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SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

WA Senator Maria Cantwell

WA Senator Maria Cantwell

Senator Maria Cantwell

Senator Cantwell was elected to the US Senate beginning January 01, 2001.  She is the ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee.  She was in the Washington State House from 1987-1993, and then gained the US Senate in 1993.  She worked in the private sector after one Senate term and returned to the Senate in 2001.  LINK to Sen. Cantwell's Website


Sen Maria Cantwell slams the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.  WATCH VIDEO


Sen Jeff Merley, D-OR, Sen Bernie Sanders, I-VT, Sen Maria Cantwell, D-WA

Sen Jeff Merley, D-OR, Sen Bernie Sanders, I-VT, Sen Maria Cantwell, D-WA

Specious Pharma bill concern over vote

Back in January of 2017, Senator Cantwell, and Sen Murray, voted against a pharmacy bill that was supposed to reduce US pharmaceutical consumer's costs by allowing drug imports from Canada.  Maria voted against drug price negotiations, and voted against limits on Health Insurance premiums, NOT because she receives money from Big Pharma, but because of safety concerns related to tracking drug source materials and the production and distribution process.  The Canadiancontrols were not as robust as demanded by our FDA.  Later, she actually sat down with Bernie Sanders, who agreed with her, and worked out a more comprehensive bill to address the safety concerns. They jointly sponsored that bill.


For Immediate Release
June 27, 2017
Contact: Peter True
Peter_True@energy.senate.gov
(202) 224-7826

 

Hirono, Cantwell Lead Call to Fire “Bigoted, Misogynistic” Department of Energy Appointee

 

Senators: “[William] Bradford’s divisive rhetoric has no place in public service…We are concerned that Dr. Bradford’s character, as demonstrated by his past statements and writings, make him unfit to lead”


WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called on Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to fire William Bradford, who was recently appointed to lead the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy. After his appointment, the Washington Post exposed his record of making bigoted and misogynistic statements, including calling the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II “necessary.”
 
The letter was also signed by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
 
The Senators wrote: 
 
“Public officials in leadership positions have the responsibility to serve all Americans regardless of race, gender, and religion. These officials must be held to the highest standards of conduct. Dr. Bradford’s divisive rhetoric has no place in public service. While he has since apologized for his deeply offensive and hurtful statements, we are concerned that Dr. Bradford’s character, as demonstrated by his past statements and writings, make him unfit to lead an important program like the Department’s Office of Indian Energy. For this reason, we ask that you remove Dr. Bradford from his position of leadership immediately.”
 
In addition, the Senators questioned how Dr. Bradford was able to clear the Administration’s vetting process, considering his record of disturbing public statements. Dr. Bradford’s position does not require Senate confirmation.
 
Click here to download a copy of the letter.
 
The full letter is printed below:
 
Dear Secretary Perry, 
 
We write to express our serious concern with the appointment of William C. Bradford to lead the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy. On June 22, 2017, The Washington Post reported on Dr. Bradford’s extensive record of bigoted and misogynistic statements on Twitter as well as his controversial career in academia. Among his many offensive tweets, Dr. Bradford wrote that the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II was “necessary”.  
 
The internment was not “necessary,” it was “wrong.” A blue ribbon commission established by Congress in 1980, after exhaustive study, found that the internment “was not justified by military necessity.” To the contrary, it was driven by “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership,” which resulted in a “grave injustice.” The Commission’s findings have been echoed and implemented by Congress, 50 U.S.C. 4202(a), and the courts, e.g., Korematsu v. United States, 584 F. Supp. 1406, 1417 (N.D. Cal. 1984). Even many of those who aided and condoned the internment came to see that it was “an inhuman mistake” and “ill-advised, unnecessary and unnecessarily cruel.”
 
The internment of Japanese-Americans was deeply immoral and serves as a reminder of what can happen when our country succumbs to fear. It is a shameful chapter that many people have dedicated themselves to ensuring never happens again. Public officials in leadership positions have the responsibility to serve all Americans regardless of race, gender, and religion. These officials must be held to the highest standards of conduct. Dr. Bradford’s divisive rhetoric has no place in public service. While he has since apologized for his deeply offensive and hurtful statements, we are concerned that Dr. Bradford’s character, as demonstrated by his past statements and writings, make him unfit to lead an important program like the Department’s Office of Indian Energy. For this reason, we ask that you remove Dr. Bradford from his position of leadership immediately. 
 
The fact that Dr. Bradford was able to clear the vetting process despite his documented history of offensive public statements is disturbing. What were the procedures and criteria for selecting and vetting Dr. Bradford and the other political appointees? If Dr. Bradford was vetted through the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House, what role did the Department of Energy play in the vetting process? What is the Department’s protocol for handling reports of inappropriate communications or behavior from staff?   
 
Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this very important matter and to our questions. 

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