News Coverage

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

August 15, 2019

Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren Presses Tom Barrack Over Deals With Saudis

by Caleb Melby and Gillian Tan

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding Donald Trump ally Tom Barrack explain how he won business with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund after working closely with the president and his administration.In a letter to Barrack, the lawmaker highlighted deals the financier’s Colony Capital Inc. arranged after he met with Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman while serving as head of Trump’s inaugural committee and as an adviser to the presidential transition team. The … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill To Cancel $640 Billion In Student Loan Debt

by Alexis Arnold

The Massachusetts senator and the House majority whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), introduced the Student Loan Debt Relief Act on Tuesday. The bill would eliminate student debt entirely for 75% of borrowers and partially for another 20% of borrowers. “[Student loan] debt not only affects the people who try to carry it ? it affects our entire economy,” Warren said at a press conference. “Finding a way to cancel a big chunk of that student loan debt means freeing up young people to do more.” … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

CNBC: Elizabeth Warren attacks the private equity industry with new regulation proposals

by John Harwood

The Massachusetts senator, in tandem with colleagues on Capitol Hill, introduced what she calls the “Stop Wall Street Looting Act.” It stands no chance of enactment so long as Republicans control the White House and Senate, but it matters because Warren has risen to the top tier of 2020 Democratic contenders. Warren framed her proposal as an effort to shrink the amount of money wasted on 21st century financial engineering and redirect it to improve the living standards of average American … Continue Reading

February 20, 2019

GQ: Elizabeth Warren's Universal Child Care Program Will Save American Families Thousands of Dollars

Elizabeth Warren made it clear [that she wants] to be a populist crusader who doubled as a check on the power of corporations and the super-rich. She proposed a "wealth tax," a 2 percent tax on families with assets over $50 million and 3 percent on those with assets over $1 billion. It would generate an estimated $2.75 trillion over the next ten years, and now we know what Warren wants to do with that money: fund a national child-care program. Earlier this year, a New York Times poll found … Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

New York Times: Elizabeth Warren Proposes Universal Child Care

Elizabeth Warren's plan, the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, would create a network of government-funded care centers based partly on the existing Head Start network, with employees paid comparably to public-school teachers. Families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level would be able to send their children to these centers for free. Families earning more than that would be charged on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 7 percent of their income. The plan … Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

WaPo: Elizabeth Warren proposes universal child care, paid for by tax on ultra-millionaires

by Jeff Stein

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a plan Tuesday for creating a "universal child care" system in the United States paid for by a tax on the very wealthy. The plan proposed by Warren would ensure that every American would be able to enroll children up to 5 years old in a child-care program while paying no more than 7 percent of their income in fees. Families below a certain income level - $50,000 a year in today's dollars, for a family of four - could use the facilities free of charge, … Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

Vox: Elizabeth Warren's Ambitious Plan to Fight the Opioid Epidemic, Explained

Elizabeth Warren is widely known for her public battles with big banks and Wall Street. She's gotten attention for her wealth tax proposal. She's praised, even by some conservatives, for her book The Two-Income Trap. As a US senator for Massachusetts, Warren has built a formidable record on the opioid crisis, which now kills more Americans than gun violence or car crashes. She's called for more research into alternative painkillers, including medical marijuana. She's tried to holdPresident … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

The Week: How Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax could save America

by Jeff Spross

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a big new idea: She wants to directly tax the assets of the richest Americans. Her associates are calling it the "ultra-millionaire tax." This is not crazy. Taxes on wages and income are common, including taxes on the money people get when they sell assets. Straight-up wealth taxes like Warren is proposing - which go after the value of things that individuals own - are less common, but not unheard of. "My proposal will help address runaway wealth … Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Washington Post: Sen. Warren’s plan to tax the ultrawealthy is a smart idea whose time has come

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has just introduced a tax idea this country desperately needs: a tax on high-end wealth. It's an idea that's well-crafted for our time, one that promises to add fairness to an unfair tax code, raise significant, much-needed revenue and push back on the historically high level of wealth concentration in the United States. Here's the plan, which, for the record, is extremely simple to explain, an advantage when it comes to tax policy: Wealth over $50 million … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Vox: Elizabeth Warren is confronting big banks over how they intend to “help” workers during the shutdown

by Emily Stewart

Banks say they’re helping federal workers missing pay during the partial government shutdown, but exactly what they’re doing, in many cases, is unclear. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is pushing for more details.The Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential contender sent letters to Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, US Bancorp, and Wells Fargo on Tuesday, asking them for details on the actual services and solutions they are offering to federal workers who are furloughed or aren’t … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

American Banker: Warren asks big banks for details on their shutdown response

by John Heltman

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pressed the five largest U.S. retail banks Wednesday on details about what the firms are doing to reduce the effects of the partial government shutdown on furloughed government employees.Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee and potential 2020 presidential hopeful, said in a letter to Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo that the challenge for furloughed federal employees is now reaching … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained

by Dylan Scott

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) would like the federal government to start manufacturing prescription drugs when the market fails and prices for certain medications become unaffordable. It's an interesting idea, experts who lean right and left agree. But more than that, it is a reminder that there are all kinds of creative ways we might go about bringing down drug prices. We know Americans are really worried about drug costs - six in 10 people take a prescription … Continue Reading

December 12, 2018

Curbed: Elizabeth Warren doubles down on affordable housing legislation

by Dianna Budds

Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) doubled down on her strategy to fix America's housing crisis. Along with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), she introduced the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act to the House, a companion to a Senate bill Warren introduced in September. "America is facing a housing crisis-a crisis that has been decades in the making," Sen. Warren said at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. "This is a crisis that hits … Continue Reading

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