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Cranberry Diplomacy

U.S. Rep. William Keating, who represents the Cape and Islands in Congress, recently scored a victory for cranberry growers across the state by facilitating a deal through which European nations will continue to purchase many of the state's small red fruit without implementing a retaliatory tariff.

European Union officials had threatened a blanket cranberry tariff as one measure in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to impose harsh economic measures on allied imports. Keating's efforts demonstrate how states may be able to wrest back a modicum of control of their economic futures from Washington, D.C., and deal with those most directly affected.

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Budget cuts 'devastating' to healthcare services, jobs

Most of the headlines about the federal budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday focus on the big tax cuts pushed and won by the GOP.

But U.S Rep. William Keating said there's another budget story to be told, one that impacts thousands of Cape and Islanders and their health care. The budget cuts half a trillion dollars from the Medicare program for people age 65 and over and $1.4 trillion from Medicaid, the government subsidized health care program for people with lower incomes, Keating said.

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Rep. Keating authors Lyme disease legislation

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), five counties in the 9th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Bill Keating, have the highest rates of Lyme disease in the commonwealth -- Nantucket is first, Dukes County is second, followed by Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable counties.

Last week, Rep. Keating authored the Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Act, which will direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to publish two sets of materials specific to Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses. The first will update prevention and treatment procedures for both healthcare providers and the public. The second includes training materials for healthcare providers.

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Senator Markey and Congressman Keating Meet With Cape Constituents

Over 500 people packed an auditorium at Nauset Regional Middle School on Thursday night to ask questions and hear from Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Bill Keating.

Both then began taking aim at President Donald Trump, with Markey proclaiming that many in the audience have probably had enough of him and his administration.

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E.J. Dionne: "The next GOP assault on voting rights"

The Washington Post -- When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Elizabeth Warren last week as she was reading Coretta Scott King's 1986 letter denouncing Jeff Sessions, he jogged the memory of another Massachusetts Democrat, Rep. William R. Keating.

"I went to bed that evening seeing what was occurring," Keating said in an interview, "and when I woke up in the morning, my mind immediately went back to the outrage of an amendment that had been passed in the House," almost entirely with Republican votes.

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Keating demands answers on Narcan cost increase

William Keating's concern for overpricing extends beyond one corporation. The Democratic congressman representing Massachusetts' 9th District highlighted the issue, though, with a letter to Kaleo Pharmaceuticals on Thursday.

The subject revolved around the Evzio product, an autoinjector for naxolone (Narcan) which is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. Keating's public criticism focused on the cost of Evzio increasing from $690 to $4,500 in a span of three years — something the congressman said he has seen too often recently.

"We saw it with HIV medicine and EpiPen and now when you see it with this, red flags should go up all over the place," Keating told The Standard-Times on Friday.

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Keating Airport Security Bill Passes House

Six years after a fatal airplane stowaway incident ended in the night sky over Milton, an airport security bill that Congressman William Keating filed in response may be nearing final approval.

Keating's Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act initially passed the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2016. On Tuesday the House unanimously passed a revised version, and Keating says it will be among the first to be taken up by the Senate in the coming weeks.

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Standard Times: Return Keating to the House

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The Standard-Times endorses U.S. Rep. William Keating for re-election to serve the 9th Congressional District, where he has demonstrated the skill and understanding to help constituents where they live and serve their best interests in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Keating is no stranger to his constituents in Bristol and Plymouth counties (as well as the Cape and Islands counties), where by meeting them face to face he knows their issues and concerns. His decades in public service in both houses of the state Legislature and as District Attorney for Norfolk County have been characterized by empathetic recognition of the social challenges that beset our communities, and creative, strategic responses to those challenges.

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Cape Cod Times Endorses Keating

At a time when Capitol Hill remains mired in gridlock, U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Bourne, has been finding alternative routes to get things done. For example, in the past two years, Keating secured about $120 million in federal funding for the 9th Congressional District for everything from workforce development to public safety.

We recommend Keating for many reasons, including his willingness to work across the aisle on such critical issues as national security, the opioids epidemic, and federal flood insurance.

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Keating's airport security bill is a strong step forward

Terrorists continue to target airports around the world. The attacks this year in Belgium and Istanbul left 77 victims dead and more than 500 injured. The attack in Brussels shattered a nation’s sense of security. The assault at Ataturk Airport was an attack on the economy of Turkey, and it was deeply felt.

We depend in a significant way on the Transportation Security Administration for safety at our airports. With its rules and delays, the TSA has been a brunt of jokes and serious complaints. The fact, however, is that we haven’t had a serious terrorist attack on a U.S. airport.

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