MA Delegation Digest 7/11 – 7/24/15
Good summary of many of the reactions from the delegation on the Iran agreement.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Eight Democratic senators, led by Warren, are urging the government to ease restrictions that make marijuana research difficult.
- Warren was in Boston pushing a proposed law she says will end unfair scheduling practices that add instability and insecurity to workers’ lives.
- A day after Hilary Clinton’s economic adviser said that she had no plans to push for the Glass-Steagall bill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged progressives to defend Wall Street reform law and reinstate legislation that would break up big banks.
- Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate the potential of illegal practices by cable and internet providers resulting in substantial price increases and poor services for customers.
- Warren and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings are asking financial regulators including the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for information about how last year’s easing of a key Dodd-Frank Act requirement exposes taxpayers to the risk of future bailouts.
- Warren celebrated her 35th anniversary, and shared how she proposed to her husband.
- Warren laid into Primerica President Peter Schneider about Primerica’s practice of pressuring employees into risky retirement savings plans.
Senator Ed Markey
Rep. Richard Neal
Rep. Jim McGovern
Rep. Niki Tsongas
Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Rep. Katherine Clark
Rep. Seth Moulton
- Moulton’s bill to increase access to capital for startups and small businesses by modernizing the Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program passed the House of Representatives.
Rep. Mike Capuano
Rep. Stephen Lynch
Rep. William Keating
- Keating was one of five Democrats that sided with Republicans on the “sanctuary cities” bill that would block funding from jurisdictions that refuse to communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or comply with detainee requests. The bill would also authorize the Department of Justice (DoJ) to block grants for local law enforcement.
- Keating announced a grant approval that will support regional airports.
- Keating was hesitant about the Iran nuclear deal. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem two months ago. Keating is also reviewing a major nuclear cooperation agreement with China.