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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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From Bill: We Persist

It's shocking and shameful. In 72 hours, we saw just how eager Senate Republicans are to appease Donald Trump by ramming through his far-right agenda.

With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, we saw Trump's Vice President forced to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote. Never once has a Cabinet position been confirmed without the backing of a majority of our elected Senators.

The next day, when my friend Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor to speak out against Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Republicans censored her -- telling her to sit down and be silent.

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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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From Bill: Alternative Facts?

Here in Massachusetts, we have a four letter word for "alternative facts"; we simply call them lies. But this is what we're up against -- people who will attempt to use their own reality to make a case to drastically change our country unless we stand up and push back.

Will Rogers famously said, "even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Well, I don't know about you, but I'm not just sitting here waiting for Donald Trump to run our values over.

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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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Q: Who's Your Favorite President?

This Monday is President's Day, a holiday created to celebrate George Washington's birthday. While many enjoy President's Day as a much needed three-day weekend, it is also a time to honor and reflect on some of the profound thinkers and doers who have made our nation great.

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From Bill: I would be remiss

I wanted to take a moment out of this busy time of year to wish you a Happy Holiday! The Holidays are a good time to reflect on the past year and take stock of the important people in your life, like you. I am so grateful for your friendship and support.

While this time of year is a season of joy and good tidings, I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the hardships facing so many Americans. Several families are struggling to put food on the table. Parents are dealing with children battling addiction. And, so many of us are worrying about loved ones that are half-a-world away protecting our freedoms., I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the hardships facing so many Americans. Several families are struggling to put food on the table. Parents are dealing with children battling addiction. And, so many of us are worrying about loved ones that are half-a-world away protecting our freedoms.

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Lawmakers want ICE to notify states on sex offenders

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.

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