Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

2/23/10 City Council Agenda: Panhandling, public safety and the elusive city budget

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Lots of inquiries this week: Barbara Haller is reaffirming her public safety stronghold by asking for reports on crime stats for calendar year 2009, the trending of armed and unarmed robberies and fire department response times. Rushton wants a report that says what to do about all the panhandling.

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McGovern’s speech on the House floor

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Last night Congressman Jim McGovern addressed the House on the importance of passing the Healthcare reform bill. Here’s a transcript of his speech in full (after the jump):

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Healthcare reform passes

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Earlier tonight (last night if you’re reading this on Monday) the House passed H.R.3590 by a vote of 219 to 212. All 219 “yay”s came from Democrats, while 34 broke ranks and voted with Republicans.

Nine of the ten Massachusetts reps voted in favor of the bill, with only Stephen Lynch of the 9th district (parts of Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties) voting “nay.”

Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) spoke from the floor. We’ll try to get a transcript posted soon. Twitter, the exit poll of the 21st century, has some choice quotes.

The New York Times has this handy map (above) that shows the voting breakdown by district. It’s worth running your mouse over.

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