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Sen. Markey Introduces Bill To Expand National Service Programs To Respond To Pandemic

The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as many as 300,000 public health workers.

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Warren Leads 9 Democratic Senators Calling for Broad Investigations of the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Response

Warren was joined by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and other senators in writing to the inspectors general of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and FEMA to call on the watchdogs to examine how the Trump administration has made a number of decisions regarding economic relief for Americans, the distribution of medical supplies, and other aspects of the pandemic response.

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Over a dozen senators demand the release of detained children amid COVID-19 pandemic

The senators noted that at least 40 children in ORR custody were infected with the coronavirus, as well as 69 self-reported ORR contractor staff and foster parents.

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Senators demand access to emergency loans, grants for legal small cannabis businesses

In the letter, the senators called for forthcoming COVID-19 legislative relief packages to allow those businesses to access loan and emergency grant programs administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, a press release said.

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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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Senators Want Marijuana Businesses To Qualify For Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs

“The COVID-19 outbreak is no time to permit outdated federal policy to stand in the way of the reality that state-legal cannabis small businesses are sources of economic growth and financial stability for thousands of workers and families,” the letter, which was also signed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Michale Bennet (D-CO), states.

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‘Doesn’t Make Any Sense’: Mass. Lawmakers, Governor Slam Trump’s Immigration Suspension

The controversial tweet drew criticism from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey as well as Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Joe Kennedy III.

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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and Colleagues Call on Congressional Leaders to Ensure Immigrant Families Can Access Critical Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

In their letter, the Members of Congress highlighted the immigrant workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus response as health care workers, farmworkers, grocery store workers, and other essential service providers.

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As economy crumbles, Warren, other Mass. lawmakers push Trump to waive state’s share of disaster costs

In a letter sent to Trump on Friday, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and several members of the House delegation asked that he direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “waive all of the traditional cost-share requirements for major disaster assistance,” in effect increasing the federal government’s share to 100 percent.

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Gig workers will get through this, thanks to Markey’s advocacy

So I was heartened, and grateful, when Sen. Ed Markey stepped up and fought for gig workers to receive unemployment insurance, critical to help them stay financially afloat.

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Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren want more information on the COVID-19 safety precautions at the Weymouth compressor station site

As Massachusetts grapples with the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases, U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are asking for more information on how the Canadian company behind the the controversial Weymouth compressor station is protecting its construction workers and the community amid the global pandemic.

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Mass Delegation Ask FEMA to Waive Local Cost-Sharing Requirements for Major Disaster Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

“On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its residents, we respectfully urge you to direct FEMA to increase the federal cost-share to one hundred percent and waive all applicable cost-sharing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic disaster,” the lawmakers wrote.

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Senators Markey & Warren, Seek Reducation In Barriers to Lifesaving Opioid Treatment Medication During Coronavirus Crisis

In a letter sent last week, the Senators point to the fact that concerns such as barriers to treatment, risk of respiratory problems, and dangers of treatment interruption are magnified for patients suffering from opioid use disorder during the pandemic.

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Forget Travel Vouchers, Airlines Should Give Customers Cash Back, Senators Say

In a joint statement outlining the results of their recent investigation into the matter, Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also pressed the companies to release customers’ money via full cash refunds—not solely as travel vouchers—to all who cancel flights during the worldwide public health emergency.

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As Face Masks Become The Norm, Democratic Senators Demand Racial Bias Training

Less than one week later, African-American men began reporting incidents of racial profiling for adhering to the CDC’s guidance,” the senators, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), wrote in the letter, according to a press release.

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Keller @ Large: Ed Markey Says Country Currently ‘Unprepared’ To Reopen Amid Coronavirus

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said President Donald Trump would be leaving the country “unprepared” if he rushes to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Markey, Warren seek Weymouth compressor station’s coronavirus plan

In a letter sent to the company on Friday, Democrats Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, are asking the company for “information about the measures that Enbridge is taking to protect workers and prevent the transmission of the coronavirus at the Weymouth construction site.”

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Sen. Markey Advocates For Flexible State & Local Government Emergency Funding During COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) joined U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 31 Senators to advocate for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package.

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Sen. Markey Announces Legislation To Expand Protections for American Citizens Overseas During Coronavirus Pandemic

As countries close their borders and take action to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, impacting the travel of U.S. citizens and nationals around the world, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) are leading new legislation to enhance the ability of the State Department to protect U.S. citizens and nationals overseas.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Urge VA To Approve Medical Marijuana For Veteran Patients During Coronavirus Crisis

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), and Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow VA clinical staff to offer verbal recommendations to veterans and advise them on paperwork related to the use of medical marijuana through state-approved medical marijuana programs for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Senators accuse airlines of inconsistent, ‘obfuscating’ polices on vouchers vs. refunds

Democratic Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut chided carriers for inconsistent policies on which customers can receive refunds and the length of time they can claim lost airfares, and for “obfuscating” the rules to minimize how much they must pay.

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Senators urge anti-bias police training over mask fears

Democratic lawmakers want police departments to be vigilant about any racially biased policing during the coronavirus pandemic, as people in communities of color express fears of being profiled while wearing masks or other face coverings in public.

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Airlines withholding $10B in cash from customers, lawmakers say

Many US airlines are canceling 60 percent to 80 percent of their flights, and under federal law passengers on those flights are entitled to full refunds, Senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.

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Senators press airlines to issue refunds instead of credits

A group of Democratic senators is urging airlines to issue refunds instead of credits to flyers, after the federal government bailed out the industry as a part of the CARES Act.

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Sen. Markey: Need To Increase Funding for Small Businesses in Coronavirus Economic Relief

“I’ve held numerous conference calls with hundreds of small businesses across Massachusetts that tell me that they’ve been in business for decades but it could all end in a matter of weeks without more economic relief,” said Senator Markey.

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Senate Dems Say Airlines Must Offer COVID-19 Refunds

The senators had sent their March 31 letter days after Congress passed a sprawling $2.2 trillion economic relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which gave the airline industry $25 billion in payroll support grants and $25 billion in loans.

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Senators Markey, Blumenthal, Warren, Harris Reveal, After Bailout, Airlines Sitting on Customers’ Billions but Refuse to Give Cash Refunds During Coronavirus Pandemic

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today released their findings from an investigation into the consumer refund policies of the airline industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Senator Markey Endorses Joe Biden for President

Today we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Nurses are going without protective masks. Patients can’t get tested. Families pray they will be able to make rent.

But Joe Biden was built for tackling crisis. He knows how to get things done.

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