Women are ready to fight

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Before I got to the Senate, I was a teacher and a researcher. I taught classes mostly about money: contract law, banking, bankruptcy – and I studied why working families were going broke.

Women are the main breadwinners, or joint breadwinners, in two-thirds of the families in America. And in my academic research, I uncovered some grim facts:

  • Having a child is the single best predictor that a woman will end up in financial collapse.
  • Single moms are more likely than any other group to file for bankruptcy – more likely than the elderly, more likely than divorced men, and more likely than people living in poor neighborhoods.
  • And in case you think I’m just talking about young single moms who dropped out of school, I’ll also point out: single moms who have been to college are actually 60% more likely to end up bankrupt than those with just a high school diploma.

So why was this happening? Why are women still getting slammed? The deck has been stacked against working women and moms for years. And with the Republicans in charge, it’s getting worse – a lot worse.

Young women are doing exactly what we urged them to do: They work hard, play by the rules, and now are attending college at a higher rate than men. But the cost of college is through the roof, and that means more and more women are struggling with tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt. So I want to stop here to make a policy point: the Republicans are blocking our bill to refinance student loans.

Once women get into the workforce, they still only make 78 cents to the dollar that her male colleague earns. African American and Latina women earn even less. And women can be fired just for asking what the guy down the hall makes. So let me stop to make another policy point:  The Republicans are blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act.

We know more about what it means to be a working mom.  Moms are ten times more likely than dads to take time off when their kids are sick, and 60% are not paid for that time off. Too many women fear losing their jobs because they are stuck having to choose between work or caring for someone they love. So let me stop again to make a policy point: The Republicans won’t even let us have a vote on paid sick time and family leave.  

And what about women who are struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck? Minimum wage workers haven’t gotten a federal raise in seven years, and today nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Mothers of very young children disproportionately work low-wage jobs in every state in the country. So let me stop to make another policy point: Republicans are blocking every effort to raise the federal minimum wage.

And what happens after a lifetime of work? Because women make less than men throughout their lifetimes, they receive, on average, about $4,000 less a year than men in Social Security benefits. This really hurts because women are less likely to have other assets, so they rely more heavily on those checks to keep them out of poverty. So I’m going to stop for another policy point: Republicans still threaten to cut Social Security for women and families.

I could keep going like this for hours, but you get the point: Across the board, issue by issue, women’s issues are economic issues, and women’s values are Democratic values.

Donald Trump was right about one thing: the game is rigged. It’s rigged for rich guys like Donald Trump. The system works great for those who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists, but it leaves women and families behind. A system in which Republicans work tirelessly to rip away health care from millions of women and defund Planned Parenthood health clinics, while giving away billions of dollars in subsidies to Big Oil. A system that cuts Head Start programs and NIH medical research, but protects tax breaks for billionaires and giant corporations.    

For me, this is personal. Growing up, my family had a lot of ups and downs. My daddy sold fencing and carpeting at Montgomery Ward. When I was 12, he had a heart attack and the medical bills piled up. We lost our family station wagon, and we were about an inch away from losing our home. My mother, 50 years old, pulled on her best dress and walked to Sears to get a minimum wage job answering the phones. It saved our house, and it saved our family.

When my mother did that, it was a time in America that a minimum wage job would keep a family of three afloat. Today a full-time minimum wage job won’t keep a momma and a baby out of poverty. The policies we fight for matter. They matter to women, to families, to human beings all across this country. They are more than policies – they are the living embodiment of our values.

I truly believe that if we fight for those values – today and every day – we will win. I’m ready to right. Women are ready to fight. And America is ready to fight.

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Valentine's Day cake

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It’s been a busy few weeks here in Washington – and I’ve been fighting from the time I wake up in the morning to the moment my head hits the pillow. But I did take a little time in between snowstorms in Massachusetts this weekend to bake my heart-shaped cake.

My mother was born on February 14, and she loved her special connection to Valentine’s Day. I still have a stack of valentines that my daddy gave her, back when they were teenage sweethearts. When I was a little girl, I bought some heart-shaped pans at the dime store. Every year, I baked her a birthday cake.

Decades later, when my mother was 83, seemingly strong and healthy, she needed to have some minor surgery – and everything went fine. The teenage nieces and nephews took her on wheelchair races down the hallways, and we all laughed and had juice and cookies. We went home that evening expecting her to be released from the hospital the next day.

In the middle of the night, my brother called. He said Mama was dead. Daddy had been sitting with her when she leaned forward and said, "Don, there's that gas pain again." Then she died. The autopsy showed that she had advanced heart disease – never diagnosed, and never treated. No one had any idea.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women – causing 1 in 3 deaths every year. No longer considered just a “man’s disease,” doctors do a much better job screening and treating women for cardiovascular disease than they did when my mother had her heart attack.

But let’s be clear: We cannot stop heart disease in women if we don’t have regular access to quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why I’m fighting – with all my heart – to stop Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act gives women (and men) access to free annual wellness exams to detect and monitor heart disease. It allows heart attack survivors and others diagnosed with a heart condition to get insurance despite their pre-existing condition. It prevents insurance companies from charging people different premiums based on their health status, or charging women more for their insurance than men. It removes the lifetime coverage caps for people with serious or chronic illnesses. And it has expanded Medicaid access in Massachusetts and across the country so millions of people can get the care they need to stay healthy.

The Massachusetts Medical Society – 25,000 of the best doctors in the world – told me:

“Repeal of the ACA would be a disaster. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, this course would deprive many of the subsidies that make health insurance affordable, would end the Medicaid expansion that has helped so many, and would destabilize the insurance market, with a resulting exodus of insurers from the market and a likely increase in cost.”

And they’re not the only ones who are worried. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association said that “a repeal of the ACA would turn back the clock.” Boston Medical Center President Kate Walsh said their health care services are “gravely in danger by plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

I still have my heart-shaped pans – and even though my mother is gone now, I still bake a heart-shaped cake every Valentine’s Day to remember her. But this year, I’m doing something more: I’m fighting to make sure everyone’s mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, partner, friend and neighbor can get the health care they need to live longer, healthier lives.  

Fighting for the Affordable Care Act seems like the right way to celebrate the people you love.

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It's time to grow a backbone and fight

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Our country is in crisis – but that crisis didn’t begin with the election of Donald Trump.

We were already in a crisis because for years and years and years, Washington has worked just great for the rich and the powerful, but far too often, it hasn’t worked for anyone else. The excuses end now.

I spoke to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and told them: It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and to get out there and fight. Watch my speech and share it on Facebook:


The world has changed a lot over the past few months. I’m still finding my way, finding my footing, day-by-day, step-by-step. But with each passing day, we learn.

The lesson of history is that when faced with a danger like Donald Trump, the opposition must be willing to fight. It’s time for us to make clear – in every way, from every mountaintop we can – that we will fight back.

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2018

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Nobody expected 2017 to start this way. This isn’t the fight we were expecting to fight.

But this is the fight that’s in front of us. And the people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over and play dead while Donald Trump and his team of billionaires, bigots, and Wall Street bankers crush the working people of our Commonwealth and this country.

This is no time to quit.  

I will fight today, tomorrow, next week, this year, next year and as long as I’m standing to build a future – not just for some of our kids, but for all of our kids. That’s why I wanted to let you know that I am running for re-election in Massachusetts in 2018.

There’s no big, fancy fundraising event or a splashy rally or slick TV ad. None of that because, frankly, we’ve just got too much work to do right now. But I don’t kid myself: the upcoming fights in the Senate – and our campaign in Massachusetts in 2018 – are likely to be uglier and nastier than anything we’ve ever imagined. I’m not taking anything for granted.    

The big banks and giant corporations aren’t lining up to give money for my re-election. In fact, a lot of them would rather see me pack my bags and go home. Nope, I’ve always relied on thousands of people like you chipping in $5 or $10 at a time, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and organizing cities and towns like yours to make our campaign possible – and I need your help again now.

Will you sign up now to be one of the first to fight for our 2018 re-election campaign? Let’s show Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and their powerful friends that we’re ready to fight.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will stand up to the Trump Administration’s racism, sexism, bigotry and hate. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, women, and LGBT Americans. Our diversity is what makes our country strong – and on this, there will be NO compromise.

We must also fight for the millions of Americans – from Boston to the Berkshires and all across this country – who bust their tails day after day and who can’t build a little economic security. They’re fed up with an economy and a political system that works great for those at the top, but that doesn’t work for them. So I’m ready to fight harder than ever for debt-free college, raising the minimum wage, protecting and expanding Social Security, investing in our public schools, affordable health care and childcare, securing workers’ rights, and defending Wall Street reform.

We MUST keep fighting for our values. We must prove to Donald Trump and the Republican leadership that when they run this country for the rich and powerful, the American people will hold them accountable.

Representing Massachusetts in the US Senate and fighting for working families here and all across this country is the best job in the whole world and the greatest honor of my life. But I also know this: We fought our hearts out to win in 2012, and I expect we’ll have an even bigger, more expensive fight in 2018.

The smears and right-wing attacks from Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Koch Brothers and Wall Street aren’t about to get a little worse – they’re about to get A LOT worse. We cannot and will not allow the Republicans and the powerful interests to sink our campaign the same way they sank so many campaigns in 2016.

You’ve been there for me every step of the way – and I know we’ll be there shoulder-to-shoulder to fight every step of the way ahead.

Help be a part of our next fight to keep leveling the playing field for working families. Sign up now to say you're in.

Win or Lose

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I believe down to my toes that America needs to double down on medical research. Research on cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, ALS, and other diseases will help people live longer, fuller lives. And, in the long run, it will save huge amounts of money.

But since the early 2000s, Congress has been choking off funding for basic medical research. Adjusted for inflation, spending on medical research is down 20% over the past dozen years. Since I arrived in the Senate, I’ve fought for every possible opportunity to increase our research budgets – NIH, NSF, FDA and even military authorizations.

The 21st Century Cures Act was supposed to be about funding research for medical breakthroughs. But that’s not the bill the Senate passed this week.  

First, some good news: The 21st Century Cures Act that went to the President’s desk includes really good, bipartisan pieces, including several that I’ve spent months and years working to write and then pass. My sections included:

  • Building on Senator Ted Kennedy’s work to protect patient’s genetic privacy
  • Supporting development of genetically-targeted therapies for people with rare diseases
  • Making sure women and minorities don’t keep getting left out of clinical trials
  • Reducing administrative burdens at NIH so federal research money is spent more efficiently.

And this bill finally – finally – puts some federal money into opioid treatment and improves access for mental health issues. I am glad – thrilled – that these and many other good provisions will become law. But I’m deeply disappointed by the high price we paid for the Republicans to pass this bill.

Republicans decided the only way they’d pass these good, bipartisan policies was if they also got a bunch of giveaways to the giant drug companies. Earlier versions that would have helped bring down the cost of prescription drugs were stripped out. And, as part of the final deal, Republicans broke their promise to substantially boost NIH and opioid crisis funding. In fact, most of the money promised in this bill will never materialize unless the Republican-controlled Congress passes future bills to spend it (and if they can’t get the votes to fund it now, no one can explain how they will get the votes to fund it next year or the year after).

I asked for your help to fight back against the 21st Century Cures Act, so I wanted you to know that fighting back paid off. With public attention, we changed a terrible provision in this bill that would have allowed Donald Trump to have complete control over how the opioid money would be spent. If Trump had wanted to punish states with terrible opioid epidemics that didn’t vote for him – like Massachusetts and New Hampshire – he could have denied us what little opioid crisis funding was in this bill. Thanks to your help, all states should now receive their fair share. That makes a real difference.

We also fought back and got a ridiculous provision removed that would have let drug companies hide the money, gifts and other kickbacks they give to doctors and hospitals for using their drugs. Big Pharma isn’t happy that they won’t be able to cover up bribes like they had wanted.   

We fixed some of the bad stuff – but I believed the final bill still wasn’t up to the standards we should expect from Congress. So I did what I said I would do and voted no. I did so knowing that I’m going to keep coming to work every day to fight for more NIH and opioid funding, to repeal the lousy giveaways in this bill, and to protect and strengthen the many good policies that I support in this bill.

No, the final vote on the Cures Act didn’t go the way I hoped it would. We couldn’t completely stop Big Pharma from hijacking this bill. But we did make the bill a heck of a lot better. And we pointed out the problems and refused to let people in Congress politely ignore them.  

The way I see it, the American people didn’t send us to Washington to roll over and play dead. We aren’t here to work for the Big Pharma, Big Oil, Wall Street, or giant corporations – we’re here to fight for working people. Win or lose, that’s what we’re going to do. 

This bill isn't a compromise. It's extortion.

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For two years, Congress has been working on legislation to advance medical innovation in the United States. From the beginning, I've argued that any "cures" bill must include substantial new funding for medical research (National Institutes of Health), or it’s not going to cure anything.



Finally we put together a pretty decent bill with some serious compromises and some good work: a bipartisan mental health bill, protection of genetic privacy for patients, a proposal to improve foster care, and some funding for Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot.



I support most of these proposals. Heck, I wrote some of them myself. But in the final days of this Congress, the 21st Century Cures bill has been hijacked by Big Pharma and big Republican donors.



Join me in telling the House and the Senate to stand up to Big Pharma and vote NO on this bill. Keep fighting for a better deal on the 21st Century Cures Act.



Democrats and Republicans had agreed that a medical innovation bill would not go forward without substantially more money for NIH. But the Cures deal has only a tiny fig leaf of funding for NIH.



21st Century Cures doesn’t reduce crushing drug prices. It doesn’t really expand the invention of new cures. And it doesn’t increase access to lifesaving therapies.



What does it do?

  • Legalizes fraud: It’s against the law for drug companies to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. You can’t sell a headache pill as a cure for cancer. Drug companies have paid billions in penalties for "off-label marketing." Instead of following the law, they’ve cozied up to Congress to have the Cures bill shoot holes in it.
  • Covers up bribery: Currently, drug companies have to disclose the buckets of money, gifts, giveaways, and free trips they give doctors and hospitals as kickbacks to use certain drugs. Once again, drug companies cozied up to Congress to gut that disclosure rule – allowing any gift related to “medical education” to be exempt.
  • Hands out special deals to GOP donors: A major Republican donor to Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC has big business plans to sell dangerous, unproven stem cell treatments before they have been approved by the FDA as safe and effective. Now that donor is collecting on his investment. The Cures bill creates a special deal so people can sell these treatments without meeting the FDA gold standards for protecting patient safety, undermining the integrity of the FDA and the safety of untold numbers of desperate patients.   

And there’s another scary thing hidden in this bill: for two years, Republicans have paid lip service to our nation’s opioid crisis while refusing to spend money on it. Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, Republicans have agreed to set aside a few million dollars to address the crisis on the condition that the Trump Administration has complete control over the money when he takes office. If it passes, President Trump could use opioid crisis funding as a way to punish those suffering with this crisis when their political leaders don’t follow along with his agenda.



There’s more: Medicare cuts, making life harder for people with disabilities, raiding money from the Affordable Care Act, even a gun provision – but not even a 1% increase in funding for NIH. This bill has been so loaded with stink bombs that you can smell it all over Capitol Hill.



On November 8, a majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates, and a majority supported the Democratic presidential candidate over the Republican. The American people didn’t vote for Democrats to come back to Washington and play dead while the Republicans hand over control to billionaires and giant corporations. Drug companies and billionaire donors hijacked a decent bill, and we need to take it back or kill it off.



We need to invest in medical innovation in America – but we shouldn’t do it by making it easier for giant drug companies to commit fraud, give out kickbacks, and put patients’ lives at risk. Tell the House and Senate to keep fighting for a better 21st Century Cures Act by voting NO on this deal.

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President-Elect Donald Trump

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This wasn’t a pretty election. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. He encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear. He attacked millions of Americans. And he regularly made statements that undermined core values of our democracy.

And he won. He won — and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families. LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear. Millions of people in this country are worried, deeply worried. And they are right to be worried.

Today, as President-Elect, Donald Trump has an opportunity to chart a different course: to govern for all Americans and to respect our institutions. In his victory speech, he pledged that he would be “President for all” of the American people. And when he takes the oath of office as the leader of our democracy and the leader of all Americans, I sincerely hope that he will fulfill that pledge with respect and concern for every single human being in this country, no matter who they are, no matter where they come from, no matter what they believe, no matter whom they love.

And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.

But there are many millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump because of the bigotry and hate that fueled his campaign rallies. They voted for him despite the hate. They voted for him out of frustration and anger — and also out of hope that he would bring change.

If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change. It was clear in the Democratic Primaries. It was clear in the Republican Primaries. It was clear in the campaign and it was clear on Election Day. The final results may have divided us — but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system.

Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn’t work for them. Exit polling on Tuesday found that 72 percent of voters believe that “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.” 72 percent of ALL voters — Democrats and Republicans. The polls were also made clear that the economy was the top issue on voters’ minds. Americans are angry about a federal government that works for the rich and powerful and that leaves everyone else in the dirt.

Lobbyists and Washington insiders have spent years trying to convince themselves and each other that Americans don’t actually believe this. Now that the returns are in and the people have spoken, they’re already trying to wave their hands and dismiss these views as some sort of mass delusion. They are wrong — very wrong.

The truth is that people are right to be angry. Angry that wages have been stagnant for a generation, while basic costs like housing, health care, and child care have skyrocketed. Angry that our political system is awash in barely legalized campaign bribery. Angry that Washington eagerly protects tax breaks for billionaires while it refuses to raise the minimum wage, or help the millions of Americans struggling with student loans, or enforce the law when the millionaire CEOs who fund our political campaigns break it. Angry that Washington pushes big corporate interests in trade deals, but won’t make the investments in infrastructure to create good jobs right here in America. Angry that Washington tilts the playing field for giant corporations — giving them special privileges, letting them amass enormous economic and political power. 

Angry that while Washington dithers and spins and does the backstroke in an ocean of money, while the American Dream moves further and further out of reach for too many families. Angry that working people are in debt. Angry that seniors can’t stretch a Social Security check to cover the basics.

President-Elect Trump spoke to these issues. Republican elites hated him for it. But he didn’t care. He criticized Wall Street and big money’s dominance in Washington — straight up. He supported a new Glass-Steagall. He spoke of the need to reform our trade deals so they aren’t raw deals for the American people. He said he will not cut Social Security benefits. He talked about the need to address the rising cost of college and about helping working parents struggling with the high cost of child care. He spoke of the urgency of rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and putting people back to work. He spoke to the very real sense of millions of Americans that their government and their economy has abandoned them. And he promised to rebuild our economy for working people.

The deep worry that people feel over an America that does not work for them is not liberal or conservative worry. It is not Democratic or Republican worry. It is the deep worry that led even Americans with very deep reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament and fitness to vote for him anyway.

So let me be 100% clear about this. When President-Elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle class families, then count me in. I will put aside our differences and I will work with him to accomplish that goal. I offer to work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can into this effort. If Trump is ready to go on rebuilding economic security for millions of Americans, so am I and so are a lot of other people — Democrats and Republicans.

But let’s also be clear about what rebuilding our economy does not mean.

  • It does not mean handing the keys to our economy over to Wall Street so they can run it for themselves. Americans want to hold the big banks accountable. That will not happen if we gut Dodd-Frank and fire the cops responsible for watching over those banks, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If Trump and the Republican Party try to turn loose the big banks and financial institutions so they can once again gamble with our economy and bring it all crashing down, then we will fight them every step of the way.
  • It does not mean crippling our economy and ripping working families apart by rounding up and deporting millions of our coworkers, our friends and neighbors, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters. And if Republicans choose that path, we will fight them every single step of the way.
  • Americans want reform to Obamacare — Democrats included. We must bring down the costs of health insurance and the cost of health care. But if the Republicans want to strip away health insurance from 20 million Americans, if they want to let cancer survivors get kicked to the curb, if they want to throw 24-year-olds off their parents’ health insurance, then we will fight them every step of the way.
  • Americans want to close tax loopholes that benefit the very rich , and Donald Trump claimed to support closing the carried interest loophole and other loopholes. We need a fairer tax system, but if Republicans want to force through massive tax breaks that blow a hole in our deficit and tilt the playing field even further toward the wealthy and big corporations, then we will fight them every step of the way.

The American people — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — have been clear about what economic policies they want Washington to pursue. Two-thirds of people support raising the federal minimum wage. Three-quarters of Americans want the federal government to increase its infrastructure investments. Over 70 percent of people believe students should have a chance at a debt-free education. Nearly three-quarters support expanding Social Security. These are the kinds of policies that will help level the playing field for working families and address the frustrations felt by millions of people across the country.

The American people sent one more message as well. Economic reform requires political reform. Why has the federal government worked so long only for those at the top? The answer is money — and they want this system changed. The American people are sick of politicians wallowing in the campaign contributions and dark money. They are revolted by influence peddling by wealthy people and giant corporations. When Bernie Sanders proved his independence by running a campaign based on small dollar contributions and when Donald Trump promised to spend his own money, both were sending an important message that they could not be bought. And once again, if Donald Trump is ready to make good on his promise to get corruption out of politics, to end dark money and pay-to-play, count me in. I will work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can to end the influence of big money and return democracy to the people.

Donald Trump won the Presidency under a Republican flag. But Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress — and their way of doing business — were rejected — rejected by their own primary voters, rejected during the campaign, and rejected in Tuesday’s election. Regardless of political party, working families are disgusted by a Washington that works for the rich and powerful and leaves everyone else behind.

The American people have called out loudly for economic and political reform. For years, too many Republicans and too many Democrats have refused to hear their demands.

The majority of Americans voted against Donald Trump. Democrats picked up seats in both the House and the Senate. And yet, here we are. Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress and the White House. And that makes our job clear. As the loyal opposition we will fight harder, we will fight longer and we will fight more passionately than ever for the rights of every human being in this country to be treated with respect and dignity. We will fight for economic opportunity, not just for some of our children, but for all of our children. We do not control the tools of government, but make no mistake, we know what we stand for, the sun will keep rising, and we will keep fighting — each day, every day, we will fight for the people of this country.

The time for ignoring the American people is over. It’s time for us to come together to work on America’s agenda. Democracy demands that we do so, and we are ready.

No matter what happens

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The polls just closed here in Massachusetts, and I’m home with my husband Bruce watching returns. I’ll be chewing what little I have left of my fingernails.

But before we find out who our next President will be – and which party will control the United States Senate – I wanted to stop to say THANK YOU.

This has been a long, tough, nasty campaign – and I’m sure most people are just glad that it’s finally over. But I’m proud to be a Democrat in this election. Proud of the debate that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had in our primary. Proud of the progressive platform that Hillary Clinton and our terrific Democratic Senate candidates fought for to the very end.

Democrats across the country, up and down the ballot, ran on raising the minimum wage. Debt-free college. Protecting and expanding Social Security. Equal pay for equal work. A woman’s right to decisions over her own body. Marriage equality. Common-sense gun reform. Fighting climate change. Overturning Citizens United. Holding Wall Street accountable when they break the law.

That agenda isn’t just a Democratic agenda – it’s an American agenda.  

We always knew that this night and this election wouldn’t be easy. The Republicans spent months underestimating Donald Trump and his disgusting campaign of fear and hate. And Mitch McConnell, the Koch Brothers, and other powerful interests spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars trying to drown our voices and buy the election for their hand-chosen candidates.

But I’m hopeful tonight. I’m hopeful because of the countless people I’ve met in states like New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado – and right here in Massachusetts – who have been out there knocking on doors and making phone calls because our democracy is not for sale. I’m hopeful because of the thousands of people who have chipped in $5 or $10 at a time to raise millions of dollars for our Senate candidates to fight back. And I’m hopeful because we have you – and people like you all across the country – who are building a movement for real change.   

I hope that we have an amazing, historic, glass-shattering, majority-grabbing, get-down-and-boogie night of celebrating ahead of us. But no matter what happens tonight, I’m proud of all that we’ve done together. And, starting again tomorrow, we're going to keep right on fighting to level the playing field for working families.


It’s an honor to fight alongside you.

Five years ago today

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Five years ago today, I stood outside the Broadway T station in South Boston at the crack of dawn. I stuck out my hand to as many people as I could, and for the very first time I said: “Hi, I’m Elizabeth Warren, and I’m running for the United States Senate.”

Most people had no idea who I was and probably just wanted me to get out of the way so they could get on to work, but most of them smiled anyway—and a few wished me luck. It was a big day for me.

I never thought I’d get involved in politics. Never.  I’d spent decades as a law professor studying why working families were going broke. Running for the Senate was not on my bucket list, my shopping list, or any other list.

But there was so much at stake. Millions of families were going off an economic cliff, and it was getting worse. Washington worked great for anyone who could hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers, but not so much for anyone else. Could I really sit on the sidelines?

So five years ago today, I jumped in the fight. And here’s the most important thing: I didn’t jump in alone. I did it with people like you fighting right there by my side.

Washington can be a frustrating place. There are a lot of days that I think I may grind my teeth down to stubs. But today, I see more than ever how much government matters.

Congress decides who pays taxes and who gets to run through giant loopholes. Congress decides how much filth companies can pump into the air we breathe or the water we drink. Congress decides if our tax money will go to oil subsidies or rebuilding roads. And at every step in the decision process big corporations and their lobbyists are pushing the interests of the rich and powerful ahead of everyone else.

If we don’t fight, we can’t win – and it’s more important than ever to jump in those fights and level the playing field.

I’ve also learned that there’s a lot of law already out there – if someone would just pick it up and use it. When we push the Department of Education not to renew a lousy student loan company’s contract, we can help millions of kids struggling with their loans. When we question the head of a government agency in a hearing, we remind every regulator that they are there to serve the public, not the industry they are supposed to regulate. And when we fight for expanding Social Security or debt-free college or equal pay for equal work, we change the conversation here in Washington – and we move the needle just a little more in our direction.   

Five years later, I still believe that nobody in this country got rich on his own – nobody.

I still believe in what we can do together. I still believe in how many ways we can help build better chances for our kids and grandkids. And I still believe that this is our moment in history, the moment when we begin to build an even more extraordinary country where everyone gets a fighting chance.

Nowadays at a T station more people ask to take selfies – and now people tell me to “Keep fighting!”

Not to worry – I’ll keep fighting. You bet I will.

It is the greatest honor in the world to serve as the senior senator from Massachusetts and to fight for working families all across this country. Thanks for being a part of this fight.

Is this some sort of sick joke?

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Zika is a public health emergency, and Congress should be doing everything in its power to fight the disease right now.



But Congress has gone on recess. The Republican leadership won’t lift a finger. Instead, they have no plans to call us back to work before Labor Day – no chance to give our doctors, scientists, and public health officials the funding they need.



Each day that the Republicans stall, more and more people get sick from Zika. More babies risk being born with heartbreaking head deformities. More adults risk contracting an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system.



Tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: We cannot wait any longer to protect Americans’ health. Bring Congress back to pass a clean bill to fund our country’s Zika response.



The Republican response to the Zika outbreak has been so unbelievable, it almost sounds like the plot of a movie. (A really, really bad movie.)



Back in February, President Obama requested that Congress approve $1.9 billion in emergency Zika funding. That’s the number that doctors, scientists and public health officials said they needed to fight the virus.



For months, the Republicans dragged their feet – until the night in June that House Democrats held their all-night sit-in for a vote on gun violence legislation. At 3:00 AM, while most people were sleeping, Speaker Ryan and the House Republicans jammed through a Zika funding bill – but one loaded with poison pills that he knew would never be passed into law.



Ryan pushed a pathetic, dishonest and flat-out malicious Zika bill:   

  • The GOP Zika bill would have stolen money from the Ebola response fund, even though we still have 75 Centers for Disease Control staff members on the ground fighting the Ebola outbreak.
  • The GOP Zika bill would have gutted the health care exchanges in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  • The GOP Zika bill would have blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving birth control grant money.
  • The GOP Zika bill would have rolled back Clean Water Act requirements designed to keep pesticides out of Americans’ drinking water.
  • The GOP Zika bill would have cut Senate levels of Department of Veterans Affairs funding by $500 million – money for VA hospital maintenance and raises for VA doctors and nurses.
  • And get this: the GOP Zika bill even would have reversed a law that bans the Confederate flag from flying at veterans cemeteries.  

I didn’t think that the Republicans could write one bill to hurt women, veterans, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, AND clean water all at once – while making it easier for racists to fly their flag – but they did it. And when Senate Democrats refused to pass such a sickening bill, the Republicans pointed fingers and said it’s the Democrats’ fault for refusing to compromise.



Last week, a Kentucky reporter asked Republican Leader Mitch McConnell why he wouldn’t just pass a clean bill to fund our country’s Zika response. McConnell said that’s just the way things are done in Washington.



Well that may be the Republican way of doing things in Washington – but that’s not OUR way.



Senate Democrats are ready to return to Washington to pass a Zika funding bill – but we need to turn up the pressure on the Republican majority to make it happen. Join us now and tell the Republicans to stop playing games with Americans’ health.

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