Warren, Markey Urge FEMA to Extend Benefits for Transitional Shelter Assistance Program to Puerto Rico Evacuees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting that FEMA allow Puerto Rico evacuees currently enrolled in the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program to continue living in TSA shelters until March 20, 2018, regardless of whether FEMA determines that their homes in Puerto Rico are habitable. FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance program provides temporary shelter to individuals whose homes are "(uninhabitable) or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster." Under the TSA program, eligible applicants can stay free of charge…
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Warren, Colleagues Request Information from DOD on Hospital Ship’s Role in Puerto Rico Response Efforts

Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led five of her Senate colleagues in writing to the Department of Defense (DOD) to request information on the DOD's efforts to provide medical care in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria, and to request information on the role of the USNS Comfort in the Department's Puerto Rico response efforts. The letter was also signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Menendez (), and Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). In their letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the senators expressed concern about why the USNS Comfort, a military hospital…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, DURBIN INTRODUCE MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY FAIRNESS ACT

For those with significant medical debt, bill would improve the bankruptcy process, forgive student loans, and allow families to keep their homes Washington, DC – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have introduced legislation to help Americans burdened by the costs of illness or injury. The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2016 (S. 3385) would make the bankruptcy process more forgiving for those driven to insolvency by health care-related debt or loss of income. “With so many Americans living paycheck to paycheck, unexpected medical costs can quickly spiral into financial emergency. Unfortunately, the current bankruptcy…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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