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June 09, 2020

The Hill: Warren urges bank regulator to scrap anti-redlining rule rewrite

by Sylvan Lane

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is urging a top federal bank regulator to scrap a controversial rewrite of anti-redlining regulations released by his predecessor last month and recuse himself from any attempt to issue new rules.In a letter to acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks released Tuesday, the senator called on the agency to withdraw new rules for banks to follow under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a 1977 law intended to ensure that banks lend to and serve low-income … Continue Reading

June 06, 2020

WBSM: Markey and Warren Seek $500M in Additional Fisheries Aid

by Mary Serreze

U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren on Friday called on U.S. Senate leadership to include $500 million in additional fisheries assistance in the next coronavirus recovery package.In their June 5 letter, the senators said $28 million in fisheries assistance already allocated to Massachusetts should be supplemented as the pandemic continues to affect demand through the summer month’s peak harvests."Compared to the previous five-year average, in March and April of this year, … Continue Reading

June 06, 2020

Business Insider: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley propose creating a national database of cops with a record of misconduct

by Charles Davis

If a police officer behaves badly in one place, new legislation would let police departments elsewhere — and the US public — know all about it."We can't legislate away racism or wave a wand to change culture," US Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said Friday, "but we can make sure that there are mechanisms in place to hold people accountable for wrongdoing."The National Police Misconduct Database and Transparency in Hiring Act, introduced by Merkley with support from Democratic Sen. … Continue Reading

June 05, 2020

Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody

by Tax Axelrod

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) announced Friday they will introduce a bill that would hold law enforcement officers criminally liable for not providing medical care to people in their custody.The two Massachusetts lawmakers will bring forth the Andrew Kearse Accountability for Denial of Medical Care Act, named after Andrew Kearse. Kearse, a 36-year-old black man, died of a heart attack in the back of a police cruiser in 2017 after begging the officers for … Continue Reading

June 05, 2020

WBUR: Mass. Delegation Seeks Two-Month Extension of Meals Waiver

by Michael P. Norton

Ninety-five school districts and community organizations in Massachusetts will need to close sites providing free meals to children during the COVID-19 pandemic unless the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends a waiver set to expire on June 30, according to members of the state's Congressional delegation."We urge you to swiftly extend the area eligibility program waivers for Massachusetts and other states through August 31, 2020, to ensure continuity of meals throughout the summer," the … Continue Reading

May 13, 2020

MassLive: Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren introduce bill to offer refunds for canceled airline travel

by Michelle Williams

A new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate airlines offer full cash refunds for canceled tickets instead of future travel credits.The bill, titled Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020, was introduced Wednesday by both of Massachusetts senators, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and California Sen. Kamala Harris.If passed, the bill would mandate all airlines operating in the United States - including … Continue Reading

May 12, 2020

WBUR: Pressed By Warren, Fauci Says Coronavirus Is Not Contained

by Kimberly Atkins

Answering questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the coronavirus has not yet been contained, and that without robust federal mitigation measures in place by the fall, the country could see a resurgence that leads to “more infections and more deaths.”“Do we have the coronavirus contained?” Warren asked Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

CNN Business: Elizabeth Warren, other Massachusetts Democrats probe Walmart on store with more than 80 coronavirus cases

by Nathaniel Meyersohn

Senator Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation are pressing Walmart on its handling of a store in the state where 81 workers tested positive for the coronavirus and another location where an employee died."We are writing to express serious concern about your company's failure to keep Walmart employees in Massachusetts safe amidst the coronavirus," 11 House and Senate Democrats wrote to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Thursday in a letter obtained by … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

WGBH: Warren, Pressley Push For More Community Health Center Funding

by Saraya Wintersmith

More than 100 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the top leaders of the House and Senate Thursday urging they support additional funding for the nation’s community health centers.The 139 senators and representatives, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both of Massachusetts, along with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, requested an immediate infusion of $7.6 billion in emergency funding and $77.3 billion to secure the long-term finances of community health … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Newsweek: Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

by Aila Slisco

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she would be co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker's bill to phase out large-scale factory farming by 2040. The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren's support for the law comes after multiple reports of unsafe conditions in the meatpacking industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Ro Khanna is also … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders demand Amazon explain whistleblower firings

by Josh Dzieza

Nine Democratic senators are calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to provide information on the firing of workers who called for greater protections from COVID-19. In a letter, the senators cite four workers who were fired after raising concerns about safety conditions at the company's warehouses. Amazon has disputed that the firings were retaliatory, citing other policy violations. "Given the clear public history of these four workers' advocacy on behalf of health and safety conditions for … Continue Reading

May 07, 2020

Bloomberg Green: Warren Blasts ‘Bailout’ for Oil Companies as Trump Eyes Aid

by Jennifer A Dlouhy

The Trump administration shouldn't create a special relief program to bolster oil and gas producers while ignoring companies with "legitimate needs" that have been harmed by the coronavirus, Senator Elizabeth Warren argued Thursday. Oil companies "do not deserve special access to taxpayer-financed bailout funds at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet," the Massachusetts Democrat said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Warren, a progressive who … Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

The Boston Herald: Markey, Warren seek veterans’ home probe as more coronavirus outbreaks emerge at nursing homes

by Lisa Kashinsky

U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for an investigation into the federal Department of Veterans Affairs' oversight of veterans homes as coronavirus ravages long-term care centers. Soldiers' homes in Holyoke and Chelsea emerged early on as centers of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in Massachusetts. Eighty-four veterans have died at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home since March, and 80 residents and 81 employees have tested positive. Twenty-eight veterans who tested positive for … Continue Reading

April 30, 2020

Vox: Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren and Jan Schakowsky have a plan to end mask and medicine shortages amid the Covid-19 crisis

by Dylan Scott

Under a new bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a new federal agency would take responsibility for eliminating protective gear shortages and other supply scarcities critical to the coronavirus response. The legislation, to be released on Thursday and shared first with Vox, seeks to remedy the critical supply shortages reported in some Covid-19 hot spots. It also serves as a counter to President Donald Trump's reluctance to exploit the full power of the … Continue Reading

April 30, 2020

The Boston Globe: Warren, Markey demand data from assisted-living operators on coronavirus impact

by Robert Weisman and Laura Krantz

Amid growing alarm over the spread of COVID-19 at senior care sites, US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts are demanding information from assisted-living operators about coronavirus infections and deaths at their facilities and the steps they are taking to fight the pandemic. The push for scrutiny of a sector not currently regulated by the federal government is also coming from a key House Democrat, Carolyn Maloney of New York, who chairs the House Committee on … Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

Forbes: Warren Urges SEC To Demand Companies Disclose Their Exposure To ‘Climate Risk’

by Steven Li

Largely throughout Elizabeth Warren’s run to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, she had serious concerns about how climate change would impact our economy. As we see in a letter made public just yesterday, that concern hasn’t gone away.In her letter, addressed to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Warren touches on one key point: climate change joins the suite of risks that companies have and making disclosures as to whether a company … Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren and 30 other senators call for a $50 billion bailout for child care providers struggling because of coronavirus

by Christina Prignano

Senator Elizabeth Warren and 30 of her Senate colleagues are calling for the next coronavirus rescue bill to include a $50 billion bailout for struggling child care operations whose services are seen as key to restarting the economy as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.In a letter Wednesday, the lawmakers called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to create a relief fund specifically for child care providers, many of which have been closed … Continue Reading

April 28, 2020

NBC News: Warren, Ocasio-Cortez propose halt to big mergers during coronavirus pandemic

by Sahil Kapur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are teaming up on a proposal to halt mergers and acquisitions for large companies during the coronavirus pandemic, elevating a progressive cause as Democrats and apparent nominee Joe Biden craft the party's platform ahead of the 2020 election.The “Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act” would impose a moratorium on mergers and acquisitions involving large companies until the Federal Trade Commission “determines that small … Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

POLITICO: Schumer, Warren demand investigations of small business loans

by Zachary Warmbrodt

Sens. Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats are calling on government watchdogs to investigate the $670 billion small business rescue program that Congress replenished with funding this week, amid concerns that large companies got too much of the money. Senate and House Democrats sent requests to the inspectors general of the Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department asking them to investigate how banks implemented the Paycheck Protection Program and whether … Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

The Boston Globe: Warren calls for investigation of small business loan program, saying banks were ‘playing favorites’

by Shirley Leung

Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez are calling on inspectors general to launch an investigation into whether banks issuing federal loans for small businesses were “playing favorites” by giving preferential treatment to bigger customers.The Democrats, in a letter sent Thursday to Small Business Administration Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware and General Richard Delmar, the Treasury Department’s acting inspector general, called on the watchdogs to review … Continue Reading

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