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February 06, 2020

CBS Boston: Lawmakers Push Airlines To Reduce Airplane Noise Around Logan Airport

by CBS Boston

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing major airlines to cut down on airplane noise around Logan Airport. Letters sent to American, Delta and Southwest Airlines are “urging them to act to reduce airplane-related noise problems that have affected Massachusetts residents and communities across the country.”“As Congress works to address airplane noise, and address the noise pollution that has resulted from FAA’s new navigation system, your company can also take steps to alleviate … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

The Trace: Warren’s Big Gun Bill Would Close Dealer Security Shortfalls Exposed by The Trace/The New Yorker

by Brian Freskos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A sweeping new bill introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Hank Johnson would realize a slew of big-ticket gun reform policies, including universal background checks, an updated assault weapons ban, and expanded funding for federal gun violence research. It would also significantly increase security requirements at the nation’s tens of thousands of firearms dealers. A 2019 investigation by The Trace and The New Yorker illuminated the growing problem of … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren introduces sweeping gun safety bill with licensing, universal background checks, and an assault-weapons ban

by Syd Stone

BOSTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday introduced comprehensive and aggressive gun safety legislation, including a federal gun licensing system, universal background checks, and a ban on military-style assault weapons, to address what she called the “deadly crisis” of gun violence. The Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act, with companion legislation to be introduced in the House by Representative by Hank Johnson of Georgia, incorporates several existing Senate … Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Brockton Enterprise: Federal government: $1.5 million fund to create downtown Brockton dining district, 43 jobs

by Marc Larocque

BROCKTON — A new $1.5 million restaurant loan fund, originally proposed by Brockton’s former mayor Bill Carpenter, will bring some new dining options - and dozens of jobs - to the downtown area.The city’s federal delegation, including U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, announced on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $1.5 million Section 108 Loan Guarantee to the city for … Continue Reading

January 08, 2020

WBUR: Iranian Americans Trying To Enter U.S. Say They're Being Targeted. Warren Wants Answers From Border Agency

by Shannon Dooling

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants detailed information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about any additional security measures put in place focused on Iranian travelers entering the country.Over the weekend, some Iranian nationals and Iranian Americans with U.S. citizenship were reportedly subjected to hours-long secondary questioning at a port of entry in Washington state. According to advocates, some were asked questions about their personal politics and religious … Continue Reading

December 17, 2019

CBS Boston: Warren, Markey And Keating Call On Army Corps To Replace Cape Cod Bridges

Congressional leaders in Massachusetts are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow through on a recommendation to replace the Sagamore and Bourne bridges. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Rep. Bill Keating, sent a letter to leaders calling for full replacement of the 85-year-old Cape Cod Canal bridges.A report released by the Corps in October said replacement is the most cost-effective way to combat a problem that causes major traffic jams, resulting in millions of … Continue Reading

December 09, 2019

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey join the fight to save minor league baseball

by Michael Silverman

Massachusetts senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have entered the escalating fray over Major League Baseball’s proposal to strip the Lowell Spinners and 41 other minor-league teams of their major-league affiliation.In a sharply worded letter delivered to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred late last week, Warren and Markey depicted the contraction plan as “a slap in the face to Lowell, and to communities across the country.”“This scheme would cause significant economic damage to the City of … Continue Reading

November 26, 2019

Boston Globe: Massachusetts lawmakers seek federal help for cranberry farmers hurt by Chinese tariffs

by Ryan Wangman

Massachusetts lawmakers are asking the Trump administration to help cranberry farmers in the state and nationwide as they face major losses this year due to Chinese tariffs.Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, along with Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III and William Keating, who represent the state’s main cranberry growing areas, wrote on Thursday to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, imploring him to “explore new markets” and “work creatively to help relieve the economic … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren takes on Wall Street’s role in our surging medical bills

by Helaine Olen

When we think about private equity, we often think about companies like Toys R Us: purchased with borrowed money, loaded up with debt that ultimately all but destroys the firm. The investors make out, the employees and consumers lose out. But there’s another model too: Buy into a business where you can suck money out of consumers.That describes the health-care business. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has something to say about that.The Post can exclusively reveal that earlier this week, … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Boston Globe: Mass. lawmakers call for US crackdown on ransomware attacks

by Andy Rosen

Congressional representatives from Massachusetts are calling for a federal crackdown on ransomware, a form of malware that hackers have used to cripple state and local agencies — sometimes for weeks — by locking their computer systems and demanding payment to release them.In a letter released Friday, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with eight of the state’s representatives, asked Homeland Security for more help with a problem that has affected communities across the … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Out: Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin Demand Trump Protect Trans Migrants

by Nico Lang

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin are calling on the Trump administration to protect transgender asylum seekers.In a Thursday letter, Warren and Baldwin call on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to “immediately reverse policies” that harm transgender migrants seeking refuge in the United States “and take swift action to protect [their] health and safety.” “While in detention, transgender migrants and asylum seekers are … Continue Reading

October 16, 2019

The New York Times: How Unpredictable Work Hours Turn Families Upside Down

by Claire Cain Miller

Unpredictable schedules can be brutal for hourly workers, upending their lives. New research shows that African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities — particularly women — are much more likely to be assigned irregular schedules, and that the harmful repercussions are felt not just by the workers but also their families.The findings come from continuing surveys of 30,000 hourly workers by the Shift Project at the University of California. The researchers compared workers who earned the … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Wall Street Journal: Warren Probes Apollo and KKR on Backing For-Profit Colleges

by Chris Cumming and Laura Cooper

Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from private-equity firms about their investments in for-profit colleges, the latest push by a high-profile Washington lawmaker to investigate how buyout firms affect the public.The Democratic senator from Massachusetts, joined by Rep. Mark Pocan (D., Wis.), wrote to six private-equity firms—including Apollo Global Management Inc. and KKR & Co.—asking for financial information and other details about their investments in for-profit colleges, the … Continue Reading

September 16, 2019

Boston Globe: Chinese tariffs are taking a toll on Mass. lobster businesses, and lawmakers are speaking up

by Danny McDonald

Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts are urging the US trade representative to “explore new markets for American lobster exports” following a year-plus of heavy Chinese tariffs on the imported crustacean.In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the lawmakers said, “US lobster exports to China are down more than 80 percent since June 2018, which is reflected in the losses reported by local Massachusetts lobster companies.” Here’s a look at the issue.What’s the impact on … Continue Reading

September 13, 2019

Curbed: Sen. Warren has a plan for military housing

by Patrick Sisson

A striking report released by the Army Inspector General this week found that housing for members of the U.S. military run by private companies is substandard and poorly maintained, and in many cases, provides the companies with long-term profits.At a time when the federal government is redirecting funds appropriated for schools and other infrastructure improvements on military bases to pay for the border wall, the report underscores continued difficulty to provide quality housing and living … Continue Reading

September 08, 2019

WesternMass News: State senators urge federal officials for more research on EEE virus

by Morgyn Joubert and Sabrina Reilley

Now with the threat of EEE in the Bay State rising, state senators are speaking up to bring change.Senators Markey and Warren are pressing health officials for additional research on EEE, a deadly disease that is still surrounded by questions.The total number of human cases of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Massachusetts has risen to 7 after officials confirmed two new human cases of EEE with the latest being a 5-year-old girl from Sudsbury, who had just started kindergarten.Read the full … Continue Reading

September 03, 2019

New England Public Radio: After Public Outcry, Feds Agree To Reopen Certain Medical Deferral Requests

by Shannon Dooling

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now says it will reopen certain medical deferred action cases, including for a number of Boston-area immigrants who previously received denial letters.The announcement comes after a tumultuous week in which federal agencies contradicted one another and severely ill patients feared a total end to the humanitarian process that allows immigrants to remain longer in the U.S. while they receive medical treatment.WBUR first reported the apparent end … Continue Reading

August 30, 2019

WBUR News: ICE Confirms The End Of Medical Deferrals; Mass. Delegation Urges Trump To Reconsider

by Shannon Dooling

After a week of confusion around a long-standing medical deferment program for immigrants with serious illnesses, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday made things clear: the program no longer exists.ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer told WBUR in a statement that "ICE does not exercise discretion on a categorical basis to exempt entire groups of aliens from the immigration laws enacted by Congress."Though ICE does have a process by which individuals can apply for a temporary … Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Boston Globe: Warren, Markey, Pressley letter demands answers on asylum delays in Boston

by Christina Prignano

Three members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are questioning the Trump administration’s decision to divert immigration officers from Northeast offices to assist with processing asylum cases at the southern border, leaving behind a backlog of 40,000 New England cases.In a letter to acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Senator Edward J. Markey, and Representative Ayanna Pressley called the move an “unfair and unjustified … Continue Reading

August 26, 2019

Rolling Stone: Elizabeth Warren: Trump’s Student-Loan Watchdog Pick Is ‘Revolving Door Corruption’

by Andy Kroll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blasted the chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for appointing a high-ranking official from a scandal-plagued loan servicer to be the Bureau’s new student-loan watchdog.On Monday, Warren’s office released three fiery letters the senator had sent to Trump-nominated CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Robert Cameron, the man picked to serve as the CFPB’s new student-loan ombudsman. The ombudsman position was created to … Continue Reading

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