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January 18, 2018

CNN: Senate Democrats call for hearings on workplace sexual misconduct

Washington (CNN) - Some Senate Democrats are calling for hearings to evaluate sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, as the #MeToo movement brings the discussion to the national forefront. In a letter sent by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and signed by all Democrats on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the lawmakers call for the committee "to play a leadership role in tackling the problem of workplace sexual harassment and assault." ... "As members … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Associated Press: Delegation: More mental health help needed for Puerto Rico

BOSTON (AP) - The state's all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In a letter Friday to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, the 11-member delegation, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, points out hurricanes and tropical storms can trigger emotional distress. The letter notes Puerto Rico's single suicide … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

The Hill: Warren leads Senate Dem call for sexual harassment hearings

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is leading a call for hearings on sexual misconduct in the workplace in a letter signed by all Democrats on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "As members of the committee, it is our duty to ensure that workers are protected from sexual assault and harassment in their jobs," the letter said. "The deluge of workers who have come forward to report incidents of workplace sexual harassment and assault in recent months has rightly caused Congress to … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

The Intercept: Elizabeth Warren Wants to Know Why a Banned Banker is a Senior Adviser at the EPA

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN is questioning whether Albert Kelly, a senior adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency, is fit for his job. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent Kelly a letter requesting information from Kelly in light of The Intercept's December investigation that revealed he had been banned from the financial industry. "Given your troubled financial history, as well as your lack of experience in environmental policy and regulation, I am concerned that you served as Chairman of … Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Springfield Republican: US Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren push bill to repeal medical device tax

U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, announced legislation this week that seeks to end the Affordable Care Act's excise tax on medical devices. The senators, who unveiled their so-called "No Taxation on Device Innovation Act" Thursday, said the measure would eliminate the 2.3 percent excise tax the controversial health care law imposed on devices ranging from surgical tools to pacemakers. The bill, they added, would offset the cost of repealing the tax, which was … Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Boston Globe: Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Mass. delegation to Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading most of Massachusetts' congressional delegation on a trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, where the group will tour a children's hospital and shelter Friday. In a joint statement, the lawmakers said Massachusetts is the "proud home" of 300,000 Puerto Ricans, with thousands more journeying to the state after Hurricane Maria hit. "We're going to Puerto Rico to see firsthand the devastation on the island and how we can help our fellow citizens along … Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren, Thom Tillis offer bipartisan Senate bill to protect veterans from predatory lending

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, announced legislation this week that aims to protect veterans from predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to show how borrowers would benefit from refinancing their mortgages. The lawmakers said the proposed bill, known as the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, would target lenders abusing the Department of Veteran's Affairs' home loan program through misleading advertisements and … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

Reuters: U.S. Senate Democrats propose fines for credit reporting agency hacks

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Two Senate Democrats are proposing large new fines for credit reporting agencies that lose consumers' personal information in data breaches, according to a bill they introduced on Wednesday. ... Senators Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren's bill is in response to a data breach at Equifax that put the information of 145 million Americans at risk. The bill faces an uphill climb in a Republican-led Congress, but if it became law, would allow the government to fine as … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

American Banker: Warren, Warner propose 'massive' fines for breaches at credit bureaus

WASHINGTON - Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mark Warner, D-Va., are set Wednesday to introduce a bill that would create mandatory penalties for data breaches at credit reporting agencies. "Our bill imposes massive and mandatory penalties for data breaches at companies like Equifax - and provides robust compensation for affected consumers - which will put money back into people's pockets and help stop these kinds of breaches from happening again," Warren said in a press release. The Data … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Reuters: Senator Warren says U.S. needs to 'rethink' money laundering laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday the United States needed to review outdated laws for combating money laundering which are creating an undue compliance burden for small and community banks. During a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Warren said she supported more stringent company ownership disclosure requirements and changing the threshold for reporting suspicious transactions in order to make life easier for small lenders and law enforcement. "Money … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Springfield Republican: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, others join Elizabeth Warren in speaking out against proposed federal funding cuts

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and other mayors from across the state this week in raising concerns about the impacts proposed federal funding cuts could have on local cities and towns. The Democrat, in a video released by Warren's office, again urged President Donald Trump against ending funding for the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program, which helps cities and towns ensure … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Springfield Republican: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: AG Jeff Sessions' marijuana policy shift is 'incredibly destructive'

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, on Monday called Attorney General Jeff Sessions' elimination of rules that allowed states to legalize marijuana "an incredibly destructive thing to do." Sessions last week rescinded an Obama-era memo that said the Department of Justice would not prosecute marijuana users and businesses who were conforming with state law in states that legalized recreational marijuana use. Instead, Sessions is leaving it up to each U.S. Attorney how to prosecute … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Springfield Republican: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes for community health center funding stalled in Congress

BOSTON -- After touring a Roxbury community health center, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on Congress to provide long-term funding to community health centers and a children's health insurance program. "Right now, Congress has failed in its responsibility to you and the people of Massachusetts and the people of America," Warren said during a roundtable with health care professionals at the Dimock Center. Funding for community health centers and a children's health … Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

The Hill: Warren blasts Mulvaney for 'unjustified' actions at consumer bureau

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused the acting director of the consumer bureau of using concerns about cybersecurity to sabotage the agency's oversight of the financial sector. Warren, in a letter released Monday, said acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney had been "hobbling the agency" by suspending data collection. "I fear that the freeze in data collection has in practice fundamentally changed how the CFPB interacts with its regulated entities," wrote Warren … Continue Reading

January 05, 2018

The Hill: Warren rips Trump over immigration demands: 'Dreamers aren't bargaining chips'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed President Trump on Friday over his newly released priorities for an immigration deal. Warren tweeted that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly referred to as "Dreamers," should not be used as "bargaining chips." "Dreamers aren't bargaining chips," Warren tweeted. "They aren't pawns in @realDonaldTrump's game. We made a promise. We said come out of the shadows & be fully woven into the fabric of America … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

WGBH: Sen. Warren: Trump's North Korea Tweets Are "Dangerous"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren told WGBH News that her colleagues in Washington are concerned about President Trump's mental health, following a series of recent tweets sent by Trump targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "There's a lot of talk about it in D.C., and a lot of talk about the fact that he says one thing today and says something different tomorrow and says something very different the day after that - much of this is dangerous," Warren said. "I mean, trying to taunt Kim Jong Un, that … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Springfield Republican: Massachusetts congressional delegation calls for release of additional home heating assistance funds

With frigid temperatures and a winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, Massachusetts congressional lawmakers urged the Trump administration Thursday to release more federal funding to help low-income Americans heat their homes. All 11 members of the state's congressional delegation penned a letter to Eric Hargan, the acting secretary and deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, urging the agency to immediately release as much of the remaining 10 percent of Low … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

WISH TV: Senators Todd Young, Elizabeth Warren introduce bill to increase oversight of taxpayer money

WASHINGTON (WISH) - Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young and Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, have introduced a bill to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars. The bill, which is called The Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act, would require government organizations to provide annual reports to Congress on about the status on implementing recommendations from the Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. ... "I'm glad to partner with … Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Berkshire Eagle: Markey and Warren want firm action from EPA and FERC for pipeline's discharge of 'hazardous wastewater' in Agawam

A discharge of 16,500 gallons of "hazardous wastewater" from pipeline testing in Agawam has prompted intervention by the two U.S. senators that represent Massachusetts. In a letters to federal regulators, U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren said Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s release of pressure testing wastewater Nov. 20 poses a threat to public health and the environment in surrounding communities. "This wastewater reportedly contains heavy metals and carcinogenic chemicals," the … Continue Reading

January 02, 2018

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren wants the Education Dept.’s use of earnings data investigated

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general to investigate the agency's use of earnings data to grant partial student loan forgiveness to defrauded borrowers. The request arrives two weeks after the department said it will provide debt relief to former students of Corinthian Colleges by comparing the average earnings of students in similar vocational programs. That earnings information is collected under gainful employment, a regulation that … Continue Reading

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