One of my most important responsibilities as a member of Congress is to support those Americans and their families who sacrifice so much for our country. Over the past few weeks, I was able to join constituents and organizations around the Fifth District and Washington, D.C. who share that mission.
In Lowell last week, I spoke at a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony hosted by the Greater Lowell Veterans Council that paid tribute to those servicemen and women who serve on our behalf but have yet to return home. And, this week, I toured Hanscom Air Force Base and MIT's Lincoln Labs with Congressman Adam Smith of Washington, the highest ranking Democratic member on the House Armed Services Committee. It was a great opportunity to showcase the Commonwealth's impressive military installations.
Last week was also the final week that Congress was in session prior to Election Day, and I was disappointed that Republicans have adjourned for six weeks despite the long list of unfinished business. While in Washington, I took part in several meetings with members of the military that updated the progress of their ongoing investigations into the sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base.
Finally, strengthening our economy and creating jobs continues to be the issue I hear most about when I visit with people here at home. This continues to be one of my highest priorities and you can read more about the work I've been doing on all of these issues below.