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US Rep. Seth Moulton named to House Armed Services Committee

January 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has won a seat on the House Armed Services Committee.

The newest member of the all-Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation said Friday he’s humbled and grateful for the appointment to the committee, which oversees defense and military policy, and said he is “eager to get to work on behalf of our men and women in uniform and our nation’s veterans.”

Moulton is a former U.S. Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Moulton said he’s concerned about putting more U.S. troops into harm’s way and said Iraq has to be able to defend its own borders and protect its own people without relying on the U.S. indefinitely.

He also said the Republican-controlled Congress needs to debate the nation’s ongoing role in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

“It’s not something we should abrogate,” he told the AP.

Moulton said the committee assignment will help him fight to protect defense industry jobs in the state’s 6th Congressional District, which he represents. He pointed to jobs at the General Electric jet engine plant in Lynn and at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.

Also Friday, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, who represents the state’s 5th Congressional District, announced she has been nominated to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Clark said that as a committee member, she will help oversee programs that affect hundreds of millions of Americans, from teachers and small business owners to students and retirees.

“This appointment is an opportunity to lead the fight on affordable, high quality child care, equal pay, and worker protections,” Clark said in a written statement.

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