Economy and Jobs
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 Jim advocates reforming our outdated tax code so that it is fairer to middle class families and helps our small businesses and entrepreneurs compete.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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In August, I organized a three-day, district-wide farm tour that included 20 stops at local producers, co-op markets, and food distribution centers. I was happy that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett, and MA Commissioner of Agriculture Greg Watson were able to accompany me on the tour.
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.
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.
U.S. REP. JIM MCGOVERN LEADS HOUSE MEMBERS IN URGING TIME FOR STATES AFFECTED BY LIHEAP/SNAP CUTS
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.