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January 21, 2016

Washington Post: Senate Democrats launch campaign to reduce student debt

With the staggering cost of college a key issue on the presidential campaign trail, Senate Democrats are seizing the opportunity to promote a legislative package designed to address affordability. On Thursday, lawmakers unveiled the Reducing Educational Debt (RED) Act, comprised of three bills that party members have championed over the last year or two. The package includes legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in 2014 to let borrowers refinance their federal and private … Continue Reading

January 16, 2016

GateHouse Media: Warren says NRA will be defeated

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday that the National Rifle Association will not prevail in blocking gun safety reforms from passing Congress. "The NRA can be defeated, and the NRA will be defeated," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "The president has shown that change is possible, now it is our job in Congress to show that there are many of us who are willing to fight. And, that's how we will get sensible gun reform. We will get it." Read the full article … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Associated Press: Warren, Markey: Let States Allow Partial Opioid Prescriptions

BOSTON (AP) - Several U.S. senators are urging federal regulators to make it clear that partially filling prescriptions for opioid drugs is permitted under federal law. Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey said in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration that officials in many states - including Massachusetts - have pushed for the change as a way to combat the opioid addiction problem. Read the full Associated Press article … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Springfield Republican: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and colleagues press feds for more answers on medical marijuana research

A group of U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is still seeking answers on federal barriers to research on medical marijuana and hit U.S. agencies for a lack of coordination with states on the issue. Warren, Markey and six other senators sent a letter in July asking for information on federal agencies' efforts on medical marijuana research. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states, including Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Read the full article … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Springfield Republican: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren questions federal settlement with Education Management Corporation

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., raised concerns Tuesday about the federal government's recent settlement with a for-profit college company, arguing that it may not even provide relief to the students who owe billions in loans. Warren, who joined U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in penning a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice, contended that the settlement with Education Management Corporation, which operates the Art Institutes, Brown Mackie … Continue Reading

November 18, 2015

The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren visits Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren touched down in Puerto Rico Thursday, her latest stop on a tour of governments with distressed economies, and reiterated her support for the US territory to use bankruptcy to solve its problems. She met with top officials in the US territory who told her the country is struggling to meet the next payments on the $72 billion of debt the government has accumulated. Read the full article … Continue Reading

November 18, 2015

The Springfield Republican: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for update on performance of Dodd-Frank 'whistleblower' protections

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Republican Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, urged the Securities and Exchange Commission this week for an update on the performance of so-called "whistleblower" protections created under the Dodd-Frank Act. Warren and Grassley, in a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, requested information on the agency's Office of the Whistleblower, as well as asked about implementation of 2013 SEC Office of Inspector General recommendations, among other things. Read the full … Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, other Massachusetts lawmakers call on Social Security Administration to treat same-sex marriages equally

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., joined Massachusetts and other lawmakers this week in calling on the Social Security Administration to ensure the U.S. Supreme Court's recent marriage decisions are implemented and that married same-sex couples are not penalized due to delays. In a letter to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, congressional lawmakers said while the the agency continues to work to implement high courts rulings that ended … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

New Bedford Standard-Times: Senate Democrats highlight college debt issue

Americans should "feel the shame" of saddling recent college graduates with billions of dollars in high-interest student loans that are generating profits for the federal government at the expense of the general economy, said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Warren, who has proposed legislation to lower federally-mandated interest rates on student loans, spoke at a hearing organized by fellow Senate Democrats to draw attention to the college debt issue. The all-Democrat event included testimony … Continue Reading

September 23, 2015

Associated Press: US Senate passes Warren bill to require settlement details

BOSTON - A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that aims to give the public more details about settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies has passed the Senate. The Massachusetts Democrat says the goal of the bill is to require the agencies to be more transparent about any deals cut as part of the agreements. She said when the government settles cases, it highlights the dollar amount obtained from the offender but often doesn't point out tax deductions and other credits built … Continue Reading

September 10, 2015

Fall River Herald News: Steppingstone in Fall River awarded $400K federal grant

Fall River - Steppingstone Inc., a substance abuse treatment center, has received a $400,000 federal grant to continue helping incarcerated men with substance abuse and mental health issues before and after they are released from jail. The three-year grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment will support Project Reentering Offenders Achieving Recovery, a collaborative effort between Steppingstone and the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, for the second time. "We're really excited," … Continue Reading

September 03, 2015

Brockton Enterprise: Senator Warren attends opening for new Brockton health center

Brockton - The partnership between a new satellite health clinic and an adjoining neighborhood supermarket was lauded Wednesday as the bridge to good health in downtown Brockton's former "food desert."The grand opening of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center's 13,000-square-foot outpatient clinic - expected to serve about 6,700 patients annually - drew dignitaries including U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren."It's good to be here to celebrate," Warren said to huge applause in blistering heat."This … Continue Reading

September 02, 2015

The Boston Globe: AG, Elizabeth Warren help students mired in for-profit debt

Boston-Peguy Pierre stood inside the Boston University business school Tuesday evening with her 7-month-old daughter on her hip and her 10-year-old son by her side as she worked with a counselor trying to find a way to eliminate her student debt. The 33-year-old Haitian immigrant, who now lives in Dorchester, registered for the Everest Institute in Brighton when her son Schlegel was born, hoping to find a career as a medical assistant. "They promised they were going to help me find a job," she … Continue Reading

September 01, 2015

Politico: Warren, Healey push for federal student-loan cancelation

Boston-Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined forces to push the US Department of Education to cancel student loans issued by a now-defunct for-profit college in Brighton. "It does start here in Massachusetts," Healey told reporters. "We hope what's happening here today sends a signal to the U.S. Department of Education and gets them to do what they need to do and what they can do, more importantly, right now, to make this a more fair situation for … Continue Reading

August 20, 2015

Fall River Herald News: Sen. Warren tells CFC staff to brace for a fight over budget cuts

Fall River, MA - Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the staff at Citizens for Citizens Inc. she was meeting with them today so she can bring back their stories to her Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C., who want to slash funding in fiscal 2016 for the social programs that Massachusetts families depend on. Warren visited CFC to participate in a roundtable discussion that included the agency's department heads, clients, Mayor Sam Sutter and state Rep. Carole Fiola. "You're doing the hard, … Continue Reading

August 20, 2015

New Bedford Standard- Times: U.S. Sen. Warren encourages business innovators during New Bedford visit

New Bedford,MA - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a small gathering of local business leaders Wednesday that "New Bedford is clearly building a future around entrepreneurship," encouraging innovation and sharing ideas in a space designed for that exact purpose. More than 20 people sweated in summer heat while fans whirred in the under-construction Groundwork space at the Quest Center, where Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, spoke briefly and took a quick tour on a swing through SouthCoast. Read … Continue Reading

August 20, 2015

New Bedford Standard- Times Editorial: Small business finds friends in New Bedford

Some may be coming grudgingly to the realization that no casino will influence New Bedford's economic development, but the city's embrace of the entrepreneurial model of incremental, organic growth can be a most effective balm for the sting of that loss. Small business runs the economic development race slow and steady, fueled by creativity and ambition. In New Bedford, opportunities for small business continue to emerge in services, technology, manufacturing and creative arts, supported by a … Continue Reading

July 31, 2015

Watertown Tab and Press: Watertown Police awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

Watertown, MA - Several of Watertown's finest were honored with the Congressional Badge of Bravery Friday afternoon, just over two years after they engaged in a dramatic shootout that ended the Boston Marathon Bombers week of terror. Watertown Police Sergeants John MacLellan, Jeffrey Pugliese, and officer Joseph Reynolds, received the awards during a ceremony at the Watertown station Friday. U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Representatives Joe Kennedy and Katherine Clark, and … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Newton TAB: Grant to fund heavy-duty rescue truck for Newton Fire Department

The fire department plans to use a more than $400,000 federal grant to support the purchase of a heavy-duty rescue truck for special response situations.The truck will contain specialized equipment for rescue responses to incidents such as elevator malfunctions, construction accidents or highway crashes.Citing issues ranging from severe weather to terrorism, Fire Chief Bruce Proia said there was a clear need for such a vehicle to improve the department's capacity for technical rescues."It's a … Continue Reading

July 20, 2015

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds roundtable on bill that would add scheduling protections, 'on call' pay

Boston, MA - Supporters of a U.S. Senate bill aimed at providing and protecting flexible schedules for low-income workers say the legislation is also good for businesses. Robert Everts, co-president of Equal Exchange coffee co-op, said allowing flexible schedules builds worker loyalty. "We acknowledge the basic reality that workers have lives outside of work," he said while standing outside an Equal Exchange café, located across the street from TD Garden. ... For her part, Warren said … Continue Reading

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