Kudos to Massachusetts members of Congress Reps. William Keating, Stephen Lynch and Seth Moulton for seeing through what must be an environmentalist-created fog that has apparently obscured the vision of the rest of the commonwealth’s House delegation.
The districts of the three congressmen encompass nearly all of the Massachusetts Atlantic coastline (save for Logan Airport in Rep. Michael Capuano’s district), so it’s no surprise that they would have voted with the majority to pass House Resolution 1335 to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Keating, Lynch and Moulton, in fact, offered an amendment (which passed) to use assets forfeited through fisheries violations “to rebuild or maintain sustainable fisheries, ensure healthy ecosystems and maintain fishing communities.”
Massachusetts’ other U.S. representatives — Richard Neal, James McGovern, Niki Tsongas, Joseph Kennedy III, Katherine Clark and Capuano — voted against the bill. The final tally, 225-152, was strongly partisan, with only two other Democrats voting in favor, and only three Republicans voting against.
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