Each year, Boston comes together to remember Dr. King’s vision for a better society, to celebrate the achievements of the civil rights movement, and to affirm that we will continue this fight until every child has a chance to live Dr. King’s dream. Listen to my remarks about Dr. King, Rep. John Lewis, and why we all bear a responsibility to act.
Massachusetts has worked for years to provide high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. But Massachusetts went all in to expand access when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, and there's no magic wand to wave to snap back to the way things were. Read my new op-ed in the Boston Globe about what's at stake for Massachusetts if Republicans repeal the ACA.
The student debt nightmare is finally over for 4,500 Massachusetts students who were cheated by American Career Institute, a predatory for-profit school that broke Massachusetts law and cheated our students. MA Attorney General Maura Healey and I fought together to make sure the Department of Education cancelled these students’ loans, which they’re entitled to by law – and today they did. I’m... View details ⇨
Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, made his millions nickel-and-diming fast food workers as the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. His burger chains stole wages, forced employees to work through breaks and off the clock, and even paid their workers less than the minimum wage in some cases. A man whose companies have repeatedly violated labor laws has no business running... View details ⇨
Dr. Ben Carson wants to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. So today in his confirmation hearing, I asked him a simple question: Can you assure us that not a single taxpayer dollar that HUD controls for housing development grants and loans will financially benefit Donald Trump and his family’s real estate empire? Dr. Carson danced around the question, because here’s the truth:... View details ⇨
Donald Trump’s business plans for the Trump empire are a joke. Only nobody is laughing. The idea that Trump will still own massive business interests while serving as President of the United States isn’t only unethical – it puts us all at risk.
Today, the director of the nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics said that he “[doesn’t] think divestiture is too high a price to pay to be the... View details ⇨
Andrew Puzder’s fast food chains – Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s – have had numerous violations of wage protection laws. His company is facing several class action lawsuits by employees over wages and work breaks, and there have been other allegations of health and safety concerns. If Andrew Puzder is confirmed as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor, he would be responsible for overseeing the... View details ⇨
Republicans in Washington have spent eight years complaining about health care reform in America. But after eight years of complaining, the Republicans still don’t have a plan. They want to tear apart the Affordable Care Act – rip health insurance out of the hands of millions of people who need it – and repeal and run.
Tonight I went to the Senate floor to tell the Republicans: Repeal and... View details ⇨
Senate Democrats will be speaking all evening on the Senate floor about why we must stop the Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act - and we're kicking off the evening here on Facebook Live. I'll be joining around 5:45 PM. Tune in!
It’s been 25 days since President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would outline his business plans for the Trump empire. We’re still waiting. The American people STILL deserve to know that the President is going to do what’s best for the country – not what’s best for himself and his businesses. The only way for Donald Trump to truly eliminate conflicts of interest is to divest his... View details ⇨
Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership are desperately trying to rush Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. But they are bypassing important steps to make sure that these billionaire nominees are free of dangerous conflicts of interest – and Senate tradition. Hearings are historically not conducted until the nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics... View details ⇨
Targeting people based on their religion flies squarely in the face of who we are as Americans – and it makes our country less safe. I’m cosponsoring Senator Cory Booker’s Protect American Families Act to ensure the federal government cannot engage in surveillance or harassment of certain immigrant groups.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned nearly $12 billion to families who were cheated by banks and other financial institutions. Earlier this week, the CFPB got two of the major credit score companies to refund millions of dollars to customers who had been sold misleading scores or tricked into costly recurring payments for products they didn’t request. This win is just the... View details ⇨
The Securities & Exchange Commission is supposed to act as the cop on the beat for protecting American investors. Donald Trump’s selection of Jay Clayton to head the SEC is great news if you happen to run a big bank or manage a hedge fund – but you’re out of luck if you want to see tough rules on Wall Street and bankers held accountable when they break the law.
President-elect Donald Trump still hasn’t announced plans for his business empire while falsely claiming the President can’t have conflicts. His cabinet of billionaires and CEOs have ignored government ethics rules and dragged their feet on FBI background checks and financial disclosures. And now the House Republicans are gutting their ethics office in the middle of the night – hours before... View details ⇨
After the 2008 financial crisis, President Obama took several important steps to make our economy safer for the American people. None of those changes was bigger than the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new agency dedicated to getting the tricks and traps out of mortgages, credit cards, payday loans, and other financial products. Read my new piece on why it’s... View details ⇨
The Title X Family Planning Program provides basic reproductive health services – including cancer screenings, STD testing, and birth control – to over 4 million low-income Americans. Preventive care is good for our country, our economy, and our people – and when Title X was founded in 1970, it had bipartisan support. But in recent years, Republicans have tried everything to defund this basic... View details ⇨
We’ve received some heartbreaking stories of families who were hurt by OneWest Bank and Steve Mnuchin’s predatory business practices. There’s still time to tell your story. Were you or someone you know sold an exploding mortgage by one of Steve Mnuchin’s businesses? Please share your story now: [ Senate.gov Link ]
There are 387,000 Social Security recipients who are not only struggling to pay their student loans, but have also been diagnosed with a disability so severe that they cannot work – like chronic heart failure or early-onset dementia from Alzheimer’s. These struggling Americans are crushed by their loans, and the Education Department plans to use its authority to forgive them. But the Treasury... View details ⇨