BOSTON (CBS) — “A complete failure of leadership.”

That’s what Mass GOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes called Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s vote yesterday against the 21st Century Cures Act, a major medical funding and regulatory reform bill that is headed for certain approval by the president after passing the Senate, 94 to 5.

Writes Hughes in a press release: “Warren is more concerned about scoring political points than investing in cancer research, or efforts to battle the opioid crisis.”

Really?

I’ve been following the debate over this bill closely, and it seems to me that Warren’s been doing exactly what Massachusetts voters sent her to the Senate to do.

She was an early supporter of the Cures Act when it first emerged several years ago, advocating for more funding for the big research centers here and for the fight against opioid abuse.

But Warren now argues that the Act has become larded with giveaways to the pharmaceutical industry and other special interests, while funding has been cut with onerous strings attached to what’s left. In fact, protests by Warren and a handful of others, including Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, led to the removal of several industry giveaways from the bill in the last few days.

Clearly, the overwhelming majority of Warren’s colleagues were willing to accept compromises that she chose to reject, knowing the bill would pass, but I fail to see how this is a “failure of leadership.”

No one voted for Warren thinking she would be a sheep down there, and she’s not.

Isn’t that what most voters say they want these days – pols who do exactly what they say they’re going to do?

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Comments (6)
  1. bees_knees_6 says:

    Great commentary, Jon. I also have been following the discussion as I, like many others, have a very personal interest in finding cures for these horrific diseases. The perks, giveaways and unrelated items that had to be placed into the Act are horrific and an indication of the games we need to play to have something that should be a slam dunk passed. But the majority have bent over and then to cover their games point fingers at those who see the truth in order to cover their own arses.

    Yes, Warren has done and continues to do exactly what we sent her to Washington for. Read past the headlines on this and it is easy to see that she is correct.

  2. Mental midgets are trying to think of some funny way to belittle this great and strong woman as we read this. They are afraid of strong-headed women. Even their hero, the president-elect, has an immature epithet just for the Senator from Massachusetts. Give them a little while. They’ll come up with something.

    1. David Keith says:

      “… Mental midgets … trying to think …”

      They can try; and when that doesn’t work, they can repeat something they heard.

  3. Olde Owle says:

    One point that needs to be raised, Jon, is that Warren’s voice in the Senate is basically irrelevant for at least the next two years, and likely the next four or six.

  4. Warren is an idiot. She just wanted free health care for her and her husband for life. along with a free pension. I AM STILL GETTING HAMMERED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR!

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