BOSTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren is continuing her "exhausting," combativeness, this time threatening to derail legislation that includes $1 billion in addiction relief funding. Advocates and even members of her own party are tired of her partisan games and are urging her to get out of the way of this critical legislation.
"Warren’s stand also potentially splits her from the White House and other Democrats who are keen to secure various elements of the bill, which includes funding for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative and its goal of accelerating advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It also includes $1 billion over two years to combat the national opioid crisis, which has hit Massachusetts and the rest of New England hard.
"To Warren, the stakes are higher than just the legislation at hand. She is painting this as an early test of Democrats’ willingness to stand up to Republicans and block unpalatable legislation when Washington enters unified Republican rule next year." (Victoria McGrane, "Warren splits with party, Mass. interests over drug bill," Boston Globe, 11/30/16)
Democrats and advocates are urging Warren to stop her obstructionism.
“'Any effort to delay or oppose this package serves only to maintain a status quo where it takes too long and costs too much to bring treatments to patients in need,' Robert K. Coughlin, president and chief executive of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, said in a statement to the Globe.