Op-eds

November 08, 2017

Boston Herald Op-Ed: A seat of honor for POW/MIAs

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Every year on Nov. 11, America honors the men and women who have served our country in uniform. There are parades and special ceremonies, roundtable breakfasts and religious services. As the sister of three veterans, it has always been a time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served, and the families that love them. I remember how my mother watched for the mail. She looked forward to hearing from my brother David, when he was posted at Fort Sam Houston training as an emergency … Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Washington Post Op-Ed: The Republican tax plan puts rich donors ahead of working families

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Republican leadership has outsourced its economic agenda to a handful of billionaires and corporate donors. From attempting to kick millions off of health insurance to rolling back rules protecting worker health and safety, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) have relentlessly pursued their donors' interests at the expense of working families. The Republican tax plan unveiled Thursday is the latest example. American families are already … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Politico Op-Ed: The Supreme Court Has An Ethics Problem

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

A few days before the Supreme Court returned from its summer break, Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court's newest member, attended a luncheon at the Trump International Hotel, where he was to give the keynote address. The location of the speech attracted the attention of dozens of protesters and a number of ethics watchdogs, who noted the apparent conflict of interest posed by Justice Gorsuch-a Trump nominee-keynoting an event at a hotel whose revenue goes in part to President Trump. That … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Bloomberg View Op-Ed: Don't Let Big Banks Escape the Fed's Scrutiny

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Community banks and credit unions face a lot of challenges today, and they make a good case for lightening some unnecessary regulatory burdens. But instead of focusing on these smaller institutions, Congress is considering easing up oversight for some of the biggest banks in the country. This would increase the risk of another financial crisis. In the aftermath of the crisis, Congress determined that banks with more than $50 billion in assets -- roughly the 40 biggest in the country -- posed … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed: Even after Equifax and Wells Fargo, GOP sides with big financial institutions

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The Equifax data breach and the Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal have given America a peek into business practices at some of America's biggest financial institutions. In both companies, a related practice popped to the surface: forced arbitration clauses. These little clauses, often buried in a fog of fine print, are a way for the companies to slither out of accountability when they cheat their customers. And Senate Republicans are on the verge of ramming through a resolution that will … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Glamour Op-Ed: Senator Elizabeth Warren: Attacks on Birth Control Access Are Attacks on Women's Economic Freedom

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

If anyone told a young woman today that she was expected to quit school after eighth grade or leave her job once she got married, most Americans would be outraged. Not fair! Women should have the same range of economic choices as men. Through the years, one door after another has opened, as women have become astronauts and neurosurgeons, run Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations, and started their own businesses. Sure, there's still a lot of ground to make up, but the country has … Continue Reading


October 01, 2017

CNN Op-Ed: Canada's wake-up call to the US on NAFTA

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

President Donald Trump, a loud and persistent critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), recently began renegotiating this trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The President promised to secure a fair deal for American workers. That sounds great. After all, we don't think Americans should be forced to compete with poorly paid workers from Mexico or elsewhere, and we can demand that companies that want to trade with us lift wages, benefits, and health and safety standards for their … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Fortune Op-Ed: You Should Have Control Over Your Data, Not Sloppy Companies Like Equifax

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

On Sept. 7, Equifax-one of America's largest credit reporting agencies-disclosed that hackers had broken into its system and stolen highly personal information about more than 140 million Americans. Since then, I've heard from working families in Massachusetts and across the country. The Equifax hack is a nightmare. At best, it's a giant hassle-time on hold with the credit reporting agencies, fees for this service and that service, confusion about what's been stolen and what to do about it. … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed: We can't fight the opioid crisis without adequate health care

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

The opioid epidemic touches every family in every corner of the Commonwealth. Last year alone, about 2,000 people in the state died from opioid overdoses, and many more struggle with addiction. The state Department of Public Health offers some hope that fatal overdose rates are slowing, but patients, families, and addiction treatment providers know this epidemic continues to burn its way through our state. To better understand how to successfully tackle the opioid crisis, I collected data … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

CNN Op-Ed: Booker and Warren: Women in prison deserve dignity

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker

In discussions of prison reform, one group is nearly always overlooked: women. Women are the fastest growing segment of America's prison population, but because they are typically not the first image that comes to mind when someone thinks of an incarcerated person, they are often afterthoughts in policy discussions about ways to fix our broken system. In July, we introduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, a bill that would help address the unjust conditions incarcerated women face. … Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Springfield Republican Op-Ed: GOP health plan would hit veterans hard

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Last week, I returned from Afghanistan. I learned a lot from the dedicated men and women from Massachusetts and around the country stationed there. And I thought about our commitments to those who serve and about just how much we owe our service members, veterans, and their families - and that includes protecting their health care. This week, I'm back in Washington, just as President Trump and Senate Republicans are pressing forward with their health care repeal bill, a plan to strip away … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Forbes Op-Ed: Why CEOs Should Fight the Senate's Healthcare Bill

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

After weeks of secret negotiations, the Senate Republicans released their so-called "healthcare" bill on Thursday. Despite the fact that this bill could have a bigger impact on our nation's economy-and the bottom line of every business in this country-than any other law or regulation under discussion by Congress, America's business leaders have been remarkably quiet. The CEOs know who will be hit: their workers, their customers and their shareholders. Cuts to Medicaid and shrinking insurance … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Huffington Post Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse: After Paris, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Members’ Reputations Are On The Line

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a heavy hitter in Washington. It was the second largest spender of anonymous outside money-or "dark money"-in the 2016 federal elections, second only to the National Rifle Association. And, in addition to all that spending directed at Congress and the White House, it wields the largest lobbying force on Capitol Hill. Last year, the Chamber dropped over $100 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So what companies are members of … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed: Saving for retirement just got easier

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Many Massachusetts families, like families all across the United States, are finding it harder than ever to save for their retirement. There are a lot of reasons for this: Wages are flat, housing costs in our statecontinue to rise, and 40 percent of workers - including more than 70 percent of the lowest income workers - don't have access to a retirement plan at work. But there is another reason families in the statearen't saving enough for retirement. According to new research from the … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

CNN Op-Ed: It's time to hold DeVos accountable

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Betsy DeVos recently completed her 100th day as Secretary of Education, and the resistance to her agenda has spread across this country like wildfire. Last week, Secretary DeVos and President Trump's Department of Education released a budget that would upend the student aid program and make it much harder for students to afford college and repay their student loans. At the same time, the head of the federal student aid office abruptly resigned amid reports of political meddling by … Continue Reading


May 28, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed: We owe our veterans quality education and good jobs

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

When I was growing up, Memorial Day was a really important holiday in our family. All three of my older brothers served in the military, and they were our beloved reminders of millions of brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. When you grow up with family members who have served, and you're lucky enough to see everyone come home safely, Memorial Day has special meaning. You understand what others have lost - and you honor even more the sacrifice and the service of those who … Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

Huffington Post Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker: President Trump Just Cost Americans Saving For Their Retirement $3.7 Billion

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker

Donald Trump talked a big game on the campaign trail about standing up to big corporations and putting the interests of hardworking Americans first. But as president, Trump has repeatedly broken his promises - and now, he's dealing a blow to Americans saving for retirement. In February, he set in motion a process to kill a common-sense rule that would keep financial advisers from siphoning off money from the clients who trust them. Right now, predatory financial advice cheats investors out … Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

La Opinion: El Juez Gorsuch no es un juez imparcial; el Senado debe bloquear su confirmación

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Es difícil conseguir y contratar a un abogado para ir a corte, pero a veces los trabajadores necesitan demandar a las grandes corporaciones por discriminación. A veces los consumidores necesitan demandar a grandes corporaciones porque fueron engañados. A veces los empleados necesitan demandar por el derecho de tener acceso a cuidado médico, u otros derechos que son garantizados a nivel federal. Las cortes deben ser árbitros neutrales, asegurando que las dos … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Washington Post Op-Ed: Elizabeth Warren and Joe Donnelly: Trump’s SEC chairman must look out for American families — not big corporations

by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Joe Donnelly

Thursday, President Trump's nominee for chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, will testify before the Senate Banking Committee. As members of that committee, we will evaluate his candidacy, not on behalf of Wall Street, but on behalf of the American people. America's middle class was built on a social contract between businesses and workers - and the idea that the success of one relies on the success of the other. A strong middle class drives our economic growth. … Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed: Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court

by Senator Elizabeth Warren

WHEN JUSTICE Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. It was only the latest step in their campaign to tilt our courts in favor of big corporations and the wealthy. Now, the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is their reward. Anyone who believes in a neutral Supreme Court guided by equal justice for all should oppose this … Continue Reading

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