Elizabeth Warren Points to Development as a Path for Electoral Success

An op-ed written by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) details Democrats’ recent track record of large-scale capital investments and calls for more.

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November 14, 2022, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Leading up to last week’s midterm elections, it seemed like Democrats in power in Washington, D.C. for the past two years hadn’t really received credit commensurate to the investments in infrastructure, the environment, and the social safety net implemented earned by approving laws like the American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

With the surprising success of the Democrats in the election, at least one leading figure in the party is crediting the willingness to invest as part of the electoral success and a key to electoral success in the future.

“For each of the president’s decisions, the punditry was relentless, but the American people — Democrats, independents and Republicans — validated the president’s agenda with their votes. Passing the American Rescue Plan coincided with the president’s highest approval ratings. The national media heralded passage of the Inflation Reduction Act as the best stretch of the Biden presidency and his approval ratings jumped,” writes Senator Warren in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

After the listing the accomplishments of the past two years, Senator Warren lays out an agenda for the next two, including in this to-do list a call to lower housing costs by increasing housing supply. Senator Warren is calling for nothing short of the reformation of the status quo in city and regional planning already underway in numerous cities and states, where the politics of local land use and transportation planning have shifted to include numerous new laws that will increase Missing Middle Housing in previously exclusionary single-family neighborhoods and decrease the reliance on arbitrary, but ubiquitous, parking requirements.

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