FALSE: Elizabeth Warren is too partisan to get things done
It’s no secret: Congress doesn’t get much done.
But if you look beyond the front-page headlines about hyper-partisanship in Washington, and what’s “breaking” on cable news, there are plenty of areas where Elizabeth’s been able to work with Republicans and make real progress to help working families.
Elizabeth knows how to cut through gridlock. Her bipartisan accomplishments have helped seniors, servicemembers, survivors of domestic terrorist attacks, and more, and she’s helped make it easier for for physicians to fight the opioid crisis. Since the beginning of 2017, most of Elizabeth’s legislation has been bipartisan.
In fact, just in the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Elizabeth introduced 42 bills and resolutions that have gotten Republican support, and she has worked across the aisle to get over a dozen proposals signed into law by President Trump. Here are just a few examples:
- She teamed up with Republican senators to enact the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, which will make hearing aids more affordable. Around 40 million Americans have hearing loss, but hearing aids are so expensive that fewer than 1 in 6 get treatment. Elizabeth’s bill will make it possible for more people to afford the help they need.
- To cut through red tape and make it easier for civilian survivors of terrorist attacks to get access to specialized treatment, Elizabeth introduced the bipartisan Jessica Kensky And Patrick Downes Act. The bill is named after two survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Jessica and Patrick explained to Elizabeth how they’d been able to petition the Pentagon to get state-of-the-art care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. And together, they helped include in the National Defense Authorization Act a provision requiring the Department of Defense to prioritize civilian victims of terror, making it easier for individuals who suffer traumatic injuries and require specialized treatment to receive care at military medical facilities. This provision was passed into law and reflects the intent of the Kensky-Downes Act to make it easier for more survivors to get the best possible care.
- She passed a bipartisan bill to make it easier for servicemembers to use their military training to get jobs with commercial driver’s licenses – without having to take redundant tests after already driving plenty of heavy vehicles in the military.
- She found out that after National Guard officers got promotions, they still had to wait months to get the raises they had earned – so Elizabeth passed a bipartisan proposal to give the Pentagon the authority to back-date those delayed officer promotions.
In 2016, she passed the bipartisan Reducing Unused Medications Act, which cuts down on the amount of opioids in circulation by letting patients partially fill opioid prescriptions. She’s fighting to get the federal government to invest the amount of resources that experts say will make the most difference against the opioid epidemic – but in the meantime, she seizes every opportunity to make progress.
And she’s introduced a bipartisan bill to end the federal ban on marijuana – allowing states, territories, and tribes to set their own policies on legalization, decriminalization, and medical marijuana. It would protect Massachusetts’ law that already allow adults to recreationally use marijuana. There’s a lot more to do to reform our marijuana laws, but letting states make their own choices would be a powerfully important start – and it’s something Democrats and Republicans agree on.
Honoring Prisoners of War and Servicemembers Who Are Missing In Action
One of Elizabeth’s favorite stories about a bipartisan accomplishment in Washington started with a Boston locksmith named Joe.
He was one of the first people who came to see her after she got elected to the Senate, and he was the former President of a Massachusetts chapter of Rolling Thunder. Joe had an idea to place an honorary chair on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that would remain empty – a constant reminder of America’s prisoners of war and servicemembers who remain missing.
Elizabeth promised Joe that they would get it done – and then she teamed up with a Republican senator to introduce the bipartisan bill that made it happen. Massachusetts chapters of Rolling Thunder teamed up with Rolling Thunder, Inc. National, the National League of POW/MIA Families, and the National Alliance of Families for the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen. They all worked their tails off with phone calls, letters, and emails, and showed up to town halls and meetings – all to earn bipartisan support for the bill.
The bill passed, and Elizabeth stood with Republican lawmakers at the ceremony where they unveiled the chair in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. Every visitor to the Capitol now has an opportunity to reflect on those brave servicemembers who never made it home.
From honoring and supporting people who’ve sacrificed for our country to helping families make ends meet, Elizabeth listens to people’s problems and finds partners to help solve them – overcoming Washington’s partisanship to get things done.