Chelmsford's Member of Congress Votes for Budget Compromise

Chelmsford’s member of Congress voted to support an agreement on funding government operations of the remainder of the year earlier this week despite the fact that she saw it as imperfect.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) , added her support to the bill, which she says will prevent any near term government shutdowns and was passed by the house earlier this week.

While she was frustrated with low funding for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) compared to previous years, she praised the compromise that began to remove the impacts of sequestration and also provided additional help to early childhood education initiatives.

“Partially rolling back the across-the-board cuts signals recognition that deficit reduction cannot be solely achieved by blindly slashing spending.  We must make targeted, thoughtful cuts that more broadly apply the responsibility for reducing our deficit,” she said. “Our country still faces long-term fiscal challenges and much more needs to be done to continue to grow jobs and support middle class families. But this compromise, passed with Democratic and Republican support, will keep the doors open and enable us to continue building towards a stronger economy.”


Iron Mike January 17, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Now that the Patch is free from the clutches of Arianna Huffington and AOL Andrew, - you're free to publish the FULL Truth. If Tsongas cared about the 'Middle Class' – she's never have voted so happily for ObamaCare. BTW, - we're not supposed to have 'classes' here in the USA. That idea comes from Europe and India. Here we're all Citizens. This bill STILL cut the COLA of Veterans – a significant breach of the Government's PROMISE to them back when they were being asked to re-enlist to fight WWII, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Middle East. Soon Tsongas will begin to break the Government's PROMISE to citizens on Social Security and Medicare. To bad Tsongas can't think for herself. She ONLY votes the way Pelosi tells her to.
Tyler Jozefowicz January 17, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Common sense compromise that keeps the US government running for the next two years . Republicans have been complaining for years that Congress has not passed a budget . Well now it has. Last time I checked democracy was the art of compromise. worried about COLA veteran cuts, Social security and medicare , (all " socialist" programs according to the right wing lunnies here), you might want to direct your attention to Paul Ryan , Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who have no problem cutting any of that. Obamacare? I like Obamacare. It gives about 40 million uninsured Americans a shot at getting healthcare, something the Democrats gave 60 million elder Medicare enrollees a long time ago and last time I checked that socialist program , the seniors loved it. Republicans called it socialized medicine and voted against it. Keep up the good job, Niki and Nancy.
Iron Mike January 17, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Aah, those 40 million uninsured Americans 'dying in the streets' as we were told... How MANY have signed up – on the Obominable website? How many signed up for Medicare? How many have LOST insurance coverage [that they liked] – and can't afford the new ObamaCare premiums? Once again know-it-all Socialists have broken a perfectly good system, and replaced it with a non-functioning website – and an endless string of broken promises from a SERIAL LIAR. Niki doesn't need to worry about the 'little people' though, - does she?
Tyler Jozefowicz January 17, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Niki doesn't have to worry about the "little people, though, does she? " what. Like sh'e worrying about the corporations and big banks. '' To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine, a true patriot, Democrat and theist.
Iron Mike January 17, 2014 at 04:02 PM
WHERE did you study Economics Tyler? Patrice Lumumba University? Without corporations and big banks, - where and how would people have JOBS?
Tara Dactyl January 17, 2014 at 07:51 PM
We all know Tyler only deserves a few keystrokes that cannot better used otherwise. Wonder if he had ever held a real job?
Tyler Jozefowicz January 17, 2014 at 08:46 PM
IM : I studied economics in college. how 'bout u? Barely graduate from high school with C+ in the mid-50s when cursive writing and shop using hand planes were all the rage, slide rules instead of calculators. Worrying about SS or Medicare Cuts . That would be your boys in the Republican party or Ayn Rand or Rand Paul types not Niki or Nancy. I know it gets confusing when your mind is stuck in a far right political warp . hate govt but love the socialist programs unless it's one you don't get . i'd say your're enrolled in quit a few , dude. i'm off partying now. See ya. Tara' ; you're not worth my time.
Iron Mike January 17, 2014 at 09:43 PM
What college accepted you with a C+ GPA Tyler? Were you dodging the draft and the Vietnam War with a 'college deferment'? Is that why your comments always reflect a rancor toward the military?
Tyler Jozefowicz January 18, 2014 at 09:16 AM
your formal education above grade school would be what?
Iron Mike January 18, 2014 at 09:44 AM
You're once again biting off way more than you can chew Tyler. [Give Andrew your name, address, e-mail and phone # - and maybe I'll embarass you in private]. MEANWHILE, - answer the QUESTIONS: Without corporations and big banks, where and HOW would people have jobs? What college let you in with C+ grades? When and WHERE did Niki Tsongas EVER create a private sector JOB?
Tyler Jozefowicz January 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM
There is a display of economic ignorance here- the private sector creates jobs in our economy , not the govt. GPA's are numeric , not alphabetic. Someone with college background would know that. But you do have a flair for misguided epigrammatical expression . Niki's father was a commissioned officer, USAF colonel, she lived on military bases and is familiar with military life, BA and JD from BU, headed a foundation on 911 attacks, provided much defense contractor funding to MA defense contractors, promoted armour protection for Humvees against IED s, legislation to prevent female assaults in the military. Golnik and Ogonowski's records were zip.
Iron Mike January 18, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Stop deflecting and answer the questions. Niki spent her high school and college days in the anti-Vietnam War movement. She turned her back on her father's service. She is a fraud in every sense of the word. Ogonowski [no favorite of mine] reached the SAME rank her dad did.


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