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
United States Senate
For Immediate Release October 4, 2017 Contact: Kerry Arndt (202) 224-2834
Bryan Watt (202) 224-8277
Murray, Cantwell, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Close Automatic Weapon Loophole
Legislation would ban, among other devices, the bump stocks used in the Las Vegas mass shooting
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and a number of their Senate colleagues introduced the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, a bill to close a deadly loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, which have been illegal for more than 30 years.
In addition to Senators Murray and Cantwell, cosponsors include Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“It’s past time this Congress pursued common sense policies to address the rampant gun violence in this country, and this legislation is a good place to start,” said Murray. “Like so many people I’ve heard from over the past few days, I refuse to believe the politics are just too tough to do whatever is possible to prevent another senseless, horrific mass shooting like we just saw in Las Vegas.”
“We must close this loophole that allows the sale of devices to convert guns into unlawful automatic weapons meant for war zones,” said Cantwell.
Under the National Firearms Act, the sale, manufacture and transfer of automatic weapons are illegal. However, bump stocks, slide fire devices, and other similar accessories can be attached to semi-automatic weapons, allowing them to reach fully-automatic rates of fire.
Semi-automatic rifles typically have a rate of fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute. However, bump stocks or other similar devices increase the semi-automatic rifle's rate of fire between 400 and 800 rounds per minute.
This bill would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar accessories that accelerate a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire.
The bill also makes clear that its intent is to include only those accessories that increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire. Legitimate accessories used by hunters would be exempt. The bill also contains exceptions for lawful possession of these devices by law enforcement and the government.
Senators Murray and Cantwell continue to support common sense proposals for reducing gun violence, such as background checks on private sales for gun purchasers.
Sen Maria Cantwell slams the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. WATCH VIDEO
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
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.