An update from the office of U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts
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September 11, 2009
We remember today all those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. My thoughts and prayers are with all those families who are missing their loved ones so much. Please know that a nation reflects and remembers with you today.
President Obama and Health Care
On Wednesday President Obama addressed the nation regarding plans to reform our health care system. As you are aware, it has been a summer of heated debates and forceful exchanges of ideas. I think we are making progress, but it is not clear yet when a bill will be brought to the House for a vote. As we move to the next phase of the debate over health care reform, I remain committed to a strong public option. I have joined my colleagues from the Congressional Progressive Caucus in sending two letters to President Obama emphasizing my support for a public plan. I am also still closely monitoring the health care discussions to determine what impact a final bill will have on Massachusetts. I don’t expect a vote on health care next week but progress may be made on merging the three House health care bills. As always, I will keep you informed.
On Tuesday the House returned to session with votes on a number of suspension bills as well as consideration of H.R. 965: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act. This legislation permanently authorizes the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, an initiative started in 1998 to preserve the resources of the Chesapeake Bay. It encompasses more than 64,000 square miles of recreational area, wildlife refuges and waterways in six states and Washington, D.C. I voted YES. H.R. 965 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:
What's Up Next
The House next week is expected to consider H.R. 3246: Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009 and H.R. 3221: Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.
Congressman Mike Capuano
8th District, Massachusetts
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Financial Services
Committee on House Administration
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