Issues

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I have always felt lucky to come from northeastern Massachusetts—and I am lucky to represent the people I live and grew up with in Congress. We’re a district of vibrant small towns and family-run businesses with revolutionary history from the 18th century and revolutionary innovation in the 21st. I’m proud to have been born and raised here, and to have lived in the sixth district most of my life—and I believe we ought to be proud of the representative we send to Washington.

Throughout my life, I’ve always been a fixer and a builder. From working blue collar jobs throughout high school and college to spending four tours in Iraq trying to rebuild a country, fix a broken government, and build a democracy, I have always been someone willing to tackle the tough work required to build a better future.

When I look at America today, it’s hard to see anything that’s as broken as our Congress. It’s a place where I believe I can make a difference—where the pragmatic leadership I learned in my four deployments during the war can contribute to the solutions we desperately need. The Marines in my platoon came together from across the country, with many different backgrounds and beliefs, yet we all rose above those differences to do what is best for America. And when we partnered with Iraqi political and military leaders, we worked across even deeper cultural divides to achieve goals larger than ourselves. We didn’t worry about our own agendas—we put the country first, focused on the mission, and worked as hard as we could. We need that spirit in Washington.

I believe in America’s future, and I’m not cynical about our ability to have true leadership in Congress. I want our country and our district to live up to the fullest measures of their potential—and I want to help provide the leadership that gets us there. I’ve seen people come together to succeed in too many difficult situations to lose faith in our ability to meet our biggest challenges.

I've got a comprehensive plan for the 6th district. You can read it all here, and learn about some of my specific issue positions below.

ISIS

ISIS presents a clear threat to American interests and American national security. They have killed Americans abroad, and made clear their desire to attack Americans here at home. ISIS is an evil organization and our policy should be to defeat them. However, that does not mean we should use American ground troops.

Veterans

Congress is failing our veterans. As a veteran myself, I see it firsthand. We have never had fewer veterans in Congress in our nation’s history, so it’s not surprising that so few Members of Congress understand the urgency of the problem. We can’t solve these problems overnight, but with the right leadership we can begin to fix the system and give veterans the opportunities they have earned.

Education

Like millions of Americans, I'm still paying student loan bills every month. I understand firsthand the challenges that come with college debt. I will work to lower both student loan interest rates and tuition costs for today’s college students, so the next generation is not burdened by a mountain of college loan debt.

Demand Common Sense Gun Reform

Of the 109 firearm laws passed in state legislatures in the year following the Newtown shooting, 70 of the new laws eased restrictions on gun usage and availability. We need common-sense, bipartisan gun reform. Universal background checks and No Fly, No Buy.

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security is one of our greatest achievements of the last century, and a contract between generations that we must honor. However, the current system is threatened because it does not cope with ongoing demographic changes. As our population ages, we need to support those seniors that paid into the system and ensure that future generations also benefit. That's why we need to eliminate the payroll tax cap.

Jobs and the Economy

Congress needs to create the economic environment to spur growth and create new jobs. Instead, today’s Congress is standing in the way and standing by—standing in the way of job growth with partisan gridlock and taxes that hurt small businesses, and standing by as the middle class gets squeezed.

Women's Rights

I believe fundamentally in a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and I do not believe the government should come between a woman and her doctor. I will stand up to extremists in Congress who want to restrict women's rights.

Health Care

As someone with experience in health care, I believe better health care is not just a right, but also smart policy—good health care means better lives, stronger communities, and economic innovation. America spends 52% more per capita on health care than any other country in the world, and yet we rank 12th in health care results. Better health care policy should improve both—improving outcomes across the board, for everyone in America, while also reducing costs and inefficiencies.

LGBTQ Rights

Equality is the civil rights fight of our generation. My brother is gay, and it’s fundamentally wrong that he and I don’t share the same rights just because of who he is.

Immigration

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and our country thrives off the diverse backgrounds of its citizens. While the entry of undocumented immigrants presents a challenge to our nation’s Border Patrol, it is critical that blocking illegal immigration not come at the cost of hampering the healthy, legal immigrants who continue to grow our economy, create jobs (immigrants are twice as likely to start new businesses), and make our country strong.

The Environment

The role of Congress is to protect American citizens, our economy, and our resources. Congress needs firm leadership to lessen GHG emissions and to hold private companies accountable for environmental degradation while still encouraging economic growth. With the proper structures and incentives, businesses should be advocates for environmental stewardship and innovation, not opponents.

Transportation

I will support expanding the frequency and speed of commuter rail service, to attract more passengers and reduce its environmental impact, by converting it to electric-powered trains. Most modern commuter rail systems worldwide use electric trains, but the MBTA still uses diesel locomotives. Electric trains have faster acceleration, so trip times can be up to 30% faster. They also can be split into shorter trains, making it economical to operate frequent all-day services, every 10 or 15 minutes, more like the T in Boston. Together, these changes can double ridership. Electric trains are quieter and they do not emit any fumes.

Getting Special Interest Money Out of Politics

We’ve got a big problem in America today. Corporations and special interests think they can buy support in Congress with massive secret contributions. The sad thing is, they’re right. In the wake of Citizens United, special interests have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to cheat the system and manipulate Congress. That's not good for democracy, and it's not good for getting things done. If we want to fix Congress, we have to get rid of special interest money and the politicians it has bought.

Scientific Research

Nowhere has the government’s private-public partnership efforts yielded more progress than scientific research. From the early days of Silicon Valley to the ongoing work of DARPA, federal efforts have allowed scientific research to flourish. I studied physics in college and worked in a lab dependent on federal grants for the important research we did. It is critical that we leverage the scale of government to protect and advance the sciences. Scientific research is an investment in our economy and an investment in our future.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the greatest health care challenges we face as a nation. We have a moral obligation to care for the Baby Boomers who will be disproportionately afflicted with the disease, and we have an economic responsibility to address the tremendous burden it puts on our country. Yet to date, our spending on research and treatment has been paltry at best. Alzheimer’s is also an issue that is deeply personal to me. My grandmother developed Alzherimer’s at only 63, and I had to grow up watching her slowly deteriorate.

Where I Stand

I have always felt lucky to come from northeastern Massachusetts—and I would be lucky to represent the people I live and grew up with in Congress. We’re a district of vibrant small towns and family-run businesses, Revolutionary history from the 18th century and revolutionary innovation in the 21st. I’m proud to have been born and raised here, and to have lived in the sixth district most of my life—and I believe we ought to be proud of the representative we send to Washington. I've got a comprehensive plan for the 6th district.

The Importance of Service

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