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.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
For the past month, many mailboxes have been filled with senior pictures and commencement invitations. Bakeries and grocery stores have been crowded with proud family and friends picking up cakes. In front lawns, signs and banners read: "Job well done," "Class of 2015," and "Congratulations!"
As I pass by the graduation parties and signs, I consider myself fortunate. So much of what I have been able to achieved in my life is due to my parents and the quality of the education I received. And like so many others, while attending college, I was able to help pay tuition by working part time jobs.Read more
My grandmother was a Gold Star mother and I always knew how honorable that title was to her. My father was a veterans benefits agent and he taught me the importance of advocating for our military families, especially those who had a loved one make the ultimate sacrifice.
It is my belief that one of our Nation's greatest duties, and the truest way to honor our fallen heroes, is to ensure their surviving family are taken care of. Tragically, many of our fallen heroes are young, which often means their sole survivors are their parents. That is why I authored and introduced the Gold Star Families Equality Act last Memorial Day.Read more
Traditions are important, and the month of November is full of them. On the Tuesday following the first Monday of the month our nation comes together to celebrate democracy by exercising our right to vote in free and fair elections. On the eleventh day of the month we join together in showing appreciation to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. On the fourth Thursday of November we take an opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving.Read more
I am humbled and honored that you have re-elected me to represent you for the next two years.
Thank you for the countless hours you spent on the phones and knocking on doors -- even in the snow -- encouraging people to vote, your grassroots donations, and everything else you've done for the campaign. This is a victory that we all share.
It's because of you that we can celebrate this win -- a win for the middle-class families, students, seniors, and veterans in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Again, thank you for everything you've done. This would not have been possible without your help.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