Elizabeth Warren Visits Natick Labs
The U.S. Senator toured the facility on Friday before speaking about the need to fight the sequester.
Elizabeth Warren, the recently elected Democrat who represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, was in Natick on Friday to receive a private tour of Natick Soldier Systems Center.
"This is a place that saves lives," Warren said of Natick Labs. "What happens here is innovation."
Speaking strongly against the sequester, which would affect approximately 1,500 civilian employees at the Natick base by forcing them to take 22 days off unpaid to save the government $9.789 million, Warren said that seeing Natick Labs in person reminded her how wrong the sequester is.
"It's absolutely the wrong approach," she said. "It is a blunt, across the board cut. I will continue to fight the sequester."
State Senator Karen Spilka was with Warren on Friday, and she also expressed the importance of getting an agreement in place.
"We have to get this done and work together," Spilka said.
Added Warren, "Everyday goes by it gets worse. The economic impact gets a little bigger, a little bigger, a little bigger."
On the lighter side of things, Warren was asked how she liked her new office in Washington, D.C., and she couldn't stop smiling.
"I'm happy it's an office of the U.S. Senate," she said. "It could be a broom closet and I'd be happy."