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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

August 30, 2013

AP: Mass. delegation urges Obama use caution on Syria

By Steve LeBlancAssociated PressAugust 29, 2013 BOSTON - Members of the state's congressional delegation urged caution on Wednesday as President Barack Obama weighed a U.S. response to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the alleged chemical attack on civilians by Syrian President Bashar Assad's administration is reprehensible but the U.S. must have an achievable goal before taking action. "It's critically important that we remember about unintended … Continue Reading

August 22, 2013

Herald News: Sen. Warren visits UMD's Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center to talk about university research

By: Michael GagneAugust 22, 2013 U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will return to Washington with a new keepsake. It's a cylindrical piece of recycled asphalt, containing some stone pieces and rubber. It could be used various ways - as a dumbbell, a paper weight or, as Warren suggested, as a visual reminder to her colleagues on Capitol Hill of the value that can be realized by continuing to fund universities' capacity for research. The asphalt is being made by a company looking to make … Continue Reading

August 22, 2013

Taunton Daily Gazette: Sen. Warren tours Taunton's General Dynamics facility

By: Gerry TuotiAugust 22, 2013 Two months after she joined other Massachusetts legislators to support federal funding for the WIN-T battlefield communications system, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited Taunton to see the equipment first-hand. "It's a great part of the national defense effort," said Warren, who toured defense contractor General Dynamics' Taunton facility Thursday. General Dynamics produces the WIN-T battlefield communications system for the Army at its Taunton facility. The … Continue Reading

August 22, 2013

Standard-Times: After seeing what SMAST does, Sen. Warren promises to be an ally

By Steve DeCostaAugust 22, 2013 Elizabeth Warren visited New Bedford Thursday looking for ammunition. After 75 minutes of easy but engaged banter with students and scientists at UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology, she left feeling a stronger commitment to federal programs that encourage higher education and marine research. And she said she felt more secure in her ability to argue her positions and influence her colleagues. "The advantage of getting a firsthand look is … Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Boston Globe Editorial: Time to drop ban on blood donations by gay men

August 8, 2013 THE SAFETY of the nation's blood banks should be the paramount concern for public-health officials, not the feelings of potential donors. But in the case of the 30-year-old ban on gay men donating blood, based on '80s-vintage fears of HIV/AIDS contamination, science has superseded the rules. A one-year waiting period on donations after any male-to-male sexual encounter should be sufficient protection, and senators, including Elizabeth Warren, are right to push for a rule change. … Continue Reading

August 05, 2013

Springfield Republican: Sen. Elizabeth Warren touts infrastructure investment during tour of runway construction project at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield

By: Robert RizzutoAugust 5, 2013 WESTFIELD - Wrapping a Western Massachusetts swing that brought Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren across the Berkshires this past weekend, the first-term legislator stopped in Westfield on Monday to tour the runway construction project at Barnes Regional Airport. The airport, which is in the midst of a $20 million project involving runway reconstruction and other upgrades to better facilitate the military's F-15 fighter jets that land there, is considered a … Continue Reading

August 02, 2013

Gloucester Daily Times: Feds steer up to $10M to aid for fishery

By: Marjorie NesinAugust 2, 2013 As numerous Gloucester fishing vessels rest at the dock, with fishermen unable to cut a profit, NOAA announced Thursday a plan not to directly bail out fishermen but to fund projects that the agency expects to eventually rebuild the industry. The $5 to $10 million in potential funds for the current fiscal year would allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out awards that would mostly range between $30,000 and $250,000 for … Continue Reading

July 22, 2013

Springfield Republican Editorial: Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will give people a chance

Conducting a financial transaction should not feel like performing a high-wire act. Blindfolded. Without a net. But for many people, lots of financial doings can seem perilously akin to that. You sign here. And here and here and here. Pages flash by in a blur. Suppose you are getting a mortgage from a reputable lender. Suppose further that you've got yourself a good lawyer. All is clear. Everything has been spelled out. The whole shebang makes sense - and your worries subside. But what if you … Continue Reading

July 20, 2013

Gloucester Daily Times: Fed panel backs $150M in fishing aid

July 20, 2013 The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has included $150 million for fisheries disasters in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal for the Department of Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies. And the budget measure includes a number of other directives aimed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including a proposed requirement that NOAA charter private and commercial fishing boats to carry out cooperative research with an eye toward addressing a long … Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren's Student Loan Fairness Act Gains Endorsement Of More Than 1,000 Professors

By Tyler KingkadeJuly 10, 2013 More than 1,000 college professors from 568 higher education institutions around the country have signed a letter calling on Congress to pass legislation authored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that would dramatically lower interest rates on federal student loans. Warren's proposal, presented in May, would offer the same interest rate on federal Stafford loans as the one that banks receive from the Federal Reserve. Under her plan, the rate on … Continue Reading

June 11, 2013

Boston Globe: Warren, Tierney urge students to fight rate hike

By Alyssa A. BotelhoJune 11, 2013 US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative John Tierney rallied Northeastern University students Monday to speak out against a looming interest rate hike on student loans. If Congress fails to act by July 1, the rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans, need-based funds for undergraduates, would double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. With debate over student loan legislation in Congress heating up, Warren and Tierney urged students to put pressure on their … Continue Reading

May 24, 2013

Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren Student Loans Bill Endorsed By Several Colleges, Organizations

A little more than two weeks after introducing her first bill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is already seeing a wave of strong support. Back on May 8, Warren announced her plans to set student loan interest rates at the same level big banks receive from the Federal Reserve. Come July 1, some student loan rates are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, prompting Warren to push for legislation that reduces the level to 0.75 percent. By Thursday, Warren's website showcased that more … Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

USA Today: Nobel winner: Cut student loan rates

A proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to reduce interest rates on student loans has one big economic backer: Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Warren's proposal would tie the interest rate on Stafford student loans to the Federal Reserve's discount rate, currently, 0.75%. Government-subsidized Stafford loans have a 3.4% interest rate, and are scheduled to rise to 6.8% this summer, unless Congress decrees otherwise. College graduation has become a big factor in whether students … Continue Reading

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