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March 18, 2015

Boston Globe: Warren Sees Popular Momentum for Student Loan Bill

MAR 18, 2015 US Senator Elizabeth Warren said greater awareness of ballooning education debt in the U.S. will provide fresh momentum for legislation she introduced Wednesday afternoon that allows students to refinance loans at lower rates. "A problem that was bad a year ago has gotten worse," Warren said in an interview. "The federal loans produce obscene profits for the federal government and the biggest banks on the private side." Read the full article … Continue Reading

March 18, 2015

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren: GOP Will Sink an Entire Generation Without Action on 'Crushing' Student Loan Debt

MAR 18, 2015 WASHINGTON - The problem of overwhelming student loan debt was bad in 2014 and with no action from Congress over the past year, it has only worsened. This is the principle which led U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to reintroduce a bill which would allow people holding student loans financed at rates higher than today's interest rate to refinance those loans, similar to the way one refinances a home mortgage or car loan. "A problem that was bad a year ago got worse. Since last … Continue Reading

March 06, 2015

Boston Globe Editorial: Elizabeth Warren Plan Would Bolster NIH Funding

MAR 6, 2015 The spectacular growth of the Boston area's life sciences sector has had a vital source: the National Institutes of Health, a lifeline of basic research funding...The funding spigot, however, is being tightened. In the past decade, NIH grants have lost ground against the cost of doing research. ... Warren's plan, endorsed by nearly 30 national and local medical associations, is to bolster NIH funding by siphoning a small percentage of profits from big drug companies whose … Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Springfield Republican: Mass. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for release of additional $34 million in low-income heating assistance funds

FEB 24, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. -In the face of what seems to be a brutally cold, never-ending New England winter, the two U.S. senators representing Massachusetts in Washington are calling on President Barack Obama's administration to release an additional $34 million in heating assistance money. In a letter sent this week to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, both Democrats, said thousands of Massachusetts families have … Continue Reading

February 22, 2015

New Bedford Standard-Times: Transportation funding woes, ideas abound in Massachusetts

FEB 22, 2015 NEW BEDFORD - Transportation funding woes across the country also are creating roadblocks in Massachusetts, lawmakers and industry leaders said last week. ... U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who visited SouthCoast communities Friday, said the stakes couldn't be higher for long-term transportation funding. "This is an issue for how we build a future in this country," Warren said during her visit. "I think that senators and representatives ... are starting to understand that this is … Continue Reading

February 21, 2015

Herald News: Sen. Elizabeth Warren sees a 'bright future' for Fall River

FEB 21, 2015 FALL RIVER - Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday morning called Fall River a city of beauty and opportunity where she sees "a bright future" that will require "lots of hard work" to reach it. After meeting privately for an hour at Government Center with newly elected Mayor Sam Sutter, three local legislators and City Council Vice President Ray Mitchell, Warren touched upon their topics as she and Sutter briefly answered questions that included South Coast Rail and transportation, … Continue Reading

February 20, 2015

New Bedford Standard-Times: Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits UMass Dartmouth, talks about re-prioritizing higher education

FEB 20, 2015 DARTMOUTH - Elizabeth Warren looks at public university students and sees her own blue-collar upbringing and rise to the halls of Harvard University and the U.S. Senate. Warren on Friday connected with students struggling to pay for UMass Dartmouth and called for reform to make public higher education affordable. "I believe in public education and I believe in public universities," she said at a packed forum at the Claire T. Carney Library. "I am the daughter of a janitor who … Continue Reading

February 20, 2015

New Bedford Standard-Times: Warren praises Buzzards Bay group during visit to New Bedford

FEB 20, 2015 NEW BEDFORD - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren praised Buzzards Bay Coalition staff Friday, lauding the group's multi-year effort culminating in the U.S. Coast Guard's Feb. 6 withdrawal of litigation related to a state oil prevention law adopted after the 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay. "Thank you for all of the work that all of you did," Warren told staff gathered in the nonprofit organization's office near New Bedford's waterfront. "I hope you keep up this good work ... and that this … Continue Reading

February 19, 2015

Greenfield Recorder: Sen. Warren speaks at GCC

GREENFIELD - Surrounded by Greenfield Community College students, faculty and local officials, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for their support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. The Democratic senior senator from Massachusetts spoke during a tour of the campus on her last stop during a Thursday swing through the Pioneer Valley and discussed college affordability with students, faculty … Continue Reading

February 19, 2015

Springfield Republican: Elizabeth Warren in Northampton: Life-saving Homeland Security grants held hostage by Republicans

NORTHAMPTON - Republicans in Congress are holding the Department of Homeland Security hostage in an attempt to block President Obama's executive orders on immigration, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said during a meeting with local officials at Northampton Fire Department headquarters on Thursday. The Massachusetts Democrat said she wanted to discuss the impact upon local emergency services if Homeland Security funding runs out in 10 days. Funding for the department provided by a 2014 omnibus spending … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

MetroWest Daily News: Warren Highlights Natick Soldier Worker in Speech

FEB 4, 2015 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week highlighted the story of a former Natick Soldier Systems Center worker while making the case to her colleagues to support a bill that seeks to reduce veteran suicides. Warren, D-Mass., on Monday described how Justin Fitch, who has terminal colon cancer and recently retired from the Army as a major, talked about the 22 veterans a day who commit suicide. "Too many veterans are suffering in silence," Fitch told her. "Twenty-two a … Continue Reading

January 31, 2015

Patriot Ledger: Warren - 'Ready to go' on seeking disaster aid for Mashfield, Scituate

JAN 31, 2015 MARSHFIELD - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are ready to request federal disaster relief for damage caused by Tuesday's blizzard, which wreaked havoc on beachfront homes, pummeled sea walls and filled roads with debris and seawater. Warren visited Marshfield and Scituate on Friday to meet with state Rep. James Cantwell, town officials and residents of seaside homes that were battered by the blizzard. She also surveyed damage … Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Warren Strikes Familiar Tone in Worcester Visit

JAN 5, 2015 WORCESTER - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren struck familiar populist tones during a visit to Worcester Monday, pushing her agenda to reduce student loan debt and portraying Congress as responsive to lobbyists with deep pockets instead of regular Americans. "If we don't start running this country again for working families, then this country will fundamentally change," she told editors and reporters from newspapers across the state gathered at the Telegram & Gazette's Front Street … Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Worcester Magazine: Senator Warren Visits, Praises Worcester Tech

JAN 5, 2015 WORCESTER - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Worcester Technical High School on Jan. 5 to marvel at local students' projects and talk politics with members of the press. School officials managed to squeeze three student presentations, a visit to a biotech class and a question and answer session into a 30-minute trip that drew a lot of "wows" from the first term senator. "I'm proud of the commonwealth for investing here, and I'm proud of the city of Worcester for investing … Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Wicked Local: Somerville - Feds Sign over $1 billion for Green Line Extension through Somerville

JAN 5, 2015 SOMERVILLE-At a press conference at Somerville High School Jan. 5, federal, state and city officials signed the funding grant agreement that will bring nearly $1 billion in federal dollars to the GLX project. The $2.3 billion project will receive $996 million from the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Program, referred to as the New Starts program. If the project is able to secure the full remaining $1.3 billion from the state, the Green Line will extend … Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Salem News: Warren Vows to Keep Fighting for Gateway Cities

JAN 5, 2015 WORCESTER - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging a renewed push in Congress to bring down higher education costs and provide more federal funding for the state's economically challenged "Gateway cities" and its struggling fishing industry. Read the full article … Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren priority: Pushing Republican-controlled Congress to address student loan debt crisis

JAN 5, 2015 WORCESTER - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said her vision for 2015 in Washington involves maintaining a sharp focus on student loan debt and the drag it is on the economy and the future of the country. ... When asked just how she plans to move such a bill and policy priority forward in a Republican-controlled Congress, Warren said it comes down to explaining how it affects everyone- regardless of if they have outstanding student loans themselves. "The Federal Reserve, the … Continue Reading

December 15, 2014

CBS Boston: Boston Harbor Improvements Planned

DEC 15, 2014 BOSTON (CBS) - A $400 million dollar project to deepen Boston Harbor over the next three years will bring larger cargo and cruise ships to the region and create thousands of new jobs....Massport held a reception on the Boston Fish Pier Monday to officially thank the Washington delegation for their cooperation and hard work.On hand to be honored were Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch who spoke. Massport CEO Tom Glynn introduced … Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

MetroWest Daily News: Mass. Senators: Drop Loans for Corinthian Colleges Students

DEC 11, 2014 FRAMINGHAM - Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are pushing for action by the U.S. Department of Education that would allow students of Corinthian Colleges - which is being sued by the Massachusetts attorney general - to have their outstanding federal loans dismissed...."When students take on loans to pay for college, they are making a serious financial decision that will affect them for years to come," reads the letter signed by Warren and Markey. "Borrowers … Continue Reading

December 10, 2014

Associated Press: Massachusetts gets $15M for pre-school expansion

DEC 10, 2014 BOSTON - Massachusetts is among more than a dozen states receiving federal funds to expand early education programs. Gov. Deval Patrick announced on Wednesday that the $15 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education will help the cities of Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Read the full article … Continue Reading

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