Representative William 'Bill' R. Keating's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 9, Democratic
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Bill Keating has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bill Keating is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 1 December 2011. "Bill is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights and policies that afford access to legal, safe reproductive healthcare services. Most recently, he opposed H.R. 3, a bill that aims to rescind tax credits for small businesses that provide their employees with healthcare coverage plans that include legal abortion services." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Choice. 1 December 2011. "Bill is pro-choice. In Congress, he will fight to protect a woman's right to choose and work to ensure the settled law of Roe v. Wade is not undermined." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Keating voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Keating voted Did Not Vote on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 1 December 2011. "Bill is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights and policies that afford access to legal, safe reproductive healthcare services. Most recently, he opposed H.R. 3, a bill that aims to rescind tax credits for small businesses that provide their employees with healthcare coverage plans that include legal abortion services." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Choice. 1 December 2011. "Bill is pro-choice. In Congress, he will fight to protect a woman's right to choose and work to ensure the settled law of Roe v. Wade is not undermined." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Keating voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Keating voted Did Not Vote on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Video: Democratic debate for Mass. 9th Congressional District, Part 3. 5 July 2012. "Q: We've both talked about taxing the wealthy. You've mentioned eliminating the Bush Tax cuts [¦] 50% for top earners. How about that, Bill Keating? Keating: I favor just taxing the millionaires right now. It's a hard sell in this Congress“ Q: Taxing the millionaires meaning what? The Bush tax cuts or the Buffett rule? Keating: the Bush Tax cuts “ they're going to get an average of another $140,000 extra tax cut, while Medicare people are going to have to be paying $6.400 dollars more per year." (www.necn.com)
  • Bill Keating. Video: Democratic debate for Mass. 9th Congressional District, Part 3. 5 July 2012. "Q: We've both talked about taxing the wealthy. You've mentioned eliminating the Bush Tax cuts [¦] 50% for top earners. How about that, Bill Keating? Keating: I favor just taxing the millionaires right now. It's a hard sell in this Congress“ Q: Taxing the millionaires meaning what? The Bush tax cuts or the Buffett rule? Keating: the Bush Tax cuts “ they're going to get an average of another $140,000 extra tax cut, while Medicare people are going to have to be paying $6.400 dollars more per year." (www.necn.com)

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  • Bill Keating. Letter to President Obama. 7 December 2011. "To address these urgent economic, transportation and safety needs, we believe our country needs a six-year, fully funded and paid-for transportation reauthorization with investments above current funding. Short-term extensions fail to recognize that meaningful, large-scale transportation projects take years to plan, approve and implement. The traditional six-year time-frame allows state departments of transportation to prepare for substantial infrastructure projects. A modern, safe and efficient transportation authorization will not only create jobs now for the construction industry--facing a 13.3 percent unemployment rate--but it will also set the table for long-term job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Letter to President Obama. 7 December 2011. "To address these urgent economic, transportation and safety needs, we believe our country needs a six-year, fully funded and paid-for transportation reauthorization with investments above current funding. Short-term extensions fail to recognize that meaningful, large-scale transportation projects take years to plan, approve and implement. The traditional six-year time-frame allows state departments of transportation to prepare for substantial infrastructure projects. A modern, safe and efficient transportation authorization will not only create jobs now for the construction industry--facing a 13.3 percent unemployment rate--but it will also set the table for long-term job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor, and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor, and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Education. 1 December 2011. "Unlike his opponent, Bill will not vote to dismantle the Dept. of Education, which provides college aid to middle class families. Bill supports providing the resources public schools need to maintain high levels of educational excellence and prepare our children for the new economy and emerging technologies of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Education. 1 December 2011. "Unlike his opponent, Bill will not vote to dismantle the Dept. of Education, which provides college aid to middle class families. Bill supports providing the resources public schools need to maintain high levels of educational excellence and prepare our children for the new economy and emerging technologies of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Keating voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Green Guide. 25 September 2012. "My record, both in Congress and in prior service, reflects my deep commitment to this cause. Recently, I opposed legislation in Congress that would prevent the enforcement of the Clean Air Act and eliminate critical EPA regulations [¦] I believe that Congress should pass a robust energy bill that increases the use of clean, renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, in order to create hundreds of clean energy jobs throughout Massachusetts, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, increase America's energy security and protect our coastlines from environmental disasters." (docs.google.com)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bill Keating in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Keating voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Protecting the Environment. 1 December 2011. "Bill recognizes the threats posed by Global climate change and understands its impact on our coastal communities. In Congress, Bill will tackle climate change by fighting for the passage of an energy bill that increases the use of clean, renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind. Bill is the only candidate in this race to come out in support of Cape Wind because it will help make Massachusetts a leader in the green economy, create hundreds of good paying clean energy jobs, protect our coastline from environmental disasters such as the Gulf oil spill, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Green Guide. 25 September 2012. "My record, both in Congress and in prior service, reflects my deep commitment to this cause. Recently, I opposed legislation in Congress that would prevent the enforcement of the Clean Air Act and eliminate critical EPA regulations [¦] I believe that Congress should pass a robust energy bill that increases the use of clean, renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, in order to create hundreds of clean energy jobs throughout Massachusetts, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, increase America's energy security and protect our coastlines from environmental disasters." (docs.google.com)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bill Keating in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Protecting the Environment. 1 December 2011. "Bill recognizes the threats posed by Global climate change and understands its impact on our coastal communities. In Congress, Bill will tackle climate change by fighting for the passage of an energy bill that increases the use of clean, renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind. Bill is the only candidate in this race to come out in support of Cape Wind because it will help make Massachusetts a leader in the green economy, create hundreds of good paying clean energy jobs, protect our coastline from environmental disasters such as the Gulf oil spill, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 1 December 2011. "Bill Keating has a strong record on gun safety. He voted for a statewide ban on assault weapons. In Congress, he will fight hard to close the loophole that allows people on the FBI Terrorist Watch list to buy guns and support federal regulations requiring that all guns sold in this country are equipped with child safety trigger locks." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 1 December 2011. "Bill Keating has a strong record on gun safety. He voted for a statewide ban on assault weapons. In Congress, he will fight hard to close the loophole that allows people on the FBI Terrorist Watch list to buy guns and support federal regulations requiring that all guns sold in this country are equipped with child safety trigger locks." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 December 2011. "Last year, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to provide quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans who had been ignored and left behind by the current system. While many of the law's provisions will be phased in throughout the coming years, several important changes have already been implemented [¦] Bill's conversations with community members have led him to understand that everyone knows someone who has been positively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that repealing the healthcare reform improvements would add over $230 billion to the deficit. There is still work to be done to address small business concerns and help senior citizens understand how this law can work for them, and Bill is working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to fix outstanding issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Keating voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 December 2011. "Last year, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to provide quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans who had been ignored and left behind by the current system. While many of the law's provisions will be phased in throughout the coming years, several important changes have already been implemented [¦] Bill's conversations with community members have led him to understand that everyone knows someone who has been positively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that repealing the healthcare reform improvements would add over $230 billion to the deficit. There is still work to be done to address small business concerns and help senior citizens understand how this law can work for them, and Bill is working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to fix outstanding issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Keating voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 December 2011. "Bill Keating opposes amnesty. As a District Attorney, Bill Keating enforces our laws and believes that everyone must obey them. His office has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases that resulted in defendants being detained for immigration and deportation action. Bill believes that we must secure our borders, and wants to punish and stop corporations that hire workers here illegally. Bill does not support giving people who are here illegally access to state and federal benefits - that is not allowed and should not be allowed. The immigration mess is another example of how Washington has failed to get the job done and, if elected to Congress, Bill Keating will fight to make sure we pass a comprehensive immigration reform law on the federal level so 50 states aren't forced to act on a state-by-state basis." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 December 2011. "Bill Keating opposes amnesty. As a District Attorney, Bill Keating enforces our laws and believes that everyone must obey them. His office has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases that resulted in defendants being detained for immigration and deportation action. Bill believes that we must secure our borders, and wants to punish and stop corporations that hire workers here illegally. Bill does not support giving people who are here illegally access to state and federal benefits - that is not allowed and should not be allowed. The immigration mess is another example of how Washington has failed to get the job done and, if elected to Congress, Bill Keating will fight to make sure we pass a comprehensive immigration reform law on the federal level so 50 states aren't forced to act on a state-by-state basis." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Video: Democratic debate for Mass. 9th Congressional District, Part 3. 5 July 2012. "Q: Immigration: Do you support the President's decision to temporarily stop the deportation of young people? [¦] Keating: Yes. Q: Do you support what the President also supports, which, for those very same people, the DREAM Act, would create a pathway to citizenship? Keating: I didn't support it until it's part of a comprehensive plan. After seeing this Congress now act in place and not act, we have to do it now." [0:16] (www.necn.com)
  • Bill Keating. Video: Democratic debate for Mass. 9th Congressional District, Part 3. 5 July 2012. "Q: Immigration: Do you support the President's decision to temporarily stop the deportation of young people? [¦] Keating: Yes. Q: Do you support what the President also supports, which, for those very same people, the DREAM Act, would create a pathway to citizenship? Keating: I didn't support it until it's part of a comprehensive plan. After seeing this Congress now act in place and not act, we have to do it now." [0:16] (www.necn.com)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Standing Up for Equality. 1 December 2011. "Bill has been a strong supporter for equality for gays and lesbians. He was recognized as a leader in protecting those who faced housing, credit, and job discrimination. Bill voted to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in the 1980s -- when it was not a politically easy thing to do -- and supported gay marriage here in Massachusetts. In Congress he will fight to end Don't Ask Don't Tell and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. And he will support nationwide anti-discrimination laws and champion marriage equality." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Standing Up for Equality. 1 December 2011. "Bill has been a strong supporter for equality for gays and lesbians. He was recognized as a leader in protecting those who faced housing, credit, and job discrimination. Bill voted to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in the 1980s -- when it was not a politically easy thing to do -- and supported gay marriage here in Massachusetts. In Congress he will fight to end Don't Ask Don't Tell and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. And he will support nationwide anti-discrimination laws and champion marriage equality." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: 1. Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in "procreation and responsible child-rearing." DOMA does not prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying and an estimated 132,00 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together [¦] 3. Section 3 does not protect, but undercuts, state sovereignty. Section 3 prevents states that now allow lesbian and gay couples to marry from ensuring these states and the federal government treat these couples the same as other married couples. 4. Section 3 does not preserve scarce resources. The government's own analysis has proved otherwise and, in any event, saving money cannot justify imposing harm on one class of citizens. 5. Ensuring "consistency" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our Nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: 1. Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in "procreation and responsible child-rearing." DOMA does not prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying and an estimated 132,00 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together [¦] 3. Section 3 does not protect, but undercuts, state sovereignty. Section 3 prevents states that now allow lesbian and gay couples to marry from ensuring these states and the federal government treat these couples the same as other married couples. 4. Section 3 does not preserve scarce resources. The government's own analysis has proved otherwise and, in any event, saving money cannot justify imposing harm on one class of citizens. 5. Ensuring "consistency" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our Nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Hearing of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee - "Denying Safe Havens: Homeland Security's Efforts to Counter Threats from Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia". 3 June 2011. "Terrorism is America's number one security threat. Denying safe haven to terrorists is paramount to our homeland security and an important step in keeping our communities safe from terrorism. We know that safe havens exist in ungoverned, under-governed, or illgoverned areas around the world. These havens provide terrorists with cover and allow them the space and opportunity to plan vicious terrorist attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Hearing of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee - "Denying Safe Havens: Homeland Security's Efforts to Counter Threats from Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia". 3 June 2011. "Terrorism is America's number one security threat. Denying safe haven to terrorists is paramount to our homeland security and an important step in keeping our communities safe from terrorism. We know that safe havens exist in ungoverned, under-governed, or illgoverned areas around the world. These havens provide terrorists with cover and allow them the space and opportunity to plan vicious terrorist attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 1 December 2011. "For the past decade, our lives in this country have been defined by the cowardly and despicable act that occurred on 9/11. In a post-Bin Laden world, we must remember that the threats against our country do not die with the man. Our national security remains of the utmost importance, and we must continue to cultivate critical partnerships in the region in order to protect ourselves from threats beyond our border. Terrorist organizations operating in the region and government regimes that support them represent a real threat to the United States and our allies [¦] Even if we were to see progress in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda is spreading in places like Somalia and Yemen. While we work to remove Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, we must also work to prevent a terrorist threat from spreading to new and vulnerable places. Bill has been a longtime advocate for a more comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that allows the US military and government to be more nimble so that we can confront these new and emerging threats. It is critical to our national security that we work to help stabilize this region." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 1 December 2011. "For the past decade, our lives in this country have been defined by the cowardly and despicable act that occurred on 9/11. In a post-Bin Laden world, we must remember that the threats against our country do not die with the man. Our national security remains of the utmost importance, and we must continue to cultivate critical partnerships in the region in order to protect ourselves from threats beyond our border. Terrorist organizations operating in the region and government regimes that support them represent a real threat to the United States and our allies [¦] Even if we were to see progress in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda is spreading in places like Somalia and Yemen. While we work to remove Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, we must also work to prevent a terrorist threat from spreading to new and vulnerable places. Bill has been a longtime advocate for a more comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that allows the US military and government to be more nimble so that we can confront these new and emerging threats. It is critical to our national security that we work to help stabilize this region." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Bill's Vision. 1 December 2011. "If elected to Congress, Bill will bring the same characteristics and qualities to Washington that enabled him to get results for Massachusetts' families: integrity, independence and vision. In Congress, Bill will fight to get the result's our families deserve: Protect Social Security and our retirement savings from risky privatization schemes." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Bill's Vision. 1 December 2011. "If elected to Congress, Bill will bring the same characteristics and qualities to Washington that enabled him to get results for Massachusetts' families: integrity, independence and vision. In Congress, Bill will fight to get the result's our families deserve: Protect Social Security and our retirement savings from risky privatization schemes." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 December 2011. "As Bill Keating has said, 'It was a bad idea when President Bush tried to privatize Social Security and talked about raising the retirement age, and it is an even worse idea now.' If elected to Congress, Bill Keating will fight to make sure that Americans don't lose the benefits they've worked so hard for and oppose any raise in the Social Security retirement age [¦] The Social Security Trust Fund's solvency is forecast until 2037, so any radical reforms such as privatization or raising the retirement age are unnecessarily dangerous and would harm efforts to ensure that citizens receive the benefits they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Keating. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 December 2011. "As Bill Keating has said, 'It was a bad idea when President Bush tried to privatize Social Security and talked about raising the retirement age, and it is an even worse idea now.' If elected to Congress, Bill Keating will fight to make sure that Americans don't lose the benefits they've worked so hard for and oppose any raise in the Social Security retirement age [¦] The Social Security Trust Fund's solvency is forecast until 2037, so any radical reforms such as privatization or raising the retirement age are unnecessarily dangerous and would harm efforts to ensure that citizens receive the benefits they deserve." (votesmart.org)

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