NEC Notes
September 2019
to the September 2019 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Politics & Eggs with 
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
NH Institute of Politics -  Manchester, NH
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. David Cicilline
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Omni Providence Hotel - Providence, RI
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Congressional Roundtable with 
Sen. Angus King
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
PretiFlaherty - Portland, ME
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Jim McGovern
Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Hampshire House - Boston, MA
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Breakfast with Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Hampshire House
Boston, MA
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Joe Courtney
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Hartford Club
Hartford, CT
Capital Conversations with
Sen. Chris Murphy 
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Iron Mountain
Washington, DC

2019 New Englanders of the Year
Awards to be Present at Annual Dinner on October 21
The New England Council is pleased to announce our 2019 New Englanders of the Year, who we will honor at our 2019 Annual Dinner on the evening of Monday, October 21, 2019.  We are looking forward to celebrating four remarkable individuals:
  • Margaret Brennan, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator of "Face the Nation"
  • Roger W. Crandall, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MassMutual
  • The Honorable Maggie Hassan, United States Senator, New Hampshire
  • Jerry Remy, Red Sox Color Analyst, NESN; Former Second Baseman, MLB
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are still available,  Please contact Larry Zabar for more information.  
New England Innovates: On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity
Save the Date: October 17, 2019 in Boston
The New England Council is pleased to announce that the next event in our "New England Innovates" series will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at K&L Gates in Boston.  "New England Innovates: On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity" will highlight the role that New England businesses and organizations are playing to ensure that both the public and private sectors are protected from and prepared for cyber threats and attacks.  

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Diane Rinaldo, who also serves as the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will deliver keynote remarks.  Following Assistant Secretary Rinaldo's remarks, a panel of NEC members will highlight their initiatives to ensure that the region and nation are safeguarded against cyber threats, and discuss how New England can continue to be a leader in the cybersecurity industry.  

Stay tuned for more details and a formal invitation in the coming weeks.  If you have questions, please contact Emily Heisig.
Updated Congressional Directory Available
Updated New England Congressional Directory 
An updated version of the NEC's New England Congressional Directory is now available.  The directory includes contact information for all New England House and Senate offices and committee assignments, and can be sorted by state.  The directory also includes a listing of staff for each Congressional office, including Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, Communications Director/Press Secretary, Scheduler, and Legislative Assistants with assigned issue areas, along with each staff members' email address.

If you need assistance connecting with any New England Congressional office, please contact the Council and we are happy to assist you!
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Policy Committee Updates
Energy & Environment Committee Weighs in on Tax Credits for Renewable Energy
On August 7, 2019, The New England Council sent a letter to each member of the New England Congressional delegation encouraging them to support the extension of tax credits aimed at promoting the development of renewable energy resources.  In the letter, the Council specifically endorsed provisions to extend tax credits for offshore wind production, fuel cells, and biodiesel.  For more information on this letter or any Energy & Environment Committee matters, please contact Sean Malone.  
Financial Services Committtee Urges Senate to Pass SAFE Banking Act
On August 19, 2019, the Council's Financial Services Committee sent a letter to members of the region's Senate delegation urging them to support the SAFE (Secure and Fair Enforcement) Banking Act, which would create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses and their service providers.
The Council previously endorsed companion legislation in the House of Representatives.  For more information on this issue or any Financial Services Committee matters, please contact Griffin Doherty.
Sen. Warren's Staff Briefs Higher Education Committee
On August 15, 2019, the Higher Education Committee hosted a briefing call Josh Delaney and Alex Davidson, education staffers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.  The Senator's aides discussed the Senator's recently introduced College Student Hunger Act, and also updated members on the prospects for legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.  For more information on this briefing or any Higher Education Committee matters, please contact Taylor Pichette
Member News from our Blog
Membership Update
August New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council during the month of August:
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