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  • Washington Post: Why the CDC still isn’t researching gun violence, despite the ban being lifted two years ago

    Two years ago this week, President Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get back to studying “the causes of gun violence.” The CDC had not touched firearm research since 1996 — when the NRA accused the agency of promoting gun control and Congress threatened to strip the agency’s funding. The […] More »

  • BC Chronicle: Network Puts the Focus on Energy and Environmental Interests

    Now in its fifth year, the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN) has quickly emerged as one of the largest alumni affinity groups, its growth rooted in the number of BC graduates working in a range of professions tied to the energy and environment sectors. More »

  • The Guardian: Obama outlines new cybersecurity initiatives to protect consumers

    Barack Obama on Monday unveiled a slew of initiatives to improve Americans’ data security. In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission, the president outlined proposals aimed at improving student data protection and protecting Americans’ financial health. They will, however, require approval from the Republican-majority Congress, which has already received three veto threats from the […] More »

  • Boston Herald: Sen. Ed Markey: Honda fines a ‘warning’

    Reforms are “urgently needed” to prevent more auto deaths, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said yesterday after Honda was hit with a record $70 million in fines for not reporting to regulators 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries. “This fine is a warning signal to all auto companies that they should take their […] More »

  • Time: Most Energy Drink Companies Market to Minors, Report Finds

    Senators say energy drink companies should not market to youth under age 18 There’s no denying the energy drink industry is booming, with 60% growth between 2008 to 2012. But a new report from three U.S. senators raises questions about one particular segment of the market that’s growing: minors. More »

  • Malden Observer: Markey sworn-into Senate

    Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) was sworn in to the 114th Congress by Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 6. Senator Markey was joined by his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, who held the Aitken’s Bible Endorsed by Congress for the oath of office. Senator Markey was elected for his first full-term to the United States […] More »

  • The Hill: Senate Dems want lower FHA loan fees

    A group of 18 senators urged Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro to lower the fees on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. “As any business knows, just as a price that is set too high will lead to less profit, not more, lowering the premium on qualified borrowers may actually produce greater revenue and […] More »

  • The Hill: Dems to FCC: ‘Time for action’ on Web reclassification

    A group of 36 Democrats are increasing their calls for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility. The lawmakers, including 12 senators and 24 House members, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the commission to adopt rules recently endorsed by President Obama to enforce net neutrality, the […] More »

  • Science Blogs: Senator Boxer calls US chemical facility “outrageous” and “unacceptable”

    As last week’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing made abundantly clear, communities throughout the United States are at ongoing risk from potentially disastrous incidents involving hazardous chemicals. A new Congressional Research Service report released concurrently by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), details how thousands of facilities across the country that store and use […] More »

  • Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats raise concerns about free trade pact with Asia

    Warren (D-Mass.), fresh off her break with the White House on the budget last week, said in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could erode U.S. financial safeguards designed to “prevent future financial crises.” “We cannot afford a trade deal that undermines the government’s ability to protect the […] More »