US senators ask EPA for ‘urgent action’ on water contamination in Westfield, elsewhere

A letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, signed by 25 U.S. senators, is welcome news to Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves (WRAFT) founder Kristen Melo. “It is a very strong step forward in advocacy for communities struggling with PFAS contamination in their water supplies,” said Melo. Three of four public drinking water wells … Continued

Massachusetts could get $120 million to fight opioid abuse under Elizabeth Warren-sponsored bill

Massachusetts could receive nearly $120 million in annual federal funding to help cities and towns combat opioid abuse under legislation U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, introduced Wednesday. The bill, entitled the “Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act,” calls for federal lawmakers to combat opioid abuse similar to how Congress addressed … Continued

Mass. Congressional Delegation Calls Syria Airstrikes Unconstitutional

After the U.S., Britain and France carried out airstrikes in Syria early Saturday, the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation is criticizing President Trump’s decision to take action without congressional authorization. Trump ordered the strikes in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad last week. While the representatives criticized the action carried out, … Continued

Elizabeth Warren and Mick Mulvaney square off over CFPB in Senate hearing

The Senate Banking Committee, more often a zone of mind-numbing debates on arcane financial regulations, featured a heavyweight bout Thursday over President Trump’s regulation-slashing agenda. Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts firebrand and one of the chief architects of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, squared off against Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director who also serves … Continued

Army picks Northeastern University for lab site

A highly coveted military research lab — the last of four the Army plans to establish — will call the Bay State home. Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute in Burlington has been selected as the final regional hub for the U.S. Army’s Research Laboratory. A highly coveted military research lab — the last … Continued

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey support Massachusetts’ net neutrality push

Massachusetts’ two U.S. Senators – Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey – have voiced support for work being done in the Massachusetts Legislature to impose state-level net neutrality. Warren and Markey did not endorse specific proposals, but both submitted letters to a state legislative committee supporting the concept of state action to maintain free and … Continued

Linsky to students: Fight like the NRA to end gun violence

In a middle school auditorium Saturday, state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, had a message for those looking to combat gun violence: take a page out of the National Rifle Association handbook. “The reason the NRA has been successful in this country … is the NRA voters don’t care about other issues,” Linsky said. “You have … Continued

Elizabeth Warren presses immigration officials on policy allowing pregnant women to be detained

Responding to reports of mistreatment and miscarriages at ICE facilities, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, asked federal immigration officials this week to provide information regarding a policy change that impacts the number of pregnant women being detained. Warren, along with other Senate Democrats, penned a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas Homan … Continued