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Hirsch writes: "Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday urged the incoming Biden administration to use all the 'tools in their toolbox' to push through Democrats' priorities."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: The New York Times)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: The New York Times)


Warren to Biden: Raise Minimum Wage, Cancel Student Debt, Invest in Child Care

By Lauren Hirsch, The New York Times

19 November 20

 

enator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday urged the incoming Biden administration to use all the “tools in their toolbox” to push through Democrats’ priorities — even as the party gave up seats in the House and remains at risk of being unable to take the Senate.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “won on the most progressive agenda that a general election candidate has ever run on in the United States of America,” the senator told DealBook’s Andrew Ross Sorkin. She cited some down-ballot victories, calling out Florida’s vote to raise the minimum wage and Arizona’s vote to raise taxes on higher incomes to fund education.

The election, she said, “is a mandate to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to do the things we can do.” She pressed for the cancellation of student loan debt, calling it the “single biggest stimulus we could add to the economy.” Ms. Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, also urged the incoming administration to invest in child care — “because we can do it” — and to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for employees of government contractors.

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