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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

October 17, 2017

The Hill: Warren: Trump 'just can't take a hint' on travel ban

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said President Trump "just can't take a hint" after a court struck down the third version of his travel ban on Tuesday. "@realDonaldTrump just can't take a hint. His illegal Muslim ban is now 0 for 3 vs the Constitution," Warren tweeted, along with an article on the Hawaii federal district court judge's decision to halt the travel ban. Warren, who has been a vocal opponent of Trump's two previous travel bans, added that it's "long past time" for Trump to "fight … Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

District Sentinel: Warren: Credit Reporting Agencies a Threat to National Security

A Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday showcased how Senators are considering major reforms to a credit reporting industry dealing with data breaches. The proceedings were the latest in a series following the stunning hack of Equifax earlier this year, which exposed the social security numbers and sensitive information of 143 million Americans. "The credit reporting industry is a threat to each of us personally, but it is also a threat to our national security," Sen. Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading

October 12, 2017

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren seeks further answers on Equifax breach

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, continued to press Equifax officials Thursday to provide additional details on what led to the company's recent security breach and how it has responded to the hack, which exposed more than 143 million Americans' personal information. The Massachusetts Democrat, who has repeatedly raised questions about the breach, penned a letter to former Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith seeking follow up information on his recent testimony before the Senate … Continue Reading

October 12, 2017

HousingWire: Ginnie Mae, VA launch task force to look into lenders targeting veterans for quick refinances

Roughly one month ago, Ginnie Mae announced that it was launching an investigation into mortgage lenders that were aggressively targeting servicemembers and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages. The investigation came on the heels of a letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, who cited a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which covered complaints received from veterans about Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage … Continue Reading

October 11, 2017

The Hill: Senate Dems urge NIH to renew gun research grants

Senate Democrats are calling on the National Institutes of Health to renew recently-lapsed funding for gun violence research following the Las Vegas concert shooting. In a letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Chris Murphy (Conn.), and 21 others joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in saying that continuing the program is urgent. "With 93 Americans dying per day from gun-related fatalities, it is critical that NIH dedicate a portion of its … Continue Reading

October 10, 2017

Common Dreams: Despite GOP Dereliction, Warren Vows to Fight for Program That Insures 9 Million Kids

"September 30th was the deadline for a whole bunch of healthcare programs and the Republicans basically just blew through the deadlines," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a video about a program that provides affordable healthcare to 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women annually. ... "They said, 'Eh, we know the programs expired, at some point we'll come back. And in the meantime? Just let them go figure it out,'" Warren said, referring to challenges faced by states and … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

The Reminder: Warren requests funding for Puerto Rico

SPRINGFIELD - Although the relief situation in Puerto Rico is changing daily, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Richard Neal met with constituents in an hour-long Town Hall meeting to discuss the condition as of Sept. 29. Warren said there is "a simple message [to describe the effort to help to date]: it's too little and it's coming too slowly." Warren explained this she is looking ahead past the immediate relief needs to the island commonwealth's overall economy. "It was fragile economy … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren joins Republican to challenge Equifax contract with IRS

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan rage against Equifax continues, and now the IRS is caught in the crossfire. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal, and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a conservative, teamed up Wednesday night to write a letter challenging the Internal Revenue Service's decision to grant a $7.25 million contract to Equifax to help verify taxpayers' identities and prevent tax fraud. The contract's awarding came just weeks after the credit reporting company disclosed a … Continue Reading

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