skip to main contentskip to popular page linksskip to main navigation links
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
Like Mike on Facebook Visit Mike's video channel on YouTube Like Mike on Facebook

 

 My Schedule My Voting Record District Maps Register To Vote FAQ Site Map e-Updates

Congressman Capuano's
E-UPDATE
An update from the office of U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano
7th Congressional District of Massachusetts


11,964 subscribers

June 19, 2015

South Carolina

I am stunned and heartbroken by the news out of South Carolina Wednesday night. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones as a result of this truly evil hate crime. Regardless of one's faith, all houses of worship should be sanctuaries, where we can let go of our burdens. It is unthinkable that this horrific act took place during a prayer service, where the faithful welcomed the suspect into their community. I am grateful to law enforcement for their quick work in apprehending him.

Trade Promotion Authority

As you may recall, last week the House considered several bills related to trade, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “Fast Track” and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Under the conditions of the rule governing debate for the trade package, each component had to pass in order for the overall legislation to advance. TAA is intended to help workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased trade. Through TAA workers have access to education assistance and job training programs. I voted against TAA last week because I did not believe that it went far enough to help displaced workers. Additionally, public sector employees, whose jobs might be outsourced, were not eligible for assistance. In a cynical maneuver, last week’s rule tied TPA and TAA together so the passage of TAA was necessary in order to pass TPA. Once TAA failed overwhelmingly the whole trade bill failed.

This week the House took a different approach, holding a separate vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). I voted NO. I do not support TPA because it significantly limits the voice of the legislative branch. By approving TPA, Congress relinquishes its right to amend trade agreements. It just doesn’t make sense to me that Congress would or should do this. In this case, the House voted this week to grant TPA before any trade agreement is even finalized.

TPA now returns to the Senate, where passage is not certain. The House and Senate are both expected to consider TAA again at some point soon. It is not clear at this point if the two measures will be paired again.

I voted NO on the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment to H.R. 2146, Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

190

50

0

6

DEMOCRAT

28

158

0

2

TOTAL

218

208

0

8

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0

Intelligence Authorization

On Tuesday the House considered H.R. 2596, Intelligence Authorization Act. This legislation authorizes funding for the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and other intelligence activities. Like some of the other funding related bills, H.R. 2596 uses Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds to get around the sequester. I have always opposed sequestration. Exempting one agency while subjecting others to significant cuts is not responsible budgeting. It is long past time to reopen the debate over sequestration and replace it with a balanced approach. I voted NO. H.R. 2596 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

216

25

0

4

DEMOCRAT

31

153

0

4

TOTAL

247

178

0

8

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

1

7

0

1

Iraq and Syria

On Wednesday the House considered H. Con. Res. 55, directing the President, Pursuant to section (5) of the War Powers Resolution, to Remove U.S. Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria.

This resolution calls on the Administration to remove most of U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq and Syria unless Congress votes to authorize additional military action. The Administration recently announced plans to send 450 more U.S. military personnel to Iraq, bringing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to approximately 3,500. There is no question that this represents an escalation of the U.S. role in the region. Despite this increased activity, Congress has not debated an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Instead the AUMF from 2001 is being used to justify current activities.

The President has a Constitutional obligation to bring this matter before Congress and Congress has a Constitutional obligation to take a vote on it. I voted YES on H. Con. Res. 55. It failed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

19

222

1

3

DEMOCRAT

120

66

0

2

TOTAL

139

288

1

5

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

8

1

0

0

Medical Device Tax

On Thursday the House considered H.R. 160, Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015. This legislation repeals the medical device tax, which was implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Joint Committee on Taxation has calculated that H.R. 160 will increase the deficit by $24 billion over 10 years. The medical device tax is one of the components of the ACA that concerned me at the time of its passage. However, the positive aspects of the ACA far outweighed the negative, which is why I supported it. I would like to find a way to review the ACA so Congress can address some portions that may not be working as intended. Unfortunately, there are too many members who would like nothing more than to do away completely with the ACA and all its benefits. This makes it impossible to revisit the law. The primary reason I could not support H.R. 160 is because it doesn’t do anything to address the revenue that will be lost by eliminating the medical device tax. I voted NO. H.R. 160 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

234

0

0

11

DEMOCRAT

46

140

0

2

TOTAL

280

140

0

13

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

4

5

0

0

What’s Up Next

The next House votes will take place on Tuesday June 23rd. The House is expected to continue consideration of FY 2016 appropriations bills.

Mike


Congressman Mike Capuano
7th District, Massachusetts
Committee on Ethics
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Financial Services

P.S. I welcome your feedback on our e-Updates. Please let me and my staff know what you think of this service by e-mailing our office.


District Offices:

110 First Street, Cambridge
Roxbury Community College Campus Library, Room 211, Boston
Stetson Hall Room 124, 6 South Main Street, Randolph

District Office Phone:

(617) 621-6208

DC Office:

1414 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515

DC Office Phone:

(202) 225-5111

Website and e-mail:

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.

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.

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.

E-Updates are sent from an unattended mailbox. Please do not reply directly to this e-mail. Instead, if you wish to e-mail us, please go to http://capuano.house.gov/contact/.
 

NEWS & MULTIMEDIA

 

Privacy Policy

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

 

Bill Search

Search Congress.gov for legislative information.

Tip: enter bill numbers without spaces, i.e. "h.res.26" or "hres26"

 

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 Assistance
  Citizenship/Naturalization
  Immigration Casework
  Grants and Federal Domestic Assistance
  Presidential Greetings
  Flags
  Tours
  Washington, D.C. Attractions
  U.S. Service Academy Nominations
  Internships
  FAQs
  Media Center Click to close menu
  e-Updates
  Press
  Recent Votes
  Video and Audio
  Photos
  Legislative Work Click to close menu
  Issues
  Recent Votes
  Voting Record
  Sponsored Legislation
  Earmark Requests
  Committees and Caucuses
  Ethics Task Force
  Schedules Click to close menu
  My Schedule
  House Floor Summary
  Weekly House Schedule
  Annual House Calendar
  Weekly Senate Schedule
  Our 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
  Contact Click to close menu
  District Office
  Washington, D.C. Office
  Office Hours Program
  Community Meetings
  E-mail Me