By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has become a leading voice for progressives nationally, sent out a fundraising appeal on Thursday for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
From the Massachusetts senator:
Brian holds the same commitment as I do to make sure college is a path to opportunity, not a road to crushing debt. He knows that student loans are stopping more and more young people from moving out of their parents' homes, starting small businesses, or making purchases that grow our economy.
Together, Brian and I just introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to let people refinance existing student loans to today’s lower interest rates. It’s just one way that we can put real money back into young people’s pockets and give them a little bit of relief.
And Brian Schatz is fighting for what’s right in so many other ways too. On Social Security, equal pay, clean energy, and so many other issues, Brian is leading the charge to put working families above special interests.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging Schatz in the Democratic primary.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Schatz, was an early booster for Warren, who defeated U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in 2012.
The Hanabusa campaign noted that Warren has previously called for the election of more women to the U.S. Senate.
"I'll tell you one thing that is really important to me and that is whatever job I make it to, is to look back and say where's the next women who's ready to move up the ladder and let's bring her up," Warren said in April.
"I'll tell you, we're not resting until we get to at least 50 seats in the United States Senate."