Breaking through the Senate’s near-constant gridlock, Elizabeth Warren on Thursday scored a rare bipartisan legislative win.
The Senate voted 94 to 1 to pass a broad Food and Drug Administration bill that contained a measure written by the Massachusetts Democrat to allow consumers to purchase hearing aids without going through a licensed audiologist or other specialist.
Warren, a Democrat, wrote the hearing aid bill with Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, and it gained several high-profile GOP cosponsors in both the House and Senate. The bipartisan support paved the way for Warren’s measure to be attached to the bigger FDA bill on user fees. It was a key accomplishment, since few bills this year have managed to squeeze through the Senate’s partisan logjam.
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