MA Senate Special Election: Ed Markey on the Issues
Jobs and Economy
Ed believes we can build on the gains President Obama and Democrats in Congress have made to jump start our economy by investing in our innovation economy to create the jobs of today in the industries of the future.
By harnessing the energy and talent of entrepreneurs, educators, scientists and workers all across the country, Ed will be an active and passionate voice in Congress to create jobs and promote economic growth. Ed is a firm believer that strong competition, coupled with a level-playing field, fosters economic prosperity.
Environment and Energy
Ed Markey wants to revolutionize our country’s energy policies to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and pave the way for more clean energy jobs here at home. Ed has always believed that America must lead in the development of clean energy technologies or we risk losing our advantage to countries like Germany and China. Ed has fought to protect federal policies that enhance clean energy, which have helped bring more than 70,000 jobs to Massachusetts.
Ed believes that ensuring that all people in our state and nation have access to affordable quality health care reflects the character of our country. Ed voted in support of ObamaCare, which builds on many of the improvements found in the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 legislation’s critical provisions include: 1) ending abusive health insurance practices like denying people health coverage based on pre-existing conditions and charging women higher premiums; 2) strengthening Medicare benefits and providing seniors a discount on certain prescription drugs; 3) allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until they turn 26 years old; and 4) providing parity in coverage of mental illnesses.
Ed is pro-choice and a strong champion of a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.
Ed is a staunch advocate for gun control and reducing gun violence and has supported commonsense gun reforms that preserve the Second Amendment and protect our children, our parents, and our friends. In 1994, Ed identified a deadly loophole enabling cheap Chinese semi-automatic assault weapons to flood into the U.S. He urged President Clinton to place an emergency moratorium on the importation of these military style assault weapons from China, including the SKS, MAK-90 and other similar weapons.