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Pandemic seen as fueling urgency around climate

Sen. Ed Markey and actress Jane Fonda drew a link Tuesday between the COVID-19 crisis and climate change, saying there are lessons to be learned from the response to the pandemic.

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State Officials Praise Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Replace Canal Bridges

Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and Congressman William Keating, are praising the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its final Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report on the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

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LIVE: Senator Markey to interview Jane Fonda on coronavirus pandemic and the environment

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is scheduled to interview activist Jane Fonda on the coronavirus and the environment.

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Sen. Ed Markey supports PPE for solid waste workers

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has thanked Sen. Ed Markey for his letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House Coronavirus Task Force in support of personal protective equipment (PPE) for solid waste workers and others on the front line.

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Google Questioned By Senators Over COVID-19 Reports

Two lawmakers are questioning Google over its use of location data to track people’s movements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Senators ask EPA why it’s allowing pollution as coronavirus attacks lungs

On Friday, April 3, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to EPA head Andrew Wheeler, demanding that the agency answer six questions by April 17.

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Coronavirus in the US: Sen. Ed Markey tells Jane Fonda ‘mighty battle’ ahead over clean energy in fourth COVID-19 relief package

The fourth COVID-19 relief package from the federal government must include a boost for clean energy and protections against climate change, Sen. Ed Markey told actor and climate activist Jane Fonda in a Facebook livestream on Tuesday.

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Senator pushes for guidelines to keep food retail workers, consumers safe at supermarkets

Yet the fact that there are still clashes between employee and employer over coronavirus safety tells Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) almost everything he needs to know: There are not clear guidelines from government agencies on how to protect workers — and customers — during the ongoing pandemic.

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For Markey And Kennedy, Mics And Webcams Are Key Tools On The Virtual Campaign Trail

Markey has launched a new podcast, called “Markey on the Mic,” complete with a theme song sung by a campaign staffer at the beginning of each episode.

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WALSH’S coronavirus playbook — MARKEY going live with JANE FONDA — Outbreak scrambles BUDGET plans

Sen. Ed Markey and Jane Fonda go live on Facebook.

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8 Senators Urge Senate to Include T-Band in Upcoming Coronavirus Legislation

Sen. Edward J. Markey and seven colleagues urged Senate leadership to include language that would preserve first responders’ access to T-band spectrum from 470 – 512 MHz in upcoming coronavirus economic relief legislation.

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Massachusetts lawmakers call on government to help New England fisheries during COVID-19 crisis

U.S. senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, along with U.S. representatives William Keating and Seth Moulton, on 2 April sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to use part of the USD 9.5 billion (EUR 8.8 billion) earmarked for agricultural producers – from the USD 2.2 trillion (EUR 2.0 trillion) CARES Act Congress passed in late March – to help seafood processors and other companies.

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Senators Warren & Markey Seek Urgent Fix To Coronavirus Small Business Relief Program

Senators Warren and Markey expressed concern that SBA and Treasury have been unable to quickly set up the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.

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Coronavirus in Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey urge Small Business Administration, Treasury to speed up $349B loan program

Federal officials must expedite and simplify the COVID-19 relief package’s small business loan program, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey argued in a letter Monday to the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration.

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Democratic senators ask for clarity, fixes to small business loan program

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) wrote a similar letter to Mnuchin and Carranza on Monday, demanding they take “whatever steps are necessary to fix the existing operational and technological problems with the system.”

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Warren, Markey knock EPA over ‘highly dangerous and irresponsible’ rollback amid pandemic

Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are slamming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance that eased environmental compliance standards amid the coronavirus pandemic, joining a chorus of other Democrats and environmentalists who oppose the action.

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The EPA’s “Enforcement Moratorium” During The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Coming Under Fire

Lawmakers are pushing back against a sweeping rollback of pollution regulations recently announced by the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter from Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey shared with BuzzFeed News.

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Senators Call for Halt to EPA Rulemakings That Would Worsen Air and Water Pollution During Coronavirus Crisis

As the country learns more about the devastating risks posed by the novel coronavirus, a group of Senators led by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) on Friday called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt any rulemakings or guidance documents that could cause in increase in toxic chemicals or air or water pollution, and therefore increase the risk of illness or death from the coronavirus.

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Politicians get creative to draw online audience amid coronavirus

Sen. Ed Markey, seeking to flex his Boston sports know-how in the midst of a tight race with U.S. Rep Joe Kennedy, D-4th, hosted a live discussion of Boston’s best sports moments with Boston sports commentator Bob Ryan. The conversation had 2,400 listens as of Sunday afternoon and was quickly growing, said Campaign Director John Walsh.

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US Lawmakers Call on Communications Regulator to Tackle SIM-Swapping Crime

Responding to the groundswell of reported SIM swap heists, senators Ron Wyden (Ore.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Ed Markey (Mass.) and representatives Ted Lieu (Calif.), Anna Eshoo (Calif.) and Yvette Clarke (N.Y.) despatched FCC Chairman Ajit Pai a letter Thursday urging him to do extra to maintain cell carriers accountable for the low-cost however typically extremely profitable crime.

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Members of Mass. congressional delegation seek more resources in battle against COVID-19 in veterans’ homes

Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and representatives Richard Neal and Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to Ryan Lilly, network director at the VA New England Healthcare System, expressing their concerns about the COVID-19 outbreaks at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, asking that more resources be obtained and deployed to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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Markey, Eshoo Urge FCC to Keep to June Truth-in-Billing Enforcement

According to a copy of the letter, on Friday (April 3) Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wrote the FCC seeking assurances it will hew to the deadline and “vigorously enforce” the mandate. They did not mention the cable effort, but did frame the letter as though the FCC would be enforcing the rules on time, suggesting that would be “executing the will of the U.S. Congress” to promote a “critical” consumer protections.

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Sen. Markey Urges FCC to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Hidden Cable and Satellite TV Fees

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) today, April 3, wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to urge it to vigorously enforce important, pro-consumer provisions in the Television Viewer Protection Act that will address the lack of transparency and unfairness of certain billing practices in the pay-TV market.

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Eleven senators, including Markey, push to let marijuana businesses access federal loan programs

US Senator Ed Markey joined with 10 other senators to send a letter to leadership in a key committee asking that they add a provision allowing marijuana businesses to access federal loan services in an upcoming annual spending bill.

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Airlines are offering credit for canceled flights due to the coronavirus. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want there to be full refunds.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey want airline passengers to get more than just credit for canceled flights in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter Tuesday to 11 major domestic airlines, the two Massachusetts Democrats and seven of their colleagues called on the companies to issue full cash refunds to customers who cancel their flights during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as Americans who have had flights canceled while stranded in countries that implemented travel restrictions in response to the pandemic.

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Massachusetts senator talks $300m seafood relief in COVID-19 call with industry

US senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and one of the handful of lawmakers responsible for getting $300 million worth of assistance for the seafood industry in the recently passed $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, talked to dozens of fishing industry leaders, state legislators and mayors on Saturday about the state of the crisis, the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Times reports.

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Mass. Democrats move to cancel the party’s convention — and endorse Ed Markey

In non-election years, the convention typically amounts to a rally where local Democrats meet to discuss policy and hear top party members give speeches. However, this year, delegates would have voted to endorse a candidate in the one big statewide primary race between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III. The vote would have also decided which candidates get placed of the Sept. 1 primary ballot, depending on whether they received at least 15 percent support.

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Markey ‘wins’ state Dem convention

ED MARKEY, with rival Joe Kennedy III’s blessing, is declaring himself the winner of the state Democratic Party’s endorsement for US Senate without even having to go to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell and give a speech.

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Massachusetts Democrats cancel state convention, endorse Markey for Senate

The Massachusetts Democratic Party announced Monday it plans to cancel the 2020 state nominating convention because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will give Senator Ed Markey the state party’s endorsement going into the September 1 primary.

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Senators Markey & Warren Introduce Legislation To Stop Utility Disconnections, Reconnection Fees, Late Fees, & Rate Hikes During Coronavirus Crisis

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today, March 30, was joined by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in introducing a bill that sets the sense of Congress that states and utilities should issue a moratorium on gas and electric service disconnections, late fees, reconnection fees, rate hikes, and other penalties for all consumers as a result of the ongoing national emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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