Elizabeth WarrenU.S. Senator
Elizabeth Warren is serving her second term as Senator from Massachusetts. Previously, she proposed and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, and she was a law professor at Harvard University.
Unions and Workers
She supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and introduced a universal child care bill that includes living wages, is designed to make it easier for child care workers to organize and join unions, and allows for a process to negotiate wages, benefits, hours, and working conditions across programs. Supports legislation like Worker’s Freedom to Negotiate Act that would make it easier for working people to form unions.
Attended the National Forum on Wages and Working People on April 27.
Joined protesting airport workers in Boston in January.
Supports universal health coverage and has co-sponsored Medicare for All, which would create a single-payer health care system.
Supports comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders, creates a permanent solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including DREAMers, and people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and protects families. She has called for an end to private immigration prisons and for investment in troubled countries to make it more feasible for people to stay at home.
Has said she will sign an executive order on her first day in office to place a “total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases including drilling offshore and on public lands.” Supports the Green New Deal.
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Warren said she would fight to repeal the 1994 crime bill, one of Joe Biden’s signature laws which has been widely criticized for its “tough-on-crime measures, harsh sentencing guidelines, and general encouragement of the war on drugs.”
Warren Pledges to Include Union in Medicare for All Transition and to Appoint a Labor Leader as Labor Secretary
Warren discussed her single-payer health care proposal with union members at an AFSCME forum, saying that she would include union leaders in figuring out a transition to that system. She also said she hoped to appoint a labor leader to head the Department of Labor.
At the Democratic debate, Warren argued that skeptics of single-payer health care need to “stop using Republican talking points” to attack her vision for universal coverage.
Warren released details of her proposal to cancel hundreds of millions in student loan debt, particularly for lower and middle-income earners. Her plan would cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for people earning up to $100,000 and less for those earning up to $250,000.
Warren joined a demonstration with airline food workers threatening to strike at DC airports, saying, “This is a fight not just for the workers here. This is a fight for all of America. It is a fight for fair wages, it is a fight for health care, it is a fight for dignity.”
Warren’s plan would “wall off commercial from investment banks, new restrictions on the private equity industry, and legislative action to more closely tie bank executives' pay to their companies' performance.”
Warren lent her support to Amazon workers striking for better pay and working conditions on Prime Day, highlighting the importance of holding corporations accountable.
Warren introduced legislation that would make low-income college students eligible for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Warren Announces Proposal Requiring Corporations to Disclose Their Exposure to Climate-Related Risks
Warren reintroduced legislation that would “force companies to disclose their exposure to climate-related risks” such as greenhouse gas emissions.
Elizabeth Warren released her immigration reform plan, calling for “allowing more immigrants to come into the country legally, lifting the refugee cap from 30,000 under the Trump administration to 125,000 and then 175,000; a revamp of the immigration court system to establish independence from Justice Department leaders; and the creation of an ‘Office of New Americans’ tasked with facilitating integration, including teaching English.”
Warren’s new green economy proposal focuses on the federal procurement process and research and development, and also creates an office to promote U.S. clean-energy products in international trade.
Warren released a calculator for families to see how much they’d save under her proposal for universal child care.