• It’s time to stem the tide of climate change

    Climate deniers in Congress want to muddy the political debate in Washington, but the science is crystal clear: Our planet is getting warmer. And humans are to blame. Yet Republicans in Congress continue to enable the biggest polluters out there — Big Oil and Dirty Coal — through massive tax subsidies and corporate loopholes. Climate […] More »

  • Confirm Loretta Lynch

    President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General on November 8, 2014. For more than 150 days, Ms. Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote — a vote that Republican Senate Leader McConnell seems eager to avoid. Senator McConnell needs to schedule a vote on Loretta Lynch without further delay — […] More »

  • The Boston Globe: Ed Markey’s optimism for climate-change consensus

    SAY THIS for Senator Ed Markey: He is one irrepressible optimist. If you put your faith in careful research and scientific consensus rather than pseudo-science and sophistry, the politicization of climate change can be profoundly disheartening. Which is why it’s a tonic to talk to Markey. A longtime leader on the issue, he sees things […] More »

  • The Hill: Dem senator urges EPA to test ‘probably carcinogenic’ pesticides

    Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the herbicide glyphosate, amidst growing concerns that the chemical in one of the world’s most widely used weed killers “probably” causes cancer. The United Nations World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a scientific assessment of five organophosphate pesticides […] More »

  • Senator Markey Supports Federal Action on Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction

    Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is praising new steps to be taken by the Obama administration to address the prescription drug and heroin crisis. The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will focus on three areas: providing education and resources to reduce inappropriate prescribing of opioid painkillers, increasing the use of naloxone to reduce […] More »

  • Sen. Ed Markey pushes bipartisan bill to limit lawsuits relating to administration of opioid overdose drugs

    With the opioid epidemic showing no signs of slowing, a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week aims to save lives by removing the reluctance one may have to step in and help with an overdose. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Act introduced by U.S. Sen Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and […] More »

  • MA women have 2nd highest quality of life

    The Bay State isn’t the top dog when it comes to quality of life for women, according to a new study, but it’s close. In honor of Women’s History Month, WalletHub, a personal finance social network, published “2015’s Best and Worst States for Women.” Massachusetts ranked No. 2 on the list, trailing only Minnesota. Massachusetts […] More »

  • US Sen. Ed Markey hails President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL oil pipeline project

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is hailing President Obama’s decision to veto legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Massachusetts Democrat said vetoing the pipeline is a victory for the climate and common sense. Markey said the pipeline isn’t in America’s national interest, and Obama should reject its construction when the full […] More »

  • The Boston Globe: Senator Markey questions climate studies

    Senator Edward J. Markey is calling on coal and oil companies to reveal whether they are funding scientific climate change studies after his staff reviewed newly obtained documents illuminating the relationship between a researcher for a Cambridge-based institution and energy interests. The Massachusetts Democrat will send letters to fossil fuel companies, trade organizations, and others […] More »

  • Boston Globe: Kerry establishes LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

    WASHINGTON —The Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people overseas, a State Department official told the Globe on Thursday. The move would preempt a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, which called for the […] More »