(April 28, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following
statement after President Joseph R. Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of
we heard President Biden embrace a vision that recognizes the four interlocking
crises our country must confront – economic inequality, racial injustice, the
COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate crisis. President Biden knows this moment
requires the kind of ambition, ingenuity, and justice that defines what we know
as our American democracy.
America to take a leading role in the fight against global climate change, we must
invest in American families here at home. For America to reestablish itself as
a global leader in the face of authoritarianism, human rights and democracy
must form the basis of our foreign policy. For the next technological
breakthrough, every aspiring scientist must have the chance to achieve their
maximum educational potential, regardless of where they grow up. For the
workforce building the literal road to our recovery, every job in America must
pay a living wage. For every child, clean air and water must be an inalienable
right and indisputable reality. Our horizons must not be dictated by what can
be done, but by what must be done. An horizon not defined by a state border or
political party, but by the health of our people and planet.
leading on climate change, clean energy, healthy transportation, and
environmental justice, we fight all our national enemies at once. We heard
about President Biden’s intention to both lead the race for progress and to
bring us together in a relay to the top. These intersecting crises demand a
response as large, intersectional, and powerful as they are—that’s what we will
fight for in order for everyone to be safe, be healthy, and thrive. We have
much more work to do.”
brought Michael Curry, President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of
Community Health Centers, as his virtual guest to highlight the American Rescue
Plan’s (ARP) positive impact on Massachusetts. The American Rescue Plan
provided an historic investment of $7.6 billion in community health centers.
The Bay State’s 37 federally-funded health centers have already been awarded
$147 million in flexible funding that will support COVID testing, vaccination,
workforce, infrastructure, and community outreach.