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October 28, 2020

Common Dreams: Warren Rips USPS Board Members for 'Acting as Accomplices' to DeJoy as He Sabotages Mail Delivery—and the Election

by Jake Johnson

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday blasted members of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors for "acting as accomplices" to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy while he sabotages the mail—and, as a result, the election—after the panel rejected her request for financial disclosure filings and refused to commit to reversing DeJoy's destructive policy changes."The USPS Board of Governors has refused to release information about their own financial ties and has doubled down on their support of … Continue Reading

October 27, 2020

U.S. News & World Report: Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration to Collect, Disseminate School Reopening Data

by Lauren Camera

SENATE DEMOCRATS URGED the Trump administration this week to create a centralized database to track school-related coronavirus cases and school reopening plans in order to provide more reliable information for school leaders trying to reopen for in-person learning.  "As schools have begun the new academic year operating in-person, remotely, or with a hybrid approach, there has been wide variation in both the reporting and tracking of COVID-19 cases at schools that provide in-person learning," … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

CNBC: Progressive lawmakers call on congressional leaders to prepare for next pandemic

by Tucker Higgins

More than 100 Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, largely progressives, are calling on congressional leaders to take steps to prepare the United States for the next pandemic and mitigate racial disparities in U.S. health care.Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., spearheaded a letter sent to the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate on Thursday calling on them to “lay the groundwork to prevent and mitigate future pandemics.”...Read the … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

The New York Times: Senate Bill Would Outlaw Bank Discrimination for the First Time

by Emily Flitter

Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation that would make it illegal for banks and other financial firms to discriminate against their customers because of their race, religion, sexual orientation and other characteristics — an effort meant to close a loophole in the Civil Rights Act highlighted in a New York Times report in June.The Fair Access to Financial Services Act, introduced on Wednesday by members of the Senate Banking Committee, would explicitly outlaw discrimination against … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Grist: Elizabeth Warren blasts the EPA for neglecting environmental justice

by Zoya Teirstein

Climate change and environmental degradation don’t affect all Americans equally. Extreme heat, flooding, drought, and other consequences of our warming planet tend to hit low-income and nonwhite communities hardest. And pollution from highways and industry activity has long affected those communities most, too. These patterns are known as environmental injustice.In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama established a tool called EJSCREEN to literally map the factors … Continue Reading

October 16, 2020

Reveal: Lawmakers demand Amazon answer for deception on worker injuries

by Will Evans

A trio of Democratic Congress members from Massachusetts is demanding that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos answer questions about the company’s deception around worker injuries and its failure to address high injury rates at its fulfillment centers. “We are gravely concerned that, as evidence mounts of unsafe working conditions for Amazon warehouse workers, Amazon’s response continues to be to roll out PR campaigns and misrepresent workers’ injury risk to Congress and the public rather than implement … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

CNN: Elizabeth Warren demands investigation into elite investors accessing Trump briefings

by Matt Egan

New York (CNN Business) - Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on US financial regulators to investigate whether insider trading laws were violated when elite investors reportedly got wind of private concerns voiced by Trump officials about the pandemic in late February."Numerous investors may have used this early and insider information about the looming, tragic economic and public health consequences of the pandemic to extract profits for themselves," Warren wrote in the letter obtained first … Continue Reading

October 14, 2020

CNN: Elizabeth Warren slams Disney for laying off thousands of workers after awarding fat executive pay packages

by Matt Egan

New York (CNN Business) - Senator Elizabeth Warren slammed Disney over decisions she says prioritized shareholders and CEO pay packages over the well-being of its workers.Disney, which is laying off 28,000 employees in the United States, made "short-sighted" business decisions that depleted the storied company's capital cushion, Warren said in a letter released Wednesday.In particular, Warren called out Disney for "showering its top executives with over-the-top compensation packages and … Continue Reading

October 09, 2020

ABC News: Senate Dems ask government watchdog to investigate 'political pressure' on FDA, CDC

by Lucien Bruggeman

Senate Democrats are calling on an internal government watchdog agency to investigate allegations that the White House has sought to undermine coronavirus messaging from government experts that conflicts with President Donald Trump's political priorities.In their letter, dated Thursday and obtained first by ABC News, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., slammed the Trump administration for "repeatedly applying political pressure and imposing orders … Continue Reading

October 07, 2020

Reuters: Senator Warren asks big U.S. banks for details on pandemic performance

by Pete Schroeder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is asking large U.S. banks to disclose how they performed under a recent Federal Reserve exam of their finances during the coronavirus pandemic.In a letter sent to 14 large firms Wednesday, Warren asked each to provide its results from a confidential Fed test, arguing the central bank’s “limited transparency” on whether banks could weather a severe economic downturn is insufficient.“The safety and soundness of the banking sector cannot be … Continue Reading

October 06, 2020 Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Clark urge DEA in letter to finalize ‘partial fill’ regulation to combat opioid epidemic

by Dialynn Dwyer

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Katherine Clark are calling out the Drug Enforcement Administration for failing to finalize a regulation they say is “crucial” in combating the opioid epidemic.In a letter released Tuesday, signed by the Massachusetts Democrats along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, the lawmakers urged the DEA to implement the “partial fill” regulation. The measure would help reduce the number of … Continue Reading

October 05, 2020

The Washington Post: Warren, Durbin slam government’s ‘failing’ efforts to contain coronavirus in federal prisons

by Kim Bellware

In a pair of letters to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal, two Democratic senators suggest that the government’s response to coronavirus outbreaks in federal facilities is failing, and they question the BOP’s reliance on solitary confinement to isolate sick prisoners rather than granting compassionate release.Federal prisoners, corrections staff, government inspectors and civil rights advocates have complained for months that the … Continue Reading

October 05, 2020

Forbes: Elizabeth Warren: Executives Of Predatory Colleges Should Be Held Personally Liable For Misconduct

by Adam S. Minsky, Esq.

Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Monday for the owners and executives of predatory schools and colleges to be held personally liable for school misconduct.“Millions of Americans are being crushed by over $1.5 trillion dollars in outstanding federal student loan debt, with Black and Brown communities disproportionally impacted, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis hits the same communities the hardest,” said Senator Warren in a statement. “Much of that debt came from … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

The Boston Globe: Sen. Elizabeth Warren chides Trump for ‘undermining’ work of scientists

by Travis Andersen

Like many members of Congress who woke up to the stunning news Friday that President Trump had tested positive for coronavirus, Senator Elizabeth Warren wished her ideological opposite a speedy recovery.But the Cambridge Democrat, a liberal firebrand and frequent Trump critic who sought her party’s 2020 presidential nomination, also laid into what she said was the president’s deeply irresponsible behavior throughout the pandemic.“My thoughts are with the President, First Lady, White House … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020 A group of top CEOs pledged to change the way they do business for the common good. Elizabeth Warren says they haven’t.

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Remember when a group of nearly 200 high-profile CEOs announced last year they were redefining the purposes of their businesses to prioritize not just short-term stockholders’ interests but the greater social good?Sen. Elizabeth Warren does.But the Massachusetts senator says that — more than 13 months later — the group, known as the Business Roundtable, hasn’t been living up to those ideals.Read the full article on the … Continue Reading

September 29, 2020

The Hill: Warren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab'

by Justine Coleman

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she will not meet with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, calling the nomination an “illegitimate power grab.”The former 2020 presidential candidate took to Twitter to announce she will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Senate Republicans prepare to confirm Trump’s nominee before the Nov. 3 election. Warren slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in particular, saying she will “not lend legitimacy” to his “efforts to … Continue Reading

September 29, 2020

HuffPost: Democrats To Unveil Bill Addressing Government’s Cultural Genocide Of Native Americans

by Jennifer Bendery

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will introduce legislation Tuesday to make the federal government address the “intergenerational trauma” it has caused for Native Americans with its former Indian boarding school policy, a nearly century-long policy of forcibly removing Indigenous children from tribal lands and putting them into boarding schools to be assimilated into white culture.Their bill, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy Act, … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

The Washington Post: Democrats seek investigation into Pentagon’s coronavirus fund following Washington Post article

by Aaron Gregg and Yeganeh Torbati

Congressional Democrats sharply criticized a Defense Department decision to repurpose a $1 billion coronavirus fund into an economic stimulus for defense contractors, a change the lawmakers say violated congressional intent. Three House Democratic representatives and a U.S. senator asked for investigations on the matter following a Washington Post article that revealed the change.The funds, set aside under the Cares Act economic stimulus package passed in March, were given to the Pentagon to … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Vice: Wyden and Warren Demand Investigation into IRS Warrantless Location Tracking

by Joseph Cox

Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren want a formal investigation into the IRS' use of smartphone location data to track Americans without a warrant.On Thursday, the two Senators sent a letter to the body tasked with oversight of the IRS demanding it investigate how a section of the IRS bought access to this data.The news highlights the continued tread of law enforcement agencies obtaining location data that would ordinarily require a warrant to do, by simply purchasing the data from commercial … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Business Insider: Elizabeth Warren, AOC blast Wells Fargo CEO for blaming 'very limited pool of Black talent' for the bank's trouble hitting its diversity-hiring goals

by Isabella Jibilian

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sen. Sherrod Brown all slammed the CEO of Wells Fargo for his repeated claims that the bank's difficulties in hiring diverse employees were because of a lack of Black talent."While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from," Charlie Scharf, Wells Fargo's CEO, wrote in a June memo to employees, according to Reuters. Scharf also repeated this claim in a Zoom … Continue Reading

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