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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey on the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

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Sen. Ed Markey: Massachusetts voters are smart when it comes to climate change

The most anti-environment president in American history thinks that Massachusetts voters won’t notice that the Environmental Protection Agency is currently working to weaken a host of standards to control air pollution, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and rules for coal ash.

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Lawmakers lobby on behalf of cranberry growers amid new coronavirus struggles

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, along with members of Congress including U.S. Rep. William Keating, wrote a joint letter to the USDA on Thursday requesting financial assistance to cranberry farmers in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country.

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Congressional delegation makes cranberry request

Much of the Massachusetts congressional delegation is pushing U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide direct financial relief to Massachusetts cranberry farmers.

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Sen. Markey Decry Requested Fed Bailout of Debt-Ridden Fossil Fuel Companies

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) on Thursday called on the Federal Reserve not to acquiesce to the fossil fuel industry’s pleas to change the Main Street Lending Program, which is designed to provide loans to small- and medium-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, Colleagues Urge Congress to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Pandemic

Communities need a surge of resources to meet survivors’ diverse housing needs, increase the capacity of local programs to address those needs, and be responsive to the housing availability in each community,” wrote the senators.

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Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Push for Bipartisan Legislation to make Oral Cancer Medications more Affordable

U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) led a bipartisan group of senators in calling on House and Senate leadership to make sure the next coronavirus relief package includes their Cancer Drug Parity Act, which would make sure oral cancer drugs are covered in the same way as traditional intravenous (IV) chemotherapy.

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Democrats line up against Mnuchin’s proposal to help oil companies

“We must protect workers and communities affected by the oversupply of fossil fuels and the resulting downturn in oil and gas prices, but we can do that without carving out special rules for loans to fossil fuel corporations,” the Democrats, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey, of Massachusetts and Rep. Nanette Barragán of California, wrote in a letter Thursday.

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Sen. Markey discusses steps needed to ‘return to normal’

A growing number of people say we will not be able to “return to normal” until the country has widespread testing for coronavirus. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is among them.

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Lawmakers lobby on behalf of cranberry growers

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, along with members of Congress including U.S. Rep. William Keating, wrote a joint letter to the USDA on Thursday requesting financial assistance to cranberry farmers in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country.

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Sen. Markey Urges VP Pence to Consider Privacy in Contact Tracing Tools

As political leaders and public health experts look to both stem the spread of COVID-19 and work towards economic recovery, the use of contact tracing for those testing positive for the novel coronavirus has come to the forefront. While he praised the idea of contact tracing, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., urged Vice President Mike Pence to data privacy at the forefront of any policy decisions.

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74 U.S. senators want federal ad dollars to provide COVID-19 relief for local news

“Local newspapers and broadcasters have been particularly hit hard financially due to decreased revenue typically derived from advertising sales. This comes at a time when they have increased coverage of daily news, alerts and educational programs,” the senators wrote to Acting OMB Director Russell Vought.

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US Senators Announce ‘Health Force’ Legislation

This legislation also includes the Resiliency Force, a proposal led by U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), that mobilizes individuals at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the fight against the coronavirus by providing funding needed to hire and train 62,000 additional FEMA Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE) to perform public health and related functions as well as respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires.

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Congress urged to provide housing support for domestic violence survivors during coronavirus pandemic

“Communities need a surge of resources to meet survivors’ diverse housing needs, increase the capacity of local programs to address those needs, and be responsive to the housing availability in each community,” wrote the senators.

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U.S. lawmakers urge Fed to keep energy industry out of lending program

Senator Edward Markey and Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán wrote to the Fed after Reuters reported that the energy industry had asked the central bank to make the change to the program, which aims to help small and medium-sized businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus disruption.

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Mass. Congressional Members Fear Denials Of Medical Deferral Of Deportations Amid Crisis

Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, along with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, want more information from the Trump administration about its supposed reopening of a federal immigration process for seriously ill immigrants.

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Delegation asks Trump to waive COVID-19-related costs for tribes

The letter, signed by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and other members of the Massachusetts delegation, states that those needs are felt by the two federally recognized tribes in Massachusetts and asks that Trump direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to waive the traditional cost-share requirements for all COVID-19-related assistance, “given the challenges that COVID-19 and its fallout are creating” for the tribes.

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Collaborative, Vega Appear on Livestream with Sen. Markey

During an emotional livestream walkthrough at the Chelsea Collaborative COVID-19 response food bank, Executive Director Gladys Vega asked Sen. Ed Markey to continue to help Chelsea residents in the fight against the insidious virus which has had a devastating impact on the immigrant community.

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Sen. Markey Outlines Nine Key Principles to Guide Comprehensive National Contact Tracing Plan

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, yesterday, April 22, outlined a set of nine principles to guide federal leadership on coronavirus contact tracing in the United States.

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Feds didn’t provide enough money to Mass. hospitals, lawmakers say

In a joint letter to Trump administration officials, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren called on the Department of Health and Human Services to change its formula for future distributions and better prioritize Massachusetts providers grappling with the virus.

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House OKs committee to probe federal government’s coronavirus response, over GOP objections

Warren, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., also called for the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), the new entity established by the CARES Act passed last month, to investigate the “partisan and political nature of the White House’s actions.”

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Senators Call for Federal Emergency Funding for Legal Cannabis Businesses

The letter noted legal cannabis businesses currently are excluded from relief programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) that are part of the federal stimulus funding provided in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

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Lawmakers seek $2 billion E-Rate boost for distance learning

But law makers are looking to pass more funding to help schools. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., tweeted Tuesday that he plans to introduce companion legislation in the Senate to support the Emergency Educational Connections Act.

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Senate Democrats Propose Creating Hundreds of Thousands of New National Service Jobs

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said they would introduce legislation to recruit and train hundreds of thousands of individuals to form a “health force” that will support the understaffed health care workforce during the pandemic. The bill also will include a proposal by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Ed Markey D-Mass., to expand the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s workforce. The measures are among a series of proposals by a working group of Democrats led by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons.

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Cyberattacks on US healthcare raise alarms among senators

A bipartisan group of senators wrote to the top U.S. cybersecurity officials asking them to step up monitoring, warnings and, if needed, counterstrikes against a host of foreign hackers targeting the U.S. health care system and pharmaceutical companies through cyberattacks.

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US lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat and online privacy advocate, said in a letter released Wednesday that any digital coronavirus contact tracing should be voluntary, transparent and collect only the information needed to identify who might be at risk of contracting the respiratory ailment that has killed more than 45,000 people in the United States.

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U.S. Lawmaker Says COVID-19 Contact Tracing Should be Voluntary

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wrote in a letter released Wednesday that all digital COVID-19 contact tracing technology should be transparent, voluntary, and contain only the information that identifies those most at risk of contracting the disease. Contact tracing is a method of tracking an infectious disease’s spread and notifying any individuals who might have been exposed. As an advocate for online privacy, Markey urged the Trump administration that any data regarding contact tracing be kept secure and to a minimum.

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Bill Proposes $2 Billion to Help Students Get Online During the Pandemic

Noting his own intent to file companion legislation in the Senate to provide the funding, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, reiterated that roughly 12 million students can’t hop online to participate in schoolwork—“at a time when more than 70% of educators assign schoolwork that requires internet.”

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Mass. Delegation Seeks Details on Seabrook Nuclear Plant’s Pandemic Operations

Members of Congress from Massachusetts want details on how Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant is handling COVID-19.

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The Green New Deal Is More Relevant Than Ever

While former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive democratic nominee, the underlying debates around the key components of the Green New Deal remain. Sanders’ Green New Deal is worth evaluating, as he developed Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal resolution into the most ambitious, full-fledged and financially detailed plan.

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