MA Delegation Digest 7/12 – 8/1
Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Sen. Warren addressed Netroots Nation (video), the progressive political conference. She laid out a set of values and priorities — including stronger regulations on Wall Street, a belief in science, net neutrality and raising the minimum wage.
- Senator Warren announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 54 Massachusetts cities and towns about $27.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to improve housing, public service projects, and infrastructure.
- Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the Schedules that Work Act, a companion bill to House legislation of the same name that would protect employees around scheduling. The bill would prohibit retaliation for requesting schedule changes, establish a set process for schedule changes, provide that hourly workers receive schedules at least two weeks in advance with compensation provided for short-notice changes, and other proctections.
- In a speech delivered on the Senate floor, Senator Warren called for the closing of the “corporate inversion” tax loophole — which allows companies to claim to be headquartered overseas by buying smaller companies based elsewhere. She ripped corporations that have used the loophole, saying, “These companies are renouncing their American citizenship, turning their backs on this country, simply to boost their profits. They are taking advantage of all the good things that our government helps provide and then running out on the bill.”
Senator Ed Markey
Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-3)
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (MA-4)
- Kennedy issued a statement condemning a recent House bill, passed almost completely along party lines, that threatens to deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came into the country illegally, some of whom were previously granted work permits under a federal program. Kennedy called the bill “shameful.”
Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-5)
- Clark spoke out in favor of gun safety reform as the Senate held hearings on the issue before the summer recess. Clark highlighted how firearm violence disproportionally affects women.
- Clark issued a statement on the House bill targeting undocumented immigrants and children detained at the border, saying, “this cruel bill will send innocent children to the violence they escaped and it needlessly targets American DREAMers—young people who were brought into this country as children.
Rep. Tierney (MA-6)
- Large fundraising hauls continue to be reported in the race for the Massachusetts 6th seat, as challengers Seth Moulton (D) and Richard Tisei (R) reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for the month of June, according to campaign finance reports just recently made public. Meanwhile, Rep. Tierney raised a healthy amount as well, with estimates of his total funds at about $1.2 million in a tough race.
Rep. Mike Capuano (MA-7)
- In a release on his website, Rep. Capuano criticized Republican-led efforts in the House to sue President Obama, saying that “this resolution is a waste of valuable floor time and any lawsuits initiated by it will be a waste of taxpayer dollars,” and noting that several sitting Supreme Court justices have rejected the constitutional logic behind the resolution.