Progressive democrat and Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley is now set to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts. Here is what you need to know. Freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley this week proposed lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, suggesting concerns about "maturity" at that age should not be an issue. The measure failed Thursday, garnering just 126 votes in the House, and further discussion was "postponed" -- meaning there is still potential for further consideration on the proposal. Pressley, D-Mass., introduced the amendment to the For the People Act--a broad anti-corruption and voting rights bill-- on Wednesday which would allow Americans as young as 16 to vote in federal elections.
A rep for Bill Cosby told FOX411 Monique Pressley is no longer the actor's lawyer. The fallen comic has gone through three attorneys -- Martin Singer, Christopher Tayback and now Pressley -- since he was first accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women. According to Deadline, his new acting legal team will be Angela Agrusa, head of litigation Liner LLP and Pennsylvania-based attorney Brian McMonagle. Prior to her exit, Pressley vigorously defended Cosby in the court of public opinion, appearing on various news programs and speaking on the star's behalf on social media. Pressley did not immediately return FOX411's request for comment.
Robust racial demographic data on coronavirus vaccination is needed to avoid "vaccine redlining" and achieve equitable access for communities of color, according to U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley. "We're asking for that data to be collected, disaggregated and reported in real time because this is about saving lives," said Pressley in a Thursday virtual briefing with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "What we have to guard against are patterns of vaccine redlining resulting in inequitable access to communities that have been the hardest hit," Pressley said. Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle Williams pointed out that race and ethnicity data continues to be "unacceptably absent" on coronavirus cases, deaths and vaccinations. In Massachusetts, 72% of people who have received a first vaccine dose are white, 10% are listed as unknown, 6% are Hispanic, 5% are Asian and 5% are Black, according to data from the Department of Public Health.
Mayor Martin Walsh and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley further joined the chorus of people pushing back on the MBTA's plans to trim service. Walsh announced Friday that he'd be holding an event with union leaders on Monday, calling for the T to delay the cuts its board plans to vote on soon. "The MBTA's proposed service cuts will impact us all, and will disproportionately hurt Greater Boston residents & workforce who depend on public transportation, including neighborhoods that are home to the highest populations of people of color and immigrants," Walsh said in a statement. "These proposed cuts are a threat to our economy, our regional climate and housing goals, our collective health, and our work to close inequities across all facets of city life," he added. The Fiscal and Management Control Board, or the FMCB, is the T's oversight board, which votes on budget and policy for the oft-beleaguered transit agency which has seen ridership plummet amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of "the squad" are returning to the House of Representatives after winning re-election Tuesday night, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar. She was up 87% to 13% over Independent candidate Roy Owens, with more than three-quarters of precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. The Associated Press called the races for Pressley, AOC of New York, and Omar of Minnesota. Both AOC and Omar were also cruising in their districts. Pressley told supporters Tuesday night in a virtual message that she's "honored to have decisively earned your trust and your confidence for a second term."