Op-eds

December 18, 2018

Washington Post: It's time to let the government manufacture generic drugs

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Forty-seven states and the Justice Department are investigating a price-fixing conspiracy that's driving up the cost of generic drugs in the United States. One investigator called it "most likely the largest cartel in the history of the United States ." This crisis calls for action. That is why I'm introducing legislation to authorize the public manufacture of generic drugs wherever drug companies have warped markets to drive up prices. Drug companies use the "free market" as a shield against … Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Foreign Affairs: A Foreign Policy for All

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Around the world, democracy is under assault. Authoritarian governments are gaining power, and right-wing demagogues are gaining strength. Movements toward openness and pluralism have stalled. Inequality is growing, transforming rule by the people into rule by wealthy elites. And here in the United States, many Americans seem to accept-even embrace-the politics of division and resentment. How did we get here? There's a story Americans like to tell ourselves about how we built a liberal … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

CNN: End US complicity in Yemen's humanitarian disaster

by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Ro Khanna

In August, the world watched in horror as a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen claimed the lives of 40 innocent children. The boys, many under the age of 10, were killed when their school bus was bombed during a class trip. The weapon used in that deadly bombing was made in America.It was not the first time. In June, airstrikes hit a cholera treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders, even though it was clearly identified as a medical facility.In April, 20 civilians, many from a … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

The Boston Globe: Judge Kavanaugh is a pro-gun judicial extremist

by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Denise Morency Gannon, and Patrick Gannon

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s partisan and openly disrespectful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week raised serious questions about his judicial temperament and fitness to serve as a judge. There are many reasons Judge Kavanaugh does not deserve a promotion to our highest court, but it’s his disregard for common-sense gun safety that hits closest to home for people who have lost loved ones, friends, or colleagues to gun violence.  On April 12, 2018, Denise and Patrick’s son, K9 … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

The Root: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Breaks Down America’s Ugly History of Housing Discrimination and How She Plans to Fix It

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Home ownership is at the heart of the American dream. Michael Smith, his wife, Janet, and their daughter, Ashley, were living that dream. They scrimped and saved for a down payment while he worked full-time moving packages for DHL, and Janet, for Chase. Finally, they bought a modest home with a small yard in a safe Chicago neighborhood.Then the crash of 2008 hit and the bottom fell out. In the space of a few months, DHL eliminated 14,900 jobs-including Michael's. After sixteen years … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Indianz: Empower tribal communities to address the suicide crisis

by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Raul M. Grijalva

Native American reservations are experiencing an epidemic of suicide that is claiming the lives of countless young people. The lingering trauma of lost brothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends echoes through families and communities across Indian Country for years, even generations. As members of Congress, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to mobilize federal resources and work with tribal communities on culturally relevant solutions that will save lives. We have introduced the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

The Boston Globe: 10 years after Lehman collapse, Washington is back to its old tricks

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed and set off the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Over the next few years, millions of Americans who had worked hard and played by the rules lost their homes, millions lost their jobs, and millions lost their savings — all because Wall Street gambled with their families’ futures and lost. The damage was staggering. Congress put $700 billion publicly on the line and the Federal Reserve shoveled another $13 trillion through the back door … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

ELLE: The Major Reason to Stop Brett Kavanaugh That People Aren't Talking About

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is hostile to health care for millions, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law, and has given every indication that he will overturn Roe v. Wade. But there’s another big reason: Judge Kavanaugh thinks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional. Ten years ago, the American economy fell off a cliff and millions of people lost their … Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Companies Shouldn't Be Accountable Only to Shareholders

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Corporate profits are booming, but average wages haven't budged over the past year. The U.S. economy has run this way for decades, partly because of a fundamental change in business practices dating back to the 1980s. On Wednesday I'm introducing legislation to fix it. American corporations exist only because the American people grant them charters. Those charters confer valuable privileges-such as limited legal liability for their owners-that enable businesses to turn a profit. What … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Bloomberg: Worried About Wall Street Conflicts? The SEC Isn’t

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Your lawyer can’t take money from your opponent to give you bad legal advice. If you’re on Medicare, your doctor can’t take kickbacks from drug manufacturers for prescribing their drugs. But, under current law, your broker-dealer can receive monetary rewards and other perks for recommending certain investment products, even if those products aren’t in your best interest.Each year, Americans lose billions of dollars because of brokers who are looking out for their own financial interests … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Berkshire Senior: Protecting and Strengthening Healthcare for Seniors

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) are important programs operating in all 50 states that help beneficiaries enroll in the Medicare plans that are right for them, resolve billing issues, and navigate the Medicare system. Across the country, seniors and SHIP counselors are fighting to preserve this program, and I am committed to working to strengthen SHIP in the federal budget.  … We are now in the middle of a new budget fight, and President Trump has once … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Marie Claire: If You're Not Worried About Justice Kavanaugh Overturning Roe v. Wade—You Should Be

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and one major reason why is clear: If he is appointed to the Court, Judge Kavanaugh will help overturn Roe v. Wade-the Supreme Court case that affirmed a woman's constitutional right to make decisions about her own body....The dangers posed by Judge Kavanaugh's nomination are very real. Access to contraception is critical to women's physical and economic wellbeing. Ninety-nine percent of U.S. women who have ever had … Continue Reading


July 07, 2018

Standing up for elders and people with disabilities

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

One of my top priorities in the U.S. Senate is working to strengthen the economic security of seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. But today, some in Washington are trying to tear apart critical programs that help people live their lives with dignity.Last year, President Trump and congressional Republicans tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut the Medicaid program that helps millions of seniors stay in their homes and live independently, and also helps pay … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Vivienda para refugiados boricuas

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey

Hace ocho meses, el huracán María convirtió a Puerto Rico y a las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos en una zona de desastre. La tormenta le arrancó los techos a las casas y a las empresas, inundó las regiones montañosas, arrasó las carreteras, y destruyó la infraestructura crítica. La red eléctrica de Puerto Rico fue destruida. Millones de residentes se quedaron sin electricidad, sin agua potable, y sin acceso a ayuda.Fuimos testigos de las consecuencias devastadoras y duraderas del huracán … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Springfield Republican: Puerto Ricans still suffering from hurricane damage. It's time for Congress to act

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey

Eight months ago, Hurricane Maria turned Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands into a disaster zone. The storm ripped the roofs off homes and businesses, flooded mountainous regions, washed out roads, and destroyed critical infrastructure. Puerto Rico's power grid was demolished. Millions of residents were left without power, clean water, or access to help.We witnessed the hurricane's lasting, devastating consequences firsthand when we visited Puerto Rico in January along with other members … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

TIME: Trump’s New Proposal Is Another Attempt by the Government to Control Women’s Bodies

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Trump Administration is trying to turn back the clock on women's healthcare and reproductive rights....Last week, the president proposed reviving a Reagan-era rule that targets the Title X family planning program. The rule is a multi-pronged attack on women. First, it threatens Title X patients' access to medically accurate information by restricting what providers can tell patients about abortion services - even when patients directly ask for that information. Second, it loosens … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

TIME: Trump’s New Proposal Is Another Attempt by the Government to Control Women’s Bodies

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Trump Administration is trying to turn back the clock on women's healthcare and reproductive rights....Last week, the president proposed reviving a Reagan-era rule that targets the Title X family planning program. The rule is a multi-pronged attack on women. First, it threatens Title X patients' access to medically accurate information by restricting what providers can tell patients about abortion services - even when patients directly ask for that information. Second, it loosens … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

CNN Op-Ed: How Congress can combat sexual harassment

by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Jacky Rosen

Sexual harassment isn't new. Every day, women across the country are catcalled on the street, groped by strangers and bullied online. Thanks to the brave women (and men) who have spoken out about this abuse, our country is taking a long overdue look at how to stop harassment once and for all.Preventing harassment requires a cultural shift in how we think about women, power and the right of all people to live their lives with dignity -- and Congress has a role to play. That's why we introduced … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Standard-Times: Support mental health funding

by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Danna Mauch

We all know someone who has dealt with a mental health condition - a friend, a family member, a partner, a co-worker, a neighbor. Nearly one in five adults experience mental illness each year, and about 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness that substantially impacts their major life activities.Despite the widespread need, the availability of mental health services is sharply limited. Over the past five years, the Mental Health Block Grant, the federal government's … Continue Reading


April 11, 2018

Bloomberg Op-Ed: Don't Make a Bad Bill on Bank Deregulation Worse

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The bank-deregulation bill that recently passed the U.S. Senate threatens the financial system and undermines consumer protections -- and it could get even worse as it moves through the House of Representatives.      The Senate bill claims to solve a problem -- one that actually doesn’t exist. Bank lobbyists declare that broad deregulation is needed to spur growth and lending, but banks of all sizes are already making record profits and consumer and small business lending is … Continue Reading

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