tv Senate Warren Meets With Constituents in Massachusetts CSPAN August 25, 2017 11:29pm-12:25am EDT
book. >> they never met, for example. of 1984 is named winston. orwell, he admired churchill across the political chasm and wrote that he was the only conservative he admired. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern. >> members of congress have a little more than a week left before the end of their august recess. this is just under an hour.
senator warren and i are here, number one, to thank you. as they look back historically that this period of time in our country, they are going to look back right now through a lens of activism and an activism that is here tonight in the overflow room that is spreading across the country, and an activism that stops the repeal of the worst piece of legislation that i have ever seen in all my time in government. senator warren and i both represent the united states, the
commonwealth, but i also represent this region and in the course of the evening, we will be talking not just about national issues and international issues, but also issues that affect our region disproportionately, and that terrible piece of legislation, the repeal of the formal care -- of the affordable care act, in our district alone would have had an economic impact over the next 10 years affecting the biggest employer in my area, the hospital industry, to 2.1 billion dollars in cuts. that's cuts in jobs and services and out-of-pocket costs. one of the things i just mentioned to the courts on this -- through the course of this issue is this, people favor reducing the costs in the federal budget, but in my district, our district, if you are 55 to 64 years of age, it would have resulted in $5,269 on average out of your pocket.
and if you were on medicare with prescription drug costs, it would have been another $1100 out of your pocket. tonight is a night for us to get the big picture and the international picture, the global picture, but also the picture right here in our neighborhoods and our towns, and i want to, really with a great deal of excitement, talk about the person i team up with on the senate side, and that is senator warren, who is a terrific fighter, who is there with us, and in the biggest coastal district of the entire country is there on environmental issues for us as well. i want to say this -- it also gives me great pleasure to say i'm introducing the person who was actually on the cover of "time" magazine and who is a fighter for us every day.
let's get excited and welcome our senator, senator elizabeth warren! [cheers and applause] senator warren: thank you! whoo! you guys are ready. that's terrific. thank you so much for the introduction, congressman keating. he is out there working for you every day, for all of us. i could not ask for a better partner. here we are. it is a beautiful, beautiful summer afternoon. the marshfield fair is practically within walking distance, and all of you came to
a junior high to be inside to talk policy. i love being from massachusetts. that's my massachusetts crowd. all of you in here and all of the people who do not have air conditioning over in the school cafeteria -- can we hear you? are you cheer -- are you cheering over there? we've got 200 people over there as well. i am so pleased you are here with us tonight. my main job here is to try to answer as many of your questions, take as many of your comments as i can, and i think you all got numbers if you wanted to ask a question when you came in. we will do that in just a minute. i will stay at the end if anybody wants to take a picture, do a selfie, little dance. if anybody wants to do that, we will do that, but when i want to
but -- but what i wanted to do first for a minute before he got started is i want to talk to you about what is going on in washington. folks -- [laughter] things that would have been six months or a year, that was yesterday. dog years are going on. but there is a lot that is going on. afghanistan, charlottesville, north korea, just in the past couple of weeks, but one thing in particular i want to talk about just for a minute is about health care because it touches every one of us. it touches everyone we love. it touches everyone we know, and i just want to remind everybody in this room where we were. over the house of representatives for the past couple of years with a republican majority, they just keep voting to repeal the
affordable care act. 64 times -- is that right? all they did was vote to repeal an vote to repeal. it is important to remember this happened. also voting to repeal in the senate. then last november, we took a look at this after the election and said, my god. with republicans in control of the house, with republicans in control of the senate, and with republicans in control of the white house, they are going to roll back health care coverage, and they will do it fast. but they didn't. but they didn't. [applause] senator warren: now, i want you
to think about that for just a minute. first of all, i want you to think about how important it is. how many people in here have private health insurance? most of the repeal efforts would have raised your insurance by 20%. that was the best estimate on it, and that was in one year and keep going from there. how many people here know someone -- a baby or someone who had a baby that was born with complex medical needs? maybe needs breathing tubes? maybe needs special therapists? anyone here know someone who needs a care assistant to drop by, maybe confined to a wheelchair, and that is how they are able to live at home instead of being put in an institution? anyone here know someone who lives in a nursing home?
that is the face of medicare and medicaid in america today. that's the face of health care in america today. we are a country that has said we don't know who is going to have a baby that is suddenly going to run up to million -- $2 million in health care bills before they are three weeks old. we don't know who is going to be in a terrible accident and have to get by in a wheelchair. we don't know who is going to end up in a nursing home and outlive all the assets that they tried to put away, the savings they try to put away during their lifetime. none of us know exactly who that is, but here is what we do know. as a people, we are also going to pitch in a little to help make that work. we're all going to pitch in a little so that everybody in this country has a shot at health
care, a shot at being able to create a future for themselves, a shot at being able to live with dignity. that's what we do together. in fact, it is what republicans put on the line when they said we are going to roll back health care. the replacement was only 25 million people will lose their health care coverage. the replacement was the cost of your insurance will go up. the replacement was that there will be tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires and giant corporations paid for on the backs of people who will lose their health care coverage. well, i'm telling you this -- we did not have the votes in the united states senate. we did not have the votes in the house of representatives, but enough people in this country tweeted -- how many of you? enough people in this country made phone calls. enough people sent emails. enough people showed up for
protests and marches and said, "as an american, i believe that health care is a basic human right, and i will fight for basic human rights." that is why we won. that is why we won. [applause] senator warren: yes. yes. yes. so i'm here tonight to say i draw two lessons from that. the first is that it matters when you speak out. it matters when you use your voice. it matters when you getting -- get engaged. the second is to say i hear it. democracy is changing in this country. democracy is no more.
you send somebody off and you hear from them years later. you hear from them during a presidential election, maybe an election in between. democracy has become what we, what the grassroots do every single day. democracy has become a personal commitment, a commitment to yourself, a commitment to your family, a commitment to your community, and a commitment to your country. i'm here tonight to say just two words to you -- thank you. thank you for what you have done. thank you. [applause] thank you. so, we are going to do this. what we are going to do now -- jim, where are you? jim is in here. come on out.
here is. my guy. jim is going to be our master of ceremonies tonight, and he is going to keep us going on the questions. all right, make it happen, jim. explain how it works. >> everyone who came, thank you. all, 1100 people came out tonight, by the way. [applause] senator warren: all right. representative cantwell: we would like folks to come down here either side so you get to one of the microphones. please make sure to state your name and where you are, ask your , ask your one question to the senator. please no speeches. we want to get as many questions as we possibly can, so let's have the first three numbers. first number is 149. senator warren: 149! where's 149?
representative cantwell: second number is 179. senator warren: 179. they are all laying low at this point. representative cantwell: moving back, 177. senator warren: are those things stuck together? come on down. make it a good one. [laughter] representative cantwell: it's not powerball. >> tim williams from marshfield, vice chair of the marshfield coastal coalition. many constituents are concerned many of the bills currently proposed could remove grandfathering provisions which currently provide a lower premium to those that do the right thing in the past years. do you plan on preserving this critical part of the program going forward? senator warren: yes. [laughter] [applause]
senator warren: can we say a little bit more? i am talking to one of the flood control experts here. we have been working on this bill. you want to say a word about it, congressman? representative cantwell: we have been trying to fight for that to do that. we need votes to move that forward. we will fight together to do that. my voice just got a lot louder. but that, as well as what the percentage increase is is very important. we also are doing some things that we learned from this district of mine, and we have a provision where we will able to make sure to do cost savings by izing and making sure
that smaller communities can benefit from this. there is a lot going on. we do not like on the house side out, butriginally came we are forcing changes as we speak. senator warren: right. only other thing i would add to that -- we are about to take this up in the senate -- is that there is as well just like in the house -- there is a proposal already on the table. we have a bipartisan amendment. it includes senator rubio and senator menendez, and two of the things we are looking for in this amendment is to put a cap on increases so that annual increases cannot go of as they -- cannot go up as they can under current law by as much as 25% a year. we are trying to get a cap on that. the second thing we are trying to do is get long-term stability under the program. that's good for people trying to buy houses, good for people trying to sell houses, or for people trying to borrow money against the houses from the bank.
what we are really looking for is long-term stability in this program. the kind of reforms that will make the program sustainable over a long time. there will be a lot of call on this program and we have to make sure it is financially stable. thank you for the question, great question. >> my question is, a month ago, trump instated a ban on trans-genders in the military. senator warren: yeah. >> what are you doing in washington to help protect the rights of trans-genders in this country? [applause] senator warren: let's start with values. right is right. if someone wants to serve in the united states military, and they
are otherwise qualified, then we want them to serve. gender identity does not matter. [applause] senator warren: i have talked to our military leaders about this. this is again one of these where we have to make clear the values of the united states people. i do not believe that when donald trump says that he wants to prevent transgendered people from serving in the military that he represents our values. our values are about people who are patriotic, who are willing to put it all on the line of -- on the line for the american people, and what we should say to people who want to do that whether they are transgendered people or not, thank you very much. we respect your service, and we want you. thank you. [applause] representative keating: i have organized with my colleagues a
letter going to president trump telling him how upset we are. i cannot imagine a veteran who is transgendered, given the service they have to their country how they feel or how the people who are actively serving this country. it is a disgrace. we are doing everything we can to have our voices be heard to try to change what is a pernicious policy. senator warren: so we are there. we are there. good. i'm from hanover, massachusetts. my question is what are you doing in the senate to help prevent the 93 unnecessary gun deaths per day in this country. [cheers and applause] senator warren: i just spoke
about this. couple of weeks ago. i think it is time we stop tiptoeing around. there are stenciled regulations -- there are sensible regulations that would help save lives that the overwhelming majority of americans want. let's start their, on sensible gun reform, and let's have it all across the country. that is were i start on this one. we cannot hold back on this any longer. we got so close a few years ago, and now we have reached a point -- i watched it in the united states senate. one of the bills we push for last year was if you are on a no-fly list -- think about who is on a no-fly list -- that if it was no-fly, no buy. you should not be able to buy a gun.
if you are too dangerous to get on an airplane, you are too dangerous to go out and buy an assault weapon. we need to start bringing this together with some sensible reforms. i understand. there are sportsmen who use their guns -- i grew up in a family with guns. first time i shot a gun, i was probably eight or nine years old. i understand that, but that does not mean we can continue as a country to have no regulations or so few regulations over the guns and who can purchase them. we just need some sensible reforms here, sensible reforms that are supported by the overwhelming majority of americans. thank you for your question. thank you. [applause] representative keating: tonight is about democracy. what we need is a vote.
put it on the floor. let your voice be heard and be accountable for your positions, but we, as you know, cannot get a vote in the house even on the most basic issues, and we had a sit in. when we could not get anything to the floor, we decided to bring ourselves to the floor. senator warren: i brought the dunkin' donuts. representative keating: this senator came over from the senate and brought coffee and donuts. regardless of where you stand on these issues, shouldn't it the a -- shouldn't it be a vote? if we had that, we will take our chances because i think common sense prevails and we will have a great chance of winning those we cannot even get to first base. the activism we are seeing i hope generates votes. senator warren: good. [applause]
senator warren: ok, jim, what do you got? representative cantwell: 44. we have number 122. and number 113. senator warren: somebody is out of the game now. representative keating: jim, you got one job. [laughter] >> thank you. i am vice president of the massachusetts fisherman's partnership as well as the president of the fishermen's association. senator warren: i eat your product. lots of it. >> thank you. over 90% of all seafood consumed in the united states is imported. that is something that should be
addressed and we are trying to address it industrywide. the point being that we have in massachusetts research in regards to video in ground fisheries to get more accurate surveys of the biomass of groundfish. the association i represent was able to get a grant to work on vertical line breaking strength. hopefully, the people who represent massachusetts could give us more support in a few areas, one of ofch is that the director the national marine fisheries service is going to be replaced, and with the industry input trying to do collaborative research with scientists, we would hope that our
representatives would help us be able to gain some input of who the next director is. senator warren: the answer is yes. we will do our best. we know how important fishing is, not just to the economy of eastern massachusetts, but it is a way of life. it is a part of massachusetts, a part of massachusetts heritage, and both of us are here as strongly as we possibly can to support the fishing industry. i'm going to make a small point to the side. i am deeply proud of our fishermen because our fishermen try to work with the scientists to get the best possible information so that we can have sustainable oceans and sustainable fishing over time. i'm just really proud of the work that you do.
thank you for all that you do. >> terrific partners. they have more at stake with sustainability than anyone else because that is their livelihood. we had a districtwide meeting yesterday and i have to tell you , the up put we have received has been tremendous and it made a difference. >> who is next? here we go. here we go. i can do that. fromam the cold and i am -- i am nicole and i am from marshfield. what are you going to do at a state level to insulate and protect massachusetts and marshfield citizens? >> i am doing my best.
it is everything we get out there and fight for. when we are fighting for health care, we are building alliances all across the country. we need the votes in the united states senate. we protect families right here in massachusetts when we do that . we fight for our values. that is the best way i know to make a strong, to make our voices heard and to protect us here in massachusetts. your point.ear it is scary. i can everyone hears this. donald trump got elected promising he would work for working people. andthen he turns around heore he is even sworn in, chooses someone from goldman sachs to run the economy.
they have enough goldman sachs bankers and the white house to open a branch. these are the guys, let's roll back these regulations. if we had fewer regulations over folks like goldman sachs, what could possibly go wrong? no one remembers what happened in 2008. keep going from there. it has been the same thing with workers. the promise, we will be there for workers. says, let's change it easier forke federal contractors to steal wages from their workers. let's roll back the rules that will protect employees from being exposed to things that cause horrible diseases.
another. rolled back protections for employees, betsy devos at the department of education. say no more. , the building, to hear that someone who does not believe in public education is the secretary of education. yeah, i am worried about what happens to us in massachusetts. in massachusetts, we get it. you have to make those investments in education. you have to make those investments in infrastructure. you have to have some rules in place to have a level playing field so small business get a shot at trying to grow and build something. we need those kinds of rules in place and donald trump and the
republicans, they are doing everything they can in the opposite direction. not only are we not giving up, the people of massachusetts are not giving up. we are not backing down. we are fighting back and that is our best defense. the one offense and say, we will be out there -- go on offense and say, we will be out there every day to fight for our future. representative keating: i think in terms of the public safety side of that, which i think is important i had the privilege to , be the ranking member in foreign affairs on terrorism and on nonproliferation. we are concerned in our whole country, including in this region, on those threats. it is important that we deal with soft power and diplomacy. they have cut so much from the state department that would prevent conflicts and wars, that we are in danger right now. we should be speaking in one voice.
we should not have the secretary of state saying one thing, and the president of the united states saying another. that is dangerous and it upsets our security. i just came back a while ago from korea, and i know the dangers there. but i am also in the homeland to -- homeland security committee, and i know the dangers of some of the cuts that were proposed. one of the most important grants we had to train and prepare for the terrible tragedy at the boston marathon was a grant that has regional training for all the responders, police, fire, medical responders, that was cut. incredibly, cut. so we are fighting to restore , that. and also, in the first line of defense for homeland security, i am always asked what is the most important issue of all the issues we have, and the answer is almost the same every time. it is your frontline police and fire and emergency responders. my dad was a police officer, my
brother is a police officer, my niece is a police, i was ada. it is so important to have those training and grants available. you have got terrific people here, but they need help. and when these training grants, towns can't afford them themselves or when they be regionalized to make us say, those grants should be there. and they are being cut. and we are going to fight to restore those grants. [applause] >> i am lynn white from hannover , massachusetts. i serve on a lot of committees right now. i am on the emergency preparedness committee. senator warren: thank you for your work. my question isn't about that, it is a concern. about giving away the store. we are basically giving away the store of so many things, including things like
privatizing the air traffic controllers, thinking about privatizing military operations, thinking about cutting back on our national monuments and giving them to corporations, to be able to expedite and use. senator warren: mining and drilling on public lands. not to interrupt. >> it is very concerning to me, that we don't have enough time to stop this. senator warren: so let me start , by saying, i agree with you, lynn. i am really worried about this. there is no doubt about it -- there are things that are absolutely best done by the private sector. and the excitement, and the change, and the discipline that they can bring, fantastic. but there are also things that are public. we hold our public lands in trust. we all have to breathe this air and drink this water. we have things that we need to
own together, and that we have a moral responsibility to take care of, together. ultimately, it is about what makes us richer. we make these investments together. and it is what gives us an opportunity to build a future. i think one of the biggest fights we have going on right now in washington, is this notion that somehow, whatever it is that government does, business could do it better. and the answer is for some things, that may be true. but for many, no. government is not designed to make a profit. let me give you an example of that, right now, something that infuriates me. i'm a kid who grew up in a family without much. my daddy had a lot of different jobs. he ended up as a janitor. my mom ended up working minimum-wage jobs at sears. my three older brothers all
joined the military, the oldest one was career military, the worked construction and had a second one good union job and and that is why he has a pension today. it works for unions, you bet. [applause] senator warren: the third one started his own small business, and when that failed he started another one, and when that failed, he started another one. today he has retired and lives on his social security. and that reminds me, we have a moral obligation to protect social security and medicare for people who work hard all their lives. [applause] senator warren: you bet. but for me, i knew what i wanted to be. from the time i was in second grade, what i really wanted to be was a public school teacher. can we hear it for public school teachers? [applause] senator warren: you bet. but you don't get to be a public school teacher unless you can go to college. and by the time i was a senior in high school, my family did
not have the money for a college application, much less money to send me to college. and it is along a complicated story. debater, i got a scholarship, i got married. i thought i lost my dream forever. i got a second chance because there was a commuter college nearby that cost $50 a semester. and that is how it is, that door opened for me and i got to be a public school teacher. and once one door opened, another door opened, and another door opened. and i stand here today, the daughter of a janitor who was a -- who is a united states senator because america invested in public education. [applause] senator warren: and i am grateful. i am grateful.
you bet. [applause] senator warren: but here is where the wheels have come off. my story can't be replicated today. it is not out there, that $50 option, that option that you could pay for on a part-time waitressing job, it is not out there today for our kids. instead, and this is where i want to go back to lynn's point, instead, it has all been turned on its head. so, there is less investment in higher ed, which means family has to pick up more of the ticket. and where does the united states government stand on this? the united states government, when i was a kid, said we will lend you money and we will subsidize it. today, the united states government is on target to make tens of billions of dollars in profit, off the backs of young people trying to get an education.
that is obscene. that is obscene. [applause] senator warren: so, when people talk about we want to let business takeover or run the government more like a business, i put my hand on my wallet. because i want to understand what exactly you have in mind here. if what you have in mind is that we are no longer a government that is about opportunity for kids who otherwise would not have those chances, if we are no longer a government about building something for everyone, but we are really a government that works for the richest, that works for those at the top, that works for the giant corporations, then we are no longer the america of
opportunity, the america we grew up in, the america that we inherited. i ran in the united states senate and i will run again because i believe that we need an america that works for working people. i'm with you on this, lynn. thank you. you bet i am. this one matters. this one matters. what have we got? representative cantwell: we have three more numbers. senator warren: three more. i am just warming up, here. representative cantwell: 209, 25, 109. , on down.rren: [applause] senator warren: don't make this too hard. >> i am from salem. my name is virginia. my question is, what is your favorite part of your job?
[applause] senator warren: ooh. thank you. let me tell you one favorite part, is that ok? because i actually have lots of favorite parts. but i'm going to tell you one favorite part that you might like. and that is, i never planned to run for public office. i wanted to be a schoolteacher. and i added up teaching in law school, and doing a lot of research about what was happening to working families. and the more i studied, the more i saw that working families were just taking one punch after another. and i reached a point where i thought, i am just going to have to get into this fight, and start fighting back. and this was back in 2011. how old were you in 2011? do you know? what year were you born? >> so, when you were four years
old i was thinking about running for the united states senate. and a lot of people called and said, you should run, you should definitely run. and there were people who called and said, if you run, i will help you. and there were people who called and said, you are terrific, you are wonderful, but don't run. [laughter] senator warren: don't run. because massachusetts is not ready to elect a woman to the united states senate. [booing] senator warren: that is what they said. not everybody, but some people said it. and i heard that, and i said, i think i had better run. [cheers and applause] senator warren: so, when i got out, it was over a year campaigning for office. i met a lot of people and shook a lot of hands.
and every time i met a girl like you, i went shake hands and say, my name is elizabeth, and i am running for the united states senate because that is what girls do. [cheers and applause] representative cantwell: that was a good question right there. that was great. senator warren: do you promise to remember that? thank you, thank you sweetie. bye-bye. you know that is one of the best , parts of the job. representative cantwell: last two questions. senator warren: ok. last two. >> good evening.
my name is al green, from worchester. senator warren: i heard a little rumble over there. [laughter] >> i am director of the lgbt task force. senator warren: all right. [cheers and applause] >> we are the only organization of our kind, and the people that we support our queer, mostly black, and sometimes muslim. they are immigrants who have fled hatred and violence in their home countries. with the president, his alt right supporters, and his gop enablers are creating an atmosphere where there are restrictions on minorities, queers and immigrants, what do you say to those of us who are just as scared here as we were in our home countries? [applause]
senator warren: i say, al, look around. you are not alone. [applause] senator warren: come on, guys. al is not alone. [applause] senator warren: that is all you need to know. ok. are you ok? we are with you, al. you are never going to be alone. not ever. not here in massachusetts. not here in the united states of america. [applause] senator warren: you are a good man, al. one more? representative cantwell: 106. senator warren: 109?
can i ask a question? representative cantwell: the last one is 137. senator warren: do we have a 137? try another one. representative cantwell: 142. senator warren: 142. representative keating: this is a bashful crowd. senator warren: they are getting shy. try another one. representative cantwell: 123. -- 153. senator warren: come on down. more?end up with two down.n >> good evening, my name is william finn. william finn. aka bill.
i am wondering if you could update us on your hearing aid legislation. senator warren: oh, you bet i can. [applause] senator warren: bill was not a plant. we have never met before tonight. right, bill ?we have never met will say that. we have never met before. so, here's the deal. there are 48 million people in this country who have hearing loss, and only about one in six actually get a hearing aid to deal with that lost. the principal reason for that is because of cost. hearing aids cost thousands of dollars, most people need to -- need two when they need them, and they are not covered by medicare, medicaid or most private insurance. and a lot of people just don't have that kind of money. i want everybody to understand.
hearing loss is serious. it is not just where you can't hear the television without blasting everybody else out of the room. it is that you can't talk to your family. and that you can't go to the grocery store, because you can't hear what people are saying. and it is dangerous to drive. hearing loss is about isolation, it is about living by yourself. and there is a reason why people who have hearing loss tend to have other medical problems. they don't go to the doctor. hearing loss is serious, and we cannot correct it perfectly, but we could do a lot about it. so why the heck do hearing aids cost thousands of dollars? did you ever think about that? come on. look at the electronics now in phones in writing music miniaturization. ,i'll tell you why hearing aids cost a lot of money. it is not because of hardware.
the reason is because of regulation. there are regulations at state government everywhere and who , got it nicely regulated? the six companies that make hearing aids. and it means to buy a hearing aid in massachusetts or anyplace you have to go to this part and the other part and get it all done. that is why the costs and up here. very high profits on hearing aids that are sold, but not as many sold as people need. so i looked at them and i thought, i feel a little law coming on. [laughter] [applause] senator warren: what could we do about that? what could we do about that? so i got the team together, and , we sit down, and write a bill. and the bill just simply said hearing aids can be sold , over-the-counter. hello? [applause] senator warren: the same way you can buy glasses over-the-counter, get your blood pressure checked at the
drugstore, right? you just should be able to buy hearing aids over-the-counter. need there going to fda to do things about warnings about when you should see a , doctor, there can be information that comes with it, but how about if we just sell them over-the-counter? and what the experts told me, if we do that, the price is likely to go from thousands of dollars, to hundreds of dollars. and that would make a huge difference for a lot of people. [applause] senator warren: so all right, so , i feel a little law coming on, and then i thought, how do you get the law passed? you can have a lot of good ideas in washington today, but not get them all the way through. i thought, i know what i need. i need a republican partner, and i called chuck grassley, the republican from iowa. and i said, chuck? and he said, what? [laughter] i said chuck, i want to do a bill on hearing aids. and he said, what?
and i said, i want to do a bill on hearing aids. he said tell me about it. we talked for about two minutes, and he said, that makes a lot of sense to me. count me in. claire mccaskill come out in -- claire mccaskill out in missouri, susan collins up in maine. [applause] senator warren: and so we got a bipartisan group together. you are going to like this part, before the industry even knew what we were up to. down low. down low. kept it on the down low. kept it quiet. we got the bill introduced and , here comes the best part. there was a bill moving -- i am on health, education, labor, and pensions committee. it is one of the committees i sit in. and there was a bill that had to move, about fda reauthorization,
both sides agreed it needed to go forward and it is like a , train coming through the station. this is how laws really get made. there is this train coming through the station, and we had enough people who were interested in the hearing aid bill, and we hoped our little -- looked -- hooked our little car, our hearing aid bill, on the back of the train, as it came through. and we said, as long as we are doing reauthorization, let's do this. so, we made it through the committee -- oh, and by the way, we needed some help on the house side, and joe kennedy said, i will take a piece of that, and it went through on the house side. we get the bill through it , passes the house unanimously, and passes the senate, and it -- and just this past weekend, donald trump signed it into law. [cheers and applause] senator warren: so can you get , something done? you bet you can. yeah.
so, sometimes we can get something done in washington, right? and we can get a good thing done. are we caught up now, jim? representative cantwell: >> we are caught up, senator. thank you, so very much. i wanted to mention that joe casino is here. [applause] representative cantwell: thank you so very much. senator warren: let me do a couple here. i want to say a very big thank you to jim cantwell for organizing this. [cheers and applause] senator warren: i want to say a very big thank you to my partner, congressman keating, for all that we have done. [cheers and applause] senator warren: but most of all, i want to say a really big thank you to you. it is hard right now in washington. it is really hard. it is scary hard, what is going on in washington.
donald trump promised to drain the swamp, and it is getting worse than ever down there. we have a government that is working great, for the rich and for the powerful. we need a government that works for the rest of us. and the only way that is going to happen is not just from the leadership not just from , people who get elected to the senate and house, but from all the people across this commonwealth and across this country who say, i'm going to make this country work for me. we need you in this fight. and we need you in this fight, not just on the first day. how many people went to the women's march? [cheers and applause] senator warren: how many people went to the rally for immigrants? [cheers and applause] senator warren: science march? that was a good one. good. good. and peace this past weekend, anyone go down to boston?
climate change, that's right. we need you in these fights. and i know it is hard, and i know, some people say i am getting tired. and the answer is, you did not make the commitment because it is easy. you made a commitment because it is right. so, being here tonight, being part of this town hall, is a way of saying we come together because we really do believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. that is why we are here. it is a great privilege to represent massachusetts, a great privilege to represent you in the united states senate. but more than anything else, it is a great privilege to fight alongside you to build a future for our country so that everybody gets a fighting chance. [applause] thank you.
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