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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.
(25 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2013 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
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 28, 2012 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.
(28 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 27, 2014 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 18, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2015 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 7, 2012 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 25, 2017 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 14, 2018 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 21, 2018 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 1, 2019 No President Is Above the Law
Congress has a constitutional obligation to impeach the President when he violates the law. But lawyers for previous presidents have used this constitutional duty to argue that the only way the President can be held accountable for criminal behavior is through impeachment. No matter what he may think, Donald Trump is not a King. No President is.
SHARE Saturday, July 28, 2018 An update on Puerto Rico
Rebuilding efforts have been slow. A big reason why: Long before the hurricanes hit, Puerto Rico was already being crushed with debt that had been snapped up by Wall Street vulture funds. Few investors now want to put money into reconstruction if the debt means the islands don't have a realistic chance at recovering.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 23, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Here's what I saw at the border
This isn't about politics. This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. This is about human beings. Children held in cages today. Babies scattered all over this country. And mamas who, in the dark of night, hear them cry. I'm still working through everything I saw, but I wanted you to know the full story. The fight for these children and families isn't over -- not by a long shot.
(29 comments) SHARE Friday, October 4, 2013 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 8, 2015 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 20, 2014 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.
(94 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 22, 2016 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 5, 2017 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 2, 2017 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?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 23, 2017 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.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, December 14, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 5, 2018 The Notorious RBG
Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't show up to work every day thinking about how she can bend the law to help giant corporations and powerful interests -- she helps defend fundamental, constitutional rights for everyone.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 7, 2017 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, November 1, 2019 Medicare for All
Person to person, story by story, we'll fight the misinformation from giant health insurance and drug companies who are desperate to stop anything from getting in the way of their profits. We'll make it clear why we need to fight for Medicare for All -- because it will make a real difference in people's lives.
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2013 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."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018 Trump's #metoo joke
Donald Trump is still obsessed with the idea that he can shut me up. He really should know better by now. I can handle a bully. But here's the really creepy part: In the same breath, he mocked the entire #MeToo movement. He mocked women who are bravely coming forward and saying that they've been harassed and abused by guys just like Donald Trump.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, August 7, 2017 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.
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, September 17, 2010 Fighting to Protect Consumers
Elizabeth Warren's message, on the Whitehouse blog. Note that she has NOT been appointed to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She's been appointed to be an assistant to the president and a special advisor to the Treasury secretary on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2015 Never afraid
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2018 Donald Trump sold out to Big Oil
It's bad enough that EPA Director Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration deny the existence of climate change. They're also threatening to make things worse, with a reckless plan to expand offshore drilling to 90% of United States coastal waters.
(18 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 20, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 11, 2011 Coming Home
I left Washington, but I don't plan to stop fighting for middle class families. I spent years working against special interests and have the battle scars to show for it--and I have no intention of stopping now. It is time for me to think hard about what role I can play next to help rebuild a middle class that has been hacked at, chipped at, and pulled at for more than a generation--and that is under greater strain every day.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 2, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 15, 2016 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, July 28, 2017 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 30, 2013 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 8, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 21, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 5, 2019 A climate denier-in-chief sits in the White House today. But not for long
The world is facing one of the biggest threats we have ever encountered. But Americans do not walk away from a fight. We lead. In November 2020, it won't just be Donald Trump on the ballot but also the chance to renew America's climate leadership for a safer, cleaner, more secure and more prosperous future.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2013 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.
SHARE Monday, May 13, 2019 My plan to provide comprehensive debt relief to Puerto Rico
Comprehensive debt relief is essential to Puerto Rico's recovery. It is the only way for the island to get out from under the thumb of Wall Street speculators. It is the only way to stabilize the island and allow its people to reclaim their future. Together, we can make it happen.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 19, 2020 My Brother's Death Didn't Have to Happen
He got sick, and then he died, by himself. That's the hard part -- really hard part. It's hard to process things like this because everything is happening at a distance. And human beings -- we're not set up for that. We're wired to be with each other. It makes it hard.
SHARE Friday, June 19, 2020 Juneteenth
Juneteenth isn't just about celebration. It's a necessary reminder that 155 years later, Black Americans still feel the weight of government-sponsored racism and discrimination devaluing their lives and livelihoods.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2014 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 20, 2014 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 10, 2018 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2012 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Friday, May 9, 2014 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, October 20, 2017 Rigged Rules
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.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 28, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2018 Trump's Appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is Undermining Its Public Service
CFPB is legally required to report to Congress twice a year on its activities, and its director must testify before Congress four times each year. The CFPB's rules can be overruled by the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a veto that applies to no other federal agency.
Since Mr. Mulvaney took control, he has ignored congressional mandates, turning the CFPB into the politicized rogue agency he accused it of being before.
(28 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 19, 2018 Snake oil
While CEOs rake in millions of dollars, working people pick up the bill. When big banks and giant corporations don't pay their fair share, everyone else feels it. Less money for Medicare and Medicaid. Less money for education, affordable housing, and infrastructure. Less money to build a future so the next kid can get ahead, and the kid after that, and the kid after that.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 21, 2017 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, December 19, 2014 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2014 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2020 Any Coronavirus bailout must put workers first: Sen. Elizabeth Warren
The financial security of workers and their families should be our first priority. That means making sure that any federal bailout of giant corporations directly helps their employees, fuels a grassroots recovery and ensures that big companies make serious, long-term reforms that reduce the odds they're back before taxpayers again looking for another bailout.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 27, 2019 My comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis
If the CARE Act becomes law, every single person would get the care they need. Scores of legislators in Congress have signed on to support this plan. The nation's top experts on the crisis stand behind it. It spells out in detailed terms exactly how funding would get to the communities that need it most. We should pass it -- not in two years, not after the 2020 elections -- but immediately.
SHARE Friday, June 15, 2018 Children in prison camps
The families targeted by the Trump administration have sacrificed and risked EVERYTHING for a fighting chance at a better life. Many are fleeing unimaginable circumstances: gang violence, natural disasters, domestic violence. Some have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles. But when they reach the border, they're treated like criminals and animals. Their only crime? Seeking refuge here in the U.S.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 6, 2018 The Rich Get Richer...
These tax cuts will serve to fatten the pockets of the already rich and powerful. The richest of the rich already get most of the benefits of lower capital gains taxes -- a situation that will only get worse if the Trump administration has its way. More than 97% of the benefits of this scheme would go to the top 10% in the country.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Forward Together With the Poor People's Campaign
As Americans struggle to pay their bills, the Trump Administration continues to spit in the face of poor people. Trump has also crammed his administration with officials who care more about making money for themselves than protecting our environment, keeping our workers safe, and advocating for the rights of unions and consumers.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2017 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.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 14, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 11, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2019 My comprehensive plan to end corruption in Washington
We need to call this what it is -- corruption, plain and simple. Corruption has seeped into the fabric of our government, tilting thousands of decisions away from the public good and toward the desires of those at the top. And, over time, bit by bit, like a cancer eating away at our democracy, corruption has eroded Americans' faith in our government.
SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2019 Congressional Action to Protect Choice
Right-wing Republican lawmakers in Alabama just enacted the most extreme abortion ban in over 40 years. The new law bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy, doesn't include exceptions for rape and incest, and could result in doctors who perform an abortion being thrown in prison for up to 99 years. Republicans in Missouri are following close behind with a bill of their own.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 14, 2018 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 1, 2018 Tonight...
We live in an America right now where people despair. They despair not only about our leadership -- they despair about whether or not their own voices will ever be heard. They despair about the future of this country, and they despair about the future of this democracy itself.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2018 Jessica and Patrick
In June 2017, the NDAA passed through the Armed Services Committee. In September, it passed through the Senate. In November, the final bill passed through Congress. And on December 12, Donald Trump signed it into law, including the provision that will help other survivors of terror like Jessica and Patrick to get the specialized care they need.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 27, 2017 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 2, 2018 Big green dollar signs dance in their eyes
It could get worse -- if Brett Kavanaugh ends up on the Supreme Court. He's a walking, talking, gift-wrapped present for powerful interests, with a big bow on top. When right-wing billionaires look at him, big green dollar signs dance in their eyes.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 9, 2017 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2016 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."
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 21, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2019 My plan for public lands
America's public lands belong to all of us. We should start acting like it -- expanding access, ending fossil fuel extraction, leveraging them as part of the climate solution, and preserving and improving them for our children and grandchildren. Together, we can manage and protect our public lands for generations to come.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 5, 2018 Insurance companies are failing the American people
Five of the largest publicly-traded insurance companies in the country raked in $17 billion in profits the last year alone. I don't believe that an industry that has $17 billion in profits to hand out to its investors in a single year can't afford to do right by the American people. It's time we hold all private insurance companies accountable and make this health care system work better for all of us.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 9, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 9, 2014 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.
SHARE Thursday, May 10, 2018 Mick Mulvaney the mosquito
Mick Mulvaney and Betsy DeVos are making it easier for students to get cheated. Cheated by student loan companies. Cheated by for-profit colleges. Cheated as student loan debt explodes and as student loan companies get rich.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 "That's my Betsy."
Especially this Father's Day, I'm thinking about all the fathers (and mothers) who are separated from their children at the border because of Trump's cruel and inhumane immigration policies. I'm incredibly proud of this team for stepping up and raising over $100,000 so far for groups working to protect families separated by ICE.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2018 A David versus Goliath story
From the day it opened its doors, the agency has been under attack. And in the years since then, the banking industry, their lobbyists, and their Republican friends in Congress have tried to kill, delay, and defang the agency -- again and again. We're not going to let the big banks and their Republican friends destroy the CFPB and everything it stands for.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 Those who never made it home
The roar of the Harley-Davidsons past the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, WWII and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, and National Mall is a powerful reminder of the thousands of American POW and MIA service members who never made it home. It's also a reminder of just how much one person can do to fight for something they believe in.
SHARE Saturday, June 30, 2018 Mitch McConnell is doing backflips
Trump just announced that he's going to start the process of nominating a new justice immediately. We're about to see tons of right-wing, dark money poured into ads and propaganda in an effort to make the Supreme Court more and more corporate and more and more conservative.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2013 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 26, 2018 We need to protect and expand Social Security
We need to protect Social Security from the Republicans who want to cut it -- the same Republicans who just decided that they could afford a $1.5 trillion tax scam to benefit the rich and the powerful. But stopping cuts isn't enough. We need to protect and expand Social Security.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, April 18, 2014 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 18, 2014 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 12, 2013 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 17, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 22, 2017 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.
SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, July 18, 2011 A Big Week for the New Consumer Agency
This week is the culmination of two years of hard battles. The President put the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in his first outline of financial regulatory reform, and he never wavered in his support for it. As a result, the agency has stepped out in the right direction.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 17, 2014 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2015 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2020 Honoring Labor Day
When working people fight, working people win. Shoulder to shoulder, we're going to create an economy that works for everyone. That starts with electing Democrats up and down the ballot this November.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 23, 2015 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 12, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2016 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.