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April 30, 2020

The Boston Globe: Warren, Markey demand data from assisted-living operators on coronavirus impact

by Robert Weisman and Laura Krantz

Amid growing alarm over the spread of COVID-19 at senior care sites, US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts are demanding information from assisted-living operators about coronavirus infections and deaths at their facilities and the steps they are taking to fight the pandemic. The push for scrutiny of a sector not currently regulated by the federal government is also coming from a key House Democrat, Carolyn Maloney of New York, who chairs the House Committee on … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Forbes: Warren Urges SEC To Demand Companies Disclose Their Exposure To ‘Climate Risk’

by Steven Li

Largely throughout Elizabeth Warren’s run to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, she had serious concerns about how climate change would impact our economy. As we see in a letter made public just yesterday, that concern hasn’t gone away.In her letter, addressed to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Warren touches on one key point: climate change joins the suite of risks that companies have and making disclosures as to whether a company … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren and 30 other senators call for a $50 billion bailout for child care providers struggling because of coronavirus

by Christina Prignano

Senator Elizabeth Warren and 30 of her Senate colleagues are calling for the next coronavirus rescue bill to include a $50 billion bailout for struggling child care operations whose services are seen as key to restarting the economy as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.In a letter Wednesday, the lawmakers called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to create a relief fund specifically for child care providers, many of which have been closed … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

NBC News: Warren, Ocasio-Cortez propose halt to big mergers during coronavirus pandemic

by Sahil Kapur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are teaming up on a proposal to halt mergers and acquisitions for large companies during the coronavirus pandemic, elevating a progressive cause as Democrats and apparent nominee Joe Biden craft the party's platform ahead of the 2020 election.The “Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act” would impose a moratorium on mergers and acquisitions involving large companies until the Federal Trade Commission “determines that small … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

POLITICO: Schumer, Warren demand investigations of small business loans

by Zachary Warmbrodt

Sens. Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats are calling on government watchdogs to investigate the $670 billion small business rescue program that Congress replenished with funding this week, amid concerns that large companies got too much of the money. Senate and House Democrats sent requests to the inspectors general of the Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department asking them to investigate how banks implemented the Paycheck Protection Program and whether … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

The Boston Globe: Warren calls for investigation of small business loan program, saying banks were ‘playing favorites’

by Shirley Leung

Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez are calling on inspectors general to launch an investigation into whether banks issuing federal loans for small businesses were “playing favorites” by giving preferential treatment to bigger customers.The Democrats, in a letter sent Thursday to Small Business Administration Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware and General Richard Delmar, the Treasury Department’s acting inspector general, called on the watchdogs to review … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

The Hill: Warren, Levin roll out plan for coronavirus 'containment corps'

by Jordain Carney

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) introduced a plan on Thursday to create a "containment corps" that would carry out a national coronavirus contact tracing program. The Democratic proposal would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a plan within 30 days to "hire, deploy and train" individuals who would be responsible for investigating cases of the coronavirus and performing contact tracing. "In order to keep our communities … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Vox: Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown’s plan to protect consumers from financial ruin

by Emily Stewart

The $1,200 stimulus checks from the government have quite a loophole. Banks and loan sharks can seize the money before it lands in your account — a wrinkle that favors debt collectors over the vulnerable people the checks are supposed to help. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are calling for Congress to put a stop to it in the next coronavirus package out of Capitol Hill. The plan is part of a broad set of proposals, shared exclusively with Vox, that the pair of senators … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

MassLive: It is time to pause all debt payments and cancel student loan debt amid coronavirus outbreak, Elizabeth Warren says

by Benjamin Kail

As lawmakers hammer out a fourth COVID-19 relief package, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown on Tuesday proposed a host of measures, including pausing all debt payments, to provide quick relief to American consumers grappling with a pandemic that's cost millions their jobs and made it tougher to pay bills. While the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided stimulus checks of at least $1,200 to most American adults, Warren of Massachusetts and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Vox: Exclusive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have a plan to fix the pandemic child care crisis

by Anna North

Child care workers in America are in an untenable position right now. Some are on the front lines of the coronavirus response, caring for children of essential workers while often lacking health insurance themselves. Others are unable to make ends meet as families keep their kids at home and day care centers shutter. Meanwhile, parents are left wondering whether their children's care providers will even be in business when the pandemic is over, making child care possibly harder to find and … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Boston.com: Elizabeth Warren wants a bill of rights for essential workers. Here’s what it includes.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Elizabeth Warren says the next coronavirus relief package should “put all workers front and center.” But the Massachusetts senator is also proposing a slate of new protections for those who don’t have the luxury of staying at home during the pandemic. Warren and California Rep. Ro Khanna unveiled an “Essential Workers Bill of Rights” on Monday aimed at boosting protections and benefits for the employees most exposed to COVID-19....Read the full story on the Boston.com website … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

The Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren urges Congress to enact more protections for ‘essential’ workers

by Abha Bhattarai

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging Congress to enact extra protections for front-line workers — including medical, grocery, janitorial and child care providers — in its next coronavirus relief package.Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) plan Monday to introduce a 10-point “bill of rights” that calls on lawmakers to go beyond the $2.2 trillion Cares Act to ensure higher wages, universal paid sick leave and job security for all employees — including independent contractors and gig … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

The Boston Globe: Markey, Warren want coronavirus relief checks sent quickly to people without direct deposit

by Christina Prignano

As taxpayers begin to see coronavirus relief payments land in their bank accounts, Massachusetts senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren want the Treasury Department to ensure those without direct deposit receive their paper checks quickly as well. The two Democrats made the call in a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday. They urged the IRS to promptly mail checks to taxpayers who do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS, citing reports that the … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

CNBC: Warren and Harris introduce Senate bill to crack down on price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic

by Lauren Feiner

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit price gouging during national emergencies, including the Covid-19 pandemic.Under the Price Gouging Prevention Act, the FTC would be empowered to enforce a ban on excessive price increases of consumer goods during national emergencies. It would have to consider any price increase above 10% to be price gouging during such a declaration. The House bill was crafted based on a similar … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

ABC News: Warren, Pressley renew call for trove of national data on race and coronavirus, this time aimed at Medicare

by Cheyenne Haslett

Former 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed yet again Friday morning for the federal government to shed a light on racial disparities rearing in the battle against coronavirus, this time calling on the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, whose agency collects data from millions of Americans enrolled in the government-run health care programs. Verma told reporters at a White House coronavirus task force briefing earlier this week that her agency had data … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren demands info on children’s privacy policies in letter to Zoom CEO

by Russell Brandom

In a letter to Zoom CEO Eric Yuan today, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) raised new concerns about the service’s safety and privacy policies amid unprecedented consumer usage of the product in education and elsewhere. The letter pays particular attention to users under the age of 13 who are subject to special privacy protections under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter details a number of Zoom’s recent security and privacy issues, including the … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

The Hill: Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic

by Maggie Miller

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a plan Tuesday intended to secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic through mail-in voting and increasing online voter registration.The plan, first reported by Mother Jones, calls on states to ensure every eligible American has the ability to vote by mail, sending voters a ballot with prepaid postage. Warren urged Congress to pass a bill proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last month intended to ensure mail-in voting … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Boston.com: Massachusetts has asked for 1,700 ventilators for the COVID-19 surge. Only a fraction have arrived.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

In preparation for a surge in coronavirus patients, Massachusetts has requested 1,700 ventilators from the national stockpile. Gov. Charlie Baker says the federal government has committed to sending them at least 1,000 of the “desperately” needed respiratory machines. But so far, 100 have arrived. And the state’s congressional delegation says it’s “absurd.”In a letter Monday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, all 11 members of the Massachusetts delegation expressed “frustration” that … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Boston.com: Members of Mass. congressional delegation seek more resources in battle against COVID-19 in veterans’ homes

by Dialynn Dwyer

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are expressing their concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus at veterans’ homes. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and representatives Richard Neal and Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to Ryan Lilly, network director at the VA New England Healthcare System, expressing their concerns about the COVID-19 outbreaks at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, asking that more resources be obtained and deployed to … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

VICE: Elizabeth Warren Calls on Uber, Instacart to Reclassify Workers as Employees

by Edward Ongweso Jr.

In a letter to the CEOs of Uber, Instacart, DoorDash, and Grubhub, Senator Elizabeth Warren called on the gig companies to do something they've fought for years: providing gig workers with "basic rights and protections" that might protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Because these workers perform essential delivery work and are critical to serving customers who cannot leave home during the pandemic, you have a responsibility to protect their health and the public’s health. To do so, I … Continue Reading

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