Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts SCOTUS, 'powerful interests'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted conservative and business elements Sunday night at the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, singling out the conservative members of the U.S Supreme Court and Republicans whom she accused of a concerted attack on labor.
In her prepared remarks, the Massachusetts Democrat took multiple opportunities to lambast "powerful interests" that "have done everything they can to block reform," she said.
Key among the targets of Warren's ire were the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court, whom she said vote overwhelmingly in favor of big business.
"Follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you'll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business," she said.
Warren also targeted Republican efforts to diminish the power of organized labor, particularly Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who she said has "declared war on working families by ripping the guts out of collective bargaining agreements."
Elected in November of last year over Republican Sen. Scott Brown, Warren has developed a reputation as one of the sharpest critics of Wall Street.
Sunday night, Warren stood strong with organized labor, alluding repeatedly to her own contributions to the labor movement as one of the key architects of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
President Barack Obama had also been scheduled to speak at the convention until a last minute cancellation so that he could keep pushing for Congressional approval of a military strike against Syria.
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