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September 30, 2020
 
Friends,  
 
This is a really difficult moment in our nation’s story. Last night’s so-called debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump demonstrated the severity of this momentas the current occupant of the White House not only refused to denounce white supremacy but rather directly incited violence from a known neo-fascist hate grouprefused to state that he would accept the results of an independent certification of the upcoming election, and would not even engage in a mature, civilized debate 
 
Against that backdrop, the profound and heartbreaking loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg feels like a wound reopenedJustice Ginsburg’s death would be heartbreaking at any moment, but it is particularly so at this moment. The threat of a majority anti-choice Supreme Court underscores how reproductive rights are still under attack, but this time with potentially devastating national consequences to the health, safety, and civil rights of people who are or might become pregnant 
 
We must pass the ROE Act here in Massachusetts. If (and more likely, when) Roe v. Wade is overturned, the states will once again govern access to abortion and other aspects of reproductive health care. The abortion laws still on the books in our Commonwealth were enacted in 1974 by anti-choice legislators as an immediate response to Roe v. WadeThe ROE Act (S.1209/H.3320) is critical step in guaranteeing that anyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance, can access safe, legal abortion here in Massachusetts. Abortion is health care, and as your State Senator, I will do everything I can to pass the bill. 
 
For everyone reading this who is angry or fearful for the future to come, know that I see you, I hear you, and I'm right with you. I too am deeply concerned, but I promise you, whatever happens in Washington, I will continue fighting to advance intersectional justice, safeguard our elections from illegal interference and enhance ballot access, promote health care and reproductive freedom, and protect our democracy right here in our Commonwealth. It’s what I was sent to Beacon Hill to do, and I will not let you down, particularly amidst this national political crisis. 
 
As always, if you or any of your loved ones in my district have fallen on hard times during this pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. My office line is 617-722-1555 and my email is becca.rausch@masenate.gov. We are here to help. You can also find robust resources to help you navigate through COVID-19 on my website. 
 
Wishing you and your families strength, health, and resilience.   

Yours in service, 

  

Senator Becca Rausch 

The 191st legislative session wraps up this December, and I am incredibly proud of the several monumental legislative victories my colleagues and I had. The Senate upheld its promise to supporting our Commonwealth's families, municipalities, and businesses during a global pandemic; took swift action on climate change and education inequity; and advanced racial justice, economic justice, maternal health justice, and more. Take a look at an Interim Session Review of the Massachusetts State Senate to see what the Senate has accomplished so far. 
 
There are still three months to go before the end of session, and there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, including bolstering our economy and job opportunities, safeguarding access to reproductive health care, advancing racial justice and creating accountability for egregious acts of police misconduct, and preventing future infectious disease crises in Massachusetts. I promise to continue fighting for the progressive values we share even in dire times like these.  
As always, if there is a legislative issue that matters to youplease don't hesitate to email me or sign up for my weekly office hours to share your opinion with me and my team. 
Senior Coffee with Becca
Join me for a Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom on Wednesday, October 14, from 10 to 11 AMThis event is reserved exclusively for seniors of the Bristol, Norfolk, and Middlesex District. This year has been a difficult year for many of us. Come share your questions and opinions on state issues with me and my Beacon Hill team! RSVP here to register and receive the Zoom meeting link via e-mail. Since we’re on Zoom to keep everyone safe, this event is BYOB – bring your own beverage. I hope to see everyone's favorite mugs! 
Survey: Local Business and COVID-19

Small businesses are the backbones of our communities, and COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges for our local and state economies. As your State Senator, I am collecting perspectives and suggestions from owners of businesses in my district to inform statewide policy decisions during this pandemic. 
 
If you own a business within my district (Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Sherborn, Plainville, Wayland, Wellesley, or Wrentham), please fill out this small business survey and share widely. If you know a business owner or nonprofit director in the district, please send this survey their way to complete. We’re at a(nother) new stage of the COVID-economy, and I want to be as helpful as possible. Your input is critical to making positive change. 
My next Virtual Office Hours will be this Friday, October 2, 
from 
10:00 AM – 11:00 a.m. 

 
Sign up for a 15-minute appointment here.  
 
Residents from any part of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District are welcome to share their questions and opinions on state issues with me and my team via video chat or phone call. Office hours are available to discuss any matter. 

I will also hold virtual office hours on the following dates in October:  
  • Friday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
  • Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
  • Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

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