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Ed Markey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MA) - Jr, Democratic
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Ed Markey has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ed Markey is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Support leaving decision to mother and her doctor"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Markey voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Markey voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ed Markey voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Markey voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Ed Markey a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey is 100% Pro-Choice..." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Support leaving decision to mother and her doctor"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Markey voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Markey voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ed Markey voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Markey voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Ed Markey a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey is 100% Pro-Choice..." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey is 100% Pro-Choice..." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase incomes over $1 million"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over $1 million"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. b) $25,000-$75,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over $1 million"
  • Ed Markey. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ed Markey voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Nov 11, 2010: Markey on Nat'l Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Chairmen. 11 November 2010. "Deficit reduction must be a priority as we rebuild our economy, and the immediate step we can take to save our nation hundreds of billions of dollars is to begin now by allowing the Bush tax cuts for millionaires to expire." (markey.house.gov)
  • Ed Markey. State House News Service: At gathering of locals, Scott Brown and Ed Markey quizzed on civility. 22 January 2012. "As budget battles continue in the capitol, Markey said, the prospect of allowing temporary tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush will come up again. 'That's the discussion that we're going to have,' said Markey. He said he was 'doubtful' that the idea to raise the federal gas tax would gain any traction but taxes on top earners should be considered." (www.edmarkey.org)
  • "I propose implementing a stair-stepped reduction on capital gains tax based on income." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase incomes over $1 million"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over $1 million"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. b) $25,000-$75,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "over $1 million"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ed Markey voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Nov 11, 2010: Markey on Nat'l Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Chairmen. 11 November 2010. "Deficit reduction must be a priority as we rebuild our economy, and the immediate step we can take to save our nation hundreds of billions of dollars is to begin now by allowing the Bush tax cuts for millionaires to expire." (markey.house.gov)
  • Ed Markey. State House News Service: At gathering of locals, Scott Brown and Ed Markey quizzed on civility. 22 January 2012. "As budget battles continue in the capitol, Markey said, the prospect of allowing temporary tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush will come up again. 'That's the discussion that we're going to have,' said Markey. He said he was 'doubtful' that the idea to raise the federal gas tax would gain any traction but taxes on top earners should be considered." (www.edmarkey.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Markey voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Markey voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ed Markey a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed believes we can build on the gains President Obama and Democrats in Congress have made to jumpstart our economy by investing in our innovation economy to create the jobs of today in the industries of the future..." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Markey voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Markey voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ed Markey a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed believes we can build on the gains President Obama and Democrats in Congress have made to jumpstart our economy by investing in our innovation economy to create the jobs of today in the industries of the future..." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed believes we can build on the gains President Obama and Democrats in Congress have made to jumpstart our economy by investing in our innovation economy to create the jobs of today in the industries of the future..." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "I support tax deferred pre-paid tuition program for higher education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them." 8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system? Other or expanded principles: "Legislation to ensure that all public schools have access to the new information superhighway and to computer technology."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Ed Markey. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Conference Report on H.R. 1429, Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. 14 November 2007. "The bill we see before us today helps to raise the academic standards of American children and ensures that every child in our country has an equal opportunity to a high quality education. It aims to improve teacher quality by requiring a greater number of Head Start teachers to have a bachelor's degree and be adequately trained in early childhood development. This is clearly good news for the children that will be participating in Head Start in the future[...]On multiple occasions, the President has advocated that all 3- and 4-year-old participants in Head Start should take standardized tests to assess their improvement. For President Bush, No Child Left Behind means no child left untested. I am happy that this conference report terminates the further use of the National Reporting System, an inappropriate, ineffective, and expensive testing regime. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 17 November 2005. "This bill inadequately funds virtually every area of need. It slashes $1.5 billion from our country's critical health, human services, education and labor programs. While the Bush administration has never fully funded the No Child Left Behind Act, this bill goes a step further by actually cutting total Federal education funding for the first time in a decade--cutting No Child Left Behind by $14 billion below the authorized level, slashing special education, safe and drug free schools, education technology grants." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 1 June 2010. "We are writing to request your consideration of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' commitment to high educational standards when you are reviewing its Race to the Top Phase 2 application. As you know Massachusetts has the highest educational standards in the country. That is why we were disturbed to learn that Massachusetts' Race to the Top Phase 1 application was docked 15 points because of the Commonwealth's refusal to accept anything lower than the high standards we have set for our students [¦] In the Race to the Top Phase 1 and Phase 2 application states are asked to accept a set of national standards to be set by the Department of Education. This is an admirable goal and we applaud the efforts of the administration to try and lift many failing states and encourage them to meet higher standards. Given that Massachusetts has the nation's highest education standards we are concerned that future national standards may not be as strict. Without having that information it would be inappropriate for the Commonwealth to accept anything less than the high bar it has set for our students' achievement [¦] As the Massachusetts congressional delegation we are proud of the high achievement benchmarks we have set for our children and hope that the rest of the country will follow. We respectfully ask that you take these unique circumstances in consideration as you and your staff review Massachusetts' application for Race to the Top Phase 2 funding. We hope that the Commonwealth will not be penalized for being a leader educational excellence." (votesmart.org)
  • "...he supports President Obama's "Race to the Top" program, which provides educators the tools they need to write innovative lesson plans that improve the learning experience for students." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "I support tax deferred pre-paid tuition program for higher education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them." 8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system? Other or expanded principles: "Legislation to ensure that all public schools have access to the new information superhighway and to computer technology."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Ed Markey. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Conference Report on H.R. 1429, Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. 14 November 2007. "The bill we see before us today helps to raise the academic standards of American children and ensures that every child in our country has an equal opportunity to a high quality education. It aims to improve teacher quality by requiring a greater number of Head Start teachers to have a bachelor's degree and be adequately trained in early childhood development. This is clearly good news for the children that will be participating in Head Start in the future[...]On multiple occasions, the President has advocated that all 3- and 4-year-old participants in Head Start should take standardized tests to assess their improvement. For President Bush, No Child Left Behind means no child left untested. I am happy that this conference report terminates the further use of the National Reporting System, an inappropriate, ineffective, and expensive testing regime. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 17 November 2005. "This bill inadequately funds virtually every area of need. It slashes $1.5 billion from our country's critical health, human services, education and labor programs. While the Bush administration has never fully funded the No Child Left Behind Act, this bill goes a step further by actually cutting total Federal education funding for the first time in a decade--cutting No Child Left Behind by $14 billion below the authorized level, slashing special education, safe and drug free schools, education technology grants." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 1 June 2010. "We are writing to request your consideration of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' commitment to high educational standards when you are reviewing its Race to the Top Phase 2 application. As you know Massachusetts has the highest educational standards in the country. That is why we were disturbed to learn that Massachusetts' Race to the Top Phase 1 application was docked 15 points because of the Commonwealth's refusal to accept anything lower than the high standards we have set for our students [¦] In the Race to the Top Phase 1 and Phase 2 application states are asked to accept a set of national standards to be set by the Department of Education. This is an admirable goal and we applaud the efforts of the administration to try and lift many failing states and encourage them to meet higher standards. Given that Massachusetts has the nation's highest education standards we are concerned that future national standards may not be as strict. Without having that information it would be inappropriate for the Commonwealth to accept anything less than the high bar it has set for our students' achievement [¦] As the Massachusetts congressional delegation we are proud of the high achievement benchmarks we have set for our children and hope that the rest of the country will follow. We respectfully ask that you take these unique circumstances in consideration as you and your staff review Massachusetts' application for Race to the Top Phase 2 funding. We hope that the Commonwealth will not be penalized for being a leader educational excellence." (votesmart.org)
  • "...he supports President Obama's "Race to the Top" program, which provides educators the tools they need to write innovative lesson plans that improve the learning experience for students." (votesmart.org)
  • "...he supports President Obama's "Race to the Top" program, which provides educators the tools they need to write innovative lesson plans that improve the learning experience for students." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL pipeline would ignore the impact that tar sands production has on our climate. It would ignore the impact of pipeline spills on our environment." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Set aside Arctic Refuge as protected wilderness."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ed Markey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey has one the strongest environmental records in Congress. Ed co-wrote the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and would help create millions of clean energy jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Set aside Arctic Refuge as protected wilderness."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding to speed clean-ups at contaminated hazardous waste sites. Strengthen environmental & public health & safety protections relative to the disposal of high level radioactive waste."
  • Ed Markey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Markey voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ed Markey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Markey in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey has one the strongest environmental records in Congress. Ed co-wrote the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and would help create millions of clean energy jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed Markey has one the strongest environmental records in Congress. Ed co-wrote the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and would help create millions of clean energy jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ed Markey voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ed Markey voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Ed Markey in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Markey voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Markey a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Markey...supports...universal background checks for all firearms sales, reinstituting the ban on assault weapons, making gun trafficking a federal crime, a prohibition against high capacity ammunition magazines, and closure of the loopholes surrounding the creation of undetectable, plastic guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ed Markey. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ed Markey voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ed Markey voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ed Markey voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Ed Markey in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Ed Markey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ed Markey voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Markey voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Markey a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ed Markey voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Markey...supports...universal background checks for all firearms sales, reinstituting the ban on assault weapons, making gun trafficking a federal crime, a prohibition against high capacity ammunition magazines, and closure of the loopholes surrounding the creation of undetectable, plastic guns." (votesmart.org)
  • "Senator Markey...supports...universal background checks for all firearms sales, reinstituting the ban on assault weapons, making gun trafficking a federal crime, a prohibition against high capacity ammunition magazines, and closure of the loopholes surrounding the creation of undetectable, plastic guns." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Restore cuts that have devastated community hospitals."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Markey Announces Staff Changes. 20 January 2011. "Leading the successful legislative strategy to improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple severe, chronic diseases, culminating in enactment of the Independence At Home demonstration program in the Affordable Care Act". (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Affordable Care Act Saving Each Medicare Beneficiary $3,500. 10 November 2010. "What our seniors need most is a prescription for drug savings, and the Affordable Care Act does just that by helping to reduce the burden of health care costs while strengthening Medicare [¦] Improved benefits and savings for our most vulnerable residents and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare are only possible with the continued implementation of the health reform law." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. GOP Repeal Would Stamp "Return to Sender' on $250 Checks Seniors Received Last Year. 24 January 2011. "Closing the Medicare drug coverage gap is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year: * Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Markey Commemorates First Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "Massachusetts residents have a lot to celebrate on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act [¦] We've ended abusive practices by the insurance industry, provided cheaper prescription drugs for our seniors, and made tax credits available for families and small businesses to better afford coverage. I'll continue to fight against Republican efforts to undo the progress made over the past year and will work to implement the law so that it benefits residents throughout the Bay State." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed voted in support of ObamaCare..." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Restore cuts that have devastated community hospitals."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ed Markey. Markey Announces Staff Changes. 20 January 2011. "Leading the successful legislative strategy to improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple severe, chronic diseases, culminating in enactment of the Independence At Home demonstration program in the Affordable Care Act". (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed voted in support of ObamaCare..." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Affordable Care Act Saving Each Medicare Beneficiary $3,500. 10 November 2010. "What our seniors need most is a prescription for drug savings, and the Affordable Care Act does just that by helping to reduce the burden of health care costs while strengthening Medicare [¦] Improved benefits and savings for our most vulnerable residents and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare are only possible with the continued implementation of the health reform law." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. GOP Repeal Would Stamp "Return to Sender' on $250 Checks Seniors Received Last Year. 24 January 2011. "Closing the Medicare drug coverage gap is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year: * Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Markey Commemorates First Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "Massachusetts residents have a lot to celebrate on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act [¦] We've ended abusive practices by the insurance industry, provided cheaper prescription drugs for our seniors, and made tax credits available for families and small businesses to better afford coverage. I'll continue to fight against Republican efforts to undo the progress made over the past year and will work to implement the law so that it benefits residents throughout the Bay State." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ed voted in support of ObamaCare..." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Ed Markey. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "He'll fight in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform that...lays out a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants who are already here..." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Ed Markey. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ed Markey voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "He'll fight in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform that...lays out a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants who are already here..." (votesmart.org)
  • "He'll fight in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform that...lays out a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants who are already here..." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Ed Markey. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Markey voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ed Markey voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Issue Position: Civil Rights. 21 November 2011. "He also opposed the Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' that allows states to discriminate against same-sex marriages performed in another state, as well as the so-called 'Marriage Protection Act,' which would strip the federal courts of the power to hear and rule on any future constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "The Constitution was written to ensure that all Americans are treated equally. This provision will undermine that principle and tarnish the Constitution. I believe that any State should have the right, if it so chooses, to grant same-sex couples or unmarried couples the same legal rights as those conferred to heterosexual couples. This is the same policy supported by Vice President DICK CHENEY who stated during the 2000 Presidential election that same-sex marriages should remain a State issue and the Federal Government should recognize those State laws. Vote "no" on this bill. It is a disgrace against the United States Constitution [¦] Is this why our founding fathers created the greatest democracy in the world--to keep people apart? Our country and our world deserve better than this. To say that the threat of same sex marriage is so great that it requires the alteration of our Constitution to include discriminatory language is a slap in the face to those that have fought for equality and civil rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "What are we debating here on the floor of Congress? We are taking up a bill to strip the Federal courts of the power to hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Apparently, the Republican Congress is so concerned that a gay or lesbian couple might someday have their marriage in one State recognized in another that they are prepared to take the extreme measure of preventing judges from interpreting the law. While every other American will continue to enjoy the checks and balances that come from three branches of government, the Republicans have decided that if you are gay you should be able to get along with just two branches of government. Why are they doing this?" (votesmart.org)
  • "We must ensure that LGBT Americans have the same freedom as any other American to marry and receive the full array of benefits and protections under the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Ed Markey. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ed Markey voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Markey voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Markey voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Issue Position: Civil Rights. 21 November 2011. "He also opposed the Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' that allows states to discriminate against same-sex marriages performed in another state, as well as the so-called 'Marriage Protection Act,' which would strip the federal courts of the power to hear and rule on any future constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "The Constitution was written to ensure that all Americans are treated equally. This provision will undermine that principle and tarnish the Constitution. I believe that any State should have the right, if it so chooses, to grant same-sex couples or unmarried couples the same legal rights as those conferred to heterosexual couples. This is the same policy supported by Vice President DICK CHENEY who stated during the 2000 Presidential election that same-sex marriages should remain a State issue and the Federal Government should recognize those State laws. Vote "no" on this bill. It is a disgrace against the United States Constitution [¦] Is this why our founding fathers created the greatest democracy in the world--to keep people apart? Our country and our world deserve better than this. To say that the threat of same sex marriage is so great that it requires the alteration of our Constitution to include discriminatory language is a slap in the face to those that have fought for equality and civil rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "What are we debating here on the floor of Congress? We are taking up a bill to strip the Federal courts of the power to hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Apparently, the Republican Congress is so concerned that a gay or lesbian couple might someday have their marriage in one State recognized in another that they are prepared to take the extreme measure of preventing judges from interpreting the law. While every other American will continue to enjoy the checks and balances that come from three branches of government, the Republicans have decided that if you are gay you should be able to get along with just two branches of government. Why are they doing this?" (votesmart.org)
  • "We must ensure that LGBT Americans have the same freedom as any other American to marry and receive the full array of benefits and protections under the law." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must ensure that LGBT Americans have the same freedom as any other American to marry and receive the full array of benefits and protections under the law." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Ed Markey. Bush Homeland Security Speech Focuses on Iraq, Misses Big Picture on Terrorism. 11 July 2005. "We can't just fight terrorists 'over there' in Iraq and Afghanistan - we need to be vigilant about fighting terrorists where they are, not just where we want them to be. We know that Al Qaeda is operating in over 40 countries including the United States. The President's laser focus on fighting terrorists in Iraq is preventing him from seeing the larger picture, the fight against terrorism is bigger that Iraq and our security policy must be bigger than a strategy for fighting terrorists in Iraq. We must remember the fight against terror that takes place at border stops, train stations and bus stations and airports across the country everyday." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5825, Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act. 28 September 2008. "Let us be clear. There is no question that our government must make every effort to uncover, disrupt and prevent terrorist attacks. The 9/11 strikes demonstrated the devastation that can result if we fail to detect terrorist plots. The question is not whether our intelligence agencies should be allowed to conduct electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists. The answer is, of course, yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Ed Markey. Bush Homeland Security Speech Focuses on Iraq, Misses Big Picture on Terrorism. 11 July 2005. "We can't just fight terrorists 'over there' in Iraq and Afghanistan - we need to be vigilant about fighting terrorists where they are, not just where we want them to be. We know that Al Qaeda is operating in over 40 countries including the United States. The President's laser focus on fighting terrorists in Iraq is preventing him from seeing the larger picture, the fight against terrorism is bigger that Iraq and our security policy must be bigger than a strategy for fighting terrorists in Iraq. We must remember the fight against terror that takes place at border stops, train stations and bus stations and airports across the country everyday." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5825, Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act. 28 September 2008. "Let us be clear. There is no question that our government must make every effort to uncover, disrupt and prevent terrorist attacks. The 9/11 strikes demonstrated the devastation that can result if we fail to detect terrorist plots. The question is not whether our intelligence agencies should be allowed to conduct electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists. The answer is, of course, yes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward J. 'Ed' Markey signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. (no date) "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • "...Ed will always fight against Republicans' attempts to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Markey supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ed Markey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Edward J. 'Ed' Markey signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. (no date) "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • "...Ed will always fight against Republicans' attempts to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • "...Ed will always fight against Republicans' attempts to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

I support a women's right to choose as defined by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Greatly Increasej) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Eliminate new nuclear weapons including nuclear bunker busters and mininukes

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase incomes over $1 million

Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
a) Charitable contributions
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.