Just over one month ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was sworn in as a U.S. senator for the state of Massachusetts.
She had been fairly quiet since then, that is until this past week.
Warren was in Springfield on Sunday, celebrating Black History Month at four different churches in the area.
On Sunday afternoon, she was all smiles when entering the Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ on Alden Street. That was not the case this past Thursday, when Warren took the SEC to task for not suing banks. She told CBS 3 that she stands behind the tone of that Senate Banking Committee hearing.
"I just thought that it was the question that should be asked," Warren stated. "We need to understand whether our regulators are using every tool in the toolbox to hold these big banks accountable."
Warren said, ultimately, it is about protecting individuals from the banks.
"You cannot come into people's neighborhoods and just tear them up," said Warren. "You cannot sell terrible mortgage products that cause people to lose their homes. You cannot come into our economy and just wreck it."
The other big topic in Washington, D.C., is sequestration.
If Congress does not act before March 1, $85 billion in spending cuts will begin, including cuts that could affect local military bases like Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.
Warren said it is important to keep those spending cuts from happening.
"The president is being reasonable," said Warren. "He is being fair. A sequester hurts us. It is just a self-inflicted wound. We do not have to do that."
Following her church visits, Warren took a tour on Sunday afternoon at Westover.
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