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March 02, 2021

Boston Globe: Warren and Markey want Biden to include recurring direct payments in his wider economic package

by Shannon Larson

Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are calling on President Biden to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in his Build Back Better plan.The payments to Americans would come in addition to the $1,400 stimulus checks included in the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package passed by the House Saturday which could be taken up by the Senate as soon as mid-week.The pair have joined with seven other Senate … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

Business Insider: Democratic senator's first bill provides 5 million essential workers with a pathway to citizenship

by Ayelet Sheffey

In order to aid essential workers during COVID-19, Democrats introduced a bill on Friday to provide undocumented immigrants who have worked on the frontlines during the pandemic an expedited pathway to citizenship.Led by Sen. Alex Padilla of California, his first bill in Congress — the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act — targeted the 5 million workers without legal status who worked in healthcare, agriculture, public transit, and other frontline industries during the pandemic.The bill, … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

The New York Times: Warren Revives Wealth Tax, Citing Pandemic Inequalities

by Jim Tankersley

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, introduced legislation on Monday that would tax the net worth of the wealthiest people in America, a proposal aimed at persuading President Biden and other Democrats to fund sweeping new federal spending programs by taxing the richest Americans.Ms. Warren’s wealth tax would apply a 2 percent tax to individual net worth — including the value of stocks, houses, boats and anything else a person owns, after subtracting out any debts … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Mother Jones: Warren, Booker, and Sanders Push DHS to Investigate Allegations That Officers Threatened Asylum Seekers With COVID-19 Exposure

by Fernanda Echavarri

A group of US senators is urging the Department of Homeland Security to investigate allegations that guards at immigration detention centers beat asylum seekers into submitting to their own deportations. “The allegations of violence and brutality against vulnerable refugees seeking safety here in the United States are unlawful and disturbing,” they write in the letter. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Van … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Washington Post: Warren endorses pushing citizenship for undocumented essential workers through reconciliation

by Maria Sacchetti

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday that Democrats should immediately use budget reconciliation — a dramatic act that would make it easier to pass a bill in the Senate — to create a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented workers in essential jobs such as health care and farming.The Massachusetts Democrat spoke the day after the Senate parliamentarian rejected leading senators’ attempt to use reconciliation to pass Biden’s proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage. Reconciliation … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

The 19th: Democratic senators ask Biden admin to create office focusing on reproductive health and wellbeing

by Shefali Luthra

A group of Democratic senators is calling on the Biden administration to establish an Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing in order to “more holistically address ‘the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy,’” according to a letter first shared with The 19th. The office they envision would encompass a range of issues that would “go beyond securing reproductive rights.” “Reproductive justice for all means addressing issues of health care access; economic inequality; … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Cape Cod Times: Reintroduced bill could bolster Cape Cod bridges evacuation routes with federal funds

by Ethan Genter

WASHINGTON — The Cape’s federal legislative delegation reintroduced a bill Thursday that would dedicate $1 billion of federal funds to bolster the country’s evacuation routes — with hopes it could fetch money for the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. The Enhancing the Strength and Capacity of America’s Primary Evacuation Routes (or the more digestible ESCAPE) Act, was introduced for the third time to try and dedicate $1 billion annually to a grant program that would expand the capacity and … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

CNN: Elizabeth Warren to FINRA: Why isn’t Robinhood’s CEO licensed by FINRA?

by Matt Egan, Brian Fung and Clare Duffy

Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing for answers from Wall Street’s self-regulator over the Robinhood fiasco.Among other concerns, Warren calls out that, as CNN Business first reported, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev does not have a license from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.   In a letter to FINRA, Warren asks the regulator to describe what determines whether individuals must be registered, what the registration requirements are for executives at broker-dealers and whether … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Boston 25 News: Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits Chelsea, a community hit hard by the pandemic

by Malini Basu

BOSTON — Finally, a possible light at the end of the tunnel for those here in hard-hit Chelsea.I have been reporting in Chelsea day after day about the needs of the people here. Finally, the message for help has been heard loud and clear by local politicians, who said help is on the way.“Right now, I don’t have job. It’s very hard. COVID-19,” said Oscar Irias of Chelsea.Irias is one of the thousands of essential workers in Chelsea who is struggling to put food on the table, ever since the … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Masslive: Centralized COVID vaccine registration needed for Massachusetts, say 10 members of Massachusetts federal delegation to Gov. Baker

by Tanner Stening

Ten members of the Massachusetts federal congressional delegation are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to create a centralized COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system amid a “disjointed and cumbersome” sign-up process.In a joint letter addressed to Baker, the lawmakers said they are “deeply concerned” about the “slow and inequitable deployment” of the COVID vaccine in Massachusetts, urging the administration to increase outreach and streamline the scheduling process, among other things.The … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Business Insider: Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown urge the SEC to overhaul insider-trading rules that allegedly harm everyday investors

by Ben Winck

A trio of Democratic Senators called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to overhaul insider trading rules that allegedly put retail investors at a disadvantage.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Chris Van Hollen urged the regulator to review and update policies regarding 10b5-1 plans. The policy allows corporate executives to schedule stock purchases and sales for the purpose of avoiding instances of insider trading. Yet the group of lawmakers suggests executives — particularly … Continue Reading

February 06, 2021

Rolling Stone: Dems to Treasury Chief Yellen: The Time to Crack Down on Dark Money Is Now

by Andy Kroll

WASHINGTON — Dark money, that torrent of anonymous cash unleashed by groups with mind-numbingly generic names such as Americans for Prosperity or Patriot Majority, is an ugly fixture of American politics, a weapon used to win elections, confirm (or defeat) judges, and pass (or defeat) legislation. Once dominated by ultra-wealthy conservatives like the Koch brothers, the dark-money racket is now embraced by Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike. President Joe … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Boston Globe: Warren, Pressley push Biden to cancel student loan debt

by Victoria McGrane

If you thought top progressive lawmakers from Massachusetts would stop jousting with the White House now that a fellow Democrat is in office, you were mistaken.The new president was sworn in less than a month ago, but Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Ayanna Pressley are wasting no time pushing Joe Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for each of the roughly 44 million Americans who have federal student loans.They and other prominent Democrats say Biden can wipe out this debt using … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

CNN: Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren wants answers on Robinhood's ties to large hedge funds

by Matt Egan

Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from Robinhood co-CEO Vlad Tenev over potential conflicts of interest caused by the free trading app's relationship with large hedge funds and other financial players.In a letter obtained by CNN Business, the Massachusetts Democrat called out Robinhood for "abruptly changing the rules" on individual investors last week by temporarily banning purchases of GameStop (GME), AMC (AMC) and other stocks backed by traders on Reddit."The public deserves a … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Washington Post: Sen. Warren calls Genesis Healthcare executive bonus act of ‘unfathomable greed’

by Will Englund

A nursing home chain that gave its former CEO a $5.2 million “retention payment” at the height of the pandemic has received a sharp rebuke from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who sits on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.Warren called the payout by Genesis Healthcare to George Hager Jr. — at a time when the death toll among residents was approaching 2,800 and the company was relying on federal emergency aid to survive financially — “inexplicable and unseemly” in a letter dated Jan. 27. … Continue Reading

February 01, 2021

Vox: Exclusive: Pressley, Warren, and Lee reintroduce bill to fight racism in public health

by Fabiola Cineas

The coronavirus pandemic has made the everyday realities of structural racism abundantly clear: A year into the pandemic, statistics show that Black and Latino people are three times more likely than white people to contract Covid-19 and two times more likely to succumb to the illness altogether. The impact of the virus extends to jobs, mental health, housing, and education, too — setting people of color further back.Meanwhile, new data shows that Black and brown communities aren’t being … Continue Reading

January 29, 2021

Boston Globe: Warren slams SEC over GameStop-Reddit-Robinhood saga, calling the stock market a casino

by Anissa Gardizy

Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, asking that the group explain to Congress and the public what they are doing to address the recent market activity surrounding GameStop and other companies.The Massachusetts senator wrote that the SEC, which oversees the stock market, has failed to control “years of distortion in securities markets,” exacerbating wealth inequalities. She is asking that the SEC respond to her questions by … Continue Reading

January 26, 2021

Boston Globe: Markey, Warren, and Castro lead Democrats urging Biden to protect immigrant families living in churches

by Jazmine Ulloa

WASHINGTON—More than two dozen congressional Democrats are asking President Biden to grant temporary protection from deportation to 40 immigrants living in houses of worship as part of his pledge of a new approach to immigration centered on decriminalization, reuniting families, and creating paths to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living without legal status in the US.The immigrant families living in churches and synagogues across the country — including several in Massachusetts — … Continue Reading

January 24, 2021 Elizabeth Warren said the pandemic has derailed many women’s careers, leaving behind ‘lifetime consequences’

by Ainslie Cromar

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is likely to have “lifetime consequences” for women’s careers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday. In an interview with CNN, Warren detailed the ways the collapse in jobs due to a battered national economy has impacted more women in the U.S. than men. “The pandemic has really set women back, and make no mistake, this is not something that women are going to recover from in just the space of a few months or even a few years,” the Democrat told Abby … Continue Reading

January 24, 2021

Newsweek: Elizabeth Warren Calls for Unity 'Against Insurrection' as Trump Impeachment Trial Delayed

by Alexandra Garrett

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts urged lawmakers to unify "against insurrection" as former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is delayed.During an interview with CNN's Abby Phillip on Sunday, Warren, a Democrat, asked, "how about if we're unified against insurrection? How about if we're unified for accountability?" ahead of the impeachment trial."Unity starts with accountability," Warren added.…Read the full … Continue Reading

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