During the past two years, U.S. Rep. William Keating has been busy.
When in Washington, the Democrat has been pushing measures crucial to the economic health of this region, leaving no stone unturned, whether it is legislation to help safeguard the rights of the Mashpee Wampanoag to build a casino, or helping to secure markets for local cranberry growers across the Atlantic. In short, Keating has been busy working on behalf of the region’s voters and has proven himself to be one of the most effective legislators serving in Congress today. He ranks fourth out of 435 House members in getting amendments passed.
Keating's long list of accomplishments would no doubt be the envy of many of his colleagues. He has helped secure more than $85 million in federal funding for a host of local initiatives, from supercharging the Blue Economy on the Cape and Islands to creating a local avionics program through Cape Cod Community College. He has also supported local efforts to grow the region's affordable housing numbers, to develop a comprehensive wastewater management plan, and to utilize federal funds to aid in the implementation of area conservation projects. He has repeatedly taken up the cause of the Cape Cod National Seashore, fighting the Interior Department to free up desperately needed funding and to reauthorize the Seashore's Advisory Commission.
On the national level, Keating has been a consistent voice of reason on the subject of health care, working against Republican efforts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, and pushing for additional funds for community health centers. He was one of the earliest and most vociferous voices to speak up against the Trump administration's child separation policy at the southern border, and has worked on a wide range of legislation designed to protect the environment.
At the same time, Keating is no ideologue, understanding that it often takes a great deal of collaboration to get things done in Washington. To that end, he has worked actively with his Republican counterparts in Congress on a range of legislative actions, including a low-income home energy assistance program, the 2018 federal budget act, offshore wind projects, and a response to international narcotics trafficking.
And Keating has made it clear that he has a lot left to accomplish. He has already laid out plans to bring additional jobs to Joint Base Cape Cod and, should the Democrats take the House after the midterm elections, he hopes to push passage of measures safeguarding Social Security, new rules to make political action committee donations more transparent, and common-sense gun safety legislation. Keating has also called for mending fiscal fences with Europe, in direct opposition to the Trump administration's failed tariffs program that has proven disastrous to many American businesses, including local cranberry growers.
Although we are endorsing Keating, we hope that his opponent, Peter Tedeschi, will consider running for another office in the future. A moderate Republican, he has proven himself as a savvy businessman and as a person who lets reason and facts dictate his reaction to challenges. Tedeschi favors a proactive approach when it comes to infrastructure, and wants to see more federal funding when it comes to long-term beds for those suffering from addiction to opioids. Further, he is not afraid to take the Trump administration to task when it comes to separating families at the border or in terms of recognizing that humans are responsible for climate change, a critical awareness in a district where almost 80 percent of the constituents live in coastal communities.
But Keating's extensive and proven track record of bringing reason to Washington and cash back to his district demonstrate his effectiveness, as well as his compassion for and understanding of the issues that matter most to his constituents. For these reasons, we enthusiastically endorse Congressman William Keating's re-election to represent the 9th District.
(This article originally appeared here in the Cape Cod Times on October 21, 2018)