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April 23, 2020

The Hill: Warren, Levin roll out plan for coronavirus 'containment corps'

by Jordain Carney

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) introduced a plan on Thursday to create a "containment corps" that would carry out a national coronavirus contact tracing program. The Democratic proposal would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a plan within 30 days to "hire, deploy and train" individuals who would be responsible for investigating cases of the coronavirus and performing contact tracing. "In order to keep our communities … Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

Vox: Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown’s plan to protect consumers from financial ruin

by Emily Stewart

The $1,200 stimulus checks from the government have quite a loophole. Banks and loan sharks can seize the money before it lands in your account — a wrinkle that favors debt collectors over the vulnerable people the checks are supposed to help. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are calling for Congress to put a stop to it in the next coronavirus package out of Capitol Hill. The plan is part of a broad set of proposals, shared exclusively with Vox, that the pair of senators … Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

MassLive: It is time to pause all debt payments and cancel student loan debt amid coronavirus outbreak, Elizabeth Warren says

by Benjamin Kail

As lawmakers hammer out a fourth COVID-19 relief package, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown on Tuesday proposed a host of measures, including pausing all debt payments, to provide quick relief to American consumers grappling with a pandemic that's cost millions their jobs and made it tougher to pay bills. While the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided stimulus checks of at least $1,200 to most American adults, Warren of Massachusetts and … Continue Reading

April 15, 2020

Vox: Exclusive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have a plan to fix the pandemic child care crisis

by Anna North

Child care workers in America are in an untenable position right now. Some are on the front lines of the coronavirus response, caring for children of essential workers while often lacking health insurance themselves. Others are unable to make ends meet as families keep their kids at home and day care centers shutter. Meanwhile, parents are left wondering whether their children's care providers will even be in business when the pandemic is over, making child care possibly harder to find and … Continue Reading

April 13, 2020 Elizabeth Warren wants a bill of rights for essential workers. Here’s what it includes.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Elizabeth Warren says the next coronavirus relief package should “put all workers front and center.” But the Massachusetts senator is also proposing a slate of new protections for those who don’t have the luxury of staying at home during the pandemic. Warren and California Rep. Ro Khanna unveiled an “Essential Workers Bill of Rights” on Monday aimed at boosting protections and benefits for the employees most exposed to COVID-19....Read the full story on the website … Continue Reading

April 13, 2020

The Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren urges Congress to enact more protections for ‘essential’ workers

by Abha Bhattarai

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging Congress to enact extra protections for front-line workers — including medical, grocery, janitorial and child care providers — in its next coronavirus relief package.Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) plan Monday to introduce a 10-point “bill of rights” that calls on lawmakers to go beyond the $2.2 trillion Cares Act to ensure higher wages, universal paid sick leave and job security for all employees — including independent contractors and gig … Continue Reading

April 13, 2020

The Boston Globe: Markey, Warren want coronavirus relief checks sent quickly to people without direct deposit

by Christina Prignano

As taxpayers begin to see coronavirus relief payments land in their bank accounts, Massachusetts senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren want the Treasury Department to ensure those without direct deposit receive their paper checks quickly as well. The two Democrats made the call in a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday. They urged the IRS to promptly mail checks to taxpayers who do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS, citing reports that the … Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

CNBC: Warren and Harris introduce Senate bill to crack down on price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic

by Lauren Feiner

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit price gouging during national emergencies, including the Covid-19 pandemic.Under the Price Gouging Prevention Act, the FTC would be empowered to enforce a ban on excessive price increases of consumer goods during national emergencies. It would have to consider any price increase above 10% to be price gouging during such a declaration. The House bill was crafted based on a similar … Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

ABC News: Warren, Pressley renew call for trove of national data on race and coronavirus, this time aimed at Medicare

by Cheyenne Haslett

Former 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed yet again Friday morning for the federal government to shed a light on racial disparities rearing in the battle against coronavirus, this time calling on the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, whose agency collects data from millions of Americans enrolled in the government-run health care programs. Verma told reporters at a White House coronavirus task force briefing earlier this week that her agency had data … Continue Reading

April 09, 2020

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren demands info on children’s privacy policies in letter to Zoom CEO

by Russell Brandom

In a letter to Zoom CEO Eric Yuan today, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) raised new concerns about the service’s safety and privacy policies amid unprecedented consumer usage of the product in education and elsewhere. The letter pays particular attention to users under the age of 13 who are subject to special privacy protections under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter details a number of Zoom’s recent security and privacy issues, including the … Continue Reading

April 07, 2020

The Hill: Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic

by Maggie Miller

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a plan Tuesday intended to secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic through mail-in voting and increasing online voter registration.The plan, first reported by Mother Jones, calls on states to ensure every eligible American has the ability to vote by mail, sending voters a ballot with prepaid postage. Warren urged Congress to pass a bill proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last month intended to ensure mail-in voting … Continue Reading

April 06, 2020 Massachusetts has asked for 1,700 ventilators for the COVID-19 surge. Only a fraction have arrived.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

In preparation for a surge in coronavirus patients, Massachusetts has requested 1,700 ventilators from the national stockpile. Gov. Charlie Baker says the federal government has committed to sending them at least 1,000 of the “desperately” needed respiratory machines. But so far, 100 have arrived. And the state’s congressional delegation says it’s “absurd.”In a letter Monday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, all 11 members of the Massachusetts delegation expressed “frustration” that … Continue Reading

April 04, 2020 Members of Mass. congressional delegation seek more resources in battle against COVID-19 in veterans’ homes

by Dialynn Dwyer

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are expressing their concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus at veterans’ homes. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and representatives Richard Neal and Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to Ryan Lilly, network director at the VA New England Healthcare System, expressing their concerns about the COVID-19 outbreaks at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, asking that more resources be obtained and deployed to … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

VICE: Elizabeth Warren Calls on Uber, Instacart to Reclassify Workers as Employees

by Edward Ongweso Jr.

In a letter to the CEOs of Uber, Instacart, DoorDash, and Grubhub, Senator Elizabeth Warren called on the gig companies to do something they've fought for years: providing gig workers with "basic rights and protections" that might protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Because these workers perform essential delivery work and are critical to serving customers who cannot leave home during the pandemic, you have a responsibility to protect their health and the public’s health. To do so, I … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren Wants $15.5 Billion To Help Homeless During Coronavirus Outbreak

by Jenavieve Hatch

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would dramatically expand funding to protect people experiencing homelessness as the coronavirus pandemic makes its way across the country. The legislation, called the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, was introduced in the House last month by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). It would provide $15.5 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grant program under the Department of Housing and Urban … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020 Airlines are offering credit for canceled flights due to the coronavirus. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want there to be full refunds.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want airline passengers to get more than just credit for canceled flights in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter Tuesday to 11 major domestic airlines, the two Massachusetts Democrats and seven of their colleagues called on the companies to issue full cash refunds to customers who cancel their flights during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as Americans who have had flights canceled while stranded in countries that implemented travel restrictions … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren calls on Uber Eats, Instacart, others to classify workers as employees

by Christina Prignano

Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on food delivery apps like Uber Eats, which have seen a surge in business because of coronavirus, to reclassify their workforce as employees and boost their pay as workers find themselves vulnerable to the outbreak but often lacking basic protections like paid sick leave.Warren made the demands in a series of letters to the CEOs of DoorDash, Instacart, Grubhub, and UberEats on Wednesday. Many workers at those companies are classified as independent … Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

Boston Globe: Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’ medical supplies?

by Matt Stout

Senator Elizabeth Warren is pressing federal officials for answers on why they seized at least two of Massachusetts’ recent orders for protective equipment, charging that it appears they are still interfering with states’ efforts to track down medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.In a five-page letter Monday, Warren asked Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, to outline how the agency is ensuring states aren’t outbid for supplies by the federal … Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Associated Press: Pressley And Warren Call For Racial Data In Coronavirus Testing

by Adam Morrison

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Warren and Pressley said comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the virus that causes COVID-19 does not exist. Over the weekend, cities with large black and nonwhite Hispanic … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

CNBC:Elizabeth Warren calls for a ‘grassroots’ stimulus package to counter coronavirus economic impact

by Tyler Clifford

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday called on the U.S. government to respond to the coronavirus outbreak by passing a “big stimulus package” that offers health-care guarantees and injects money at the “grassroots level.”In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, the Massachusetts Democrat explained that her far-reaching proposal addresses everything from COVID-19 testing to student loan holders to workers and businesses. The total package would cost $750 billion, up from the $400 billion original … Continue Reading

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