Sen. Warren discusses housing legislation during roundtable event in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Springfield Monday, to talk about legislation she proposed to bring down the cost of housing and make public housing more accessible.

The discussion was held at the Springfield Housing Authority on Congress Street. 

Warren met with several local leaders to talk about the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act.

She said right now, one in four families in western Massachusetts who apply for affordable housing get it, and that the wait list for affordable housing in Springfield is an average of 5 to 10 years.

Her proposal would create more than 3 million new housing units for lower-income and middle-class families across the country.

The Senator told 22News she plans on working with democrats and republicans to get it passed.

“The housing problem is not just a democratic state problem, it’s a problem in Republican states too,” Warren said. “It’s going to take allies to get a housing bill like this through.”

To pay for the housing, the proposal would also rollback cuts to the estate tax and add a progressive tax on the 10,000 wealthiest households in the nation.    

During the debate, Senator Warren criticized Diehl for supporting President Trump’s policies. Diehl accused  Warren of campaigning for president instead of campaigning for the Senate.

22News asked Senator Warren whether she’s considering a bid for 2020.

“Look, I’m in the Senate race and concentrated on our midterm elections here in 2018, I’ll take a look afterward,” Senator Warren said. “Right now, this is about getting our allies together and this is about being able to go back to Washington, and put some accountability in that Congress.”

Part of Sunday night’s debate was disrupted by protestors who said independent candidate, Shiva Ayyadurai, who was excluded, deserves to participate in the debates.

Warren is running for her second six-year term in the Senate. Her challengers are Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl and Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai.

Diehl is also in western Massachusetts Monday. Read more: U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl to hold news conference in Springfield.

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