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January 10, 2017

CNN Money: Carl's Jr., Hardee's workers blast Labor nominee at Senate forum

One worker said his wages were stolen. Another said she was forced to work without overtime pay.A third worker described her struggles to provide for a family of six children -- on $8.75 an hour after years of experience in the food industry. The three are current and former employees of CKE Restaurants, the fast-food company run by secretary of labor nominee Andrew Puzder that is known for its Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains. They spoke for nearly two hours Tuesday about poor working … Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

Boston Magazine: Elizabeth Warren Introduces Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act

Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would require the president and vice president to divest from any financial conflicts of interests, taking aim at President-Elect Donald Trump's myriad business entanglements spanning the globe. The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, introduced by Elizabeth Warren in the Senate and sponsored by Katherine Clark in the House, seeks to strengthen the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits public officials from … Continue Reading

January 02, 2017

Associated Press: US Sen. Warren Seeks to Pull Pot Shops out of Banking Limbo

As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block - lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don't have their banking services taken away. To read the full article, click … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Wicked Local: Sen. Warren wants pipeline halt

In a letter sent today (Dec. 13), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to suspend approval of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline until safety concerns are addressed, according to a press release. "As you are aware, the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline segment will carry highly pressurized natural gas in close proximity to an active quarry where dynamite is regularly exploded," Warren wrote. "This choice of path has left many residents concerned … Continue Reading

December 11, 2016

NECN: Mayor Walsh, Senator Warren Spread Message of Unity at Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Mayor Marty Walsh along with over 2,000 community and interfaith leaders in an evening of healing and unity at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. "There is just a lot of uncertainty. The crowd at today's event vowed to fight back against the divisive politics that dominated the presidential election.inty right now and so tonight is really about people gathering together from different backgrounds," says the event's executive director … Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

CNN Money: Elizabeth Warren warns Trump: Don't cut Medicare and Medicaid

Democratic senators are urging President-elect Donald Trump to keep his campaign promise not to cut spending for Medicare and Medicaid. "During your campaign for President of the United States, you differentiated yourself from your 16 primary opponents by noting that you were the only Republican who would protect Medicare and Medicaid," the senators, led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Ron Wyden of Oregon, wrote in a letter to Trump. "After winning the election, you suddenly appear to … Continue Reading

December 07, 2016 Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to ease dilemma faced by these two Boston Marathon bombing survivors

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill Wednesday that she says would make it easier for victims of terrorism to seek specialized care at military health care facilities. The bill is named after Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, two since-married Boston Marathon bombing survivors, who were treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after losing limbs in the attack. To read the full article, click … Continue Reading

November 04, 2016

NPR: Senators Investigate Reports Wells Fargo Punished Workers

Elizabeth Warren and two other U.S. senators are demanding answers from Wells Fargo about reports of retribution by bank managers against would-be whistleblowers. This marks the latest development in the ongoing consumer banking scandal engulfing the banking giant. In a letter to Wells Fargo's new CEO, Timothy Sloan, Warren, D-Mass., and Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., say the bank may have "misled regulators about the scope of the fraud." To read the full article, click … Continue Reading

October 24, 2016

Springfield Republican: New downtown Springfield restaurants plan gets $1.5 million HUD loans boost

SPRINGFIELD - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide low interest loans totaling up to $1.5 million to support new full-service restaurants in the downtown Springfield business district and the jobs created, federal officials announced Monday. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, in a joint press release, praised the new HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee that will provide individual loans ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 to … Continue Reading

October 12, 2016 Elizabeth Warren on Wells Fargo CEO’s resignation: ‘He’s one for three’

Elizabeth Warren is still not satisfied. Following Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf's resignation Wednesday evening, Warren renewed her calls for him to face "real accountability" for the bank's fake account scandal. "As I said at the hearing last month, Mr. Stumpf should resign, return every nickel he made while this scam was going on, and face an investigation by the Justice Department and SEC," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "So far, he's one for three," she said. Read the full … Continue Reading

October 12, 2016

Business Insider: Elizabeth Warren just demanded Mylan come clean about one of the biggest secrets in pharma

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has demanded that the CEO of drug company Mylan, Heather Bresch, answer a very uncomfortable question for those in the drug industry: What exactly is going on with your patient assistance programs? This question is vital because Bresch and her company are in the midst of a firestorm. Last week, consumer rage over a 500% price increase to the company's flagship product, the EpiPen, hit a fever pitch. Read the full article … Continue Reading

October 10, 2016

Politico: Warren highlights drought's toll on cranberry farmers

BUZZARDS BAY - Pulling on a pair of waders and stepping into a bog, Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a first-hand look at the plight of the state's cranberry farmers on Monday as Massachusetts reckons with an intense, months-long drought that shows no sign of relenting. "Growers are worried about the harvest and if they're going to have enough water to harvest," said Keith Mann of Mann Farms, a 150-acre cranberry farm. The cranberry harvesting process requires the bogs to be flooded with water. … Continue Reading

September 20, 2016

Bloomberg: Warren Says Wells Fargo's Stumpf Should Resign, Face Criminal Investigation

John Stumpf arrived at Tuesday's Senate Banking Committee hearings with one hand in a bandage. He left even more battered and bruised. The Wells Fargo & Co. chief executive officer took fire from Democrats and Republicans alike, who blasted the executive's handling of a scandal over the opening of more than 2 million accounts without customers' authorization, as employees sought to meet cross-selling targets. "You should resign," Senator Elizabeth Warren told Stumpf, who had injured his … Continue Reading

September 13, 2016

Springfield Republican: Central Mass. rail line gets $2.4 million in federal funding to reduce risk of derailments

Nearly $2.4 million in federal funding has been secured for the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's Gardner Branch rail line that will be used to reduce the risk of derailments that could impact the drinking water supplied to Worcester, officials said. The $2,376,682 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will rehabilitate 12 miles of track along the Gardner branch. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and Reps. Jim McGovern and Niki Tsongas announced the funding in a … Continue Reading

September 11, 2016

The Springfield Republican: Worcester Fire Department receives $173K grant for safe cooking program

The Worcester Fire Department received a $173,131 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to support the department's safe cooking fire prevention program.Congressman James P. McGovern and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey announced the grant last week. A total of roughly $2.6 million in grants are going to departments in Massachusetts. Read the full article … Continue Reading

September 10, 2016

The Boston Globe: Warren rallies with janitors for better pay and working conditions

Thousands of union janitors and supporters from nearby states rallied and marched in downtown Boston Saturday - with US Senator Elizabeth Warren as a key speaker - to demand higher pay and more opportunities for full-time work as they negotiate a new contract. "This city needs you," Warren told the crowd gathered on Boston Common. "These gleaming towers around us, well, they wouldn't be so gleaming if it weren't for the people who came in every night, who worked hard, who dusted, who vacuumed, … Continue Reading

July 23, 2016

The Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears with Barack Obama in Weekly Address to talk of financial reforms

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, appears this weekend with President Barack Obama in his Weekly Address of the President of the United States touting post-recession reforms of the financial system. Warren was long an advocate for the consumer-friendly reforms to the financial and banking systems even before taking office in 2013. "You know the banking crisis was not some act of nature. The whole thing could have been avoided. But we didn't have rules in place to stop Wall Street … Continue Reading

July 20, 2016

The Hill: Warren: House GOP trying to 'intimidate' state AG over Exxon probe

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is defending her state's investigation into allegations that ExxonMobil Corp. lied about the breadth of its climate science research after a top House Republican sought records related to the probe. In a series of tweets Wednesday, Warren challenged House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) decision to subpoena communications between state attorneys general investigating Exxon's claims. Read the full article … Continue Reading

July 14, 2016

The Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Clark laud passage of opioid prescription partial fill measure

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, praised Congress this week for including language that allows partial filling of opioid prescriptions in its final passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Warren said Congressional lawmakers took a positive step toward addressing opioid abuse by including the language in the bill that aims to reduce the number of prescription pills in circulation. "This bipartisan language will empower patients and … Continue Reading

July 11, 2016 Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts delegation ask for study on health effects of noisy airports, like Logan

Massachusetts lawmakers are asking the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the health effects of air traffic noise and pollution, after thousands of Bay Staters complained about planes heading in and out of Logan Airport last year. In a letter to the prestigious research organization, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Reps. Stephen Lynch, Michael Capuano, and Katherine Clark asked why airplane noise complaints have dramatically increased in recent years, and how it could … Continue Reading

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