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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.
I Call It Like I See It on the #BankLobbyistAct
This week, the Senate began advancing a bill that reduces oversight of some of the biggest banks in the country. The independent Congressional Budget Office says the bill will increase the risk of future bailouts. It's a dangerous proposal. Senate Republicans voted unanimously for it -- but the bill wouldn't be on track to becoming the law without the support of more than a dozen Senate Democrats.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018(1 comments)
America needs union jobs
Union jobs built America's great middle class by lifting families out of poverty, by strengthening communities, and by providing workers with a voice in shaping the direction of our nation. Labor unions also played a powerful role in advancing the fight for racial justice and equality during the civil rights era, mobilizing members and providing financial support.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018(10 comments)
Republicans AND Democrats Are Gutting the Rules on Wall Street
The American people -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- want tougher rules on big banks, not weaker ones. It's time to hold Republican AND Democratic Senators who support this bill accountable for siding with their big bank donors instead of working families.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Yes. Let's Talk About Pocahontas.
Our country's disrespect of Native people didn't start with President Trump. It started long before President Washington ever took office. But now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke. The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018(1 comments)
My heart-shaped cake
For more than four months, the Republicans let federal funding for our community health centers expire. We fought tooth and nail for that funding for more than 100 days, and I have some good news: as part of last week's budget deal, we secured $7 billion for community health centers over the next two years. That was a $600 million bump in funding to support their powerfully important work.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
America Can Never Go Back to the Era of Back-Alley Abortions
Abortion rights are under threat across the country, as anti-choice politicians push for policies that restrict women's access to abortion services. And they have an ally in President Trump, who spent his first year in office relentlessly attacking women's reproductive rights.
Sunday, January 14, 2018(4 comments)
My trip to Puerto Rico
Congress ignores Puerto Rico's huge debts -- debts that discourage any long-term investments in the island. Large parts of the island remain inaccessible, and no one knows when they will have reliable power and clean water. The people of Puerto Rico are part of our American family. They are fellow human beings. And they deserve more than someone tossing them a few rolls of paper towels and then forgetting about them.
Thursday, December 7, 2017(6 comments)
There are three ways to remake the American economy for all
Every American deserves a fighting chance. A fighting chance to launch an invention that can change the world. A fighting chance to open a small business that becomes a local institution. A fighting chance to work in a job that provides fair pay and basic benefits. A fighting chance to build something without seeing all the benefits snapped up by the rich and powerful who know how to twist every rule.
Saturday, December 2, 2017(5 comments)
This Congress doesn't work for you
The big Republican donors are popping champagne today. This 500-page bill is a massive tax giveaway to billionaires and giant corporations, paid for by America's working families. It attacks college students. It sabotages the Affordable Care Act and threatens health care for millions of Americans. It opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling in Alaska. And who knows what else is buried in there?
Saturday, November 25, 2017(4 comments)
We won't let them destroy it without a fight
We fought Donald Trump when he named an Education Secretary who doesn't believe in public education. We fought him when he named an EPA director who doesn't believe in climate change. We fought him (and won) when he named a Labor Secretary who doesn't believe in unions. And we will fight him now to stop an Acting CFPB director who doesn't believe in protecting working families from the big Wall Street banks.
Thursday, November 23, 2017(2 comments)
The Year Bonnie Attacked the Turkey
Bonnie the Cocker Spaniel was a saint -- or so we thought, until Thanksgiving came around. I came flying in to see sweet little Bonnie in full-on attack mode, tearing the cold-but-not-frozen bird to pieces. My first concern was Bonnie, who was snarling like a crazed werewolf. My second concern was the turkey, which was now unrecognizable.
Saturday, November 11, 2017(3 comments)
What I'm thinking about this Veterans Day
Today, there are tens of thousands of service members still missing in action, many from World War II, and more than 1,600 from the Vietnam War. They haven't returned home to us, but they will never be forgotten.
Thursday, November 9, 2017(12 comments)
We will resist. We will persist. And we will win.
This is bigger than just one campaign. Bigger than poll numbers or talking points or Facebook ads. And if we're going to lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can't waste any more energy arguing about who in our alliance should be voted off the island, or whether we should be the party of Black Lives Matter or the white working class.
Sunday, November 5, 2017(7 comments)
The Republican tax plan puts rich donors ahead of working families
The Republican Party's rich donors want tax giveaways, and the party is happy to oblige. According to estimates based on the original outline of the Republican tax plan, it showers $2.5 trillion on big corporations. Fewer than 10 years after sparking a devastating financial crisis and receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts, big banks would reap billions from the Republican plan.
Saturday, October 28, 2017(6 comments)
Don't Let Big Banks Escape the Fed's Scrutiny
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.
Friday, October 20, 2017(7 comments)
If Speaker Ryan and President Trump have their way, the Republicans' "tax reform" plan will hand out even bigger gifts to the giant tax dodgers -- while millions of middle class families and small businesses are left holding the bag.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Republicans Continue To Attack Women's Health
The Republicans failed at a wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its protections for women -- so now they are taking it apart piece by piece. The Trump Administration rolled backed the Affordable Care Act requirement for employers' health insurance plans to cover birth control at no cost for women.
Thursday, September 14, 2017(2 comments)
Six Years Ago
If the past six years seemed tough, that's nothing compared to year ahead. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are doing everything they can to rig the system even more for the rich and powerful. The right-wing machine and powerful interests will do everything they can to beat us in 2018. The fights to come are going to be bigger and nastier than we ever expected.
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.