Thursday, May 30, 2013
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) announced late yesterday afternoon that she will be holding a conference call event with constituents today.
Politicians are known for holding "town hall" events with their constituents, but Chelmsford's member of Congress is holding one today at your house...or your car.... or wherever you might have a phone. Last yesterday afternoon, the office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) announced a "telephone town hall" for constituents who have questions on any topic. Anyone interested in participating in Congresswoman Tsongas' telephone town hall meeting should call 877-229-8493 and enter # 13394 as the conference access code. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Chelmsford's member of Congress, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), made ending sexual abuse within the armed forces a key part of her election campaign, and she had some harsh words following recent allegations of sexual misconduct of a high ranking Air Force offi
Last week, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, head of the U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, was charged with alleged sexual battery, a fact that led to a strong response from Chelmsford's member of Congress. The news came on the same day that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), was briefed by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Department of Defense's (DoD) annual report on sexual assualt in the military. Tsongas, co-chair of the Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus thanked Hagel for presenting a plan for preventing sexual assault, but had scathing words for the current state of sexual harassment faced by members of the military. "the DoD report indicates a staggering amount of …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) released a statement this week seeking to shine light on a date that highlights the gender wage gap.
While most Americans know April 15 as Tax Day, [Patchtown]'s congresswoman is looking to spread awareness on a different April date of note. On April 9, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) released a statement on "Equal Pay Day." The 99th day of 2013, Equal Pay Day marks how many additional days in 2012 women would have had to work in 2012 to keep working in order to earn equal pay to their male counterparts. Currently, American women earn on average 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts. Tsongas marked the day by noting her co-sponsorship of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a piece of legislation designed to address the issue. “I will continue to stand with women and men who are making the case for equal rights on this day…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Chelmsford's member of Congress released a statement saying that a vote by the House not to address sequestration in the Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Budget will damage local government services.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a short-term spending member that Chelmsford's member of Congress says will lock in the recent spending cuts and tax hikes known as sequestration. In a 221-207 vote, the House passed the a bill that would establish the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and impact budgetary levels for 2015 to 2023 that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) calls "irresponsible" and "reckless" for not addressing the sequestration issue. In a statement, Tsongas says calls sequestration, which began with the debt ceiling debate last year, as threatening the country as a whole, but specifically her district, saying her office has heard of hundreds of constituents who oppose the sequestration as a concept. "In short, these …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Chelmsford's member of Congress voted against H.R. 933, a continuing resolution championed by House Republicans to fund the government through Sept. 30.
Chelmsford's member of the U.S. House of Representatives released strong words for against a bill appproved by the House recently that says will do damage to key government services. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) stated her disagreement with the Republican backed six month government funding bill known as H.R. 933, calling it "an explicit endorsement of the recent sequester," also stating that it would put lives at risk by not properly funding needed food safety inspection and air travel infrastructure. "I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to fix today's partisan bill and send us a resolution to fund the government that makes targeted cuts while protecting the programs that Americans depend on," said Tsongas. "And I urge …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Westford's member of Congress was appointed to the position on Monday.
Chelmsford's congresswoman, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), was named as the ranking Democratic member on the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Monday. Tsongas hopes to use the leadership role to continue working on issues such as improving body armor for the troops and addressing sexual assault in the military. "I am honored to have earned the respect of my colleagues over the past five years and look forward to using my leadership role to help keep our military the best equipped and best protected in the world," said Tsongas in a released statement. "This role provides me an opportunity to work across the aisle to ensure the policies and procedures put in place to support of our servicemembers …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State. Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post after four years. The move means Kerry will have to resign as a senator soon paving the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25. Chelmsford's congresswoman, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), applauded the decision earlier today. “With his exceptional standing among world leaders and vast experience dealing with delicate and vital foreign policy issues, there is no one more prepared or qualified for this position than John Kerry," said Tsongas. "Serving as Secretary of State will allow him …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post. Chelmsford's representative in the House, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), voted for the measure along with 171 other Democrats and and 85 Republicans. The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Sens. John Kerry, D-MA, and Scott Brown, R-MA, both supported the measure in the Senate. "Just voted for the fiscal cliff bill," Brown said on his Facebook Page at 1:55 a.m on New Year's Day. "Not the full answer but a small step forward. A lot of work next session. Good luck."
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With more than half of all precincts reporting, Niki Tsongas has earned more than twice the votes of her challenger, Jon Golnik, to gain another two years in Washington.
Niki Tsongas represented the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District for five years, and now she’ll get a chance to represent the Third. After Massachusetts lost a Congressional seat following the 2010 U.S. Census, Tsongas defeated challenger Jon Golnik (R-Carlisle) in the first election for the new Massachusetts Third District. Retaining much of the old district, Tsongas finds herself losing constituents in certain towns like Tewksbury and Wayland, but gaining a large swath of new towns in the Fitchburg area in an area that stretches from Marlborough to the Lawrence area. Likewise, the Golnik campaign also hoped that the change in the district’s borders could help change the dynamic from 2010, where Golnik lost to Tsongas by 12 points…
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Lowell Democrat was on hand at the American Legion on Groton Road yesterday to receive an endorsement from the Veterans and Military Families for Progress.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas came to Chelmsford yesterday to get the endorsement of Veterans and Military Families for Progress, a group advocating for veterans' issues. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of VMFP and the many veterans we were joined by today,” said Congresswoman Tsongas, “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and as the daughter of a career Army Officer, I know just how important the work of VMFP is. I hope to earn the right to continue to represent the people of Massachusetts and go back to Congress to stand up for those who have sacrificed so very much for us.” Chelmsford veterans in attendance offering their endorsement included Samuel Poulten, David Dubinsky, Dean Contover and Stephen Kinney.