News Coverage

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


June 13, 2018

Vox: Sen. Warren blasts FEMA for doing nothing about Puerto Rico’s hurricane death count

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and two House Democrats blasted the Trump administration Tuesday for not doing anything to verify the true hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico, which researchers now believe could be more than 70 times higher than the official count. President Trump and his Cabinet have remained silent in the face of growing evidence that Puerto Rico is undercounting the deaths of US citizens who died in connection to Hurricane Maria. The local government’s official death … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

The Hill: Warren presses health chief over Trump's promise of drug price cuts

by Peter Sullivan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pressed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday about why no drug companies have announced price decreases despite President Trump saying they would soon. Warren focused on Trump’s statement at the end of May that "in two weeks" drug companies would "announce voluntary massive drops in prices." The two-week mark from that statement is this Wednesday. "He said there would be massive decreases in prices within two weeks," … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

The Guardian: Democrats urge Congress to take action on 'appalling rates of poverty'

by Ed Pilkington

Bernie Sanders and a group of top Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to present a plan to Congress to combat “massive levels of deprivation and the immense suffering this deprivation causes”, following an excoriating United Nations report into extreme poverty in America. In a congressional letter delivered on Tuesday to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, the group said the UN report was “a call to action that we must heed”. They stand ready, the signatories say, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

American Banker: Senior Democrats to Mulvaney: Stop 'starving' CFPB of consumer data

by Rachel Witkowski

Two top Democratic senators accused the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, of “starving” the agency of data used to help write new rules. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mark Warner, D-Va., submitted a letter to the agency Monday as part of a comment period for public input on whether to change the CFPB’s rulemaking process. The lawmakers emphasized that the agency should maintain data collection as part of its rulemaking process, while … Continue Reading


June 09, 2018

CBS Boston: Walsh, Warren, Etheridge Join Thousands In Boston Pride Parade

by Paul Burton

With rainbow flags and bright colors, tens of thousands of people marched with pride and concern Saturday in the 48th Boston Pride Parade.Boston Mayor Marty Walsh marched the two-mile route through the Back Bay and South End with the U.S. Council of Mayors and 300 different organizations. This year’s theme of “Rainbow Resistance” reflects opposition to new and rising threats against the LGBTQ community, including a November ballot question asking voters whether to keep or repeal the state’s … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

MassLive: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker backs Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill, urges Capitol Hill leaders to pass the legislation

by Gintautas Dumcius

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his counterparts in 12 states on Friday urged Congressional leaders to pass US Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill and protect the tax and regulatory structures set up by voters and state lawmakers.In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Baker and his fellow governors noted that 46 states allow the use of medical marijuana and 9 states broadly legalized … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Salem News: Warren introduce bipartisan pot bill

by Colin A. Young

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana, like Massachusetts.The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) seeks to ensure each state the right to determine the best approach to marijuana regulation within its borders, Warren … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Colorado Politics: Gardner, Warren introduce bill to safeguard states with pot

by Joey Bunch

Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren unveiled legislation Thursday to make it clear that states that adequately regulate marijuana need not fear the federal government.Colorado, Massachusetts and other states that have legalized marijuana have fretted intervention from the Trump administration, given Attorney General Jeff Session’s animosity toward pot and the fact federal law still deems it illegal.In a media advisory, Warren’s office said the goal of the legislation would be to … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren Targets Corporate Influence on Government

by Elizabeth Dexheimer

Wall Street’s biggest critic in the Senate recently fought against loosening Dodd-Frank restrictions A decade after the financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal has checked in on dozens of the bankers, government officials, chief executives, hedge-fund managers and others who left a mark on that period to find out what they are doing now. Today, we spotlight U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Elizabeth Warren was one of Wall Street’s fiercest … Continue Reading

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