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July 6, 2019: Warren spoke at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.
July 5, 2019: Warren was among the 10 candidates who spoke at the Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum in Texas. Also that day, Warren wrote an op-ed in Essence and a Medium post introducing her plan to achieve pay equality for women of color. Her proposal focused on companies that contract with the federal government.
July 2, 2019: Warren opened a campaign office in Sioux City, Iowa. The Warren campaign had offices in seven other cities in the state at the time. Also that day, Warren campaigned in Las Vegas.
July 1, 2019: Vogue featured five of the six women running for president, including Warren, in a magazine story about the election. Also that day, Warren sent a letter to former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who left the agency in April, calling on him to resign from his new position on Pfizer's board.
June 29, 2019: Warren spoke at the Rainbow PUSH Convention in Chicago. Warren discussed her faith. Other participating candidates included Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, and Pete Buttigieg.
S.Res.262 - A resolution affirming the importance of title IX, applauding the increase in educational opportunities available to all people, regardless of sex or gender, and recognizing the tremendous amount of work left to be done to further increase those opportunities.
Latest Action: Senate - 06/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.Tracker:
S.Res.260 - A resolution recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting the commitment of the United States Agency for International Development to global nutrition through the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy.
Latest Action: Senate - 06/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.Tracker:
S.1940 - A bill to permit legally married same-sex couples to amend their filing status for tax returns outside the statute of limitations.
Latest Action: Senate - 06/20/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.Tracker:
Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
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Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
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Dear Secretary Mnuchin: We write today to express concern over the troubling trends within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) Division's Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Released on December 5, 2019, this report illustrates the continuing decline in the number of investigations initiated by the IRS CI Division and features a drastic drop in the volume of tax fraud identified in FY2019 compared to previous years. On March 8, 2019, we wrote to IRS Commissioner Rettig urging the IRS to strengthen its enforcement efforts. In reviewing the annual report, it is clear that tax-cheats and fraudsters continue to outfox this Administration's tax enforcement regime. We urge the Treasury Department to commit to prioritizing enforcement efforts to identify and combat tax fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering. The IRS CI Division is the only federal agency authorized to investigate and recommend prosecution on federal income tax cases. Whether identifying tax schemes, investigating narcotics and terrorist financing, or examining emerging cybercrimes, the IRS CI Division plays a vital role in enforcing our federal tax code. Maintaining a robust and well-sourced enforcement regime helps provide a strong benefit to taxpayers across the country. Every $1 invested in tax enforcement has the potential to produce more than $5 in revenue, with additional, indirect savings from deterring tax evasion potentially worth more than three times that amount. It is deeply troubling that the IRS CI Division only identified $1.8 billion in tax fraud during FY2019, an 81 percent decline compared to the $9.7 billion in tax fraud identified in FY2018. If we fail to address financial crimes, we risk irreversible reputational harm to our federal tax system by compromising the integrity of our compliance regime. We cannot allow criminals, bad-actors, and tax-cheats writ-large to flout the system avoid paying their fair share in taxes, or enable more serious financial crimes such as money laundering. Repeated efforts by Republicans to slash IRS funding--which undoubtedly has forced the Service to cut staff--have resulted in nearly across-the-board decreases in the number of investigations initiated by the IRS CI Division. In a May 2, 2019, response to our previous letter, IRS Commissioner Rettig pointed to decreased numbers in special agents and professional staff, projected losses of special agents in the coming years due to attrition and retirement, and a diminishing geographic presence as contributing to the current enforcement landscape. Echoing those views, in a recent call to discuss the release of the annual report, IRS CI Division Chief Don Fort brought up reductions in staff as one of the key drivers behind the downward trend in the number of investigations initiated and the falling number of prosecutions. As illustrated in the report, the IRS CI Division initiated 2,485 cases in FY2019, a 53 percent drop from the 5,314 cases initiated in FY2013. As bad actors continue to invent new, complex ways to shirk their tax liabilities and engage in criminal activity, we need an IRS CI Division that is equipped with the resources necessary to bring these criminals to justice. A strong and effective enforcement regime is paramount to ensure that all taxpayers are operating within the law and are paying their fair share. Just last week, the Department of Justice announced a $192 million deferred-prosecution agreement with the Swiss banking unit of HSBC Holdings after they were found to have assisted U.S. clients with tax evasion by hiding income and assets in offshore accounts for ten years. When we allow our financial system to be exploited, the average American taxpayer is left holding the bag. The IRS CI Division's release of its FY2019 Annual Report marks its 100th year as a law enforcement agency. This is a milestone worth celebrating, and to be clear, a number of data points within the report deserve commendation. In FY2019, the IRS CI Division achieved a conviction rate of 91.2 percent and emphasized enforcement of employment taxes and tax-schemes surrounding virtual currencies. Unfortunately, we also believe it was a missed opportunity to celebrate the great work being done at the IRS CI Division and to highlight just how far this vital law enforcement agency has come. Instead, this report illustrates the consequences of misguided efforts to hamstring the IRS and the CI Division through underfunding. It is not too late to reverse course. The Treasury Department must do more to prioritize the elimination of criminal activity in the financial sector. We will continue to advocate for providing adequate resources so those at Treasury, the IRS, and the CI Division can continue working to deter tax evasion, cracking down on criminal activity, and strengthening enforcement efforts. We urge you to do your part to protect the integrity of our financial system by prioritizing enforcement efforts at Treasury and the IRS, especially of financial crimes that may be linked to money laundering. We look forward to your response.
Dear Secretary Wilkie: We write today in the wake of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlements with for-profit Career Education Corporation (CEC) and University of Phoenix (UOP) for unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices. We urge you to take action to protect student veterans. In August, the FTC announced a $30 million settlement with Career Education Corporation. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), CEC enrolls more than 7,500 veterans using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at its American Intercontinental and Colorado Technical University brands and took in more than $60 million in GI Bill funds in FY18. The FTC found that CEC and its subsidiaries used "an illegal and deceptive telemarketing scheme"--wrongfully obtaining consumer information and "falsely representing that its schools were affiliated with or recommended by the military." Just this week, the FTC announced a $191 million settlement with University of Phoenix over "deceptive advertising." The FTC found that UOP "falsely touted their relationships and job opportunities with companies such as AT&T, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and the American Red Cross" in an effort to attract students. Specifically, FTC found that the deceptive advertising "targeted active duty servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses " According to VA, University of Phoenix--the largest recipient of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits since the program's creation--enrolls 22,365 veterans and took in more than $150 million in GI Bill funds in FY18. 38 U.S.C. § 3696(a) states that "the Secretary [of Veterans Affairs] shall not approve the enrollment of an eligible veteran or eligible person in any course offered by an institution which utilizes advertising, sales, or enrollment practices of any type which are erroneous, deceptive, or misleading either by actual statement, omission, or intimation." The statute provides authority for VA to rely on the FTC's investigatory expertise and findings in making determinations under this provision. In these cases, the FTC found evidence of wrongdoing against both CEC and UOP that would violate 38 U.S.C. § 3696(a). Though 38 U.S.C. § 3696(a) does not require misconduct to be specific to veterans in order to be covered, the fact that veterans and military students were the target in both of these cases makes it even more critical for VA to act. What steps will VA take to fulfill its statutory responsibilities under 38 U.S.C. § 3696(a) based on FTC's investigation and findings of wrongdoing against Career Education Corporation and University of Phoenix? We ask for your response no later than January 10, 2020. Thank you for your consideration.
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