Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Warren Says Dems Must Not "Whimper, Whine, Or Grovel"

Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took the Senate floor on Monday and gave a rousing speech in opposition to the 21st Century Cures Act -- a bill that started good, but was ruined by many amendments by Republicans to please their lobby masters (particularly Big Pharma).

It is a bad bill, and should be defeated -- but the best part of her speech came when she exhorted Democrats to not be cowed by the election results, and to stand up and fight. Here is some of what she had to say:

Republicans are taking over Congress. They are taking over the White House. But Republicans do not have majority support in this country. The majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates over Republicans ones, and the majority supported a Democratic Presidential candidate over a Republican one. 

The American people didn’t give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington and play dead. They didn’t send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel. They sent us here to say NO to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us here to stand up for what’s right. Now, they are watching, waiting, and hoping - hoping we show some spine and start fighting back when Congress completely ignores the message of the American people and returns to all its same old ways.

Republicans will control this government - but they cannot hand over that control to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so.
It is time for Democrats - Democrats and Republicans who should be ashamed by this kind of corruption -to make it clear who exactly they work for. Does the Senate work for big pharma that hires the lobbyists and makes the campaign contributions or does the Senate work for American people who actually sent us here. 

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