Having served in Congress for the last 37 years, Ed Markey (D-MA) has built up an extensive voting record. Unfortunately for the voters of Massachusetts it’s nothing to brag about. Markey has consistently voted for higher taxes, more regulation and bigger government at the expense of jobs and economic growth. Here are some of Markey’s greatest hits:
Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade
Introduced in 2009, this 1400 page bill was co-authored and championed by Ed Markey, who claimed this massive policy proposal would have little financial impact on average Americans. According to an analysis conducted by the Heritage Foundation, Waxman-Markey would:
• Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $7.4 trillion,
• Destroy 844,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 1,900,000 jobs,
• Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation,
• Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent,
• Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent,
• Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500, and
• Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 29 percent, or $33,400 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.
Despite overwhelming bi-partisan support for the Keystone pipeline, Ed Markey has persistently opposed the project that would create thousands of new jobs, billions in economic activity and spur American energy. In 2012, Markey voted against Keystone even after 26 of his fellow Democrats voted in favor of it. When the Northern Route Approval Act was on the floor this year, Markey didn’t even bother to show up and vote.
Ed Markey loves to raise taxes and hates cutting them. At a recent campaign stop Markey couldn’t remember when asked if he could name a time when he didn’t support his party raising taxes. According to the National Review, Markey has voted to raise taxes 271 times.