WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey promised to push for new laws on clean energy, the nation's aging infrastructure and Internet privacy protections in his first speech before the Senate on Wednesday.
Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, also called for an end to partisan gridlock and a reversal of automatic federal budget cuts, known as the sequester.
In his speech, Markey called climate change irrefutable and said he would file a bill setting a goal that by 2025, 25 percent of the energy used in U.S. is renewable.
"This bill will create jobs as it cuts pollution," Markey said.
Markey said he would also press for a bill designed to help protect children when they are online and fix the nation's aging natural gas system with the goal of making it cleaner and more efficient.
He also said the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard this week was a reminder of the need for more stringent gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and universal background checks combined with comprehensive care for the mentally ill.
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