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Mass Live: Sen. Ed Markey calls for added funds for Social Security, transportation, opioid addiction treatment

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said Tuesday that he will fight for more funding to address issues such as Social Security challenges, urban transportation needs, and opioid addiction treatment.

However, Markey said that efforts to address Social Security are hindered by the Republicans in Congress who, he said, oppose any tax increases.

“So, as you look at the viability of the Social Security system, we have to find ways of putting funding into it,” Markey said. “But as long as the Republicans are putting all new taxes off of the table, then it precludes a real conversation about how we can increase its solvency.”

Markey’s comments occurred following a visit to Springfield on Tuesday, and a private meeting with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

Markey said it is “unrealistic” to raise the retirement age as a means of increasing the solvency of the Social Security system.

“They (Republicans) have to be more responsible but from the sounds of the Republican presidential primary candidates, it doesn’t look like that is in the near future on their side,” Markey said.

Regarding severe financial challenges facing the disability benefits program in the United States, Markey said legislative Democrats and Republicans must work together so that millions of people will not suffer due to partisanship.