Massachusetts Fair Share

We stand up for a Massachusetts where everyone gets a fair shot, does and pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.

Digest of Mass Delegation Activity — Week ending 10-18-13

Sen. Elizabeth Warren — “I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry”- 10/16/13

Sen. Ed Markey — “This 16-day Tea Party temper tantrum has cost our economy $24 billion dollars” -10/17/13

Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1) “[Republicans] got the same deal they would have gotten 17 days ago without the intervening crisis that threatened America’s economic growth”- 10/17/13

Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2) “The shutdown cost us $24B. So did the Big Dig. One of those things at least accomplished something.” 10/17/13

  • Issues commented on: higher ed (Pell Grants), overturning citizens united, human rights and hunger

  • Added to Farm Bill Conference by Speaker Pelosi — Dedication to hunger issues most likely impetus.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-3) “Balance is key in moving forward.” 10/17/13

  • Joins NPR to discuss what she calls the shutdown, which she calls an “entirely avoidable” “self-inflicted wound.” She calls for a “balanced” approach moving forward — revenue, targeted cuts, and dealing with sequestration.

Rep. Joseph Kennedy Jr III (MA-4) “I hope that we can build on the momentum of this evening to reach a long term bipartisan agreement…”10/16/13

  • Statement after shutdown-ending vote calls for bipartisanship … had used more forceful language earlier in the week vis-a-vis the discharge: “I signed a discharged petition with 185 of my colleagues to force Republican leadership to end this reckless government shutdown today.” 10/12/13

MA-5 Open Seat

  • Democratic Nominee Katherine Clark and GOP Nominee Frank Addivinola win primary on Tuesday, though Clark received nearly 5 times as many votes. Final vote will be Dec. 10.

Rep. John Tierney (MA-6) “I hope the lesson that Speaker Boehner learns is that the American people are tired of House Republicans’ divisive politics” 10/17/13

  • His statement after the shutdown ended is here.

  • Issue priorities are student loan rates / higher ed, ending sequestration and gun violence (featured on PBS, 10/16).

Rep. Mike Capuano (MA-7) “144 Members of the United States House of Representatives and the 18 Members of the United States Senate … were willing to default on our debt to further their own agendas.” 10/17/13

  • Upset by the shutdown measure because 1) he wants to end sequestration now, 2) it sets up another cliff in a few months. More assertive about vision for budget. Statement here.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-8) “While the bill is not perfect, it moves us past this disgraceful standoff and allows us to get back to the business of governing.” 10/17/13

 

Key votes:

  • The entire Massachusetts delegation voted in favor of the bipartisan measure to end the shutdown.

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