News Coverage

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

April 18, 2018

The Hill: Warren, Cummings seek $100B to fight opioid epidemic

by Rachel Roubein

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) introduced a bill to provide $100 billion in funding over 10 years to address the opioid crisis.This legislation would amount to a significant infusion of new federal dollars aimed at curbing the opioid crisis, which is leading to thousands of deaths each year...."We can't defeat the opioid crisis with empty words and half measures," Warren said in a press release. "Our bill will funnel millions of dollars directly to the … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Financial Regulation News: Lawmakers support measure combating human trafficking

by Douglas Clark

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) touted last week the benefits of the House of Representatives’ recent advancement of a bill designed to combat human trafficking.The senators said the advancement of the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act would aid financial institutions in identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking, so offenders can be prosecuted and victims protected....“We need to use every tool available to fight human trafficking,” Warren said. “I am … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plan sweeping legislation to combat opioid crisis

by Luke Broadwater

With drug overdose deaths ravaging communities across the country, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are planning to introduce legislation Wednesday that would require $10 billion a year in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis.Cummings and Warren are proposing a program — modeled on 1990’s Ryan White Act, which provided billions in federal money to combat the AIDS crisis — to address the drug overdoses which are claiming lives in record … Continue Reading

April 14, 2018

Vox: Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful

by Dylan Matthews

If you’re finishing up your income tax return at the last minute and frustrated by this annual ritual of busywork, you should know about a bill that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced last spring that would make doing taxes vastly easier for Americans — and would strongly push back against the tax prep industry's attempts to keep taxes difficult.The Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017 would order the IRS to create a free online tax preparation and filing service comparable to TurboTax … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

USA Today: Elizabeth Warren, Mick Mulvaney and the showdown at the CFPB Corral

by The Editorial Board

In a showdown Thursday over the future of the federal government's consumer sheriff, it quickly became obvious who was wearing the black hat. Mick Mulvaney, the acting director trying to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) he now leads, would return the country to the bad old days when banks and other financial outlaws scammed consumers who found themselves outgunned and out of luck. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the CFPB, would save the agency from … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts' net neutrality push

by Shira Schoenberg

Massachusetts' two U.S. Senators -- Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey -- have voiced support for work being done in the Massachusetts Legislature to impose state-level net neutrality. Warren and Markey did not endorse specific proposals, but both submitted letters to a state legislative committee supporting the concept of state action to maintain free and unfettered internet access. "Now that the FCC has abandoned its commitment to protect fair and open internet access, it's up to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren asks President Donald Trump for update on implementation of White House opioid commission's recommendations

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pressed President Donald Trump this week for an update on how his administration is responding to the more than 50 recommendations a White House commission has put forth to address drug addiction and end the opioid abuse crisis. Warren and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington penned a letter to Trump seeking information on his response to the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Bloomberg:Mulvaney Faces Elizabeth Warren Grilling Over New Tone at CFPB

by Elizabeth Dexheimer

For Mick Mulvaney, the tables have turned. ... This week, Mulvaney will be the one in the hot seat. President Donald Trump's budget director is doing double duty as acting director of the CFPB. Starting Wednesday when he appears before the House Financial Services Committee, Mulvaney will endure two days of congressional scrutiny over his role leading a financial regulator that he once called a "sick, sad" joke. ... A highlight will be Mulvaney's faceoff with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the … Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

MassLive: Elizabeth Warren presses immigration officials on policy allowing pregnant women to be detained

by Shannon Young

Responding to reports of mistreatment and miscarriages at ICE facilities, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, asked federal immigration officials this week to provide information regarding a policy change that impacts the number of pregnant women being detained. Warren, along with other Senate Democrats, penned a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas Homan seeking information on why ICE changed its detention policy, how many pregnant women are in … Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

Miami Herald: Warren calls for new federal approach to opioid crisis

by Steve LeBlanc

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for the federal government to confront the opioid addiction crisis like it ultimately attacked the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The Massachusetts Democrat said Friday that she will be unveiling legislation next week with Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, that would pump $100 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years to help communities battle the crisis that claims tens of thousands of lives each year. Warren said the goal is to … Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

WHDH: Sen. Warren says she wants to know more about Trump’s border security plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she would like to know more about President Donald Trump's plan to strengthen border security by sending troops there. Warren spoke Thursday at Hanscom Air Force Base, along with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. While said it is fairly common to send troops to the border, Warren said she needs more information about Trump's plans. Read the full artcle on the WHDH website … Continue Reading

April 04, 2018

LA Times: Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes Federal Reserve to hold formal vote on Wells Fargo reform plan

by Jim Puzzanghera

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is requesting that the Federal Reserve Board of Governors hold a formal vote on whether to accept a plan from Wells Fargo & Co. to address consumer abuses. In a letter to Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell released Wednesday, Warren said it was important for Senate-confirmed central bank governors to vote on enforcement decisions so Congress and the public can hold them accountable. ... "The Fed's consent order sent a powerful message to Wells Fargo and other … Continue Reading

April 02, 2018

Politico: Warren leads crusade for diversity at Fed

by Victoria Guida

The potential selection of a white man to head the New York Federal Reserve - the central bank's second-most powerful job - has sparked a fierce backlash from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other progressives, who are accusing the Fed of overlooking women and people of color. The expected pick is John Williams, a Ph.D. economist who currently heads the San Francisco Fed. Fueling the torrent of criticism is that Williams' reserve bank oversees Wells Fargo, the giant lender that has been consumed by … Continue Reading

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