Edward Markey

Warren: Bill Would Bar Credit Checks By Employers

Dec 18, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.

Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.

Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.

Warren told reporters there's little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.

Democrat Clark Wins Mass. Congressional Race

Dec 11, 2013
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Democrat Katherine Clark has defeated three opponents to win a special election to fill a vacant Massachusetts congressional seat.

The state senator from Melrose will be only the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.

After winning a crowded Democratic primary, Clark ran a low-key general election campaign, agreeing to a single debate against Republican Boston attorney Frank Addivinola.

The other two candidates were Wellesley resident James Aulenti Arlington resident James Hall.

Mass. US Senators Defend Votes On Filibuster Rule

Nov 25, 2013

Massachusetts' two U.S. senators are defending their support of a key change to the Senate's filibuster rule.

Senate Democrats pushed through the change Thursday.

Instead of requiring a 60-vote majority to end debate and allow a yes-or-no vote on presidential nominees to federal courts or cabinet departments, a simple majority can now clear the way for a final vote.

Republicans cried foul, but the state's two Democratic senators say the change was needed given GOP obstructionism.

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U.S. Senator Edward Markey says he's planning to run for re-election.

Markey told reporters Monday that this is a critical time in the country's history and it's important that Massachusetts has its voice heard in Washington.

He said he and fellow Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren are doing their best to represent the state in the Senate. He said he wants to continue that effort.

Clark Wins Dems Mass. 5th District Primary

Oct 16, 2013

Democrat Katherine Clark and Republican Frank Addivinola have captured their respective party's nominations in the special election primary for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.

Clark, a state senator from Melrose, will face off against Addivinola, a Boston attorney, in the Dec. 10 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Edward Markey's election to the Senate.

Seven Democrats and three Republicans had battled for the chance to represent the district that includes communities north and west of Boston.

Voters Head To Polls In Mass. 5th District Primary

Oct 15, 2013
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Voters in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District are heading to the polls to winnow down a field of seven Democrats and three Republicans in the state's latest special election primary.

Massachusetts Secretary William Galvin is predicting a strong voter turnout. Galvin said 100,000 to 120,000 Democrats and up to 20,000 Republicans could cast ballots Tuesday.

US Sens. Markey, Warren Weigh Attack On Syria

Sep 5, 2013

Two Massachusetts Democratic U.S. senators say they want more information before deciding how to vote on President Barack Obama's request for limited military action in Syria.

Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday he voted "present" on the latest version of the resolution.

Markey said he wanted to review classified materials and was concerned about the unintended consequences of an attack. He said the current resolution is too broad.

Sens. Warren, Markey To Attend Labor Day Breakfast

Sep 2, 2013
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Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are expected to join union leaders for Boston's annual Labor Day Breakfast.

The breakfast is scheduled this morning at the Park Plaza Hotel and is sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council.

The breakfast traditionally provides politicians a chance to affirm their support of labor issues.

US Sen. Edward Markey To Tour Western Mass. Cities

Aug 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning a tour of western Massachusetts to talk with mayors, business leaders and local voters.

The Massachusetts Democrat will begin today’s visiting with Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi before talking with local business owners along North Street near city hall.

Markey then heads to Chicopee to meet with Mayor Michael Bissonette and visit the River Mill Senior Center brownfield redevelopment site. From there, Markey is planning to visit Springfield businesses and tour Union Station with Mayor Dominic Sarno.

US Sen. Markey Planning "Ceremonial Swearing-In"

Aug 8, 2013
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Markey is planning to hold a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

Markey was actually sworn in last month by Vice President Joe Biden during a brief ceremony in the Senate chamber in Washington.

Today’s event is a chance for more of the Democrat's supporters and members of the public to mark the start of his tenure in the Senate.

Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in a June special election to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry's resignation from the Senate to become secretary of state.