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Protesters decrying US role in Gaza siege set flag afire outside McGovern’s office
05-29-2024 10:46 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Protesters angered by Israel’s most recent deadly attack in Gaza brought a metal trash can and an American flag to the sidewalk outside Rep. Jim McGovern’s Pleasant Street office on Tuesday.As passersby honked in support or shouted...

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GOP silences McGovern over Trump remarks
05-24-2024 1:25 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

For the first time in his 27-year career in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern had his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives struck from the record on Wednesday, after he criticized former U.S. President Donald Trump for his numerous...


Neal, McGovern: $78B tax bill a win for families
02-05-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL and CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted a new tax relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week, and shared his views on U.S. foreign policy during a gathering with the press on Friday morning.Speaking at the atrium inside the...


McGovern files bill to aid victims of scams, disasters
01-16-2024 5:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

WASHINGTON — Pushing for action at the federal level to assist homeowners afflicted by crumbling foundations, Rep. Jim McGovern has filed legislation dubbed the Tax Relief for Victims of Crimes, Scams and Disasters Act.Co-sponsored by Rep. Jamie...


Charting state’s course toward food security: Special agriculture panel focuses on bolstering food banks
11-17-2023 5:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — While extremist Republicans in Congress are trying to gut programs that provide food to those in need, Massachusetts could become the first state to end hunger, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern told a special state commission on agriculture...


McGovern joins call for cease-fire in Mideast
10-19-2023 4:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Saying that “there is a different path” in Gaza, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and six other Democratic lawmakers are calling for a cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas that has killed more than 4,000 people on both sides.The lawmakers released a...


McGovern, Neal rip ‘clown show,’ ‘spectacle’ on Capitol Hill
10-05-2023 5:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

WASHINGTON — After a historic week in Washington, D.C. involving a near government shutdown and the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, both western Massachusetts representatives in the U.S. House criticized the former speaker and the Republican...


McGovern bill takes aim at pesticides: Would suspend dozens banned in other countries pending EPA review
09-03-2023 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced a bill in Congress that could ban dozens of pesticides in the United States, including many banned in other countries. The bill, known as the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act, would update...


McGovern’s PLANT Act would increase research, production in plant-based food industry
08-09-2023 3:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Saying that now is the time to embrace the “enormous potential that plant-based foods have to strengthen our economy and our food system,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced a bill in Congress that aims to strengthen the American...


McGovern backs constitutional amendment to strip big money from elections
07-03-2023 2:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

An Amherst-based organization is behind a newly proposed constitutional amendment put forth by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern that would reduce the influence wealthy donors and large corporations have on elections in the United States. The proposed joint...


Federal funds secured for NewVue project in Athol
05-26-2023 4:55 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern visited Athol on Friday to announce he has secured $1 million in federal funding to support the construction of 53 units of affordable housing in town.The funds for the NewVue Communities Riverbend-Bigelow Schools...


McGovern faces pushback from activists on Cuba, Venezuela sanctions
05-14-2023 5:00 PM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists for Cuba and Venezuela are calling on U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern to sign a letter to President Joe Biden condemning sanctions that they say have impacted the countries’ economies and contributed to a surge of migrants at...


Progress report: McGovern addresses steps needed to end hunger in 7 years at western Mass. strategy session
03-24-2023 3:42 PM

By Sydney Ko

Seven years. That’s how long Massachusetts, and the nation, have to meet an ambitious goal of eradicating hunger.It’s an ambitious goal, but one that advocates and politicians who work tirelessly to address hunger believe is within reach if momentum...

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