Boston (May 18, 2020) – In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) outlined key pandemic-related international priorities for inclusion in future coronavirus relief packages. The priorities reflect legislation that Senator Markey has introduced since the coronavirus outbreak began, including protecting American citizens abroad, promoting the protection of human rights during the pandemic, ensuring that U.S. sanctions do not hinder the delivery of lifesaving aid, and utilizing the skills of returned Peace Corps volunteers and others who the pandemic has forced to return home. Senator Markey also called for adequate funding for the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and international institutions.
“As we endure the many global challenges COVID-19 has caused, we must lead the fight, protect our citizens, and offer assistance to those suffering around the world,” writes Senator Markey, top Democrat on the Subcommittee On East Asia, The Pacific, And International Cybersecurity Policy of the Foreign Relations Committee, in his letter.
A copy of the letter can be found HERE.
In an effort to strengthen and expand the U.S. response to the global pandemic, Senator Markey has introduced several pieces of key legislation: