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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Two members of Congress are calling for legislation that would compel Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help register sex offenders, after the Globe detailed that the agency was releasing hundreds of rapists, child molesters, and others without consistently notifying law enforcement the offenders were living in communities across the United States.
Rep. Bill Keating, a Bourne Democrat and member of the House committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, called ICE’s lapses "frightening." In a telephone interview, he said the agency’s policy change is insufficient and said he would seek to have the notifications mandated by law.Read more
The race in the 9th Congressional District is as important for New Bedford, the Cape and Islands as any other this Nov. 4, including the race for governor, and it’s imperative for the region’s economic future that Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Keating be re-elected.
Keating’s knowledge of the whole district has been instrumental to his service in Congress. He helped find the flaw with the federal flood insurance program that was unfairly rating the East Coast as if we were on the West Coast. He also sees the value of New Bedford-based wind energy not just to the local economy, but to the energy needs of the whole district and the economy of the whole state.Read more
The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. William Keating has based much of his campaign on a stunt to support his claim that Keating, a Democrat from Bourne, is invisible. In a video ad, John Chapman asks residents of the 9th Congressional District, "Do you know your congressman?"
None could name Keating.
It's dangerously similar to a stunt pulled by late-night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel only two weeks ago. In a video that's been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube, a Kimmel producer asks average Americans one simple question: "Who is Joe Biden?"Read more
AFTER LAST year’s Marathon bombing, Representative Bill Keating shouldered a thankless but vital responsibility. A second-term congressman from the South Shore and Cape Cod, Keating began investigating why law enforcement hadn’t stopped alleged bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before the attack.
Posing questions that could be interpreted as second-guessing law enforcement never earns much popular acclaim, but Keating’s actions were crucial to learning from the incident. By pressing for explanations over many months, sometimes over the opposition of the FBI and members of his own party — and by laying out plans to continue his inquiries — Keating showed why he deserves reelection on Nov. 4.Read more
William Keating may not be the most electrifying member of Congress, but when he sinks his teeth into an issue, he doesn't let go.
Just look at what he did following the Boston Marathon bombing. As a former prosecutor, he started asking questions no national security agency — from Homeland Security to the FBI — wanted to ask. How could this have happened and could it have been prevented?
When the FBI office in Boston stonewalled his request for information, he flew to Russia twice to gather information about the suspected bombers.
He learned that the Russians had, in fact, tried to warn the United States about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the attack.Read more