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 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.
Markey led the conversation amongst Senate Democrats urging President Obama to maintain the ban on crude oil exports. In a letter drafted by thirteen Democratic Senators, he argues that lifting the crude export ban could harm consumers, businesses, and national security by making the United States dependent on foreign oil and by raising domestic energy prices.
Markey joined other Democratic senators in signing a letter warning PayPal that their requirement for customers to automatically sign up for robocalls may be in violation of the law.
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.
At a House Agriculture Committee hearing, Rep. McGovern defended the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). He contradicted the Republican proposal to cut funding for this program, arguing that SNAP is “something that has worked.”
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.
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.
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.
Moulton has created a new fellowship program, sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Program, specifically for eligible veterans with disabilities. The responsibilities of the fellow will be to help veterans in the 6th district of Massachusetts get the support they need.
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.
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
Keating sponsored two measures to the intelligence authorization bill, both which were approved by the House. The first asks the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on how travel information on foreign fighters is shared internationally. The second reinstates the requirement that the FBI provides an annual report on how it shares information.