skip to main contentskip to popular page linksskip to main navigation links
Office Hours Program Social Security Calculator Translate this page into another language
photo of Mike Capuano Michael E. Capuano representing the 7th district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives Go to the House of Representatives homepage
Visit Mike's video channel on YouTube Like Mike on Facebook

 

 Mike's Schedule Voting Record District Maps Register To Vote FAQ Site Map e-Updates

An update from the office of
U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano
8th Congressional District of Massachusetts

Congressman Capuano's
E-UPDATE

Thanks for signing up to receive this periodic correspondence. We hope you find the information useful. As always, let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Office contact information is provided at the end of this e-mail.

This is an unattended mailbox. Please do not reply directly to this e-mail. Instead, if you wish to e-mail us, please use the Write Your Rep account at http://capuano.house.gov/contact.


January 9, 2009

The 111th Congress

This week, the first session of the 111th Congress convened. Our top priority remains the economy. We have been working on two major proposals. First, we have been working to improve the original economic rescue bill in anticipation of the Obama Administration seeking Congressional approval for the remaining $350 billion authorized in October. Personally, I have focused on adding stronger oversight provisions and requiring that funds be used to directly address the foreclosure issue. I can report that we are making progress and action may occur next week.

We have also been working to craft an economic stimulus package that we hope will be ready for House votes at the end of this month. The measure is still taking shape and Congress is working closely with the incoming Administration as the legislation is developed. This stimulus package will contain a host of items, including resources for infrastructure projects and health care. Personally, I am focusing on job creation, funding for scientific research and health care, and aid for our state and municipal governments.

I am concerned that some are pushing for tax cuts that are larger than necessary to stimulate the economy or produce real jobs. I see this as an attempt to be overly accommodating to the Republicans. Although some tax cuts for the middle class are justified and can certainly help the current economic situation, we must have an open dialogue on how to most effectively structure those tax cuts.

I am energized for the upcoming session and look forward to addressing the challenges we face.

The Middle East

Today the House considered H. Res. 34: Recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza. I voted YES because to not support that right would undermine Israel's rights as a sovereign state.

That said, I continue to deplore the eagerness of this House to assign blame in a tragic and complicated historic conflict. It is true that Hamas began to fire rockets into Israel just days after the expiration of the six month ceasefire agreement. This properly elicited a reaction from Israel aimed at protecting its citizens. It is regrettable, however, that Israel was unable — in the three years after its unilateral withdrawal from Gaza — to work to strengthen those Palestinians who seek peace. I hope that a ceasefire observed by all parties, credibly verified and effectively monitored, will be followed by vigorous diplomacy. When calm is established, I urge the government of Israel to engage in confidence-building measures to increase the likelihood of a negotiated settlement.

I urge my colleagues in the House to address the human tragedy in Gaza and Southern Israel rather than to choose sides among suffering people. We must not forget that there are innocent Palestinian civilians suffering along with Israeli civilians. We would do well to acknowledge the plight of those on both sides of Gaza's border and the need to address the humanitarian crisis in a manner that allows free access to the necessary staff, supplies, and resources.

I voted YES. H.Res. 34 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

222

4

22

8

REPUBLICAN

168

1

0

8

TOTAL

390

5

22

16

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

8

0

1

1

Fair Pay Legislation

The House cast its first votes of the session this week, including measures to address wage fairness. The first bill, H.R. 11: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act addresses a Supreme Court decision regarding the case of Lilly Ledbetter. She sued her employer after learning she had the lowest salary among all supervisors, even though she had more experience than her male counterparts.

Although a jury found that she had been subject to wage discrimination, the Supreme Court overturned that decision, claiming Ms. Ledbetter waited too long to raise the issue. The court did not take into consideration the fact that she brought her case to the attention of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as soon as she became aware of the discrepancy.

H.R. 11 reinstates the procedure in place before the Supreme Court's decision by clarifying that each time a worker receives a paycheck reflecting lower pay for equal work they may file a charge of wage discrimination, as long as that charge is filed within 180 days of receiving those wages.

I voted YES. H.R. 11 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

244

5

0

7

REPUBLICAN

3

166

0

8

TOTAL

247

171

0

15

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

10

0

0

0

The House also considered H.R. 12: the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation addresses gender-based wage discrimination, requiring employers to demonstrate that any difference in pay is employment-related and not based on other factors. It prohibits employers from punishing or retaliating against employees who discuss wages, with the exception of employees with confidential access to wage information. It also provides for the recovery of punitive and compensatory damages, in keeping with recovery measures for other types of discrimination. I voted YES. H.R. 12 passed in the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

246

3

0

7

REPUBLICAN

10

160

0

7

TOTAL

256

163

0

14

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

10

0

0

0

What's Up Next

Next week, the House is expected to consider legislation relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and how to allocate the remaining $350 billion in recovery funds.


Congressman Mike Capuano
8th District, Massachusetts
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Financial Services
Committee on House Administration

District Offices:

110 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
and
Roxbury Community College, Campus Library, Room 211

District Office Phone:

(617) 621-6208

DC Office:

1414 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515

DC Office Phone:

(202) 225-5111

Website and e-mail:

capuano.house.gov


We welcome feedback on our e-updates. Please let us know what you think of this service by e-mailing the office via our website at http://capuano.house.gov.


You have received this e-mail because you subscribed to Rep. Capuano's E-Mail Updates authorizing Rep. Capuano to send your inbox periodic e-mail updates from his Congressional office.

PRIVACY POLICY: Your e-mail address will not be shared with anyone else or sold in any way. To read the complete privacy policy, visit: http://capuano.house.gov/privacypolicy.shtml.

UNSUBSCRIBE: if you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, you may do so at this address: http://capuano.house.gov/e-updates/unsubscribe.shtml.



8,333 subscribers

 

 

 

NEWS & MULTIMEDIA

 

Privacy Policy

To protect your privacy, subscriptions to Rep. Capuano's E-Updates are subject to our Privacy Policy.

 

Bill Search

Use the THOMAS search engine to search bills from the 113th Congress.

 

i.e "hres 142"

 

i.e "health care"

 

Newspapers

 

News Services

Here are some informative online news services to help you find reports from Boston and the region, as well as national and international news stories.

 

Home | About | Biography | Contact | Issues | Links | News | Schedules | Services

E-Updates | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Accessibility

110 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
P: (617) 621-6208
F: (617) 621-8628
Hours

Roxbury Community College
Campus Library
Room 211
Boston
Hours

Stetson Hall
Room 124
6 South Main Street
Randolph
Hours

  Constituent Services Click to close menu
  Casework and Constituent Assistance
  Citizenship/Naturalization Information
  Immigration Casework
  Ordering Flags Flown Over The Capitol
  Presidential Greetings
  Tours
  U.S. Service Academy Nominations
  Internship Programs
  Washington, D.C. Attractions
  Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance
  FAQs
  News and Multimedia Center Click to close menu
  e-Updates
  Recent Votes
  Press Items
  Video and Audio
  Photo Gallery
  Legislative Issues Click to close menu
  Mike on the Issues
  Recent Votes
  Mike's Voting Record
  Scorecards for Mike's Votes in Congress
  Legislation Sponsored by Mike
  Earmark Requests
  Committees and Caucuses
  Ethics Task Force
  Congressional Schedules Click to close menu
  Mike's Schedule
  House Floor Summary
  Weekly House Schedule
  Annual House Calendar
  Weekly Senate Schedule
  About The 7th District Click to close menu
  Maps
  Cities
  Demographics
  The 7th District Over the Years
  Nobel Prize Winners
  Interesting facts about Massachusetts
  Massachusetts Links
  Links Click to close menu
  Massachusetts Links
    State Government
    About the 7th District
    Arts, Culture and Attractions
    Chambers of Commerce
    Colleges and Universities
    Exploring Massachusetts
    Hospitals and Health Organizations
    Newspapers
    Sports

  Federal Government Links
    USA.gov - Official Government Portal
    Legislative Branch
    Executive Branch
    Judicial Branch
    Federal Agencies
    Kids' Pages
    Register to Vote
    Washington, D.C. Attractions
    Business Opportunities with the Government

  Links For Students
 
  Contact Mike Click to close menu
  District Office
  Washington, D.C. Office
  Office Hours Program
  Community Meetings
  E-mail Mike's Office