 2017 hurricane, took issue with Trump's suggestion that the federal response in Puerto Rico was "incredibly successful.""No, (Donald … Continue Reading

September 12, 2018

Common Dreams: 'Outrageous': Fury as Pompeo Puts US 'Rubber Stamp' of Approval on Saudi Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen

by Julia Conley

As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose three-year assault on the country has been made possible by U.S. support, are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties."The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the … Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

BuzzFeed: More Than 2,000 Puerto Ricans Applied For Funeral Assistance After Hurricane Maria. FEMA Approved Just 75.

by Nidhi Prakash

FEMA approved just 3% of applications for funeral assistance from more than 2,000 Puerto Rican families who lost loved ones after Hurricane Maria, according to a letter the agency head wrote to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In response to an earlier letter from Warren, Brock Long, director of FEMA, wrote on Aug. 14 that as of July 30, his agency had received 2,431 requests for funeral assistance from Puerto Ricans related to the hurricane — they approved just 75 of them, meaning 97% have either been … Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

New Republic: Obama endorses “Medicare for all” and gives a special nod to Elizabeth Warren’s ideas.

by Jeet Heer

Speaking to an audience largely made up of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, former President Barack Obama spoke approvingly of the aggressively reformist agenda being put forward by Democratic candidates.“So Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on good new ideas like Medicare for all, giving workers seats on corporate boards, reversing the most egregious corporate tax cuts to make sure college students graduate,” … Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

American Banker: Two lawmakers urge CFPB, FTC to keep pressure on Equifax

by Neil Haggerty

Two Democratic lawmakers are calling for an update on regulators' progress investigating Equifax a year after a massive data breach at the credit reporting giant came to light. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., have sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission urging them to hold credit reporting agencies accountable. Equifax disclosed the breach that ultimately affected 148 million consumers, in September … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren: If Trump officials are so worried, they should invoke the 25th Amendment

by Jaclyn Reiss

US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told a TV news reporter that if Trump administration officials are so worried about the country, they should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Warren’s comments to CNN reporter Manu Raju on Thursday came after an explosive New York Times op-ed written by a senior administration official claiming that a group of staffers is trying to sabotage parts of Trump’s agenda from inside the White House. The senator reportedly … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Washington Post: Senate Democrats ask Justice Dept. to review Giuliani's work for foreign clients

by Felicia Sonmez

Seven Senate Democrats asked the Department of Justice to examine Rudolph W. Giuliani’s work for foreign clients Thursday, arguing that recent reports on his activities “raise significant concerns” about whether he is improperly lobbying government officials as President Trump’s personal attorney. The letter was written by Democratic Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Richard … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

CNN: Elizabeth Warren: Time to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from Office

by Manu Raju

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on an explosive op-ed from an anonymous administration official, said Thursday that it's time to use constitutional powers to remove President Donald Trump office if top officials don't think he can do the job. "If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," Warren told CNN. "The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the Vice President and … Continue Reading

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