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November 17, 2020

VA Delay: Veteran waits more than 300 days for records

by Sam Smink

Larry Smith still feels pain from the moment a military training exercise went wrong. "I landed on the back of my head and my neck and I landed back here. I found out the human body actually bounces. I came down headfirst and I wasn't able to get my hands down because of the way I came off the obstacle," says Smith. "I couldn't feel my feet, couldn't feel anything." Despite injuries like whiplash and a concussion, he still traveled overseas with his Air Force Unit, serving a year in the … Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

Officials vow to hold Varian accountable for cleanup

by Paul Leighton

BEVERLY - Congressman Seth Moulton's office and state and local officials on Monday expressed concern about the ongoing contamination at the former Varian site on Sohier Road and vowed to hold the company accountable for its cleanup. A spokesman for Moulton said his office contacted the federal Environmental Protection Agency after The Salem News reported on Monday that levels of potentially toxic chemicals remain high despite a cleanup that has been going on for 28 years. Spokesman Tim Biba … Continue Reading

November 10, 2020

On a somber Veterans Day, remembrances tinged with mounting loss

by Brian MacQuarrie and Jeremy C. Fox

American flag in hand, Debbie Weinstein walked slowly across the lush grass Tuesday at Baker Street Memorial Park in West Roxbury. The Lakeville woman bent toward the ground, placed the flag beside a flat grave marker, and rose to honor Daniel Weinstein, her father-in-law, an Army private in World War II who died in 2008 at the age of 87. Across this sprawling Jewish cemetery at the edge of Boston, Weinstein and the caretakers who work there appeared to be all alone. "I just came to pay my … Continue Reading

November 09, 2020

Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper

by Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, an unprecedented move by a president struggling to accept election defeat and angry at a Pentagon leader he believes wasn't loyal enough. The decision, which could unsettle international allies and Pentagon leadership, injects another element of uncertainty to a rocky transition period as Joe Biden prepares to assume the presidency. Presidents who win reelection often replace Cabinet members, including the … Continue Reading

November 04, 2020

Moulton Sets His Agenda, Cites Importance of Counting Every Vote

by Gayla Cawley

SALEM - After cruising to an easy re-election win Tuesday night, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton chose to focus his remarks during a late Wednesday morning press conference on the importance of counting every vote in a tight presidential race. Moulton, a Democrat from Salem, will represent the 6th Congressional District for another two years after defeating John Paul Moran by a 30-point margin. Speaking outside the Old Town Hall, Moulton criticized President Donald Trump for the "shameful display of … Continue Reading

October 24, 2020

9-8-8 suicide prevention hot line bill signed into law

by Emily Sweeney and Jeremy C. Fox

Local and national suicide prevention advocates are praising a new federal law that designates 9-8-8 the national phone number for mental health emergencies, saying it will provide a critical resource that could help save lives. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, introduced by Representative Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat, calls for the three-digit number to be implemented nationwide by July 2022. The law represents "the single-most important development to reduce suicide in … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

$3M to pay for flood protection

by Sean Horgan

Gloucester will receive a $3 million federal grant that will allow the city to move ahead with the construction of a flood barrier at its Water Pollution Control facility on Essex Avenue. The city, with the assistance of its congressional delegation, secured the grant from the federal Economic Development Administration. According to the office of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, the grant will fund the final design, permitting and construction of a flood barrier at the facility that has been at the … Continue Reading

October 19, 2020

President Trump signs Seth Moulton’s bill to make 988 the national suicide hotline number

by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Across the United States, 911 is the number to call in the case of emergencies, 211 is the number for local community services, and 511 is the number for transportation information. Now, under a bill co-written by Rep. Seth Moulton and signed into law Saturday by President Donald Trump, Americans will have a new three-digit hotline, 988, to call if they have questions or concerns about the mental health of a loved one - or their own. Between re-election campaign rallies over the weekend, … Continue Reading

October 14, 2020

Moulton Calls for More Afterschool Funding at Camp Fire Visit

by Guthrie Scrimgeour

LYNN - Rep. Seth Moulton paid a visit to Camp Fire North Shore yesterday where he addressed the economic hardships that after-school programs like Camp Fire are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I've supported about $100 million for childcare." Moulton, the Democratic representative for the 6th Congressional district, told Camp Fire Executive Director Laurie Hamill. "We're never going to get all of that. But obviously the Senate isn't moving on it at all." State Rep. Peter Capano … Continue Reading

September 29, 2020

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

by David E. Sanger

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan House panel said on Tuesday that artificial intelligence, quantum computing, space and biotechnology were "making traditional battlefields and boundaries increasingly irrelevant" - but that the Pentagon was clinging to aging weapons systems meant for a past era. The panel's report, called the "Future of Defense Task Force," is one of many underway in Congress to grapple with the speed at which the Pentagon is adopting new technologies, often using the rising … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Focusing on Student Veterans' Strengths

by Madeline St. Amour

A new research article identifies the strengths that students who are military veterans bring with them to higher education. Katie Sullivan and Kay Yoon, both associate professors of communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, surveyed and interviewed 115 total student veterans at a large public university in the Southwest for the article, published in The Journal of Continuing Higher Education. They wanted to explore a more balanced way to view the more than 3.5 million … Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

988 Suicide Prevention Hotline Bill Heads to President Trump

by Lynn Jolicoeur

A bill to designate 988 as the three-digit telephone number for the national suicide hotline has passed in the House of Representatives and is headed to President Trump for signature, according to U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton's office. The new number is meant to be easier to remember than the current number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255. Moulton, who co-sponsored the bill, has said he hopes it will become widely known as the number people should call if they're … Continue Reading

September 10, 2020

Salem Gold Star families express frustration with President Trump over alleged remarks on veterans

by Jordan Frias

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - Two Gold Star families in Salem are speaking out against remarks President Trump allegedly made about veterans and those serving in the military. The controversial remarks prompted Congressman Seth Moulton to reach out to these families. Moulton served four tours in Iraq and is a U.S. Marine. The families told 7NEWS the remarks, if true, are an insult to their fallen children. "Just and John and Travis answered the call to fight for this country, we are here to answer … Continue Reading

September 09, 2020

U.S. to Cut Its Force in Iraq to About 3,000 Troops, Commander Says

by Gordon Lubold and Isabel Coles

The Trump administration will cut the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 3,000 this month, a top military commander said in the country on Wednesday, a reduction from about 5,200 there now. The move is part of President Trump's effort to reduce the American military footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan before Election Day on Nov. 3, officials have said. The top U.S. commander in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, said improvements in Iraq's security forces allowed the U.S. to … Continue Reading

September 04, 2020

Veterans slam Trump for reportedly disparaging military service members

by Jeremy C. Fox

Prominent veterans Friday called out President Trump's "contempt" for the military, as Trump denied reports that he has repeatedly disparaged service members captured or killed in action. The reports say Trump canceled a visit to a French cemetery for American servicemen killed in World War I, describing the graveyard as "filled with losers," and complained after Senator John McCain's death that flags had been lowered for the "loser" who spent five years as a prisoner of war in North … Continue Reading

August 18, 2020

Mailboxes being replaced, not removed

by Taylor Ann Bradford

The U.S. Postal Service mailboxes that were removed across the city this weekend will be replaced. The blue USPS collection boxes were collected from various locations in Gloucester this weekend, conjuring up concerns among some residents about why they were being taken. The boxes are being replaced with more secure boxes that have a slot as opposed to a pull-down handle. "They are swapping those out one-for-one out of the Gloucester area," said USPS spokesperson Steve Doherty on Monday, … Continue Reading

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 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

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

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

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