Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
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Federal Budget and Spending Cuts

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Congressman McGovern knows how important it is for the United States to get its fiscal house in order. He believes that we must not burden future generations of Americans with unmanageable debt. Under the Bush Administration, the federal debt nearly doubled with two wars, massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and a Medicare prescription drug benefit - none of it paid for.

The congressman is a strong supporter of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. He believes that everything should be on the table as we tackle this urgent problem: domestic spending, tax policy, defense spending, and entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Congressman McGovern voted to restore “pay-as-you-go” in federal spending, and he supports stronger measures to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse among government programs and by private contractors.

Congressman McGovern believes the Sequester is the wrong direction. He continues to push to end it, and refocus Congress's efforts on common sense reforms---not political posturing.

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More on Federal Budget and Spending Cuts

Mar 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading champion for anti-poverty programs, condemned President Trump’s budget proposal for its dangerous cuts that will hurt millions of families across the country.

Oct 13, 2016

WORCESTER, MA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined local leaders from the Main South Community Development Corporation, the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and Clark University to celebrate the completion of the new field and track with a dedication at 65 Tainter Street.

Sep 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representative Niki Tsongas (MA-03), announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,376,682 grant for track improvements along the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's Gardner Branch rail line in Central Massachusetts. The rail project will reduce the risk of derailments that could impact the drinking water supplied to the City of Worcester.

Aug 22, 2016

WORCESTER, MA – Today Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced that Worcester Airport has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to install taxiway lighting. The new federal funding will allow Massport to install a Surface Movement Guidance and Control (SMGCS) lighting system on a taxiway to Runway 11-29 to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.

Jun 8, 2016


Jun 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior member of the House Democrats' Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity and the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, released the following statement after House Republicans unveiled the poverty portion of their so-called “A Better Way” agenda:

May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) – a senior House Democrat and proud supporter of LGBT equality – released the following statement on the improper conduct of House Republicans today in holding a vote open in order to force Republican Members to change their votes and defeat an amendment to uphold President Obama’s historic executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors:

Apr 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) – co-chair of the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus – spoke on the House floor with House Democrats to condemn the dangerous cuts proposed by House Republicans in their bill to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Click Here for Video of Congressman McGovern’s Speech.

Text of Congressman McGovern’s Speech Below:

Apr 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statements regarding news that House Freedom Caucus members have suggested attaching work requirements for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.