News Coverage

May 30, 2018

Reuters: Senate Democrats tell NLRB to stop joint employer rulemaking

by Robert Iafolla

Three prominent Democrats in the U.S. Senate have urged National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring to abandon a plan to issue a regulation to determine when companies can be held liable as joint employers for the labor law violations of their contractors and franchisees. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said in a letter made public Wednesday that rulemaking seems like an attempt to evade the … Continue Reading

May 30, 2018

Investment News: Sen. Warren gets Republican cosponsor on bill to fund unpaid arbitration awards

by Mark Schoeff Jr.

Under the bill, written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. would have to establish a fund financed by Finra fine money to cover awards that firms and brokers fail to pay to customers who win arbitration claims.Ms. Warren has been critical of the ongoing problem of unpaid Finra arbitration awards. Now a Republican, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, has cosponsored her legislation."This bill aims to compensate Americans who have been cheated out of … Continue Reading

May 19, 2018

Glamour: Elizabeth Warren: Trump's 'Domestic Gag Rule' Threatens More Than Just Abortion

by Celeste Katz

The Trump Administration formally came out Friday in favor of cutting off federal family planning money to organizations that perform abortions or make referrals for them.The rule change affects Title X, the $260 million federal program which underwrites the costs of contraception, reproductive health services and STD screening for low-income and uninsured patients....In a conversation with Glamour this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed the Title X proposal as bad policy that could endanger … Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey slam FEMA's decision to not offer Disaster Housing Assistance Program to Puerto Rico hurricane evacuees

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, expressed frustration Wednesday over FEMA's decision to not offer Disaster Housing Assistance Program to Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, offering that the federal government owes these evacuees better. The senators, who urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month to work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in offering the program to help hurricane survivors, continued to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

TheStreet: Fed to Vote on Wells Fargo Sanctions After Pressure From Elizabeth Warren

by Bradley Keoun

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren scored a coup in her campaign to improve oversight of the beleaguered bank Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC - Get Report) , as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell promised to hold a full vote of the regulator's board before lifting sanctions imposed earlier this year.In a letter Thursday to the Massachusetts Democrat, Powell wrote that a full vote of the Fed board of governors will be held prior to lifting the asset-growth suspension placed on Wells Fargo in February. … Continue Reading

May 13, 2018

Boston Herald: Liz Warren joins protest over moving Fall River jobs to Mexico

by Brian Dowling

FALL RIVER — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Philips Lighting’s decision to send 160 jobs from a Massachusetts factory to Mexico threatens all workers who count on the company to respect their hard work with job security.Read the full article on the Boston Herald website … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Consumer Affairs: U.S. senators express concern over the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

by Kristen Dalli

A group of Democratic lawmakers -- led by Senators Amy Kloubach and Elizabeth Warren -- recently expressed their concern over the potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint.Currently touted as the number three and number four cell phone providers in the country, the senators’ main concern involved the effect a deal would have on consumers nationwide, namely higher costs for services.“T-Mobile and Sprint have led the way in offering wireless products and service options that are more … Continue Reading

May 06, 2018

Springfield Republican: On her deathbed, whistleblower described substandard care at Northampton VA

by Shira Schoenberg, Shannon Young and Daniel Glaun

Five days before she died of uterine cancer, Dr. Sarah Kemble, chief of medicine at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds, submitted a 23-page affidavit to U.S. officials detailing problems of substandard care at the veterans' facility."It is my final wish to complete this affidavit ... so that I can attempt to change systemic and dangerous patient care, dangerous practices, and public safety issues," Kemble wrote...."It should not take a whistleblower on her deathbed … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey urge Senate leaders to ensure Congress briefed on North Korea negotiations, summit

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, called on chamber leaders this week to ensure the Trump administration keeps Congress informed of its negotiations with North Korea ahead of an expected summit between the country's two leaders....Arguing that Congress has played an important role in shaping the United States' North Korea policy -- including authoring various sanctions against the country -- the senators further called for Senate leaders to press the administration for monthly … Continue Reading

April 30, 2018

Vox: Consumers have filed thousands of complaints about the Equifax data breach. The government still hasn’t acted.

by Emily Stewart

Since Equifax announced that a data breach had left the personal information of tens of millions of people exposed last September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the US government’s top consumer watchdog — has received more than 20,000 complaints about the company, which is about double the number it received in the six months before.Equifax has said the CFPB is investigating, but thus far the agency hasn’t taken any action. Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is instead trying to make … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren questions whether lobbyist contributions have influenced Mick Mulvaney's work at CFPB

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, raised concerns this week about whether outside money has influenced decisions made at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, following reports that the agency's head admitted basing lobbyist access on contributions while in Congress.The Massachusetts Democrat, who helped start the financial watchdog, penned a letter to CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney Thursday seeking clarification on whether contributions made to his campaign account have … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Fox 25 News: Leaders pushing for database to track firefighters diagnosed with cancer

by Blair Miller

Leaders in Washington are now taking action after our Boston 25 News report on Boston firefighters being diagnosed with cancer. These leaders want to create a database that tracks firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer and track those who die from it...."I want everyone to know about this problem -- not just firefighter families, but all of us," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) Massachusetts.Read the full article on the Fox 25 News website … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

American Banker: Warren probes CFPB over lobbyists’ influence on Mulvaney

by Neil Haggerty

WASHINGTON—Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over what arrangements the agency has made to ensure that acting Director Mick Mulvaney is excluded from decisions that affect banks and other firms that previously gave him campaign contributions.In a letter to Sonya White, the agency’s ethics official, the Massachusetts Democrat asked for details on what matters Mulvaney is recused from following comments he made earlier this week in which he said campaign … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

NPR: Elizabeth Warren To Consumer Chief: 'You Owe The Public Straight Answers'

by Chris Arnold

Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the Trump administration's top consumer protection official late Thursday asking him whether he is doing the bidding of the industries he is supposed to be policing.The move was in response to remarks about lobbyists made earlier this week by the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney.Earlier this week, Mulvaney told a group of bankers and lobbyists that when he was a Republican congressman he would only talk to lobbyists … Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Daily Hampshire Gazette Editorial: Apply lessons from AIDS epidemic to opioid crisis

by Editorial Board

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren draws a sobering analogy between the federal government’s approach to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and its handling of the current opioid addiction crisis. In both instances, people were stigmatized and blamed for their disease, the federal government under-invested in basic research and treatment and lawmakers initially lacked the courage to confront the crisis, the Massachusetts Democratic senator noted. ... Warren is right to say the time is long overdue to … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, others ask Department of Labor to end practice that lets employers pay workers with disabilities less

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on the Department of Labor this week to phase out a practice that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage -- a policy which she called "inherently discriminatory." In a Monday letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Warren and other senators requested information on the agency's oversight and enforcement of employers who use waivers to hire workers with disabilities and pay them below the … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Reveal: Warren calls out ‘disturbing pattern’ of fair housing changes

by Aaron Glantz

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent letters Tuesday to federal banking regulators and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, accusing them of rolling back anti-discrimination protections for people of color in the face of a wave of modern-day redlining.“Over the past year, HUD has taken a number of steps that threaten to undermine existing fair housing laws and regulations,” she wrote, accusing the housing secretary of a “disturbing pattern of undermining and failing to … Continue Reading

April 21, 2018

Mashpee Enterprise: Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit

by Karen B. Hunter

Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waited in the rotunda area inside the main entrance of the Wampanoag Government/Community Center building on Great Neck Road South on Saturday afternoon, April 21 for the arrival of Senator Elizabeth A. Warren. The Senator’s car pulled up right on time at 3 PM. She shook the hands of the members who met her and was offered many hugs, as she greeted each person individually before being escorted to the Wampanoag Health Service Unit for a … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Springfield Republican: US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey urge FEMA and HUD to find long-term housing fix for Hurricane Maria survivors

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development Friday to work together on long-term housing solutions for those displaced by Hurricane Maria. The senators, along with Democratic colleagues from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, asked FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long to immediately enter an agreement with HUD "to stand up the Disaster Housing Assistance Program and address … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Springfield Republican: Massachusetts could get $120 million to fight opioid abuse under Elizabeth Warren-sponsored bill

by Shannon Young

Massachusetts could receive nearly $120 million in annual federal funding to help cities and towns combat opioid abuse under legislation U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, introduced Wednesday. The bill, entitled the "Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act," calls for federal lawmakers to combat opioid abuse similar to how Congress addressed the HIV/AIDs epidemic under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act nearly … Continue Reading

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