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April 01, 2020

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren Wants $15.5 Billion To Help Homeless During Coronavirus Outbreak

by Jenavieve Hatch

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would dramatically expand funding to protect people experiencing homelessness as the coronavirus pandemic makes its way across the country. The legislation, called the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, was introduced in the House last month by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). It would provide $15.5 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grant program under the Department of Housing and Urban … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020 Airlines are offering credit for canceled flights due to the coronavirus. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want there to be full refunds.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want airline passengers to get more than just credit for canceled flights in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter Tuesday to 11 major domestic airlines, the two Massachusetts Democrats and seven of their colleagues called on the companies to issue full cash refunds to customers who cancel their flights during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as Americans who have had flights canceled while stranded in countries that implemented travel restrictions … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

The Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren calls on Uber Eats, Instacart, others to classify workers as employees

by Christina Prignano

Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on food delivery apps like Uber Eats, which have seen a surge in business because of coronavirus, to reclassify their workforce as employees and boost their pay as workers find themselves vulnerable to the outbreak but often lacking basic protections like paid sick leave.Warren made the demands in a series of letters to the CEOs of DoorDash, Instacart, Grubhub, and UberEats on Wednesday. Many workers at those companies are classified as independent … Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

Boston Globe: Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’ medical supplies?

by Matt Stout

Senator Elizabeth Warren is pressing federal officials for answers on why they seized at least two of Massachusetts’ recent orders for protective equipment, charging that it appears they are still interfering with states’ efforts to track down medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.In a five-page letter Monday, Warren asked Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, to outline how the agency is ensuring states aren’t outbid for supplies by the federal … Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Associated Press: Pressley And Warren Call For Racial Data In Coronavirus Testing

by Adam Morrison

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Warren and Pressley said comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the virus that causes COVID-19 does not exist. Over the weekend, cities with large black and nonwhite Hispanic … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

CNBC:Elizabeth Warren calls for a ‘grassroots’ stimulus package to counter coronavirus economic impact

by Tyler Clifford

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday called on the U.S. government to respond to the coronavirus outbreak by passing a “big stimulus package” that offers health-care guarantees and injects money at the “grassroots level.”In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, the Massachusetts Democrat explained that her far-reaching proposal addresses everything from COVID-19 testing to student loan holders to workers and businesses. The total package would cost $750 billion, up from the $400 billion original … Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

WWLP: 22News is coming back to Berkshire County


PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Nexstar Media Group, the parent company of WWLP-22News, and Charter Communications announced Friday that they have agreed to provide a special feed of 22News to Charter subscribers in Berkshire County....Under the agreement, 22News will be restored to the Charter channel lineup on a 24-hour news channel. Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Congressman Richard Neal have been working to restore access for Berkshire County viewers to 22News … Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

The Hill: Warren presses big banks on preparation for coronavirus fallout

by Sylvan Lane

WASHINGTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a Democratic presidential candidate, pressed the chief executives of five major U.S. banks on how they are preparing for the potential financial damage of the coronavirus outbreak.In a series of Friday letters, Warren asked the chiefs of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to explain how they will "evaluate the risks to your institution and its customers associated with coronavirus, the extent to which your … Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Boston Globe: Warren introduces bill to transfer funding from border wall to efforts to combat coronavirus

by Martin Finucane

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts US Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduces a bill to transfer funding from construction of the border wall to fund efforts to respond to the novel coronavirus that is spreading across the world and is expected to arrive at some point in America."Coronavirus poses a serious health, diplomatic, & economic threat, & we must be prepared to confront it head on. So I'm introducing a bill to transfer all funding for @realDonaldTrump's racist border wall" to the US Health … Continue Reading

February 26, 2020

Politico: Warren calls on Trump admin to explain process for bringing back Americans infected by coronavirus

by Marianne Levine

WASHINGTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) is calling on Trump administration officials to explain its handling of the evacuation of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, after 14 passengers infected with the coronavirus flew on a plane with other travelers despite a warning from the Centers for Disease Control.The infected passengers were among the 300 Americans evacuated from the cruise ship in Japan and flown home earlier this month...."The process by which this decision was reportedly made is … Continue Reading

February 16, 2020

WBUR: Warren And Markey Demand CBP Withdraw Plan To Deploy Heavily Armed Officers

by Fausto Menard

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) withdraw a plan to deploy agents -- including some that are specially trained in SWAT-like tactics -- to Boston and other American cities that have chosen not to cooperate with President Trump's immigration policies. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official in Boston has confirmed that some of those officers are already working in Boston with local U.S. … Continue Reading

February 14, 2020 Elizabeth Warren unveils bill in response to the Justice Department’s intervention in the Roger Stone case

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

BOSTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t just calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign over the Justice Department’s recent intervention in the Roger Stone case. The Massachusetts senator is also filing legislation Friday with two of her Democratic colleagues to block similar efforts in the future.“Attorney General Barr’s interference in Roger Stone’s sentencing is not just unethical—it’s corrupt, plain and simple,” Warren said in a statement Friday afternoon....“This bill would use … Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

State House News Service: Alarm Sounded Over Absence Of Cape Cod Canal Bridge Project Funds

by Colin A. Young

BOSTON - Worried the lack of funding in the president's budget is a sign of the administration's disinterest in the project, Massachusetts Congressional delegation members this week called on federal officials to get behind the full replacement of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges over the Cape Cod Canal. In a letter Thursday to a U.S. Army assistant secretary and White House chief of staff and budget chief Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Congressman William … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

CBS Boston: Lawmakers Push Airlines To Reduce Airplane Noise Around Logan Airport

by CBS Boston

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing major airlines to cut down on airplane noise around Logan Airport. Letters sent to American, Delta and Southwest Airlines are “urging them to act to reduce airplane-related noise problems that have affected Massachusetts residents and communities across the country.”“As Congress works to address airplane noise, and address the noise pollution that has resulted from FAA’s new navigation system, your company can also take steps to alleviate … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

The Trace: Warren’s Big Gun Bill Would Close Dealer Security Shortfalls Exposed by The Trace/The New Yorker

by Brian Freskos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A sweeping new bill introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Hank Johnson would realize a slew of big-ticket gun reform policies, including universal background checks, an updated assault weapons ban, and expanded funding for federal gun violence research. It would also significantly increase security requirements at the nation’s tens of thousands of firearms dealers. A 2019 investigation by The Trace and The New Yorker illuminated the growing problem of … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren introduces sweeping gun safety bill with licensing, universal background checks, and an assault-weapons ban

by Syd Stone

BOSTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday introduced comprehensive and aggressive gun safety legislation, including a federal gun licensing system, universal background checks, and a ban on military-style assault weapons, to address what she called the “deadly crisis” of gun violence. The Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act, with companion legislation to be introduced in the House by Representative by Hank Johnson of Georgia, incorporates several existing Senate … Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Brockton Enterprise: Federal government: $1.5 million fund to create downtown Brockton dining district, 43 jobs

by Marc Larocque

BROCKTON — A new $1.5 million restaurant loan fund, originally proposed by Brockton’s former mayor Bill Carpenter, will bring some new dining options - and dozens of jobs - to the downtown area.The city’s federal delegation, including U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, announced on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $1.5 million Section 108 Loan Guarantee to the city for … Continue Reading

January 08, 2020

WBUR: Iranian Americans Trying To Enter U.S. Say They're Being Targeted. Warren Wants Answers From Border Agency

by Shannon Dooling

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants detailed information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about any additional security measures put in place focused on Iranian travelers entering the country.Over the weekend, some Iranian nationals and Iranian Americans with U.S. citizenship were reportedly subjected to hours-long secondary questioning at a port of entry in Washington state. According to advocates, some were asked questions about their personal politics and religious … Continue Reading

December 17, 2019

CBS Boston: Warren, Markey And Keating Call On Army Corps To Replace Cape Cod Bridges

Congressional leaders in Massachusetts are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow through on a recommendation to replace the Sagamore and Bourne bridges. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Rep. Bill Keating, sent a letter to leaders calling for full replacement of the 85-year-old Cape Cod Canal bridges.A report released by the Corps in October said replacement is the most cost-effective way to combat a problem that causes major traffic jams, resulting in millions of … Continue Reading

December 09, 2019

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey join the fight to save minor league baseball

by Michael Silverman

Massachusetts senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have entered the escalating fray over Major League Baseball’s proposal to strip the Lowell Spinners and 41 other minor-league teams of their major-league affiliation.In a sharply worded letter delivered to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred late last week, Warren and Markey depicted the contraction plan as “a slap in the face to Lowell, and to communities across the country.”“This scheme would cause significant economic damage to the City of … Continue Reading

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