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April 29, 2014

Cape Cod Times Editorial: Drowning in debt

April 29, 2014 In the last year, student loan debt surged to $1.2 trillion - about double what it was just seven years ago, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That's more than credit card and auto-loan debt. In fact, student loan debt is second only to the amount owed on home mortgages. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is among those sounding the alarm about what economists say could become a major financial crisis if preventive steps are not taken - and soon. … Continue Reading

April 28, 2014

Huffington Post: SEC Commissioner Issues Scathing Dissent From Ruling, Elizabeth Warren Echoes Concern

By Ashley Alman April 28, 2014 Securities and Exchange Commissioner Kara Stein on Monday denounced the regulator's decision to continue providing special benefits to a big bank after its conviction for manipulating interest rates. The SEC spared Royal Bank of Scotland Group from losing its regulatory status as a well-known seasoned issuer on Friday. The bank was criminally convicted earlier this year for manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. The bank's crimes, Stein said Monday in a … Continue Reading

April 23, 2014

American Banker: Lawmakers Push Rule Changes at DoE over Student Accounts

By Victoria Finkle April 23, 2014 WASHINGTON - A Democratic coalition of nearly two dozen lawmakers is urging the Department of Education to change its rules to better protect students from unfair banking practices at colleges. The lawmakers, led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., sent a letter Wednesday to the Department of Education responding to proposed changes to the agency's Title IV cash management rules, which … Continue Reading

April 13, 2014

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren decries US college loan profits

By: Dan Adams April 13, 2014 US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted government profits on student loans in a speech at Suffolk University's Law School on Saturday, firing up a crowd of law students, education researchers, and financial specialists. "This exploding debt is crushing our young people," Warren, a Democrat, said in her speech to attendees of a two-day student loan symposium. "These students didn't go to the mall and run up a bunch of charges on credit cards. They worked hard to learn … Continue Reading

April 12, 2014

Daily Hampshire Gazette: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren fires up local politicians, community organizers at annual municipal conference

By: Laurie Loisel April 12, 2014 NORTHAMPTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren offered an analysis Saturday of the federal government's impact on local communities that provided her audience of local elected and appointed officials reasons for hope and anger - in just about equal measure. Warren was the keynote speaker for an annual conference sponsored for 24 years by state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst. Rosenberg said this year's conference drew a bigger crowd than ever, about 240 town and … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

WWLP NBC 22 Springfield: $4.8M grant to help low-income youth

By: Joel Martinez April 8, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (WWLP) - Senators Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey and Congressman Stephen Lynch applauded the announcement of a $4,867,815 grant to Jobs for the Future, Inc. through the Youth CareerConnect program. The grant was announced on Monday by President Obama, and will help Jobs for the Future provide support for students to acquire critical career skills. According to Sen. Warren's office, Jobs for the Future, Inc. offers a range of programs to help … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren urges colleagues to pass Paycheck Fairness Act addressing income inequality between men and women

By: Robert Rizzuto April 8, 2014 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., took to the floor of the Senate Tuesday to urge her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which addresses pay inequalities between men and women in America. The bill would require employers to prove that any discrepancies between male and female pay are job-related and not based in discrimination. Its inception stems in part by a census report which concluded that women typically earn 77 cents for every dollar their … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Berkshire Eagle: Neal, Senators push action to restore emergency services for North County

By: Tony Dobrowolski April 8,2014 PITTSFIELD -- U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, has asked the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to expedite the process that would restore emergency medical and hospice services to Northern Berkshire County. The letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has also been signed by Massachusetts' two U.S. senators, Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey. In the letter, Neal, Warren and Markey have asked CMS for its assistance … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

WBUR: Drug Take-Back Day Aims To Stem Abuse

April 7, 2014 BOSTON - State and local leaders are asking Massachusetts residents to turn in their old prescription drugs at local police departments and other designated drop-off sites. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on April 26, comes after a stark rise in the number of overdoses this year. At Monday's Boston City Hall event, politicians said Massachusetts had 600 drug overdose deaths last year, up from 300 about 12 years ago. The state has declared heroin overdoses and opioid … Continue Reading

March 26, 2014

Bay State Banner: Sen. Warren convenes local businesses, U.S. agencies

By: Martin Desmarais March 26,2014 Small businesses got a chance to pitch their services to government agencies and government contractors in a bid to get a piece of the multi-billion-dollar pie that is offered by the federal sector every year. The event, which was attended by about 200 Massachusetts small businesses at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, featured 25 government agencies and prime contractors - including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental … Continue Reading

March 25, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Times: Lawmakers applaud Vineyard Social Security video link

March 25,2014 United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Bill Keating applauded the Social Security Administration's (SSA) decision to offer Social Security services on Martha's Vineyard via the use of video teleconferencing technology in a press release issued Monday. Social Security ended regular monthly visits to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in early 2011. Senator Warren and Congressman Keating had urged SSA to restore the critical services for residents on Martha's Vineyard … Continue Reading

March 23, 2014

Associated Press: Sen. Warren to hold "business matchmaker" event

March 23, 2014 BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting what she's calling a "Massachusetts Business Matchmaker" event to help local businesses, government agencies and government contractors forge partnerships. Warren said she wants to make sure small businesses owners have a better understanding of opportunities to work with the federal government. The Massachusetts Democrat said the Monday event will let contractors and government agencies meet one-on-one with qualified small business … Continue Reading

March 21, 2014

Springfield Republican: Holyoke Fire Department could hire 8 new firefighters with $1 million federal grant

By Mike Plaisance March 21, 2014 HOLYOKE -- The Fire Department would be able to hire eight new firefighters and pay their salaries and benefits for two years with a $1 million federal grant the city received Friday. "That's great, couldn't have come at a better time, especially with the financial times the city is facing," Fire Chief John A. Pond said. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, both D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, announced the grant … Continue Reading

March 16, 2014

Boston Globe: Flood concerns heard by Congress

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts March 16, 2014 The voices of homeowners and businesses in the state's coastal and riverfront communities who are concerned about potentially substantial increases in flood insurance were heard loud and clear by federal lawmakers who took steps last week to help keep costs down. "My first reaction is just how proud I am of our towns, Marshfield and Scituate, for organizing to bring attention to how devastating these changes would be on the entire economy,'' said … Continue Reading

March 15, 2014

Boston Herald: Elizabeth Warren eyes fed contracts for small biz

By Jordan Graham March 15, 2014 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is looking to boost the bottom line of local small businesses by setting them up with federal government contracts. Warren is hosting a Massachusetts Business Matchmaker event Monday, March 24 at Roxbury Community College for small businesses, government agencies and contractors to identify partnership opportunities. "We have a lot of terrific small businesses here in Massachusetts, and I want to be sure that every one of them knows … Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren to host 'Massachusetts Business Matchmaker' event in Roxbury

By Robert Rizzuto March 13, 2014 ROXBURY - With the aim of helping Massachusetts businesses find partnership opportunities with government agencies and contractors, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office is hosting a mixer in Roxbury on March 24. Called the "Massachusetts Business Matchmaker," the event is open to a variety of businesses from across the Bay State which are seeking opportunities to grow by contracting with government agencies. "Small business owners are tireless, hard workers who … Continue Reading

March 07, 2014

Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Warren: $1.2T debt is crushing students

By Paula Owen March 7, 2014 FITCHBURG - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Fitchburg State University Friday morning to discuss with students, faculty and state and local officials the $1.2 trillion in student loan debt that she says is crushing students and putting a strain on the economy. FSU students listened intently in the Holmes Dining Commons as Ms. Warren talked about ways to bring down the cost of college and ease the student debt burden. The system is caught in a "one-two punch," … Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

Everett Independent: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Reads to Keverian School Students

March 5, 2014 Second and third graders at the George Keverian School in Everett welcomed U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren into their classroom on Friday, February 28 to help celebrate the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day." Senator Warren read"Sneetches" and other Dr. Seuss classics to young students as part of Everett's district-wide participation in "Read Across America Day." Other celebrity readers in Everett included WBZ-TV news anchor Paula Ebben and WBZ-TV … Continue Reading

March 03, 2014

WGBH: Warren Calls For More Investment In Women's Biomedical Research

By Ibby Caputo March 3, 2014 Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a National Policy Summit on Women's Health held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston on Monday. No one had ever considered the possibility that she had coronary disease. I've always assumed that was because she was a woman," Warren said. Warren was the keynote speaker at the summit that brought together policymakers, industry representatives, doctors and scientists to discuss disparities in biomedical research … Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces bipartisan bill to honor America's POW/MIA soldiers

By Robert Rizzuto February 27, 2014 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill this week aimed at honoring the nation's military. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, penned the POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act to honor the approximately 83,000 service members who are either prisoners of war or missing in action by establishing a permanent commemorative chair on the grounds of the United States Capitol. The bill, if passed, would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place a … Continue Reading

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