News Coverage

July 27, 2018

Reuters: Democrats demand more information from Trump's consumer watchdog pick

by Katanga Johnson

Democratic lawmakers stepped up pressure on President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, demanding more information on her role in the administration’s immigration policies and her stance on consumer finance issues, according to letters seen by Reuters on Friday.The requests for information filed with the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Catherine Cortez Masto and Robert Menendez could delay Kathy Kraninger’s … Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek debt relief for Puerto Rico amid hurricane recovery

by Shannon Young

With debt-related issues impacting Puerto Rico's efforts to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey announced legislation Wednesday that seeks to offer relief to the island and other American territories ravaged by the September storms. The Massachusetts Democrats, who joined U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California, in offering the bill, said the measure would give eligible disaster-damaged territories the option to … Continue Reading

July 22, 2018

Portsmouth Daily Times: Bill would allow military spouses to get out of leases without penalty

by Tom Corrigan

On Thursday, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act.The legislation, originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL), would modify the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to allow a widow or widower of a service member who died while in military service (i.e., a Gold Star spouse) to … Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren confronts Trump nominee for her role in family separations

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, only wanted to know one thing about President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the consumer watchdog agency — and it had nothing to do with financial regulation.During Kathy Kraninger’s Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Warren asked about how Kraninger was involved in the administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy that led to the separation of more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

MassLive: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers bill to cap prescription drug copays

by Shannon Young

With an estimated quarter of Americans struggling to afford rising prescription drug costs, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats announced legislation Wednesday that seeks to place a monthly cap on out-of-pocket payments.The bill, known as the "Capping Prescription Costs Act of 2018," would limit copayment amounts for prescription drugs to $250 per month for individuals and $500 per month for families. The limit would apply to both group health plans and individual market … Continue Reading

July 10, 2018

WBUR: Mass. Congressional Delegation Comes Out Against Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh

by WBUR Newsroom

Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are coming out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is a federal Appeals Court judge and has taught at Harvard Law School for 10 years. Both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey say they are against Kavanaugh's nomination. They're calling on their colleagues to reject him as well. Warren told MSNBC she is concerned that Kavanaugh's nomination could lead to social … Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren celebrated 4th of July by visiting US troops in Iraq, Kuwait

by Shannon Young

While most members of Congress celebrated the 4th of July holiday by taking part in parades and other events across their districts, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, once again spent the holiday visiting American soldiers stationed overseas.The Massachusetts Democrat, who visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan last Independence Day, traveled to Kuwait and Iraq this week to meet with American service members, military leaders and foreign service officers.US Sen. Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading

July 04, 2018

CNN: Sens. Warren, Graham wrap up Iraq visit by meeting with US troops

by Annie Geng

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Elizabeth Warren spent their Fourth of July finishing up a multi-day visit to Iraq by meeting with government officials there and US troops assisting in the fight against ISIS. The two senators posted photos of their visit Wednesday on Twitter.Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad after touring Mosul to observe rebuilding efforts following the city's liberation from … Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Washington Post: Senate Democrats seek information on family reunifications, call for briefings

by Elise Viebeck

Democratic senators want to know — in detail — how the government is trying to reunite migrant families separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In a letter Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 10 colleagues asked federal officials for information that would reveal the progress of the reunification efforts. They asked for anonymized lists of all children and adults who were separated from family members at the border; how long they have been detained and where; and … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Common Dreams: 'We're Not Going Anywhere': Sanders, Warren, and Ellison Vow to Stand With Workers After SCOTUS Undermines Labor Movement

by Julia Conley

Progressive voices in Congress vowed to stand with workers and defend labor rights on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the largest public sector union in the country in a landmark case over union fees. Sen. Eizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a video featuring labor leaders including American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, and attacking the corporate interests which helped deliver a crushing blow to … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

LA Times: U.S. Sens. Sanders and Warren call for a living wage for resort workers

by Hugo Martin

The dispute over living wages at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., has spread to Congress. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have joined 21 other Democratic legislators in signing a letter to Walt Disney Co. CEO urging him to tap the company's hefty profit to pay his resort workers a living wage. Sanders and Warren said Disney is profitable enough to pay a living wage without hurting the company's bottom line.Read the full story on the LA Times … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

MassLive: Massachusetts lawmakers denounce Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Donald Trump's 'travel ban'

by Shannon Young

Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation condemned the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday for upholding a Trump administration policy that limited the ability of individuals from five Muslim-majority countries to enter the United States. Massachusetts Democrats, who have vocally opposed the White House's controversial "travel ban," slammed the high court's 5 to 4 ruling that found the president has authority to suspend the entry of foreign nationals into the country. U.S. Sen. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Time: Elizabeth Warren Describes 'Disturbing Picture' After Visiting Immigration Facility in Texas

by Casey Quackenbush

Elizabeth Warren paid a visit Sunday to an immigration facility in McAllen, Texas amid the ongoing crisis over family separations at the Mexican border. “It’s a disturbing picture. There are children by themselves. I saw a six month old baby, little girls, little boys. There are mothers with their babies, with small children. Family units are together if it’s a very small child, but little girls who are 12 years old are taken away from the rest of their families or held separately. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Boston Globe: Democrats flood border, demanding answers on immigrant child separations

by Liz Goodwin

Congressional Democrats are flocking to the border, investigating conditions in immigrant detention centers and denouncing President Trump.Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Katherine Clark and Mike Capuano of Massachusetts were among the more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers who traveled to the Southern border this weekend in a blue wave of outrage.But they were unable to extract many answers from front-line US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey again press FEMA to help hurricane evacuees, slam agency's claims on Disaster Housing Assistance Program

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, condemned the Trump administration Thursday for refusing to utilize a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program to help Puerto Rican families who remain in mainland hotels nine months after Hurricane Maria made landfall. The senators renewed their call for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to utilize HUD's Disaster Housing Assistance Program to provide long-term shelter supports to evacuees, contending that … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

The Hill: Warren to put hold on Trump consumer bureau nominee

by Sylvan Lane

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said she would block President Trump’s nominee to lead a consumer protection agency until the White House budget official explains her role in the administration’s controversial “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.Warren said in a tweet she would put hold up Kathy Kraninger's nomination to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) until questions are answered about her involvement in policies that include separating migrant … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Washington Post: Are Betsy DeVos’s policies exacerbating racial inequities in student debt? These lawmakers think so

by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

Senate and House Democrats are accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of exacerbating racial disparities in student debt by failing to help defrauded borrowers, enforce consumer protections and examine the root causes of debt inequity.They point to the rewriting of Obama-era regulations intended to guard against predatory for-profit colleges, highlighting two rules known as borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment. As originally conceived, those regulations would benefit students … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

The Nation: The Poor People’s Campaign Is Changing the Moral Narrative of Congress

by John Nichols

The Poor People’s Campaign has come to Washington to challenge members of Congress to address systemic racism, poverty, and inequality, ecological devastation and militarism.The members who showed up were moved by the call. “We’re here today because there is something happening in America. The poor and the marginalized and the suffering are taking to the streets in our capitals across this country to reclaim our government and to demand a government for all the people,” Senator … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

The New York Times: Rubio and Warren Seek to Protect Licenses of Student-Loan Debtors

by Natalie Kitroeff

Senators Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill on Thursday that would prevent states from suspending residents’ driver’s and professional licenses over unpaid federal student loans. Critics have called the practice a self-defeating approach that denies borrowers the means to pay their debts. The bipartisan proposal came after a November report by The New York Times revealed that 20 states had laws allowing government agencies to seize licenses from residents who had … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

The Hill: Warren: GOP tax bill is 'evidence of corruption in Congress'

by Lisa Hagen

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) railed against widespread corruption in Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, taking direct aim at the GOP’s tax law as “evidence of corruption.”Speaking at Wednesday’s We the People Summit in Washington, D.C., Warren largely focused her speech on economic disparity in the U.S., arguing that the economy unfairly benefits wealthy Americans and corporations over the middle class.“Our government has been captured by powerful corporations and … Continue Reading

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