Tuesday, December 21, 2021

An Update from Your Congressman - Jake Auchincloss

An Update from Your Congressman - Jake Auchincloss


Hello, I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed.

I want to share with you three significant developments since I last wrote. 

Raising the Debt Ceiling 
Last week, the House addressed the debt limit and prevented a catastrophic debt default. Raising the debt ceiling is about meeting obligations we've already made. We should not be playing games with the full faith and credit of the United States. 

As Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, I am working to support a strong economy that works for everyone. I recently spoke with the Financial Times and penned an op-ed in FOX News about how we can work together to tackle inflation as the next major bipartisan policy initiative in Congress.  

Holding Big Tech Accountable for Vaccine Disinformation 
Last week, I led other Democratic members in a letter to PayPal urging the corporation to ban the use of its online payment system on websites that perpetuate COVID-19 vaccine and treatment disinformation. Specifically, the letter calls on PayPal to deactivate the accounts of the "Disinformation Dozen." More than 800,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The majority of these deaths have come after the approval of safe, free, and effective vaccines. 

Throughout this pandemic, PayPal has played a role in financing vaccine disinformation spreaders and should consider banning the use of its online payments system on websites that perpetuate dangerous lies about COVID-19 treatment and immunization.

I spoke about the letter during a recent interview on MSNBC that you can watch here.

End of the Year Events  
On Saturday December 11th I hosted an in-person town hall in Brookline. It was a great opportunity to meet with constituents and hear about issues important to them. I was also able to give updates on how I'm representing our values and advancing our priorities. We discussed a wide range of topics from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill to protecting voting rights. If you were not able to join us, you can watch a recording of the event here. Please continue to be on the lookout for future events my office will be hosting where we can meet in person to discuss what's happening in Congress. 

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to close by sharing a report our office put together highlighting our accomplishments in Congress thus far. This year alone, despite the limitations of COVID-19, we've hosted over 30 district events, including more than 20 city and town-specific roundtables, traversed the MA-04 district conducting more than 100 in-person visits to each of our 34 cities and towns; responded to over 112,000 messages and successfully closed out over 1,100 casework requests in every city and town in the district; and successfully brought home federal funds including $154.8 million in tax cuts delivered to over 76,000 families in the Fourth District

As we look forward to the new year, my priorities remain:
  • Putting the pandemic behind us,
  • Putting a strong economy ahead of us, and
  • Protecting the integrity of our democracy

I hope you are able to take some time to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.

To stay up to date on the state of play in Congress, please make sure to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and follow me on Instagram. 



Jake Auchincloss
Member of Congress


WASHINGTON DC OFFICE • 1524 Longworth House Office Building • Washington, DC 20515 • Phone: (202) 225-5931

NEWTON DISTRICT OFFICE • 29 Crafts Street Suite 375 • Newton, MA 02458 • Phone : (617) 332-3333

ATTLEBORO DISTRICT OFFICE • 8 N. Main St. Suite 200 • Attleboro, MA 02703 • Phone : (508) 431-1110
View Congressman Auchincloss's first year highlights on his webpage


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