News Coverage

May 06, 2018

Springfield Republican: On her deathbed, whistleblower described substandard care at Northampton VA

by Shira Schoenberg, Shannon Young and Daniel Glaun

Five days before she died of uterine cancer, Dr. Sarah Kemble, chief of medicine at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds, submitted a 23-page affidavit to U.S. officials detailing problems of substandard care at the veterans' facility."It is my final wish to complete this affidavit ... so that I can attempt to change systemic and dangerous patient care, dangerous practices, and public safety issues," Kemble wrote...."It should not take a whistleblower on her deathbed … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey urge Senate leaders to ensure Congress briefed on North Korea negotiations, summit

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, called on chamber leaders this week to ensure the Trump administration keeps Congress informed of its negotiations with North Korea ahead of an expected summit between the country's two leaders....Arguing that Congress has played an important role in shaping the United States' North Korea policy -- including authoring various sanctions against the country -- the senators further called for Senate leaders to press the administration for monthly … Continue Reading

April 30, 2018

Vox: Consumers have filed thousands of complaints about the Equifax data breach. The government still hasn’t acted.

by Emily Stewart

Since Equifax announced that a data breach had left the personal information of tens of millions of people exposed last September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the US government’s top consumer watchdog — has received more than 20,000 complaints about the company, which is about double the number it received in the six months before.Equifax has said the CFPB is investigating, but thus far the agency hasn’t taken any action. Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is instead trying to make … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren questions whether lobbyist contributions have influenced Mick Mulvaney's work at CFPB

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, raised concerns this week about whether outside money has influenced decisions made at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, following reports that the agency's head admitted basing lobbyist access on contributions while in Congress.The Massachusetts Democrat, who helped start the financial watchdog, penned a letter to CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney Thursday seeking clarification on whether contributions made to his campaign account have … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Fox 25 News: Leaders pushing for database to track firefighters diagnosed with cancer

by Blair Miller

Leaders in Washington are now taking action after our Boston 25 News report on Boston firefighters being diagnosed with cancer. These leaders want to create a database that tracks firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer and track those who die from it...."I want everyone to know about this problem -- not just firefighter families, but all of us," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) Massachusetts.Read the full article on the Fox 25 News website … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

American Banker: Warren probes CFPB over lobbyists’ influence on Mulvaney

by Neil Haggerty

WASHINGTON—Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over what arrangements the agency has made to ensure that acting Director Mick Mulvaney is excluded from decisions that affect banks and other firms that previously gave him campaign contributions.In a letter to Sonya White, the agency’s ethics official, the Massachusetts Democrat asked for details on what matters Mulvaney is recused from following comments he made earlier this week in which he said campaign … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

NPR: Elizabeth Warren To Consumer Chief: 'You Owe The Public Straight Answers'

by Chris Arnold

Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the Trump administration's top consumer protection official late Thursday asking him whether he is doing the bidding of the industries he is supposed to be policing.The move was in response to remarks about lobbyists made earlier this week by the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney.Earlier this week, Mulvaney told a group of bankers and lobbyists that when he was a Republican congressman he would only talk to lobbyists … Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Daily Hampshire Gazette Editorial: Apply lessons from AIDS epidemic to opioid crisis

by Editorial Board

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren draws a sobering analogy between the federal government’s approach to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and its handling of the current opioid addiction crisis. In both instances, people were stigmatized and blamed for their disease, the federal government under-invested in basic research and treatment and lawmakers initially lacked the courage to confront the crisis, the Massachusetts Democratic senator noted. ... Warren is right to say the time is long overdue to … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, others ask Department of Labor to end practice that lets employers pay workers with disabilities less

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on the Department of Labor this week to phase out a practice that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage -- a policy which she called "inherently discriminatory." In a Monday letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Warren and other senators requested information on the agency's oversight and enforcement of employers who use waivers to hire workers with disabilities and pay them below the … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Reveal: Warren calls out ‘disturbing pattern’ of fair housing changes

by Aaron Glantz

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent letters Tuesday to federal banking regulators and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, accusing them of rolling back anti-discrimination protections for people of color in the face of a wave of modern-day redlining.“Over the past year, HUD has taken a number of steps that threaten to undermine existing fair housing laws and regulations,” she wrote, accusing the housing secretary of a “disturbing pattern of undermining and failing to … Continue Reading

April 21, 2018

Mashpee Enterprise: Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit

by Karen B. Hunter

Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waited in the rotunda area inside the main entrance of the Wampanoag Government/Community Center building on Great Neck Road South on Saturday afternoon, April 21 for the arrival of Senator Elizabeth A. Warren. The Senator’s car pulled up right on time at 3 PM. She shook the hands of the members who met her and was offered many hugs, as she greeted each person individually before being escorted to the Wampanoag Health Service Unit for a … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Springfield Republican: US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey urge FEMA and HUD to find long-term housing fix for Hurricane Maria survivors

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development Friday to work together on long-term housing solutions for those displaced by Hurricane Maria. The senators, along with Democratic colleagues from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, asked FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long to immediately enter an agreement with HUD "to stand up the Disaster Housing Assistance Program and address … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Springfield Republican: Massachusetts could get $120 million to fight opioid abuse under Elizabeth Warren-sponsored bill

by Shannon Young

Massachusetts could receive nearly $120 million in annual federal funding to help cities and towns combat opioid abuse under legislation U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, introduced Wednesday. The bill, entitled the "Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act," calls for federal lawmakers to combat opioid abuse similar to how Congress addressed the HIV/AIDs epidemic under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act nearly … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

The Hill: Warren, Cummings seek $100B to fight opioid epidemic

by Rachel Roubein

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) introduced a bill to provide $100 billion in funding over 10 years to address the opioid crisis.This legislation would amount to a significant infusion of new federal dollars aimed at curbing the opioid crisis, which is leading to thousands of deaths each year...."We can't defeat the opioid crisis with empty words and half measures," Warren said in a press release. "Our bill will funnel millions of dollars directly to the … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Financial Regulation News: Lawmakers support measure combating human trafficking

by Douglas Clark

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) touted last week the benefits of the House of Representatives’ recent advancement of a bill designed to combat human trafficking.The senators said the advancement of the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act would aid financial institutions in identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking, so offenders can be prosecuted and victims protected....“We need to use every tool available to fight human trafficking,” Warren said. “I am … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plan sweeping legislation to combat opioid crisis

by Luke Broadwater

With drug overdose deaths ravaging communities across the country, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are planning to introduce legislation Wednesday that would require $10 billion a year in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis.Cummings and Warren are proposing a program — modeled on 1990’s Ryan White Act, which provided billions in federal money to combat the AIDS crisis — to address the drug overdoses which are claiming lives in record … Continue Reading

April 14, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful

by Dylan Matthews

If you’re finishing up your income tax return at the last minute and frustrated by this annual ritual of busywork, you should know about a bill that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced last spring that would make doing taxes vastly easier for Americans — and would strongly push back against the tax prep industry's attempts to keep taxes difficult.The Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017 would order the IRS to create a free online tax preparation and filing service comparable to TurboTax … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

USA Today: Elizabeth Warren, Mick Mulvaney and the showdown at the CFPB Corral

by The Editorial Board

In a showdown Thursday over the future of the federal government's consumer sheriff, it quickly became obvious who was wearing the black hat. Mick Mulvaney, the acting director trying to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) he now leads, would return the country to the bad old days when banks and other financial outlaws scammed consumers who found themselves outgunned and out of luck. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the CFPB, would save the agency from … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts' net neutrality push

by Shira Schoenberg

Massachusetts' two U.S. Senators -- Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey -- have voiced support for work being done in the Massachusetts Legislature to impose state-level net neutrality. Warren and Markey did not endorse specific proposals, but both submitted letters to a state legislative committee supporting the concept of state action to maintain free and unfettered internet access. "Now that the FCC has abandoned its commitment to protect fair and open internet access, it's up to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren asks President Donald Trump for update on implementation of White House opioid commission's recommendations

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pressed President Donald Trump this week for an update on how his administration is responding to the more than 50 recommendations a White House commission has put forth to address drug addiction and end the opioid abuse crisis. Warren and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington penned a letter to Trump seeking information on his response to the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction … Continue Reading

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