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    IF THERE is a single example of how dramatically the regulatory environment has changed for American banks in the past 18 months, it may be the trickle of information that has recently emerged about an inquiry into their sales practices.

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    Wells Fargo was the biggest beneficiary of a law cutting corporate tax cuts, House Democrats claimed Wednesday. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., noted that under the Republican-passed tax bill, major corporations like Wells Fargo would receive permanent cuts, while individuals are only getting temporary breaks.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Saturday Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) called on House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to hold a hearing to investigate reports that the U.S. Army is discharging noncitizen service members.

    “As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, I respectfully request that you hold an oversight hearing to examine credible reports that the Department of Defense is summarily discharging noncitizen U.S. reservists and recruits who enlisted to serve our nation in the U.S. military as part of the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program,” wrote Lynch.

    On Thursday the Associated Press reported that at least 40 Army reservists and recruits who enlisted as part of the MAVNI program were discharged or had their immigration status questioned. Some of these service members said the Defense Department had labeled them as “security risks” because of relatives living abroad or uncompleted background checks by the Defense Department.

    “As underscored by the Department of Defense in its description of the MAVNI program, the ‘law ensures that the sacrifice of non-citizens during a time of national need is met with an opportunity for early citizenship, to recognize their contribution and sacrifice,’” wrote Lynch. “An oversight hearing to examine the reported failure of the Department of Defense to abide by its commitment to MAVNI program participants would serve to better ensure that we live up to the promises made to these brave service men and women.

    “It would also serve to further our national security and force protection operations going forward by strengthening our efforts to recognize the service of those noncitizens who enlist in the U.S. military when our national interest most demands it,” Lynch continued.

    Read the full letter here.


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    Brockton is receiving a $578,000 firefighters assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, allowing the department to buy new self-contained breathing apparatus units and a new air-filling station. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., came to Fire Station No. 6 on Friday afternoon to announce the FEMA funding, after working with U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Boston, and Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, to secure the federal grant.

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    Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee spiked a motion Tuesday from Democrats to subpoena Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to testify publicly about Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere in U.S. elections ... “This used to be the Oversight Committee. This is the running away from oversight committee since Trump took office. We do zero,” Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch said.

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    A house hearing on election security grew contentious on Tuesday as the Oversight and Government Reform committee questioned a quartet of government officials about Russian interference in the 2016 election...Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) delivered a dramatic speech in which he lamented Congress’s decisions to hold only two hearings on Russian interference and the Republicans’ “effort … to rally around the President, even when he is wrong.”

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    A measure designed to combat potential terrorist use of digital currencies advanced the House Financial Services Committee passage ... “I want to thank my colleague from Massachusetts, Rep. Stephen Lynch, for leading this legislation with me. He said it best in committee our work on the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee is truly bipartisan, and he is exactly right. I cannot thank him and his staff enough for their support on this.”

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    Rep. Stephen Lynch called for an oversight hearing to examine the TSA’s “Quiet Skies” program, which has been tracking and surveilling passengers through undercover and controversial means for years.

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    U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, urged House Republicans this week to hold a bipartisan oversight hearing on the Transportation Security Administration's "Quiet Skies" program, in which undercover federal air marshals reportedly conduct surveillance on American air travelers.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy urging him to hold a bipartisan oversight hearing to examine the so-called “Quiet Skies” program. The program, which is administered by the Transportation Security Administration, reportedly tracks ordinary air travelers, including U.S. citizens, through surveillance conducted by undercover federal air marshal teams.

    “In stark contrast to the deployment of federal air marshals for Special Mission Coverage flights on which a known or suspected terrorist is ticketed, ‘Quiet Skies Selectees’ are not under investigation by any agency and are not listed in the U.S. Terrorist Screening Database,” wrote Lynch.“These travelers are nevertheless subjected to enhanced screening and security measures because they display travel behavior fitting ‘risk-based passenger targeting rules’ developed by the TSA and have entered the United States from a foreign location.”

    The proposed hearing would examine the purpose, scope, and legality of the “Quiet Skies” program and how the TSA is taking steps to safeguard the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. In addition to privacy concerns, the procedure for removing names from the list in cases of misidentification or other error is unclear.

    “While I strongly support the critical mission of the Transportation Security Administration to ‘protect the nation’s transportation systems,’ the administration of a covert surveillance program that targets nearly 20,000 air travelers, including U.S. citizens, per year without probable cause must be subject to robust congressional oversight,” said Lynch.“In furtherance of our national security, a meaningful examination of the purpose, scope, and legality of this program will enable us to assess the effectiveness of the Quiet Skies program and better ensure the protection of American civil liberties.”

    Read the letter here.


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    An in-flight surveillance program, revealed by the Boston Globe on July 28, has drawn criticism from members of Congress as well as from privacy and civil rights advocates ... Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate transportation committee, and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Security, also spoke out against the surveillance program.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to nominate qualified ambassadors to U.S. diplomatic posts that are critical to U.S. counterterrorism and national security efforts in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other regions. According to the American Foreign Service Association, nearly 40 key U.S. embassies are vacant due to a lack of nominations by President Trump.

    “The absence of U.S. ambassadors at our diplomatic missions in Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia poses a serious challenge to the effectiveness of our counterterrorism operations and diplomatic efforts in the Middle East,” wrote Lynch.“This region is defined by a heightened state of conflict stemming from ongoing civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the escalating use of guerilla tactics by the remaining pockets of the Islamic State, and other destabilizing events. It is also marked by the deployment of more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and an estimated 6,000 troops still deployed in Iraq. National security demands the presence of permanent U.S. diplomatic leadership in the region.”

    The U.S. also lacks ambassadors in Pakistan, where Al Qaeda and Islamic State affiliate activity remains an issue, and in Mexico, where bilateral cooperation on security, counter-narcotics, migration, and economic issues is critical. President Trump has also failed to nominate an ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which coordinates global economic policy, combats the threat of terrorist financing and money laundering, and is critical to curbing illicit use of offshore tax havens – an issue particularly relevant to U.S. national security given recent revelations related to the “Panama Papers.”

    “In furtherance of U.S. national security and our efforts to safeguard deployed U.S. military and civilian personnel worldwide,” continued Lynch, “it is imperative that you fulfill your constitutional duty and name qualified individuals to serve as U.S. ambassadors at these and other critical diplomatic posts with ambassadorial vacancies.”

    Read the letter here.


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    It has been nearly four years since anyone could walk across the old Northern Avenue Bridge, and two decades since you could drive across it ... All that traffic has some pushing for car lanes on Northern Avenue, including Representative Stephen Lynch. The South Boston Democrat, who secured $9.4 million in federal funding for the project, has called for “maximum utility” in the new bridge.

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