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Elizabeth Warren was assistant to the president and a special adviser to the Treasury secretary on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She single-handedly set us this bureau, putting in place the building blocks for an agency that will make credit markets
safer and fairer for families.
Nevertheless, we persist.
This fight isn't about me -- it's about all of us. This is our moment in history. Not the moment we wanted, but the moment we are called to. Donald Trump may call us names. Mitch McConnell might tell us to sit down and shut up. But we will not give up and go home. We will resist. We will persist. And we will win.
Friday, July 28, 2017(9 comments)
The nightmare is over (for now)
Don't let down your guard -- not all the way. Mitch McConnell can reintroduce another "health care" bill at any moment. Who knows what sort of scheme he's working on with Speaker Paul Ryan right this minute. People like McConnell and Ryan, people who are willing to take away health care from millions of Americans, will be with us for a long time -- so we have to be vigilant.
Friday, July 21, 2017(2 comments)
I remember this day perfectly!
Was the fight worth it? You bet! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has already handled more than a million complaints and forced the biggest financial institutions in this country to return nearly $12 billion directly to the people they cheated. (Yay!) The CFPB is government that works for the people.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017(9 comments)
Why CEOs Should Fight The Senate's Healthcare Bill
Since the ACA became law, the cost of health care has grown at an historically low rate. Spending growth has slowed to a crawl for individuals enrolled in private insurance and has actually dropped for Medicare enrollees. When employers pay less to provide healthcare coverage for their employees, they are able to invest in job creation or higher wages. Lower costs, more growth.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017(1 comments)
More people will die
Improving the ACA doesn't mean we should repeal health care for millions of people and run away. And that's exactly what the GOP "Trumpcare" plan does: throw 24 million people off their health insurance by 2024. Fourteen million will lose their health care next year.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017(4 comments)
Boston Globe Op-Ed: Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court
Big companies and rich right-wing billionaires are spending top dollar to help a judge like Gorsuch get over the finish line. But that's not how our court system is supposed to work. Our courts are supposed to be neutral arbiters, dispensing justice based on the facts and the law -- not the party with the most money or political power.
Saturday, January 21, 2017(1 comments)
Trump's Nominees Putting Us All at Risk by Ignoring Ethics Laws
The problem starts at the top. The president-elect has thrown out decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns or disentangle himself from his business connections. Now his Republican allies in Congress seem content to permit Cabinet nominees to do the same.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017(3 comments)
The GOP's Strategy for Obamacare? Repeal and Run.
The GOP is about to control the White House, Senate, and House. The number one priority for congressional Republicans is repealing the Affordable Care Act and breaking up our health care system while offering zero solutions. Their strategy? Repeal and run.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016(5 comments)
Elizabeth Warren: Trump didn't invent the "rigged election" myth. Republicans did.
GOP leaders have served up such a steady diet of stories about imaginary cheating that an Economist-YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republican voters believe voter fraud is a 'very serious problem,' and 46 percent have little or no confidence that ballots will be counted accurately. They hold these views even though there is literally no evidence that widespread voter fraud is a factor in modern American elections."
Saturday, October 8, 2016(4 comments)
Women will stop Trump.
Donald Trump's comments about sexually assaulting women are obscene. So gross that even the Republican Party is tripping over itself to feign outrage. Some GOP candidates are in panic mode, even announcing that they'll vote instead for Mike Pence -- an extremist governor infamous for trying to defund Planned Parenthood and pass some of the most outrageous anti-abortion legislation in the country.
Thursday, September 15, 2016(1 comments)
Make No Mistake -- This Business With Wells Fargo Isn't Over
The CFPB has done its job: spearheading an investigation, watching out for consumers, imposing a fine, and making the whole stinky mess public. And that's why the big banks and their Republican friends want to leash up the CFPB -- because this is a government agency that is working for the people.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
What Apple Teaches Us About Taxes
Now that they are feeling the sting from foreign tax crackdowns, giant corporations and their Washington lobbyists are pressing Congress to cut them a new sweetheart deal here at home. But instead of bailing out the tax dodgers under the guise of tax reform, Congress should seize this moment to take three crucial steps to repair our broken corporate tax code.
Saturday, August 20, 2016(18 comments)
Never in a Million Years
Today, we have 20 women in the United States Senate. Last fall during one of my hearings on student debt, the room actually stopped and cheered when Amy Klobuchar noted that five women senators were running the hearing -- with no men. It's a good start, but let's be honest: 50 women in the Senate would be a lot better.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016(14 comments)
Donald Trump's Disgusting Hate
Trump's plan is to turn Americans against each other. A deceitful and ugly blame game that says, whatever worries you, the answer is to blame that other group. Spend your energy hating them. And when that happens, there will be no energy to make real change and guys like Donald Trump can stay on top.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016(94 comments)
If Trump Wins -- We Lose
Trump seems to know he's a loser. His embarrassing insecurities are on parade: petty bullying, attacks on women, cheap racism, and flagrant narcissism. But just because Trump is a loser everywhere else doesn't mean he'll lose this election. People have been underestimating his campaign for nearly a year -- and it's time to wake up.
Saturday, March 12, 2016(4 comments)
Senate Republicans: Do Your Job
There's a vacancy on the most important court in America, and the message from Senate Republicans is crystal clear: forget the Constitution. In fact, their response to one of the most solemn and consequential tasks that our government performs is to pretend that the Supreme Court vacancy -- and President Obama himself -- do not exist.
Friday, January 29, 2016(14 comments)
Elizabeth Warren: One Way to Rebuild Our Institutions
Legislative agendas matter, but voters should also ask which presidential candidates they trust with the extraordinary power to choose who will fight on the front lines to enforce the laws. The next president can rebuild faith in our institutions by honoring the simple notion that nobody is above the law, but it will happen only if voters demand it.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016(2 comments)
All the time in the world
If the GOP spent a teeny, tiny fraction of the time they waste voting again and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act or defund Planned Parenthood on sensible gun reform, more mamas and daddies would be tucking in their kids tonight. But massacre after massacre, the Republicans have offered thoughts and prayers -- but no solutions.
Monday, December 14, 2015(13 comments)
We failed to keep them safe
Today is the three-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- an anniversary that will be seared into my brain for as long as I live. It isn't enough to remember--we need to act. We must show that we are as committed to gun safety as the NRA is committed to putting guns in the hands of people who endanger all of us.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Don't set the sweet potatoes on fire
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. As I look around this morning at my own kids and grandkids, making new traditions and hopefully not setting the house on fire, I'm deeply thankful to have the opportunity to fight for families in Massachusetts and all across the country -- and I'm thankful to have you with me for those fights.
Monday, November 23, 2015(2 comments)
We Can't Turn Our Backs on Syrians
In the wake of the murders in Paris and Beirut last week, people in America, in Europe, and throughout the world, are fearful. Millions of Syrians are fearful as well -- terrified by the reality of their daily lives, terrified that their last avenue of escape from the horrors of ISIS will be closed, terrified that the world will turn its back on them and on their children.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
CEOs got a raise. Seniors and veterans deserve one too.
Two-thirds of retirees depend on Social Security to pay for the basics, to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads -- but seniors who usually get a small boost on January 1st won't see an extra dime next year. According to recent data, CEOs at the top 350 American companies received, on average, a 3.9% pay increase last year.
Constitution Had Everything To Do With Gay Marriage Ruling
It has never been easy for us to shine the light on such discrimination. But when we see it, when we stop looking away and finally acknowledge it, it is never long before we formally recognize what is compelled by our Constitution. We recognize what has always been there: equality and dignity under the law, for all Americans, no matter who they are.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015(3 comments)
Trade agreements should not benefit industry only
America needs trade -- but not trade agreements that offer gold-plated enforcement for giant corporations and meaningless promises for everyone else. If we truly want better deals that work for everyone, we should stop clinging to our enforcement double standard and start joining our allies in trying to level the playing field.
Friday, May 8, 2015(4 comments)
I agree with Hillary Clinton
The Obama Administration says you have nothing to worry about -- to trust them that nothing could possibly go wrong. But they won't release the text of the TPP agreement to the public for you to see it for yourself. Frankly, "just trust us" isn't good enough -- not for a trade deal that multinational corporations have been working on for years while the public has been kept in the dark.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015(11 comments)
TPP: The Doors Stayed Locked for the Regular People
Have you seen what's in the new TPP trade deal? Most likely, you haven't -- and don't bother trying to Google it. The government doesn't want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It's top secret.
Saturday, April 18, 2015(7 comments)
Without rules, financial markets don't work
We know what changes we need to make financial markets work better. Strengthen the rules to prevent cheating. Make the cops do their jobs. Cut the banks down to size. Change the tax code to promote more long-term investment. Tackle shadow-banking done by non-bank firms and subsidiaries.
Sunday, April 12, 2015(9 comments)
Washington Works Great for Those With Money and Power
Student loans. Social Security. Minimum wage. Government matters. We the people need a government that works for the people. This isn't about big government versus small government. This is about whether we're going to have a government that works only for the rich and powerful, or a government that works for everyone.
Saturday, March 28, 2015(3 comments)
Wall Street isn't happy with us
The big banks have thrown around money for years, spending more than a $1 million a day to hold off Dodd-Frank and the consumer agency. But they are moving out of the shadows. They have reached a new level of brazenness, demanding that Senate Democrats grovel before them.
Sunday, March 22, 2015(3 comments)
Republicans Are Sinking the Hopes of an Entire Generation
Student loan debt was an economic emergency last year, and now that emergency is getting worse. That's why I'm reintroducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. Student loan refinancing can't wait another year. It's time for Congress to step up and fix this problem, before it drags down another million Americans, and another, and another. It's time to refinance student loan debt.
Monday, March 9, 2015(2 comments)
The Supreme Court has now struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act. Too many young men have died in police custody. And the grinding heel of poverty has borne down harder on children of color. We celebrate the brave people of Selma, but it is up to US to make change now. The power of Selma is hope -- hope that change can happen.
Sunday, March 8, 2015(1 comments)
The Republican Ambush on Worker's Basic Rights
Who does this Congress work for? Republicans say government should keep on working for employers who don't like unions and who have figured out how to exploit a tangled system. But we weren't sent here just to represent employers who don't like unions. We're here to support working people who just want a fighting chance to level the playing field.
Friday, December 19, 2014(8 comments)
We lost this time
Wall Street proved again that with enough money and enough power, they can tilt the playing field in Washington a little more in their favor. I fought my heart out against that provision last week. So did tens of thousands of people who signed petitions, who called their representatives, who tweeted and Facebooked, and who spoke out about it.
Thursday, November 20, 2014(4 comments)
Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee
One of the biggest and most public corporate inversions last summer was the deal cut by Burger King to slash its tax bill by purchasing the Canadian company Tim Hortons and then "inverting" the American company to Canadian ownership. And Weiss was right there, working on Burger King's tax deal.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Same Old Scott Brown
Never in a bazillion years did it cross my mind that Scott Brown would pack up and move to his vacation house in New Hampshire to run against our friend Jeanne Shaheen. But that's exactly what happened -- and with less than three weeks to go, the race is neck-and-neck. We must fight for what we believe in. Now it's our turn to fight for Jeanne.
Thursday, September 18, 2014(2 comments)
Anthony Weiner and the Revolving Door
If we want Washington to work better for families, we need to limit Wall Street's outsized influence on economic policymaking. It's bad for the country when so many people on Wall Street continually angle for key economic policymaking jobs, and so many people in key economic policymaking jobs angle for jobs on Wall Street.
Sunday, August 17, 2014(2 comments)
Fighting for local veterans
Our men and women in uniform serve our country with honor and courage, putting themselves in harm's way to protect us. We owe our service members the very best, and that means ensuring they always have access to high-quality services and good benefits. Being there for our veterans means ensuring access to good health care and good jobs, and it also means making sure they aren't targeted and cheated.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014(1 comments)
Our new bill to fight Hobby Lobby
If we're going to respond to Hobby Lobby, it's got to be through a legislative fix. And if the Republicans won't fight for the women they represent, then we're going to take that fight to them. Let them explain why they think employers should decide what health care a woman can get covered by her insurance.
Friday, May 9, 2014(15 comments)
Elizabeth Warren Comments on The House's Benghazi Investigation
I look at what happened in Benghazi with sadness, with seriousness, and as yet another call to honor the men and women who keep us safe.
So let me be blunt: that kind of seriousness is sorely missing from the no-holds-barred political theater of the House Republicans.
Friday, April 18, 2014(13 comments)
Why Equal Pay Is Worth Fighting For
This should be a no-brainer. America's women are tired of hearing that pay inequality isn't real. We're tired of hearing that it is somehow our fault, and we're ready to fight back. We are not going to give up on passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to level the playing field for hardworking women in the workplace.
Thursday, March 27, 2014(28 comments)
We Don't Run This Country for Corporations
I cannot believe that we live in a world where we would even consider letting some big corporation deny the women who work for it access to the basic medical tests , treatments or prescriptions that they need based on vague moral objections.
But here's the scary thing: With the judges we 've got on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby might actually win.
Saturday, March 1, 2014(3 comments)
Creating a level playing field
The threat to move us backward is real: the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is already being felt across the country. The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important civil rights statutes ever enacted by this country. We need to push back against efforts that restrict people's right to vote.
Sunday, February 2, 2014(5 comments)
Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?
If the Postal Service offered basic banking services -- nothing fancy, just basic bill paying, check cashing and small dollar loans -- then it could provide affordable financial services for underserved families, and, at the same time, shore up its own financial footing.
Monday, January 20, 2014(5 comments)
Dr. King's coin
"In the final analysis," Dr. King said, "the rich must not ignore the poor because both rich and poor are tied in a single garment of destiny."
The struggle may be fierce, the climb uphill, the obstacles tall. But in a democracy, we, the people, get to choose our destiny, and we can choose a country that lives up to America's founding promise and achieves Dr. King's dreams.
Thursday, January 9, 2014(1 comments)
Who Are The Regulators Working For?
if the regulatory agencies are so confident that settlements are a good deal for the taxpayers they represent, then you would think they would be willing to publicly disclose the key terms and conditions of those agreements -- hang it right out there so everyone can see what a great job they did on behalf of the American people. But too many times, that isn't what they do.
Monday, December 30, 2013(2 comments)
Every American Has the Right to Retire with Dignity -- Why We Must Expand Social Security
With less savings and weaker private retirement protection, retirees depend more than ever on the safety and reliability of Social Security. Social Security also protects retirees' spouses and children, disabled workers, and family members who survive the death of the family's earner. Social Security works; no one runs out of benefits and the guaranteed payments don't rise and fall with the stock market.
Thursday, October 10, 2013(5 comments)
Stop The Presses: I Agree With Wall Street
I can think of a lot of things we could do with $75 billion dollars. We could ramp up Meals on Wheels and Head Start. We could give students some relief on their loans. We could invest in more medical and scientific research. We could pay down the debt. But if we default on our loans, we've just flushed money down the drain. That's about as irresponsible as it gets.
Friday, October 4, 2013(29 comments)
We are not a country of anarchists
If you watch the anarchist tirades coming from extremist Republicans in the House, you'd think they believe that the government that governs best is a government that doesn't exist at all.
But behind all the slogans of the Tea Party -- and all the thinly veiled calls for anarchy in Washington -- is a reality: The American people don't want a future without government.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013(25 comments)
Elizabeth Warren: This is Democracy
It's time to end the debate about whether the Affordable Care Act should exist and whether it should be funded.
Congress voted for this law. President Obama signed this law. The Supreme Court upheld this law. The President ran for reelection on this law. His opponent said he would repeal it -- and his opponent lost by five million votes.
Right now, Republicans are taking the government and the economy hostage
It's Been Two Years
Big oil companies -- some of the most profitable companies on the planet -- are still guzzling down billions of dollars in subsidies, while Head Start and Meals on Wheels funding are cut in sequestration. Millionaires and billionaires still don't pay their fair share in taxes, but student loans continue to increase and the policy of the federal government is now to profit off our young people getting a higher education.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013(11 comments)
The Whole System Stinks
We should not go along with any plan that demands that our students continue to produce huge profits for our government. Making billions and billions in profits off the backs of students is obscene. A proposal that squeezes even more profits out of our kids, while millionaires and billionaires still don't pay their fair share is a bad deal.
Friday, July 12, 2013(1 comments)
The 21st Century Glass Steagall Act
we need to learn from the financial crisis of 2008 and, moving forward, to prevent the kinds of high-risk activities that made a few people rich but nearly destroyed our economy.
Now it's time to launch the next push. I joined forces with Senators John McCain, Maria Cantwell, and Angus King to introduce the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act of 2013 to reinstate and modernize core banking protections.
Monday, June 17, 2013(2 comments)
It's Time to Adopt Paycheck Fairness Act
When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, women earned 59 cents for every dollar earned by a man. While the wage gap has narrowed somewhat since then, women today still earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.
Thursday, April 11, 2013(21 comments)
Inch by Inch
The President's policy proposal, known as "chained CPI," would re-calculate the cost of living for Social Security beneficiaries. That new number won't keep up with inflation on things like food and health care -- the basics that we need to live. In short, "chained CPI" is just a fancy way to say "cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans."
Monday, January 28, 2013
Avoiding Wall St. Shuffle's Perils
There is real peril in this Wall Street shuffle. Big business orthodoxy against rules and regulations can seep into the bones, including the bones of new policymakers who are charged with protecting consumers and strengthening markets. Industry groupthink and overconfidence can prevent clear and evenhanded analysis of problems.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012(8 comments)
Chris Christie at the Republican National Convention
Tonight, Chris Christie and the Republicans told the American people that we're to blame for our broken economy. He told families to tighten their belts. He told seniors to live on less. He told teachers to stop fighting for fair pay.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012(9 comments)
Stop rigging system against small business
Washington politicians line up 10-deep to claim they support small businesses, but they avoid talking about a harsh reality: The system is rigged against small business. These owners can't afford armies of lobbyists in D.C., but the big corporations can. It's those armies of lobbyists that create the loopholes and special breaks that let corporations off the hook for paying taxes. Small businesses are left to pay the bills.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012(3 comments)
Tricks, Traps and Accountability
Just this week, the CFPB announced that its first public enforcement action will require Capital One to refund two million consumers a total of $140 million, in addition to paying a $25 million penalty, as a result of the company's deceptive and misleading practices on credit cards. The big banks, their lobbyists, their friends in Congress, and even Mitt Romney have pushed for repeal of the new agency.