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August 04, 2020

Rep. Seth Moulton: “Our Response to Covid Will Affect Both National Security and Economic Security”

Andrew Schwartz: You're listening to The Reopening. The podcast that asks, "How will America work through the COVID-19 pandemic? How will we innovate, and how will it change our global economy?" Each week we invite top business leaders to share their insights on the road to economic revival here at home, and around the world. Scott Miller: U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District joins the podcast this week. Congressman Moulton is a … Continue Reading

August 03, 2020

Moulton secures money to dredge small harbors

by Jack Shea

SALEM - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 on Thursday, which would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend $34 billion for harbor dredging over the next decade and possibly put a project in Newburyport Harbor closer on the horizon. Congressman Seth Moulton wrote a letter to the state Committee on Transportation asking it to increase the amount of money from the harbor maintenance trust fund that it devotes to small harbors, and in … Continue Reading

August 03, 2020

Moulton on pandemic: 'Next few months are going to be very difficult'

by Taylor Ann Bradford

Hand in hand on Monday, Congressman Seth Moulton and his 22-month-old daughter Emmy walked the warehouse of Gloucester Bio, a company that has shifted production in order to meet a need during the pandemic. Beginning as a supplier of yeast to alcohol distillers to help them produce ethanol, the company at 11 Dory Road shifted gears after the novel coronavirus pandemic made its way over the bridge and began to effect local businesses and community members. The work that companies such as … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

‘Magic wands and glitter dust’: Massachusetts lawmakers roast $1 trillion Republican coronavirus stimulus package

by Benjamin Kail

Massachusetts lawmakers painted the coronavirus stimulus package unveiled by Senate Republicans on Monday as inadequate and irresponsible in light of severe and widespread economic fallout sparked by the pandemic. Despite general bipartisan agreement that another stimulus is needed during the crisis, Democrats and Republicans are at odds over nearly every proposal within the $1 trillion Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act that Senate Majority Leader Mitch … Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Letter: Moulton a Champion for Mental Health

by Brett C. McCarty

To the editor: We need our legislators to be reliable champions of mental health, and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has proven himself to be just that since the day he was elected. In his first term in Congress, Seth addressed delays veterans were having scheduling appointments at the Veterans Administration, which resulted in changes that significantly reduced wait times and saved lives. He has also supported funding for organizations that provide mental health services for veterans and … Continue Reading

July 26, 2020

House Funding a Boom for GE River Works Plant

by Gayla Cawley

LYNN - A U.S. House of Representatives version of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would provide $249 million for the GE Aviation River Works plant in Lynn. The funding, championed by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, would go toward GE's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), which makes a new generation of engines for the military's Blackhawk and Apache helicopters. Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer who flew in Blackhawk helicopters powered by the River Works plant, has … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

'Get the hell out of our uniforms': It's getting hard to tell who are the real law enforcement as camouflaged Feds crack down on protests

by David Choi

Retired US Army Gen. Russel Honoré, the three-star general who commanded the military's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, sharply criticized the Department of Homeland Security for wearing military uniforms. "That uniform represents the cloth of our nation for people who don't draw overtime, who serve around the world at the direction of the national command authority," Honoré said to MSNBC. The optics of federal agents, who wore US Army uniforms in crackdowns on … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

988 suicide hotline designation takes another step forward

by Ethan Forman

SALEM - The use of 988 as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline took another step closer to reality last week as the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to designate the three-digit number as the national number for mental health emergencies. Congressman Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat pushed for this designation in the House along with Congressman Chris Stewart, an Air Force veteran and Republican from Utah. The goal is to create a number people, especially those in crisis, … Continue Reading

July 19, 2020

Moulton Reflects on Legacy of A Legend

by Steve Krause

SALEM - Sixth District Rep. Seth Moulton said Saturday that no one commanded more respect in the House of Representatives chamber than John Lewis. "When I grew up, we seemed to have a lot of great American heroes around. From the greatest generation who won World War II," said Moulton, a congressman since 2015. "'"Good Morning, Sir!' was my usual greeting, not because of my Marine background or his age - most people in Congress are older than me - but simply because there is nobody in … Continue Reading

July 18, 2020

Our View: Creating a new lifeline

by Editorial Board

Summoning the police or fire department is an act so straightforward, children are drilled to remember the significance of dialing "911" before they show up for the first day of kindergarten. Digits for directory assistance - 411 - are nearly as identifiable. Less widespread, though every bit as sticky in memory, are the municipal information lines such as Boston's "311." Soon enough, a lifeline for those in the throes of a mental health crisis will be just as casually memorable. The Federal … Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Scores of academics call for ‘human challenge’ trials of coronavirus vaccine

by Martin Finucane

Scores of academics and prominent figures, including several Nobel laureates from Massachusetts, have signed an open letter calling for consideration of human challenge trials of coronavirus vaccines, saying such trials might be able to speed up development of the shots desperately needed to stop the pandemic. The letter, addressed to National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, urged the US government, its allies, the World Health Organization, and international funders "to … Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

'We were just hoping to keep them alive'

by Paul Leighton

SALEM - It was held outside the hospital, not inside, and during a lull in the COVID-19 pandemic, not at its height. But a meeting between Congressman Seth Moulton and a group of doctors and nurses at North Shore Medical Center on Wednesday provided a glimpse of what has gone on inside the walls of the hospital since the arrival of the pandemic in March. Moulton visited the hospital to thank what he called "our local heroes on the front line of the pandemic." As he stood in a circle with 10 … Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Big delays in sending unemployment checks shines spotlight on failures to upgrade old government technology

by Amy Sokolow

Delays in sending unemployment checks to scores of jobless workers shows just how far the states and federal government have fallen behind in updating decades-old technology, experts say, and they need to upgrade quickly to better serve the public. The situation has become especially acute as old government computer systems buckle under the weight of record unemployment claims and a massive shift in state and federal employees working from home during the coronavirus crisis, technology … Continue Reading

July 13, 2020

The walls have ears. Now the toaster has them, too.

by John P. Muldoon

It's a given that Google and Amazon are listening to you, even when their devices are "off." But what about your refrigerator? Or toaster? Would that be enough to make people mind their language in the kitchen? And imagine if those devices were watching you, too. It introduces a whole new level of paranoia to toasting a slice of bread. To address the proliferation of eyes and ears in new devices, Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton has introduced bipartisan legislation to give people a … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Esper announces leak investigation at Pentagon

by Aaron Mehta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered an investigation into leaks of both classified and unclassified material to media, he told members of the House Armed Services Committee during a Thursday hearing. The secretary brought up what he called an aggressive effort to pursue leaks after a series of what he called "bad leaks" in the fall. "I've launched an investigation that is underway to go after leaks, whether it's of classified information or unclassified information … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Harvard, MIT ICE lawsuit hearing to continue Friday amid support from other schools

by Sean Phillip Cotter

Harvard and MIT are now backed by Northeastern and other colleges from around the country to continue to push against the federal government's effort to expel foreign students if their school is only offering online courses. The colleges briefly started a hearing Thursday that will continue at more length 10 a.m. Friday in federal court in Boston. Judge Allison Burroughs is weighing a suit filed Wednesday by Harvard University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology that seeks to block … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Defense Secretary Esper, In Careful Exchange, Denies Being Briefed On ‘Bounties’

by Phillip Ewing

Defense Secretary Mark Esper never received a briefing about alleged Russian practices against U.S. troops in Afghanistan that included the term "bounty," he told Congress on Thursday. Esper said so in an answer to a carefully worded question from Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, who appeared to be aware about how to cue Esper, potentially from the lawmaker's own awareness of the still-secret underlying intelligence about the Russian allegations. "To the best of my recollection, I have not received … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

'Brandon Act' looks to help active duty service members report bullying without retaliation

by Matt Galka

PEORIA, Ariz. - A Peoria family hopes their son's suicide in the Navy leads to some good for all men and women in uniform. A bill now in Congress, the Brandon Act, looks to give service members more options for mental health. Brandon Caserta wanted nothing more than to be a Navy SEAL, but unfortunately, a broken leg derailed his dream, and following a transfer in the Navy, things got much worse. "He was bullied and hazed from the moment he got in that command. I think he was targeted … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

HASC Wants To Stop Year-End Spending Sprees

by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

WASHINGTON: "I'll probably burn in hell for doing this repeatedly," said Rep. Paul Cook, a retired Marine Corps colonel. "This" is the annual rush to use every dollar in your Operations & Maintenance budget before the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. While other "colors of money," such as procurement, don't expire as fast - a weapons program can take years to get on contract - O&M is "one-year money." If you don't spend it by the end of the fiscal year, you lose it. True, the … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Parents are hopeful bill will save troops' lives

by Mike Gooding

NORFOLK, Va. - After two years of fighting the Navy for accountability and pushing for change, finally, Teri and Patrick Caserta have a little hope. Last week, on the two-year anniversary of their son Brandon's death, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts) introduced "The Brandon Act." The goal: to create a pathway for service members to seek mental health care in confidence, outside of their own chain of command. "We're convinced it will save lives," said Brandon's father, Patrick. "And that … Continue Reading

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