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July 01, 2021

Time: Elizabeth Warren, Bob Casey Ask For Data on Conservatorships After Britney Spears Testimony

by Abigail Abrams

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey want more federal oversight of the country’s guardianship system following Britney Spears’ emotional testimony about her conservatorship, they wrote in a letter on Thursday.The lawmakers are calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide information about data the agencies collect on the prevalence of guardianship in the U.S, any efforts the agencies have made to protect people under … Continue Reading

July 01, 2021

Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren Says Child Care Is A Must-Pass

by Jonathan Cohn and Kevin Robillard

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday put down a political marker, telling HuffPost that a major child care initiative must be a part of the large economic package Democrats hope to pass this year.Warren also endorsed the strategy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has said she won’t sign off on a smaller, bipartisan bill limited to funding roads, bridges and similar projects until she knows for sure that the larger package with other initiatives, including child care, is on … Continue Reading

July 01, 2021

WGBH: After SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions, Warren And Pressley Double Down On Ending The Filibuster

by Mike Deehan

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley see the Supreme Court's Wednesday ruling upholding a restrictive Arizona voting law undermines the Voting Rights Act and means that Congress must act to expand voter protections, even if it means eliminating the Senate's filibuster.In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld two Arizona laws that restrict voter access, one barring third parties from returning mail-in ballots and another allowing election officials to throw out … Continue Reading

June 30, 2021

Washington Post: The Technology 202: Elizabeth Warren calls on watchdog to probe Google for alleged advertising abuses

by Cat Zakrzewski

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on a federal watchdog to investigate Google for alleged abusive behavior in advertising, potentially adding to the tech giant’s regulatory woes. The Massachusetts Democrat, however, isn’t turning to the Justice Department, which already brought a historic antitrust case against the search giant. She wants the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take on the case, arguing that the largely unregulated world of online advertising could fall under the … Continue Reading

June 30, 2021

The Verge: Sen. Warren calls for investigation of Google’s ‘Project Bernanke’

by Russell Brandom

In a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for an investigation of Google’s alleged manipulation of the marketplace for online ads, opening the door for a new federal regulator for digital advertising markets.Warren’s letter focuses on a program called “Project Bernanke,” revealed in April as part of a lawsuit against Google led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Under that program, Google allegedly used historical Google … Continue Reading

June 30, 2021

Lowell Sun: Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Lowell Community Health Center “even more extraordinary place today”

by Alana Melanson

Lowell Community Health Center was the first community health center U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had visited shortly after joining the Senate in 2013.At that point, the then-new facility had only been open for a few months in one portion of its Jackson Street building — and expansion was only “a distant dream” — but Warren still regarded it as “a remarkable opportunity for me to see the inner workings of community health at its best.”When she came back Tuesday for another tour and to learn … Continue Reading

June 29, 2021

The Verge: Sen. Warren calls for ‘meticulous’ review of Amazon’s MGM acquisition

by Catie Keck

Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on the Federal Trade Commission for a thorough review of Amazon’s bid to acquire MGM, arguing that the deal could harm consumers and may have anticompetitive effects in the streaming space and beyond.In a letter addressed to newly sworn-in FTC chair Lina Khan and shared exclusively with The Verge, Warren urged the FTC to specifically and closely examine “the possible anticompetitive effects this deal will have on streaming services and entertainment products … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Yahoo Finance: Student loan servicer censured over 'what appears to be false' congressional testimony

by Aarthi Swaminathan

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) sent a letter to a key student loan servicer CEO over "what appear to be false and misleading" statements during a congressional testimony on April 13, Yahoo Finance has learned.“We write to seek information on what appears to be false and misleading testimony that you provided at a hearing before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Policy on April 13, 2021," they wrote. ...Read the full … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Business Insider: Elizabeth Warren said a student-loan CEO gave false information to Congress. A Republican senator agreed.

by Ayelet Sheffey

As chair of the Senate subcommittee on economic policy, Elizabeth Warren in April invited the CEOs of the country's major student-loan servicers to testify on the impact of student debt on borrowers.She, and the subcommittee's Republican ranking member, John Kennedy, say that one of them may have given false testimony.On Wednesday, Warren and Kennedy sent a letter to Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) CEO James Steeley regarding "what appear to be false and misleading" … Continue Reading

June 24, 2021

The Hill: Warren, Cassidy want hearing on new Alzheimer's drug coverage

by Nathaniel Weixel

Bipartisan senators are calling for a hearing into how the Medicare program could, or even should, cover an expensive new Alzheimer's drug with questionable benefit.Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) want the Senate Finance Committee to examine the challenges facing Medicare that were brought about by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve Biogen's Aduhelm....Read the full … Continue Reading

June 23, 2021

NBC: Democrats call on Biden to extend pause of student loan payments

by Lauren Egan

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Capitol Hill are urging President Joe Biden to extend the federal student loan payment moratorium by at least six months as the economy continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.In a letter to Biden obtained by NBC News, a group of Democratic lawmakers asked him to take action before the Sept. 30 deadline when loan forbearance is set to expire, requesting he extend the pause until March 31, 2022, or until the economy bounces back to pre-pandemic employment … Continue Reading

June 21, 2021

CNBC: Senators Warren, Smith, Markey warn of ‘extraordinary financial hardship’ when federal student loan payments resume

by Abigail Johnson Hess

When the coronavirus pandemic first swept the United States in March 2020, student debt relief was among the first policies enacted to help struggling Americans. Since March 27, 2020, federal student loan interest rates have been set to 0% and payments have been paused. But the policy is set to expire on Oct. 1, 2021.On Monday, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tina Smith and Edward J. Markey sent letters to the CEOs of all federal student loan servicers requesting information about the … Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

CNBC: Sen. Warren presses major pharma trade group on efforts to block Covid vaccine patent waivers

by Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing the CEO of a major pharmaceutical trade group on its lobbying efforts against a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines that would help boost production of the shots for poorer nations.Warren and other lawmakers asked how much money the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, and its member companies spent this year lobbying Congress and White House officials in opposition to the waiver, in a … Continue Reading

June 12, 2021

WCVB: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Jim McGovern support striking nurses at St. Vincent Hospital

WORCESTER, Mass. — A U.S. senator and a U.S. representative from the Massachusetts congressional delegation showed their support for the striking nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester on Saturday.Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jim McGovern, of the 2nd District, and other labor leaders attended a rally across the street from the hospital on what marked the 97th day of the strike against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare.The strike, which began on March 8, is now the longest nurses strike in … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

Bloomberg: Crypto Is ‘Wild West’ Needing Consumer Protections, Warren Says

by Joe Light and Joe Weisenthal

The U.S. government needs to step up oversight of the digital currency market and find ways to protect consumers from scams stemming from the rapid rise of cryptocurrencies, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday.Warren, in a Bloomberg TV interview, called the market for cryptocurrencies the “wild West,” and said digital currency is “not a good way to buy and sell things and not a good investment and an environmental disaster.”Earlier in the day, Warren chaired a … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

New York Times: An Exposé Has Congress Rethinking How to Tax the Superrich

by Jonathan Weisman and Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — A jaw-dropping report by ProPublica detailing how America’s richest men avoided paying taxes has intensified interest in Congress, even among some Republicans, in changing the tax code to ensure that people like Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett pay their fair share.For Republicans, the idea that the tax code should give preferential treatment to investment has been sacrosanct, ostensibly to promote economic growth and innovation that could benefit everyone. But the news this week … Continue Reading

June 04, 2021

Bloomberg: SEC Ousts Head of Top Audit Regulator Amid Warren Pressure

by Benjamin Bain and Robert Schmidt

The Securities and Exchange Commission, led by Chairman Gary Gensler, has fired the U.S.’s top accounting regulator, a move that is certain to please investor advocates and progressives who had demanded an overhaul of the watchdog.The SEC announced the removal of Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Chairman William Duhnke in a Friday statement. He was replaced on an acting basis with PCAOB board member Duane DesParte.The change was approved in a vote by Gensler and the SEC’s … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

Wicked Local: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Salem small biz owners talk COVID-19 struggles

by William J. Dowd

A little under a dozen small-business owners on Tuesday told Sen. Elizabeth Warren they are facing a mixture of COVID-19-related issues as they bounce back from the global pandemic in 2021. Warren joined Mayor Kim Driscoll, elected officials and mostly local restaurant and café owners seated around a table set up outside the Adriatic Restaurant for the early-afternoon conversation in downtown Salem. COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the local tourism, hospitality and restaurant industry.  “Every … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

Eagle Tribune: Groceries and grades: Warren visits Lawrence to bring attention to college food insecurity

by Allison Corneau

LAWRENCE — Not long ago, pre-pandemic, Northern Essex Community College was serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the hallways of its Lawrence campus. Sure, NECC President Lane Glenn may have really liked a grab n' go grape jelly with crunchy Jif, but the PB&J sandwich stations signaled a lot more, the community college head explained. According to Glenn, they illustrated the harsh reality many college students face, right at home in Lawrence: That food insecurity is very real.Glenn, … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Quartz: Elizabeth Warren doesn’t buy Jamie Dimon’s commitment to conscious capitalism

by Kira Bindrim

If you were to host an impromptu dinner party to discuss the role of corporate America in social welfare today, Elizabeth Warren and Jamie Dimon would be close to the top of the guest list. Warren, a Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential candidate, has for decades taken up the mantle of causes like consumer protection and income inequality, while Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s chairman and CEO, has cultivated a reputation for pushing corporate America to embrace a more socially … Continue Reading

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