We stand up for a Massachusetts where everyone gets a fair shot, does and pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren “…hold institutions and individuals accountable for breaking the rules” (10-23-13)
Key Issues/ Talking Points from the Week:
Sen. Warren took the SEC and OCC to task for failing to bring bad actors to justice, while the TARP office with much less resources has secured 107 convictions. Looks as if the senator is honing her critique of federal bank regulation.
Press Releases/ Other Media:
Change.org announces a new service where politicians can respond to and interact with the online petitions directed to them. Sen. Warren and Paul Ryan are the first two big names to use it.
Sen. Ed Markey “We are acting unequivocally to live up to our moral duty to address climate change…” (10-22-13)
Key Issues/ Talking Points from the Week
Op-ed published in Hill on Climate Change “An ‘unequivocal’ need to limit power plants’ carbon emissions.” (10/23)
Also made a number of comments on consumer and privacy issues this week, with statements on car loans, tobacco, student data sharing, medical loans, telemarketing fraud, patient privacy.
Press Releases/ Other Media
Secret Auto Dealer Interest Rate Mark Ups, “Yo-Yo” Schemes Costing Car Owners Billions (10-23-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346917
Markey Urges Action to Reduce Flavored Tobacco Product Use By Youth (10-22-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346915
Markey: What Is Impact on Privacy When Student Data Shared with Private Companies? (10-22-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346913 → also gets a mention on the New York Times Blog http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/senator-raises-questions-about-protecting-student-data/?_r=0
Markey Seeks Protection for Patients from Costly Medical Credit Cards and Loans (10-22-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346911
Senator Markey Urges Justice for Victims in Telemarketing Fraud (10-21-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346908
Markey To Dept. of Labor: Do Companies Teach Federal Contractors How to Evade Davis-Bacon Act? (10-21-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346905
Markey Queries Walgreens About How New Pharmacy Model Impacts Patient Privacy, Drug Security (10-18-13) http://www.markey.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=346904
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Matthew Fenlon, Neal’s former aide, appears primed to take over as Executive Director of the Mass Democratic Party.
Neal signed a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, calling to be included in deliberations (GOP currently doing all of this behind closed doors). Neal was thought to be someone Camp could work with previously (according to Politico).
Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2) “The farm bill should not be making people hungry,” (10-23-13)
Debate heats up over farm bill negotiations. McGovern is a leading voice on food assistance. “
Rep. McGovern makes the opening statement at the Lantos Human Rights Commission’s Hearing on Creating Peace and Finding Justice in Colombia (10-24-13)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-3)
Rep. Tsongas’ bill to curb sexual violence in the armed services is quietly gaining momentum. Rep. Tsongas serves as the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus.
Rep. Joseph Kennedy Jr III (MA-4) “From the rising costs of college tuition to the potential of STEM education and the dangers of bullying, it is important that our youth have a voice in the discussions that will shape their future” 10-21-13
Announces Congressional Youth Cabinet (10-21-13)
Brings office hour tour to Milford, Hopkinton and Medfield. (10-21-13)
Rep. John Tierney (MA-6)
Scuttlebut that Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo (R) is thinking about a run against Rep. Tierney.
He comments on the tragic passing of a teach in Danvers (in CD 6).
Rep. Mike Capuano (MA-7)
On October 21, Capuano announced his support for Boston Mayoral Candidate Walsh
Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-8)