Elizabeth Warren has been called many names; many of which are unflattering. However, without a doubt, she is the soul of the Democratic Party and the queen of the 99%.
Today, she ratchets up her mileage by travelling to many different states to campaign on behalf of her fellow Democrats who are now involved in an intense battle against the Republicans to win the House election in November.
Although winning her seat in the Senate less than 2 years ago, she has raised a number of issues before Congress to advance cause and interest of the working class, time and again.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talk show recently, Senator Warren sought to expose some of the issues that stand in stark contrast between the Democratic and Republican Party in the upcoming mid-term November election.
Warren condemns the fact that people on minimum wage have not received an increase in wages for the past seven years and also argued that no one who works full time should live in poverty.
She blamed the Republicans for the filibuster of a bill that was brought before Congress to raise the minimum wage.
She further argued that Senate Republicans outrightly rejected the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014, that is, equal pay for equal work. Had this bill passed, it would have made it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers who inquire about or disclose their wages or the wages of other employees in a complaint or investigation.
In addition, it would have made employers subject to civil actions by employees who feel aggrieved. As part of the bill, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be required to collect pay information from employers.
Senator Warren stated these are campaign issues that Democrats should bring to the fore in the mid-term election next month.
She further said that a bill which was brought before Congress to deny employers the right to know what birth control one uses was shot down by the Republicans.
However, what seems to have raised her angst against the Republican are student loans. She denounced the action taken by the Republicans and Mitch McConnell in particular for the filibuster of a bill that was brought before the Senate to reduce interest rate on student loan.
Senator Warren said, “Right now there is 1.2 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt, there is 40 million Americans trying to deal with student loans and you know you can reduce your interest rate by refinancing on home mortgage, business loans or even car loans but there is no way right now to do that on student loan.”
She noted that student loans that went out between 2007 and 2012 are now on target after adjustment cost to produce 66 billion dollars in profit for the U.S. government. This she believes is wrong as the government should not be balancing its budget on the back of students while the Republicans allow millionaires and billionaires tax loop holes for their further enrichment.
She emphasized that the interest rate on student loans should be reduced and further noted that there is a clear choice between Republicans and Democrats in the upcoming election.
She believes the interest of the people will be best served if they examine the issues and vote for the party that stands with them in their hour of need.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Senior Fellow
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