Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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Economy and Jobs

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Jim McGovern’s top priority in Congress is spurring economic development and job creation in the Second District, with a strong focus on helping small businesses grow and succeed. The Congressman has helped dozens of innovative small businesses thrive in our area, including companies that produce high-tech prosthetics for returning soldiers, solar panels, high-energy lasers, fuel cells, medical devices, and other essential technologies.

Jim has voted to provide tax relief and incentives to small businesses, and will continue to push for additional tax relief and to reduce red tape. Jim advocates reforming our outdated tax code so that it is fairer to middle class families and helps our small businesses and entrepreneurs compete.

Congressman McGovern also recognizes how important improving our local infrastructure is to our economic development. He has secured millions of dollars for road and bridge projects, wastewater system improvements, and commuter rail service throughout Massachusetts.

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More on Economy and Jobs

Apr 8, 2014

I thank the gentleman from Georgia for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and I yield myself 8 minutes.

M. Speaker, budgets are moral documents. These annual documents are really statements of who we are as political parties and groups.  They represent our values. They tell a story about what we believe in and how we would govern.

Mar 18, 2014

BOSTON – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 163,000 households in Massachusetts and avoid the loss of approximately $142 million in SNAP benefits set to be cut under the recently enacted federal Farm Bill.

"Government's role is to help people help themselves, and these steps are necessary to help our most vulnerable residents and families meet their most basic needs," said Governor Patrick.

Feb 18, 2014


U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) today joined with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) in leading 98 members of the House and Senate in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The letter urges Secretary Vilsack to give states several months to comply with the severe cuts to SNAP that were contained in the recently enacted farm bill.

Dec 11, 2013
House Democrats today are urging Speaker Boehner not to adjourn the House for the year without bringing up an extension of federal unemployment insurance, which is scheduled to expire Dec. 28, immediately cutting of all jobless aid to 1.3 million Americans.
Oct 5, 2013
Representative McGovern, joined by 199 Democrats, sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner today demanding a vote on a piece of legislation that would end the shutdown and fund the government. A vote on the legislation would open the entire federal government immediately.
Oct 4, 2013
After months of trying to cut $40 billion from the SNAP program, after months of demonizing poor people, after months of trying to slash food assistance programs across the board, Republicans would like us all to believe that they care about hunger in America.
Oct 1, 2013

Remarks from the floor on September 30, 2013:

I thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and I yield myself such time as I may consume.

M./ Speaker, once again, the Republican Majority is back on the House Floor trampling upon regular order and eliminating any possibility of a fair and transparent legislative process.

Mar 14, 2013
The SKILLS Act would kill a program that provides low-income individuals with the training they need to get jobs - jobs that pay enough to get them off of public assistance.
Mar 6, 2013
...we're here to consider the rule for H.R. 933, the Continuing Resolution for the rest of Fiscal Year 2013. This is a disappointing bill, M. Speaker, and this is a disappointing process.
Mar 5, 2013
On March 5th, the White House Visitors Office announced that due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, all White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice.