MA Delegation Digest 2/14/17
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Warren hired a new National Security adviser,
Sasha Baker, which signals to some she will consider running a White House run in 2020. In order to oppose his nomination, Warren highlights the financial ties between
SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch and big business interests who pushed him as a candidate. Warren and Markey are set to team up to
filibuster the nomination of Gorsuch, leaving concerns about how the Republicans will respond. Warren explains her unexpected support for Ben Carson as the
Sen. Ed Markey
Markey believes that Rex Tillerson’s aggressive policy toward Russia and China come through “
Oil Coated Glasses .” Markey declared his intention to
defend net neutrality under renewed threat of rollbacks. Markey to push bill to require Congressional approval for the president to use
nuclear weapons. Markey
voted “yes” to appoint Elaine Chao as transportation secretary and Wilbur Ross to lead the commerce department. Elizabeth Warren voted no on both. Markey and Warren called on
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rescind its Jan. 25 order authorizing Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project
Rep. Richard Neal
Our column in the
Berkshire Eagle highlights Neal’s critical role in the House, and some of the upcoming corporate tax debates. Neal criticizes Trump’s obstruction of a
fiduciary rule which requires that your financial advisor provides you with advice that’s in your best interest. Neal notes that repealing the
Affordable Care Act is risky, saying he expect bipartisan dialogue, but downplays its chances. Neal met with Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas; as well as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Oregon to
discuss tax overhauls with Trump. Neal proposed to
to expand the earned income tax credit to help working class families, especially those without children.
Rep. Jim McGovern
McGovern worked with the
ACLU of Boston to aid in the safe return of students affected by the Executive Order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
Rep. Niki Tsongas
Rep. Joe Kennedy
Rep. Katherine Clark
Rep. Seth Moulton
became senior whip to Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, showing a rise in his stature among party leadership. Moulton also
took on two more positions as vice policy chair of the self-described “Future Forum” as well as vice chairman of the Bipartisan Working Group. Moulton is
disturbed by the Russian involvement in the Presidential election, arguing that Donald Trump cares less for the American people than he does for Russia. Moulton
starts a small-business initiative in the North Shore, during which he shared thinks the Trump tax reform agenda is pretty good for big businesses, but not for the local small businesses.
Rep. Michael Capuano
Capuano aims to make Somerville a
sanctuary city in the midst of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Capuano starts “
A Look Behind the Curtain” – a running record of actions that may impact the lives of Massachusetts citizens.
Rep. William Keating
Keating is now a
ranking member on the subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade on the Committee of Foreign Affairs.