BOSTON HERALD: Elizabeth Warren urges state to fight Trump health agenda
As originally appearing in The Boston Herald

BY MEGHAN OTTOLINI

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren yesterday urged Boston business leaders to rally against President Trump’s agenda, warning the administration’s budget would decimate the state’s hospitals and universities.

The president’s budget blueprint “takes a meat ax to the budget of the National Institutes of Health,” Warren said, cutting the NIH budget by more than 20 percent.

In fiscal year 2016, Massachusetts received more than $2.5 billion in NIH funding. The state has 190 NIH-funded institutions, including universities like Harvard and MIT, and hospitals like Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s.

“From the bottom of my heart, please get in this fight,” she told New England Council luncheon attendees. “It is in your economic interest to be in these fights.”

However, Warren said she and other Democrats are open to working with Trump on tax reform.

“It depends on where the president wants to go,” she told reporters after the luncheon. “If Trump is willing to do some of the things that we’re trying to advance,” then “there’s a place to work.”

Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are expected to turn their attention to a major tax code overhaul after House Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act last week.

“If he wants to put forward tax reform that’s more help for millionaires and billionaires, and another punch in the gut to working families the way his health care reform bill went, then I think he’s going to have a real problem on his hands,” she said. “He’ll have a fight.”

Hours later, Warren launched an anti-Trump fundraising effort.

“Let’s send the Republicans a message: The ACA may be their first big loss, but it won’t be their last,” she wrote in a plea to supporters, noting Friday marks the first fundraising deadline since she declared her Senate candidacy for 2018.

On Friday, Warren will appear with ex-presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally sponsored by Sanders’ political nonprofit Our Revolution.

“Speakers will discuss a wide range of issues, including economic justice and resisting the Trump agenda,” the organization said in a press release.

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