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November 09, 2017

Healthcare IT News: Senators give CMS deadline to decide its stance on unique device identifiers

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, are calling on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to decide by Dec. 1 whether the agency will include unique device identifiers on Medicare claim forms. The senators are also asking whether the agency plans to follow the recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General and MedPAC to make sure UDIs are included. Further, they want CMS to … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Associated Press: Sen. Warren Helps Dedicate Chair to POWs, Missing in Action

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren participated in a dedication ceremony Wednesday for a commemorative chair in Washington designed to honor American prisoners of war and the tens of thousands of service members missing in action. The 1850s, hand-carved oak chair dedicated to the approximately 91,662 POWs and those missing in action was unveiled during a ceremony at Emancipation Hall on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The memorial was authorized by a bill co-sponsored by Warren, a … Continue Reading

November 04, 2017

Sun Chronicle: Warren asks EPA to dip into Norton water problems

NORTON - Federal authorities are being asked to look into the town's notorious discolored water. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, has written to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for help. "I urge you to interact with the town of Norton, Massachusetts and the Commonwealth to ensure that the water does indeed meet health standards," Warren wrote. "The residents of Norton deserve nothing short of absolute confidence in the quality of their drinking water." Warren also … Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Springfield Republican Editorial: Warren is right that speech must be heard

Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on liberals to be liberal. And she's right. The Massachusetts legislator decried attempts to silence controversial speakers in campus settings. As abhorrent as some people might find views expressed by some speakers, forcing a speech to be canceled or interfering with an appearance only turns the speakers into national symbols and raises the profile of their causes. "I think it's dangerous to suppress speech," Warren said. "Instead of shutting up individuals … Continue Reading

November 02, 2017

International Business Times: Elizabeth Warren Warns: Navient Deal A Danger To Student Loan Borrowers

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren warned Wednesday that the nation's largest student loan servicer has positioned itself to stealthily strip consumer protections from unwitting borrowers across the country. In an interview with International Business Times, she also said the loan servicer, Navient, should not be permitted to be a government contractor handling student loans on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. The Massachusetts Democrat was sounding an alarm about Navient's recent … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

The Intercept: Elizabeth Warren Says Campus Free Speech Means No Censorship or Violence

THE U.S. SENATE waded into the debate about free speech on college campuses Thursday, as a panel of experts offered their views on what has emerged as an increasingly controversial issue on college campuses. ... Toward the end of the committee hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the signatories on that letter, said colleges should not prohibit speakers no matter how extreme their views are. She also condemned extremists on the right and the left who use violence against people they disagree … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

Salem News: Warren visits Salem to discuss opioid crisis

SALEM - Hundreds of thousands of people visit Salem every October. But one visitor attracted more attention than most on Monday. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to Salem to discuss the opioid crisis with Mayor Kim Driscoll and a table full of local people who are trying to fight a problem plaguing communities everywhere. Warren stopped by the fire station on Lafayette Street to watch a demonstration by Salem firefighters of how they administer the lifesaving drug Narcan to someone in the midst … Continue Reading

October 29, 2017

TheStreet: Warren Questions Legality of Vote on AIG's 'Too Big to Fail' Label

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know why members of an oversight panel determined that bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG - Get Report) no longer poses a threat to the U.S. economy if it collapses -- and whether activist investor Carl Icahn had anything to do with the decision. The Financial Stability Oversight Council's vote to lift AIG's designation as a systemically important financial institution, imposed in the wake of a $182 billion taxpayer bailout in 2008, … Continue Reading

October 27, 2017

The Intercept: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren Working on a "Comprehensive Plan" for Puerto Rico

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is working on a "comprehensive plan that includes debt forgiveness" for Puerto Rico, an effort that will be informed by his trip to the island on Friday, Sanders told The Intercept. Sanders's plan is being developed in conjunction with other members of the progressive flank of the Senate Democratic caucus. The plan is still in its early stages, but Democratic aides said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is one of the lawmakers involved in the informal talks with … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

CNN: Warren: 'More questions than answers' on Niger attack

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says there are "more questions than answers" about what led to four US soldiers being killed in the October 4 Niger ambush, and she's arguing for Congress to have a bigger role in determining how US troops operate in countries like Niger where they don't have an active combat mission. Warren, who sits on the Senate armed services committee, told CNN the attack was yet another sign that Congress is long overdue to debate a war authorization that better defines the US' … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Springfield Republican: US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek $45 billion to combat opioid epidemic

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, joined about a dozen other Senate Democrats this week in pushing legislation that would invest billions of dollars into efforts to combat opioid abuse -- funding which they argued is needed to address current shortcomings in the federal government's response to the so-called epidemic. The bill, known as the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, would set aside $45 billion for opioid prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment efforts, including … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Springfield Republican: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren rips Republicans for vote to 'make it easier for financial institutions to cheat people'

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, slammed chamber Republicans this week for blocking a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule to limit forced arbitration -- a move which she argued would "make it easier for financial institutions to cheat people." The Democrat, who urged support for the CFPB rule in a late Tuesday floor speech, blasted GOP leaders for narrowly approving legislation to roll back the rule, which sought to allow consumers to bring class action lawsuits against … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Associated Press: Massachusetts delegation to Trump: Keep health subsidies

Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is sending President Donald Trump a letter criticizing him for ending health care subsidies and warning him that tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents could see their premiums spike as a result. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and all nine representatives from Massachusetts signed the letter dated Tuesday. The lawmakers included a copy of a letter Republican Gov. Charlie Baker sent them last week urging Congress to … Continue Reading

October 23, 2017

Lowell Sun: Warren calls for VA probe on Bedford patient's death

BEDFORD -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General expedite its criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a Bedford VA Medical Center patient. Warren wrote a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin to express her "extreme concern and outrage" at the death of William R. Nutter Jr., a Vietnam War veteran who died of cardiac arrest last year after allegedly being neglected by a distracted nurse. Warren called for … Continue Reading

October 23, 2017

Reuters: Warren seeks SEC probe of trading in shares of loan servicer Navient

Senator Elizabeth Warren wants the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether someone profited on inside information regarding the student loan servicer Navient Corp and its dealings with the federal government. In a letter sent to the SEC on Monday, Warren requested an insider trading probe of three large trades made in that company's stock hours before a congressional committee disclosed that a regulator feuding with the company would no longer have access to certain … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

WBUR: Sens. Warren And Markey Call On Administration To Ensure Puerto Rico Death Toll Is Accurate

Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are among a group of 13 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to ensure the accuracy of the count of people who have died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. As of Thursday, the official death count for the U.S. territory is 48, the senators said, but media reports cited by the group have estimated that the number is much higher than that - potentially in the hundreds. In a letter to Elaine Duke, acting U.S. homeland … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Boston Globe: Warren takes lead role in fight against Trump tax plan

WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Warren is focusing her trademark populist style on the next big item on the Republican to-do list in Washington: overhauling the US tax code. The Massachusetts senator kicked off her fresh national effort Wednesday morning by arguing that President Trump and his wealthy Cabinet members stand to reap huge financial rewards from their own tax plan. "Trump's tax plan is simple. The rich get richer, and everyone else gets left behind," Warren said at a press conference, … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Glamour: Elizabeth Warren Once Struggled to Find Child Care—and Every Working Mother Can Relate

For millions of American families, securing affordable, high-quality child care is a challenge if not an impossibility-one that Senator Elizabeth Warren is all too familiar with. On Wednesday evening the Massachusetts lawmaker delivered the keynote address at the National Women's Law Center's forty-fifth anniversary gala and, in a heartfelt speech, revealed that if it hadn't been for the help of her 78-year-old aunt Bee, she likely wouldn't be a U.S. senator today. ... "Until we decide, until … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Washington Post: ‘We have not forgotten you,’: Elizabeth Warren, activists hold rally for Puerto Rico

Touting a sign that read "Paper towels are not enough," Jean Clark, a software developer from Silver Spring, Md., joined a few hundred others Wednesday on a march from the Capitol to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to protest what they say is an inadequate response by President Trump to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Clark said she was particularly incensed by Trump's visit to the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria, during which he tossed paper towels to a crowd. She and other protesters … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Springfield Republican: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren presses White House for clarity on its minimum wage stance

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on White House officials Wednesday to clarify President Donald Trump's stance on raising the minimum wage, contending that he offered shifting support for the policy throughout his 2016 campaign. The Massachusetts Democrat penned a letter to top White House economic advisers seeking clarification on whether the administration supports increasing the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25 per hour. Warren further pressed … Continue Reading

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