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 March – April 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

  • Warren urges the Treasury Department to conduct its own investigation into potential U.S. ties in the Panama Papers — especially as blacklisted organizations and individuals were found to be among those listed in the leaked files.
  • Warren criticizes the SEC for letting Steven Cohen’s employees to begin to manage outside money again, despite a sanction against the high-profile hedge fund manager for insider trading violations.
  • Warren also wrote a letter to the SEC blasting banks for their efforts to undermine proposed rules to require them to act in the best interest of their clients when advising on retirement accounts, instead of pushing them into products that are more profitable for the bank.
  • Warren called on the federal government to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline construction expansion request, which was put on ice earlier this month.
  • Warren introduced a bill, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, attempting to make notable reforms to the IRS, allowing most Americans to not have to do their tax return, but instead to receive a pre-prepared tax return from the IRS.

Sen. Ed Markey

  • Markey filed a new bill limiting the amount of fees airlines charge passengers, including extra charges for checked bags and changing or canceling your flight.
  • Markey is drafting Senate legislation regarding self-driving cars to protect consumers’ privacy, because such cars can potentially be hacked to obtain driver information or control of the vehicle.
  • Markey defends Obama’s Clean Power Rule, which attempts to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is considering challenging this rule.
  • Markey supports Obama in his fight to expand efforts to eradicate opioid addiction, urging legislators to require safe prescribing education for doctors.

Rep. Richard Neal

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Niki Tsongas

Rep. Joe Kennedy III

Rep. Katherine Clark

  • Clark wants a bipartisan effort from the federal government to help Flint, Michigan, including mental and physical health supports and access to fresh food for a reasonable cost for Flint’s residents.
  • Clark will soon introduce a bill that will better help law enforcement in responding to online threats, training officers on how to recognize, investigate, and prosecute cyber related crimes.

Rep. Seth Moulton

Rep. Mike Capuano

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. Bill Keating

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