News Coverage

February 24, 2014

WBUR: MIT Fusion Energy Research Project Is Restarted

February 24, 2014 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Now that federal funding has been restored for a fusion energy research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing long-term funding for the project. She says year-to-year funding carries too much risk of another shutdown of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, like the one last year. "A big part of our task now starts, and that is to make sure that we're getting long-term guaranteed funding," Warren said … Continue Reading


February 24, 2014

Gloucester Times: NOAA set to cover cost of monitors

February 24, 2014 NOAA officials say that the federal fisheries agency will once again cover the cost of the mandated onboard fishing monitors who have been a part of many fishermen's traveling parties out of Gloucester and other Northeast ports since 2010. The announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service came at the recommendation of the New England Fishery Management Council, and after a renewed push by a Massachusetts' … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Bloomberg: Senate’s Warren Pushes to Require Board Votes on Banks

By Cheyenne Hopkins February 12, 2014 The Federal Reserve should revise enforcement policy to require board-member votes on penalties exceeding $1 million or force changes in banks' management, two lawmakers wrote in a letter to Fed Chairman Janet Yellen. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Elijah Cummings, both Democrats, urged Yellen to make the change to bolster the Fed's accountability and to protect taxpayers against the kind of financial-industry risk-taking that helped fuel the … Continue Reading


February 10, 2014

Boston Globe: Sen. Warren pushes minimum wage hike in Boston burrito visit

By Joshua Miller February 10, 2014 With the hum of burrito preparation in the background, Senator Elizabeth Warren, joined by the US Senate's number two Democrat, today pushed for a hike in the minimum wage, emphasizing the effort was supported by businesses, not just workers. At a Boloco location on Congress Street near South Station, Warren and Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois held a discussion with a cross section of business leaders and low-wage earners. "Nobody who works full-time … Continue Reading


February 07, 2014

Springfield Republican: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, nurses union reach settlement

February 7, 2014 NORTHAMPTON, MA - The nurses union and the administration at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield have apparently reached a settlement in their lengthy contract dispute. Terms of the settlement were to be announced this afternoon during a press conference at the Hotel Northampton in Northampton. Prior to the start of the press conference, officials with the Massachusetts Nurses Association, representing the nurses, distributed a press release announcing the … Continue Reading


February 01, 2014

Associated Press: US Mass. senator blasts profits on student loans

Associated PressFebruary 1, 2014 BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Saturday she is shocked that the federal government is earning an estimated $66 billion in profits from student loans originated between 2007 and 2012. The Democrat from Massachusetts was reacting to a Government Accountability Office report Friday. A previous Congressional Budget Office report estimated that the government will pocket an additional $185 billion in profits on new student loans made over the next 10 … Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Patriot Ledger: Senate OKs delay of big flood insurance premium hikes

By: Jessica TrufantJanuary 31, 2014 Legislation to delay an overhaul of the federal flood insurance program took a major leap forward Thursday when it passed the U.S. Senate on a 67-32 vote. Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren were among the 67 senators who voted to postpone parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 for four years. The act is hitting homeowners with massive premium hikes. "I have met with and heard the fear and frustration of homeowners and … Continue Reading


January 27, 2014

Boston.com- Cambridge 11-year-old to attend State of the Union address

By: Brock ParkerJanuary 27, 2014 Cambridge sixth-grader Zev Dickstein will attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday as a guest of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Dickstein, 11, who volunteered for Warren's senate campaign and last fall served as the campaign manager for a Cambridge School Committee candidate, is traveling to Washington D.C. for the address in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday night. "I am very pleased to have Zev joining me for the State of the Union," Warren … Continue Reading


January 25, 2014

Associated Press: In Mass., a push for tighter regulations on for-profit colleges with aim to protect students

By: Steve LeBlancJanuary 25, 2014 BOSTON - Two top Massachusetts elected officials are trying to tighten regulations on for-profit colleges, arguing some of the schools are leaving students with high debt and without the skills needed to land a good job - all while reaping the benefit of federal student loans. Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has filed a bill she said will protect student borrowers by requiring colleges to assume some of the risk of student loan default. Massachusetts … Continue Reading


January 23, 2014

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Warren, Markey call for more heat aid

By: Steven H. Foskett Jr. January 23, 2014 U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren have called on the Obama administration to immediately distribute remaining low-income heating assistance funds in light of harsh weather and tough economic conditions. The senators, both D-Mass., sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arguing that the passage of the 2014 appropriations bill allowed the department to immediately distribute nearly $490 million remaining in … Continue Reading


January 23, 2014

Daily Collegian (UMass Amherst): Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits UMass to discuss LSL, life science research funding, student loan debt

By: Aviva LuttrellJanuary 23, 2014 Sen. Elizabeth Warren met with students, faculty and administrators at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon to tour the University's recently constructed Life Science Laboratories and discuss student loan debt and the affordability of higher education. The visit was part of Warren's "Priorities for the Future" tour in Massachusetts, which focuses on her plans to make higher education more affordable, to refinance student loan debt, and to … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Senator Warren Promotes Priorities In Massachusetts Tour

By: Paul TuthillJanuary 22, 2014 Senator Warren met with about 100 constituents in the lobby of the downtown Springfield building where the senator's western Massachusetts office is located. Warren spoke about her agenda for the year ahead in Congress, highlighting three priorities-reducing college student loan debt, increasing government funding for medical research and shoring up Social Security. "Our job, our job together is to make sure our government works not for the rich and powerful … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Warren, McGovern muster support for extension of jobless benefits

By Stephen H. Foskett, Jr.January 22, 2014 WORCESTER - Tony Caramello's story is one heard many times in today's economy. At age 55, with 18 years of executive experience under his belt, Mr. Caramello got called into the meeting nobody wants to ever be a part of. "They told me my services were no longer needed," he said. His wife is a schoolteacher, which softened the blow somewhat, but unemployment helped fill the gaps as he began a long search for a new job. He said he never thought he would … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

Daily Hampshire Gazette: In Amherst visit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren cites UMass affordability model

By: Scott MerzbachJanuary 22, 2014 AMHERST - Continuing efforts she is pursuing in Washington to reduce the financial burden on college students, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will file a bill to refinance student loan debt. At a meeting Wednesday afternoon with University of Massachusetts students and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy at the flagship campus, Warren promised to introduce legislation that would refinance $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. "Student loan debt is a strong stimulus for … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

The Patriot Ledger: Sen. Warren visits Marshfield to hear flood insurance woes

By: Jessica TrufantJanuary 22, 2014 MARSHFIELD - The Marshfield-based nonprofit Road to Responsibility used all but $18,000 of its $25 million budget last year to serve hundreds of developmentally disabled people on the South Shore through housing and programs. But Road to Responsibility, one of the town's largest employers, could face some serious cuts. Its Ocean Street property now falls in a flood zone on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new maps, requiring flood coverage that … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren says focus in 2014 includes boosting Social Security program, making higher education more attainable and increasing medical research funding

By: Robert RizzutoJanuary 22, 2014 SPRINGFIELD - Surrounded by dozens of citizen supporters and elected officials on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said the new year comes with a sharpened focus on three specific areas where she plans to help craft legislation. Among them are boosting the nation's Social Security Program, helping make college more affordable while lowering student loan debt, and increasing the amount of medical research funding available to potentially further … Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

Associated Press: Sen. Warren To File Bill Allowing Refinancing For Student Loans

Associated PressJanuary 22, 2014 BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to file a bill to let students refinance their old loans at a new lower rate. Warren said she wants to ease the loan burden that she says is burying graduates in debt and stifling economic growth. Warren said it's important to let students with old, high-interest loans take advantage of lower rates now being offered to students under a new federal law this year. An undergraduate student who took out an … Continue Reading


January 21, 2014

Brockton Enterprise: Sen. Elizabeth Warren: students being 'crushed' by loan debt

By: Ed DongaJanuary 21, 2014 BROCKTON- With student loan debt reaching $1.2 trillion nationwide, Marisa Cox, has taken to working not one, not two, but six jobs as she tries to make ends meet while attending Massasoit Community College. A typical day for Cox usually starts with her liberal arts classes at Massasoit, followed by work at a day-care center, nursing home or one of her other jobs, before she finishes the day with homework and studying. Cox added that sometimes her studies can keep … Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Gloucester Times: Fishing aid gets Senate's final OK

By: Sean HorganJanuary 17, 2014 A year ago, the bill to provide $150 million in direct federal disaster assistance to fishermen rolled through the Senate, only to die a lingering death in the House - a casualty of the internecine and partisan bickering over the debt ceiling. Yesterday, that failure by Congress to lift a deliberative finger to help fishermen was reduced to a political footnote when the Senate passed an appropriation to send $75 million to help fishermen, and fishing communities … Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Associated Press: For Sen. Warren, a focus on kitchen table finances

By: Steve LeBlancJanuary 11, 2014 BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has garnered the kind of fevered attention during her freshman year that would make most political figures drool - with supporters even calling on her to consider a 2016 presidential bid, a notion she's dismissed. As she enters her second year in Congress, the Massachusetts Democrat said her focus is instead on improving the economic fortunes of ordinary Americans, a theme that is dovetailing with a renewed emphasis in … Continue Reading

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