News Coverage

June 18, 2018

Washington Post: Are Betsy DeVos’s policies exacerbating racial inequities in student debt? These lawmakers think so

by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

Senate and House Democrats are accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of exacerbating racial disparities in student debt by failing to help defrauded borrowers, enforce consumer protections and examine the root causes of debt inequity.They point to the rewriting of Obama-era regulations intended to guard against predatory for-profit colleges, highlighting two rules known as borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment. As originally conceived, those regulations would benefit students … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

The Nation: The Poor People’s Campaign Is Changing the Moral Narrative of Congress

by John Nichols

The Poor People’s Campaign has come to Washington to challenge members of Congress to address systemic racism, poverty, and inequality, ecological devastation and militarism.The members who showed up were moved by the call. “We’re here today because there is something happening in America. The poor and the marginalized and the suffering are taking to the streets in our capitals across this country to reclaim our government and to demand a government for all the people,” Senator … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

The New York Times: Rubio and Warren Seek to Protect Licenses of Student-Loan Debtors

by Natalie Kitroeff

Senators Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill on Thursday that would prevent states from suspending residents’ driver’s and professional licenses over unpaid federal student loans. Critics have called the practice a self-defeating approach that denies borrowers the means to pay their debts. The bipartisan proposal came after a November report by The New York Times revealed that 20 states had laws allowing government agencies to seize licenses from residents who had … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

The Hill: Warren: GOP tax bill is 'evidence of corruption in Congress'

by Lisa Hagen

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) railed against widespread corruption in Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, taking direct aim at the GOP’s tax law as “evidence of corruption.”Speaking at Wednesday’s We the People Summit in Washington, D.C., Warren largely focused her speech on economic disparity in the U.S., arguing that the economy unfairly benefits wealthy Americans and corporations over the middle class.“Our government has been captured by powerful corporations and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Vox: Sen. Warren blasts FEMA for doing nothing about Puerto Rico’s hurricane death count

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and two House Democrats blasted the Trump administration Tuesday for not doing anything to verify the true hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico, which researchers now believe could be more than 70 times higher than the official count. President Trump and his Cabinet have remained silent in the face of growing evidence that Puerto Rico is undercounting the deaths of US citizens who died in connection to Hurricane Maria. The local government’s official death … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

The Hill: Warren presses health chief over Trump's promise of drug price cuts

by Peter Sullivan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pressed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday about why no drug companies have announced price decreases despite President Trump saying they would soon. Warren focused on Trump’s statement at the end of May that "in two weeks" drug companies would "announce voluntary massive drops in prices." The two-week mark from that statement is this Wednesday. "He said there would be massive decreases in prices within two weeks," … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

The Guardian: Democrats urge Congress to take action on 'appalling rates of poverty'

by Ed Pilkington

Bernie Sanders and a group of top Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to present a plan to Congress to combat “massive levels of deprivation and the immense suffering this deprivation causes”, following an excoriating United Nations report into extreme poverty in America. In a congressional letter delivered on Tuesday to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, the group said the UN report was “a call to action that we must heed”. They stand ready, the signatories say, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

American Banker: Senior Democrats to Mulvaney: Stop 'starving' CFPB of consumer data

by Rachel Witkowski

Two top Democratic senators accused the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, of “starving” the agency of data used to help write new rules. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mark Warner, D-Va., submitted a letter to the agency Monday as part of a comment period for public input on whether to change the CFPB’s rulemaking process. The lawmakers emphasized that the agency should maintain data collection as part of its rulemaking process, while … Continue Reading


June 09, 2018

CBS Boston: Walsh, Warren, Etheridge Join Thousands In Boston Pride Parade

by Paul Burton

With rainbow flags and bright colors, tens of thousands of people marched with pride and concern Saturday in the 48th Boston Pride Parade.Boston Mayor Marty Walsh marched the two-mile route through the Back Bay and South End with the U.S. Council of Mayors and 300 different organizations. This year’s theme of “Rainbow Resistance” reflects opposition to new and rising threats against the LGBTQ community, including a November ballot question asking voters whether to keep or repeal the state’s … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

MassLive: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker backs Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill, urges Capitol Hill leaders to pass the legislation

by Gintautas Dumcius

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his counterparts in 12 states on Friday urged Congressional leaders to pass US Sen. Elizabeth Warren's marijuana bill and protect the tax and regulatory structures set up by voters and state lawmakers.In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Baker and his fellow governors noted that 46 states allow the use of medical marijuana and 9 states broadly legalized … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Salem News: Warren introduce bipartisan pot bill

by Colin A. Young

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana, like Massachusetts.The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) seeks to ensure each state the right to determine the best approach to marijuana regulation within its borders, Warren … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Colorado Politics: Gardner, Warren introduce bill to safeguard states with pot

by Joey Bunch

Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren unveiled legislation Thursday to make it clear that states that adequately regulate marijuana need not fear the federal government.Colorado, Massachusetts and other states that have legalized marijuana have fretted intervention from the Trump administration, given Attorney General Jeff Session’s animosity toward pot and the fact federal law still deems it illegal.In a media advisory, Warren’s office said the goal of the legislation would be to … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Bloomberg: Elizabeth Warren Targets Corporate Influence on Government

by Elizabeth Dexheimer

Wall Street’s biggest critic in the Senate recently fought against loosening Dodd-Frank restrictions A decade after the financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal has checked in on dozens of the bankers, government officials, chief executives, hedge-fund managers and others who left a mark on that period to find out what they are doing now. Today, we spotlight U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Elizabeth Warren was one of Wall Street’s fiercest … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

The Cut: The People's Champ: Elizabeth Warren on breaking boundaries

by Audrey Gelman

When Senator Elizabeth Warren took the stage in Massachusetts at The Women’s March eighteen months ago, she said five words about women that haven’t left our minds since: “We will not play dead.” After being dismissed from the Senate floor sixteen days later for speaking out against then-Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Warren followed that mantra. She has continued to speak out against the Trump administration every day since the President took office. To quote the … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Elizabeth Warren Maintains a Hard Line on Big Banks

by Stephanie Yang

A decade after the financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal has checked in on dozens of the bankers, government officials, chief executives, hedge-fund managers and others who left a mark on that period to find out what they are doing now. Today, we spotlight U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Elizabeth Warren was one of Wall Street’s fiercest critics during her years as a consumer advocate. A decade later, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts hasn’t … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

MassLive: US Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey offer bill to help hurricane evacuees, other disaster survivors find stable housing

by Shannon Young

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, announced legislation Thursday that looks to assist individuals who survive major natural disasters access stable, long-term housing -- an issue which has plagued several people who fled Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last fall. Known as the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act, the bill would require the Federal Emergency Management Act to activate the existing Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which provides … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Buzzfeed: These Senators Want The Government To Collect Data On Sexual Harassment In The Workforce

by Lam Thuy Vo

Four top Democratic senators are demanding that two arms of the federal government investigate the effect sexual harassment has on the “nation’s workforce and on the US economy,” BuzzFeed News has learned.Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Patty Murray, Diane Feinstein, and Elizabeth Warren sent a letter on Tuesday to the Comptroller General of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).Read the full article on the Buzzfeed website … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Reuters: Senate Democrats tell NLRB to stop joint employer rulemaking

by Robert Iafolla

Three prominent Democrats in the U.S. Senate have urged National Labor Relations Board Chairman John Ring to abandon a plan to issue a regulation to determine when companies can be held liable as joint employers for the labor law violations of their contractors and franchisees. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said in a letter made public Wednesday that rulemaking seems like an attempt to evade the … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Investment News: Sen. Warren gets Republican cosponsor on bill to fund unpaid arbitration awards

by Mark Schoeff Jr.

Under the bill, written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. would have to establish a fund financed by Finra fine money to cover awards that firms and brokers fail to pay to customers who win arbitration claims.Ms. Warren has been critical of the ongoing problem of unpaid Finra arbitration awards. Now a Republican, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, has cosponsored her legislation."This bill aims to compensate Americans who have been cheated out of … Continue Reading


May 19, 2018

Glamour: Elizabeth Warren: Trump's 'Domestic Gag Rule' Threatens More Than Just Abortion

by Celeste Katz

The Trump Administration formally came out Friday in favor of cutting off federal family planning money to organizations that perform abortions or make referrals for them.The rule change affects Title X, the $260 million federal program which underwrites the costs of contraception, reproductive health services and STD screening for low-income and uninsured patients....In a conversation with Glamour this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed the Title X proposal as bad policy that could endanger … Continue Reading

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