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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

January 08, 2014

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces bipartisan bill to increase transparency in reporting federal settlements

By: Robert RizzutoJanuary 8, 2014 WASHINGTON - With the aim of increasing the transparency around settlements reached with companies found to be in violation of federal laws, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has teamed up with U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, to push a new bill. The Truth in Settlements Act, as introduced by the bipartisan duo on Wednesday, comes amid steady concern in Washington that companies which settle with the government amid investigations into … Continue Reading

January 08, 2014

Associated Press: US Sen. Warren: New mortgage rules will protect potential homeowners, guard nation's economy

Associated PressJanuary 8, 2014 BOSTON - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hailing new mortgage rules set to go into effect this week. Warren said that under the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules, lenders must determine that a borrower has the ability to repay a mortgage before issuing the loan. The Massachusetts Democrat said the rules will prohibit brokers from being paid by lenders to steer customers into higher-cost loans and strengthen the mortgage market by improving mortgage … Continue Reading

December 23, 2013

Boston Globe: One year in, Warren not shying from populist aims

By: Nora BiermanDecember 23, 2013 WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Warren seems tired as she sits down in her straight back office chair at the end of a long rookie year in the Senate. But her voice suddenly rises when her favorite subject comes up, the populist ideas on which she has spent the last 30 years. It's not just Democrats who need a jolt of it, she says, holding up her arm like a crossing guard. "Everyone," the Massachusetts Democrat says. "Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, … Continue Reading

December 17, 2013 Elizabeth Warren measure would forbid employers from looking at job applicant’s credit history

By: Nora BiermanDecember 17, 2013 WASHINGTON -- Senator Elizabeth Warren announced today that she will introduce a measure to forbid employers from requiring credit histories on job applicants. The Massachusetts Democrat's measure has support from dozens of liberal consumer groups, who argue that credit history is a poor measure of character and discriminates against the economically disadvantaged. But it could face resistance from Republicans who oppose more restrictions on businesses and … Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Telegram: Sen. Warren at Veterans Inc. hears concerns on housing

By: Alli KnotheDecember 5, 2013 WORCESTER - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Veterans Inc. on Grove Street Thursday, speaking with veterans, advocates and politicians about issues facing former service members. "The more I know, the better I can do my job," she told them during a 20-minute roundtable discussion before touring the facility. Steven J. Connor, director of Central Hampshire Veterans Services of Northampton, said he would like Ms. Warren to consider having financial assistance … Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

American Banker: Warren: 'It's Time to Act' on Too Big to Fail

By: Victoria FinkleNovember 12, 2013 WASHINGTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied supporters on Tuesday to help end "too big to fail" and back her bill to separate commercial banking from riskier activities, in a fiery speech before consumer advocates. The Massachusetts Democrat, a longtime critic of Wall Street, expressed frustration that three years after the Dodd-Frank Act the biggest banks continue to grow, regulators keep missing their statutory deadlines and the problem of "too big to … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren says 'system is rigged for powerful interests,' addresses fight to enact new gun control regulations

By: Robert RizzutoNovember 7, 2013 WASHINGTON - In a speech to be delivered at the National Consumer Law Center's three-day Consumer Rights Litigation Conference starting today in Washington, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., talks about a myriad of issues including the battle to enact federal gun control legislation and the successes of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren, who took office a year ago in a pricey Senate race against Republican Scott Brown, reiterates her … Continue Reading

November 04, 2013

Gloucester Times: Fed panel hears pleas for fishing reforms

By: Sean HorganNovember 4, 2013 The Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization road show hit Boston on Monday, when U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren hosted a State House session that again left fishing advocates questioning the science that serves as the basis for so many federal policies governing the nation's fisheries. The session featured numerous speakers and drew a large audience of policymakers, federal and state politicians, as well as fishing and conservation advocates. "If folks in Washington … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013 Warren: Boost medical research spending

By: Deirdre FernandesOctober 28, 2013 Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday called for doubling federal government funding of scientific and biomedical research and for more consistent financing of the National Institutes of Health, which have both helped fuel the state's innovation economy. Speaking to a forum held by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat said increasing investments into medical research can save lives and money. Research into drugs that delay … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren pleased over bipartisan funding legislation, but 'not celebrating'

By: Robert RizzutoOctober 16, 2013 Following the anticlimactic conclusion to the 16-day saga that left tens of thousands of government employees out of work, at least one United States senator isn't breaking out the party hats just yet. After Congress passed a bill late Wednesday to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sent an email to supporters saying that although she was pleased that the bill addressing two disasters had passed, she … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

NECN: Sen. Warren: We have to negotiate when we're not on the brink

NECN PoliticsOctober 16, 2013 (NECN) - Votes are expected to begin in the U.S. Senate on a bill that would end the partial government shutdown and avoid defaulting on the country's debts Wednesday evening. Massachusetts' Senator Elizabeth Warren says it sounds like there is a "real majority" to pass the bill. "The United States cannot default on its debts and we're going to get the government reopened, just like we should," she says. However, the deal is only a short term one. The agreement … Continue Reading

October 06, 2013

National Journal: Warren Uses Star Power to Push Tough-on-Wall-Street Agenda

By: Stacy KaperOctober 6, 2013 Sen. Elizabeth Warren giggles like a girl sought after by the coolest boy in school when asked what she makes of the progressive push for her to "save" liberals from a feared "too-close-to-Wall-Street" presidential run by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. But the "Aw shucks, me?" veneer shines with the polish of a practiced politician. Warren is imminently aware of the spotlight she's under and fully cognizant of the fact that the message she sends will be as … Continue Reading

September 29, 2013

Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren Calls For Big Changes To Student Loans

By: Tyler KingkadeSeptember 29, 2013 BOSTON -- College graduates struggling to repay their student loans should have an easier time getting their debt eliminated if they go into bankruptcy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Saturday. Warren laid out several reforms to address the rising costs of higher education in a speech at the Education Writers Association's Conference on Higher Education, held at Northeastern University. She spoke of the difficulty a growing number of graduates have … Continue Reading

September 23, 2013

Associated Press: Warren warns of scams aimed at military families

Associated PressSeptember 23, 2013 BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to hold a pair of round-table discussions about the fiscal challenges facing military families in Massachusetts and across the country. Warren says she wants to talk with service members, veterans and their families and discuss efforts to protect them from financial scams. Warren will be joined at the Monday events by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and … Continue Reading

September 21, 2013

The Milford Daily News: Warren praises innovation on tour of EMC in Franklin

By: Matt TotaThe Milford Daily NewsSeptember 21, 2013 In her first visit to the Milford area since her campaign, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, got a firsthand look at the state's innovation economy at work, touring the EMC Corp. facility here. As Capitol Hill prepares for another budget fight, Warren has been crisscrossing the state to learn in part how Massachusetts residents view issues such as proposed federal budget cuts. The senator met privately with EMC executives for nearly a half an hour … Continue Reading

September 20, 2013

Associated Press: With an eye toward affected citizens, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren working to delay new federal flood insurance rules

Associated PressSeptember 20, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's concerned about new federal flood insurance rules. Warren is pressing Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate about the impact of the new rules on families in Massachusetts and across the country who have been placed into a flood zone for the first time. Warren said those families are now being asked to pay thousands of dollars in premiums. Read the full story … Continue Reading

September 20, 2013

Gloucester Times: Sen. Warren focused on fisheries aid bill

By: Sean HorganGloucester TimesSeptember 20, 2013 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she remains steadfast in her efforts to secure disaster assistance for Massachusetts fishermen, if frustrated by the very process that would deliver it. "You know what it's like down here right now," Warren, D-Mass., said in a Wednesday night phone interview with the Times. That is as succinct a description of the current state of Capitol Hill gridlock and partisan angst as you're likely to find. The blogosphere … Continue Reading

September 12, 2013

Boston Globe: In fiery speech, Warren calls for limiting size of banks

By: Nora BiermanBoston GlobeSeptember 12, 2013 WASHINGTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday morning that "we have to pick up the slingshots again" in the David versus Goliath battle with big banks. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who entered politics as a critic of big banks, used a fiery speech at George Washington University Law School marking five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers to renew her call to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, aimed at limiting the size and scope … Continue Reading

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