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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Markey Campaign Launches #MakeTheMasks to Hold Donald Trump Accountable, Provide Health Care and Frontline Workers with Desperately Needed Equipment

Trump yet to fully utilize Defense Production Act to mobilize, coordinate manufacturers to make respirators, ventilators, masks and more for nurses, doctors, essential workers

Nurses in hospitals are being asked to re-use masks. The government’s emergency stockpile of respirator masks, gowns, gloves and other medical supplies is almost depleted. The list of essential workers who need protection is growing.

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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 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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey pledge to fight ‘craven’ move to ‘disestablish’ Mashpee Wampanoag reservation

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are pledging to fight the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to “disestablish” the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s reservation.

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House Democrats look to reclassify independent contractors in next coronavirus bill

“I called for special protections for our gig workers and independent contractors,” Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said in a statement. “Now they will have a new unemployment insurance program to provide benefits.”

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Sen. Markey Seeks Expanded Telehealth Access for Medicare Recipients

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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Markey: Aid for fishermen only the beginning

Sen. Edward Markey warned members of the fishing community Saturday that the country was just at the beginning of the coronavirus health crisis.

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Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren accuse Trump administration of ‘craven’ political games in the disestablishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation

Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren released a joint statement after the Department of the Interior announced the disestablishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation.

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Mass. Lawmakers Urge President to Approve Resources & Benefits for Activated National Guard Personnel

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal, (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) wrote to President Trump urging him to quickly approve the request made by Governor Charlie Baker to the Department of Defense (DoD) for authority and funding under Title 32 of the U.S. Code to assist the Commonwealth in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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