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.

MA Delegation Digest 6/13/15 – 7/10/15

Senator Elizabeth Warren

  • Senator Warren stalled the appointment of corporate attorney Keir Gumbs to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as she continues to call on the commission to push for greater transparency around corporate campaign spending.
  • Senator Warren joined Sens. Bernie Sanders, Al Franken and Ed Markey in urging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate big cable and broadband providers. The senators argue that they function as a monopoly, and as a result these companies charge “ridiculous prices and add hidden fees.”
  • Senator Warren, along with Sens. John McCain, Maria Cantwell, and Angus King, announced the reintroduction of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, saying , “will rebuild the wall between commercial and investment banking and make our financial system more stable and secure.” The main goal is to protect taxpayers from risky investments by large investment banks that would send the country into another financial crisis.
  • Senator Warren introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that requests additional resources for service members s struggling with gambling addictions – particularly as a result of military-operated gambling facilities and military bases overseas. It was adopted on June 18.

Senator Ed Markey

Rep. Richard Neal

  • Neal joined Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to announce the final piece of funding for the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, a development that Neal has been a part of since he was Springfield Mayor in the 1980s.
  • In June, the U.S. House voted to repeal the 2.3 percent federal excise tax on medical devices. Rep. Neal, however, was one of the 140 representatives (one of the five Mass. Representatives) to vote against the repeal.
  • Neal endorsed the choice of Deefield River in western Massachusetts to be used as the venue for the Olympic canoe slalom should Boston be chosen for the 2024 Summer Games. Further, Rep. Neal says that infrastructure projects that would develop to prepare for the Games must expand beyond only Boston.

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Niki Tsongas

  • Tsongas called for more action to ensure women in the service receive quality health resources and protections, and drafted an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that requires the Amry to develop a breastfeeding policy.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III

  • Kennedy filed a bill that would attempt to avoid automatic price increases in short term utility rates, citing spike in the winter of 2014-15.
  • Kennedy and Rep. Susan Brooks (R – Ind.) have co-sponsored a bill that would assist medical and law-enforcement officials to deal with an epidemic of opiate addiction and overdoses. The bill would allow for panels of experts to come up with best practices for dealing with opiate addiction, make an antidote more available, and fund law enforcement and prevention programs.
  • Kennedy has also co-sponsored a bill to increase in the budget for National Institutes of Health, which provides scientific grants to research institutions across the country.

Rep. Katherine Clark

  • In response to the President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Rep. Clark – along with several other members of the Massachusetts delegation such as Rep. Kennedy and Sen. Markey – hailed the diplomacy of the president, but wanted more time to read the language before expressing a full opinion on the issue.
  • Clark supported the repeal on the medical device excise tax discussed above. It is still uncertain whether or not the repeal will be enacted.

Rep. Seth Moulton

Rep. Mike Capuano

  • Capuano remains concerned about the budget for the Olympic plans. He says he is not yet at a point to support or oppose the proposals, but is definitely concerned about where the money will come from to fund the infrastructure proposals.

Rep. Stephen Lynch

  • After his visit to the Middle East last month, Rep. Lynch reported that failure of ground forces to work together is inhibiting the fight against the Islamic State. Lynch would rather see “this conflict won by Iraqi boots on the ground.”
  • Lynch commented that he was “not persuaded yet” on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Lynch commented on Boston Public Radio of his concerns with building a temporary Olympic Stadium, as is in the plans if Boston wins the bid for the 2024 Games. He opposes Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stance.
  • Spectra Energy is appealing to a federal judge to give them power to build a natural gas pipeline through West Roxbury. Rep. Lynch, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, and Mayor Marty Walsh have sided with community members, who have argued that his pipeline could be dangerous to the health and safety of the residents.

Rep. William Keating

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