Congressman Lynch's Lunch Bucket Bulletin - 3/3/17
March 3, 2017
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Revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly provided false testimony while under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing has rendered him unable to fulfill his responsibilities as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
Attorney General Sessions twice denied contact with Russian officials, claims which were later proven to be false after disclosures reported by the Washington Post. Given the importance of ongoing investigations and the critical role of the U.S. Attorney General, Mr. Sessions should resign immediately. It is deeply troubling that he repeatedly lied under oath when questioned about his contacts with Russia. It is clear that by his false and perjurious statements during his confirmation hearing that he has rendered himself unfit to serve as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer. The Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 election threatens the integrity of our democratic process. I believe that Congress should immediately reactivate the process for appointment of an independent counsel/special prosecutor on this matter. I have previously and repeatedly called for a formal investigation into the Russian interference. From sending letters to Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz calling for a bipartisan oversight investigation to cosponsoring H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which creates an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference, I will continue to be a strong advocate for transparency and oversight to get to the bottom of possible ties between individuals in the Trump administration and Russian agents.
With a number of timely and critical national security issues facing our country, I am proud to serve as the lead Democrat on the National Security subcommittee in the 115th Congress. Our first hearing was held this week on “VA: Path to Reform.” During the hearing, I raised concerns that the government-wide federal hiring freeze is hurting veterans’ ability to receive quality care as well as find jobs. The hiring freeze is having a drastic impact on the ability of our veterans to transition back to civilian life by freezing their opportunity to go to work for the federal government. During President Trump’s address to the Joint Session of Congress, he said “our veterans have delivered for this nation and now we must deliver for them.” Unfortunately, the hiring freeze that is indiscriminately in place across all federal agencies impairs our collective ability to live up to this promise. I called for bipartisan support from Oversight Committee members of H.R. 1001, the Veterans Federal Hiring Protection Act, which currently has 29 cosponsors and would exempt veterans from the hiring freeze. Ensuring the brave men and women who have served in defense of our nation receive a quality of care and opportunities to transition to civilian life that are commensurate with their sacrifice should be a bipartisan priority. I am enormously proud that the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans have supported my legislation. I am honored to have their support.
This week, the Financial Services Committee held a markup of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget views and estimates. During the markup, I spoke in favor of an amendment calling for sufficient resources for our public housing program. We have a responsibility to provide affordable housing and ensure units are in safe living condition. Unfortunately, the amendment was defeated along party lines, but I am committed to working with my colleagues to push for additional resources to ensure we are updating our aging infrastructure in cities and towns across the country.
Closer to home, I sat down with Joe Catalano of Quincy Access Television today for an interview on the “Currently in Quincy” program. I gave an update on what is going on in Washington, D.C. and what we are hearing in terms of tax reform, Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and other important issues. We also discussed local issues, including my fight alongside local elected officials and community members in Weymouth, Quincy, and Braintree to stop the Weymouth Compressor Station project from moving forward.
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