MA Delegation Digest 5/17 – 5/23
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Senator Warren appeared on the Colbert Report as a part of the tour for her new book, A Fighting Chance, which she promised is “totally for real no joking guys please believe me” not a campaign book. She then discussed the deregulation on Wall Street, a major area of focus in the book, saying, “Big financial institutions get out there, they launder drug money, they violate the law, and still no one is held accountable. I think that’s fundamentally wrong.”
- Senator Warren is also scheduled to appear with French economist Thomas Pikkety, author of Capital in the 21st Century, which addresses the problem of inequality in the modern economy from a data-based perspective. Both authors are strong advocates of progressive tax and economic policies, and will be speaking together at the Old South Meeting House on May 31 at 10 am (open to the public, first come first serve).
- WashPo’s E.J. Dionne explores Warren’s take on the economy, saying that the senator challenges the Democrat apologies and challenges some underlying conservative notions in the way we think about government and the social contract.
Sen. Ed Markey
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-3)
- Rep. Tsongas introduced a bill that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the U.S. Air Force Escape and Evasion Society, a group of Air Force veterans who evaded capture in hostile territory during foreign wars with the help of local resistance members or patriotic nationals. The group includes U.S. veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as foreign nationals who directly aided them.
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (MA-4)
- Rep. Kennedy delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia Law School, and was awarded Ted Kennedy’s diploma in a surprise ceremony immediately after his speech. The diploma had been held by the school since 1959 after the late Senator skipped his graduation to help his brother John launch his presidential campaign and declined to give the school his forwarding information.
Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-5)
- Rep. Clark introduced her first bill as a U.S. Representative, the “Infant and Toddler Care Improvement Act.” It would update the Block Grant program which assists states in creating early education and care assistance programs.
Rep. John Tierney (MA-6)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-8)
- Rep. Lynch recently met with the PM of Ukraine and other officials of the embattled acting government, and advised his constituents to pay close attention to events in Ukraine, saying, “this is about a new world order Putin is trying to create. I think the acquisitions and the domination is a very deliberate pattern of conflict.”
Rep. Bill Keating (MA-9)