Rep. Tsongas’ Vote Put Profits Over People

October 21, 2017

I was distressed to learn Congresswoman Niki Tsongas voted against the People’s Budget.

The People’s Budget endeavors to put people over profits. It shifts military spending, currently at over 50 percent of the budget, to the things we need most: health care, education, infrastructure upgrades, freedom from poverty, green jobs, expands Social Security and paves the path to citizenship for immigrants.

It creates a just and fair budget requiring corporations to pay their taxes instead of housing profits in offshore accounts.

Tsongas had the opportunity to vote with her Massachusetts colleagues Katherine Clark, Joe Kennedy III, Mike Capuano, Jim McGovern, and Stephen Lynch in support of the People’s Budget but she chose not to.

Tsongas has announced she will retire at the end of her term in 2018. As her days in the House wind down, I only wish she had chosen to go out with a bang by choosing the people of her district over the greed of the corporations that dot the landscape of the 3rd District.



Editor’s note: Approval of the Democrat-sponsored legislation failed, 108 to 314. Tsongas joined Seth Moulton, Richard Neal and Bill Keating.)