Senator, U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
2013 — 2021
Quotes on the Issues
Massachusetts has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation, and some of the most comprehensive gun licensing laws in the country. With that in mind, Senator Markey introduced the Making America Safe and Secure (MASS) Act, legislation that would incentivize states to adopt gun-licensing standards similar to those proven effective in Massachusetts.
Ed is a longtime champion for increasing corporate accountability and cracking down on Wall Street’s fraud and manipulation that led to the financial market meltdown in 2008. As a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senator Markey plays a key role in the oversight of American consumer-related and business issues.
Ed is a national leader on energy and the environment. He is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee. He is also Chair of the Senate Climate Task Force. These key positions, combined with his more than 40 years of legislative experience, make him a powerful influence on national and international energy policy.
Ed has also questioned the administration’s enforcement activities and practices. He is the author of the recent report, “Under the Radar: The Trump Administration’s Stealth Attack on the U.S. Immigration System”, which outlines the multiple executive orders, memoranda, guidance, rule-making, and informal directives during the first two years of his administration that President Donald Trump has used to surreptitiously remake our immigration system.
Ed is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has been at the forefront of the fight to pass a clean Dream Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. He has criticized the lower refugee resettlement cap for fiscal year 2018 — the lowest in the history of our nation’s resettlement program — and has introduced the GRACE Act to prevent a U.S. President from setting a Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions at a level below 95,000 in a given fiscal year.
Ed believes health care is a right, not a privilege, and that a strong health care system is the foundation for a robust economy. He is a fierce advocate for funding for medical research and guaranteeing every American affordable, quality care and services.