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From Bill: Happy Thanksgiving

As Americans, we have much for which to be thankful. We are thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans and active duty service men and women who have fought for our freedoms at home and abroad.

We are thankful for our first responders who run towards danger to ensure our health and safety. We are thankful for the farmer and fisherman that harvest our food, our teachers who inspired us, and our friends and family who love us unconditionally.

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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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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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