News Coverage

August 21, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Unveils Anticorruption Legislation

by Reid J. Epstein

WASHINGTON—Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed sweeping new ethics restrictions for federal officials. The Massachusetts Democrat's proposal includes a ban on individual stock ownership by members of Congress, White House staff and federal judges; a prohibition on Americans serving as lobbyists for foreign countries; and a mandate on the release of tax returns by candidates for president and Congress.Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal's website … Continue Reading

August 21, 2018

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren unveils anti-corruption plan, takes aim at Trump

by David Weigel

If Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has her way, federal judges will face steep new ethics standards, high-ranking government officials will be banned from ever becoming lobbyists — and any candidate for president will have to release at least eight years of past tax returns.“Padlock the revolving door between big business and government,” Warren said Tuesday at the National Press Club. “It’s insane that we have to beg the president of the United States to put the American people ahead of his … Continue Reading

August 21, 2018

Associated Press: Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes for an end to government by 'the wealthy and well-connected'

by Laurie Kellman and Anne Flaherty

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Tuesday for sweeping anti-corruption laws in Washington, including a lifetime ban on presidents, members of Congress and other officeholders from working as lobbyists. The proposal would impose a lifetime ban on lobbying across senior levels of all three branches of government, starting with presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, federal judges and Cabinet secretaries. It would also ban other federal employees from lobbying their former office, … Continue Reading

August 19, 2018

Associated Press: Sen. Warren: Corporations owe workers a seat at table

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pushing a bill she says is designed to pressure corporations to focus more on the interests of their workers and not just shareholders.The Massachusetts Democrat, who is seeking re-election to a second six-year term in November, says over the past few decades wealthy shareholders of giant corporations have raked in trillions in surging profits.At the same time she said workers have been getting more and more productive — but their wages have stayed flat.Read the … Continue Reading

August 19, 2018

WBUR: Sen. Warren Demands Answers From U.S. Government After Saudi Coalition's Bombing In Yemen

by WBUR Newsroom

Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded answers from the U.S. government for selling Saudi Arabia a bomb used in a strike in Yemen earlier this month that killed 40 children."This Administration must answer for our continued support of the Saudi-led campaign," Warren tweeted Saturday afternoon.Warren also tweeted four days earlier, "The US has been assisting Saudi Arabia's military strikes in Yemen for 3 years. Thousands of civilians have died. The American people deserve to know the full scope of our … Continue Reading

August 18, 2018

The Guardian: Elizabeth Warren's plan to fix capitalism and give more power to workers

by Adam Gabbatt

Elizabeth Warren this week introduced a plan for legislation that would rein in big business, redistribute wealth and potentially curb corporate political donations.The Accountable Capitalism Act, which Warren announced in an article for the Wall Street Journal, “restores the idea that giant American corporations should look out for American interests”, the Massachusetts senator and potential presidential candidate wrote.“In the early 1980s, large American companies sent less than half their … Continue Reading

August 17, 2018

CapeCodToday: Brewster Fire Dept to Receive $35,000 in FEMA Funding

by CapeCodToday Staff

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Stephen F. Lynch, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III and Seth Moulton, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded eight fire departments in Massachusetts over $2.5 million in federal grants, including nearly $1.4 million in federal grants to the Fall River Fire Department. Six fire departments received funding through the Assistance to Firefighters … Continue Reading

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

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