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August 17, 2018

The Hill: Companies report no signs of drugmakers cutting prices, despite Trump pledge

by Jessie Hellmann

Several companies that manage prescription drug benefits for insurers say they have not received any commitments from drugmakers to lower list prices. Express Scripts, Humana, MedImpact, Optum RX and Prime Therapeutics all wrote in letters to Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) that they have not received commitments from drug manufacturers to lower drug prices. President Trump said earlier this summer that drugmakers would soon announce "massive" and "voluntary" price … Continue Reading

August 17, 2018

Independent: Accountable Capitalism: What is Elizabeth Warren's new bill and how significant is it?

by Kimberley Richards

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a new bill that aims to hold US corporations accountable for its responsibilities to its employees - and to end practices that exclusively make the richest Americans even richer. “Accountable Capitalism Act” claims that corporations over the years have focused primarily on maximising returns to their shareholders and not its responsibilities to its workers and community alike. The new bill would change that; the act would shift the … Continue Reading

August 14, 2018

The Intercept: Elizabeth Warren Demands in Letter That U.S. Military Explain Its Role in Yemen Bombings

by Alex Emmons

In the wake of a U.S.-backed bombing last week that killed dozens of children on a school bus in north Yemen, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers about how U.S. military advisers support and oversee the Saudi and UAE bombing campaign in Yemen.Warren sent a letter on Tuesday to Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command and top commander for U.S. forces in the Middle East, requesting that he clarify past congressional testimony about the U.S. role in the Yemen war. Warren’s … Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

CNN: Senators ask DHS to crack down on alleged coerced labor in immigrant detention centers

by Bob Ortega

Six US senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to take immediate steps to ensure private-prison operators aren't using forced labor at immigrant detention centers, after allegations that detainees feel coerced to work for $1 per day or less to get sufficient food and basic services.Citing reporting last month by CNN, the senators -- five Democrats and one Independent -- sent a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen raising concerns about privately run detention centers' … Continue Reading

August 09, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, Richard Neal and Jim McGovern pledge to help Webster recover from tornado

by Shannon Young

Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation met with Webster and Dudley officials Thursday to discuss tornado recovery and relief efforts in wake of the "high-end EF1" that touched down earlier this week. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, joined U.S. Reps. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, for an afternoon roundtable discussion with local lawmakers, fire and police officials at Webster Town Hall. The lawmakers, following the closed door … Continue Reading

August 08, 2018

Boston Globe: Warren and Clark did a survey on gun violence in schools, and they’re sending it to Betsy DeVos

by Sophia Eppolito

US Senator Elizabeth Warren and US Representative Katherine Clark sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week in which they cite Massachusetts as a model for gun safety and implored the Trump cabinet official to rebuff Republican efforts “to fund school security infrastructure at the expense of students’ access to mental health services.”The two Democrats included with the letter the results of a recent nonscientific survey, conducted by their offices, of 384 Massachusetts … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Boston Globe: Warren, other senators ask for probe into Air Force One tours

by Martin Finucane

Massachusetts US Senator Elizabeth Warren is part of a group of senators who have asked the Air Force and Defense Department to investigate who President Trump has invited to tour Air Force One.The senators cited a report that members of Trump’s exclusive clubs in Florida appear to have been invited on a tour last year.“This use of Air Force One would not only raise questions about readiness, security, and taxpayer cost, but it also violates the basic principle against using public office for … Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Reuters: Democrats demand more information from Trump's consumer watchdog pick

by Katanga Johnson

Democratic lawmakers stepped up pressure on President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, demanding more information on her role in the administration’s immigration policies and her stance on consumer finance issues, according to letters seen by Reuters on Friday.The requests for information filed with the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Catherine Cortez Masto and Robert Menendez could delay Kathy Kraninger’s … Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey seek debt relief for Puerto Rico amid hurricane recovery

by Shannon Young

With debt-related issues impacting Puerto Rico's efforts to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey announced legislation Wednesday that seeks to offer relief to the island and other American territories ravaged by the September storms. The Massachusetts Democrats, who joined U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California, in offering the bill, said the measure would give eligible disaster-damaged territories the option to … Continue Reading

July 22, 2018

Portsmouth Daily Times: Bill would allow military spouses to get out of leases without penalty

by Tom Corrigan

On Thursday, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act.The legislation, originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL), would modify the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to allow a widow or widower of a service member who died while in military service (i.e., a Gold Star spouse) to … Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren confronts Trump nominee for her role in family separations

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, only wanted to know one thing about President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the consumer watchdog agency — and it had nothing to do with financial regulation.During Kathy Kraninger’s Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Warren asked about how Kraninger was involved in the administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy that led to the separation of more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

MassLive: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers bill to cap prescription drug copays

by Shannon Young

With an estimated quarter of Americans struggling to afford rising prescription drug costs, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats announced legislation Wednesday that seeks to place a monthly cap on out-of-pocket payments.The bill, known as the "Capping Prescription Costs Act of 2018," would limit copayment amounts for prescription drugs to $250 per month for individuals and $500 per month for families. The limit would apply to both group health plans and individual market … Continue Reading

July 10, 2018

WBUR: Mass. Congressional Delegation Comes Out Against Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh

by WBUR Newsroom

Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are coming out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is a federal Appeals Court judge and has taught at Harvard Law School for 10 years. Both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey say they are against Kavanaugh's nomination. They're calling on their colleagues to reject him as well. Warren told MSNBC she is concerned that Kavanaugh's nomination could lead to social … Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren celebrated 4th of July by visiting US troops in Iraq, Kuwait

by Shannon Young

While most members of Congress celebrated the 4th of July holiday by taking part in parades and other events across their districts, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, once again spent the holiday visiting American soldiers stationed overseas.The Massachusetts Democrat, who visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan last Independence Day, traveled to Kuwait and Iraq this week to meet with American service members, military leaders and foreign service officers.US Sen. Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading

July 04, 2018

CNN: Sens. Warren, Graham wrap up Iraq visit by meeting with US troops

by Annie Geng

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Elizabeth Warren spent their Fourth of July finishing up a multi-day visit to Iraq by meeting with government officials there and US troops assisting in the fight against ISIS. The two senators posted photos of their visit Wednesday on Twitter.Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad after touring Mosul to observe rebuilding efforts following the city's liberation from … Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Washington Post: Senate Democrats seek information on family reunifications, call for briefings

by Elise Viebeck

Democratic senators want to know — in detail — how the government is trying to reunite migrant families separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In a letter Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 10 colleagues asked federal officials for information that would reveal the progress of the reunification efforts. They asked for anonymized lists of all children and adults who were separated from family members at the border; how long they have been detained and where; and … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Common Dreams: 'We're Not Going Anywhere': Sanders, Warren, and Ellison Vow to Stand With Workers After SCOTUS Undermines Labor Movement

by Julia Conley

Progressive voices in Congress vowed to stand with workers and defend labor rights on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the largest public sector union in the country in a landmark case over union fees. Sen. Eizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a video featuring labor leaders including American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, and attacking the corporate interests which helped deliver a crushing blow to … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

LA Times: U.S. Sens. Sanders and Warren call for a living wage for resort workers

by Hugo Martin

The dispute over living wages at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., has spread to Congress. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have joined 21 other Democratic legislators in signing a letter to Walt Disney Co. CEO urging him to tap the company's hefty profit to pay his resort workers a living wage. Sanders and Warren said Disney is profitable enough to pay a living wage without hurting the company's bottom line.Read the full story on the LA Times … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

MassLive: Massachusetts lawmakers denounce Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Donald Trump's 'travel ban'

by Shannon Young

Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation condemned the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday for upholding a Trump administration policy that limited the ability of individuals from five Muslim-majority countries to enter the United States. Massachusetts Democrats, who have vocally opposed the White House's controversial "travel ban," slammed the high court's 5 to 4 ruling that found the president has authority to suspend the entry of foreign nationals into the country. U.S. Sen. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Time: Elizabeth Warren Describes 'Disturbing Picture' After Visiting Immigration Facility in Texas

by Casey Quackenbush

Elizabeth Warren paid a visit Sunday to an immigration facility in McAllen, Texas amid the ongoing crisis over family separations at the Mexican border. “It’s a disturbing picture. There are children by themselves. I saw a six month old baby, little girls, little boys. There are mothers with their babies, with small children. Family units are together if it’s a very small child, but little girls who are 12 years old are taken away from the rest of their families or held separately. … Continue Reading

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