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  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement in response to the changes to the H-2A visa regulations announced by the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security. “I’m concerned about the Administration’s approach to these regulations. Increased penalties for employers who...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the U.S. Department of Education informed Congress that seven Federal Family Education Program lenders will be allowed to resume billing for “9.5% loans,” the category of student loans under which lenders are eligible to receive an inflated 9.5% rate of return. The decision follows the completion of audits...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on President Bush’s budget: “The President fumbled yet another opportunity to put forward a budget that demonstrates real understanding of the challenges our country is facing today and that provides real relief for hardworking Americans. I look...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, released new data from the Congressional Budget Office reaffirming that the Federal Direct Loan Program costs less to taxpayers than the Federal Family Education Loan Program, the program that subsidizes banks to make...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today's jobs numbers show a loss of 17,000 jobs and an increase in the number of long-term unemployed Americans to 1.4 million. In addition, the time that unemployed Americans spent looking for a job rose sharply. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Congressman John Lewis, along with more than a dozen Senate colleagues, introduced the Civil Rights Act of 2008, which will strengthen accountability when civil rights and workers’ rights are violated. Recent court decisions have weakened America’s civil rights laws in ways...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental civil right in our society. All workers should have the right to fair pay regardless of their race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Unfortunately, reality has too often failed to live up to this ideal. Prejudice and discrimination too...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the United States House of Representatives failing to override President Bush’s veto of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. "American families want real solutions...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s introduction of the “Pathway to Covering America: Ensuring Quality, Value, and Access,” a plan to secure health insurance...
  • WASHINGTON, DC—Today Representatives Henry A. Waxman, John D. Dingell, Frank Pallone, Jr., Rosa L. DeLauro, and Edward Markey, and Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy, and Christopher J. Dodd, questioned the basis for a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal that was apparently designed to shield pharmaceutical and device...
  • We are here to celebrate a landmark in labor-management relations. The settlement that’s been achieved is an extraordinary achievement that will benefit all the members of the Amtrak community—the employees, the company, the passengers, and the entire country. Compromise is never easy, but I commend both sides for their commitment and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking that it investigate why this landmark patient safety legislation, passed by Congress nearly three years ago, has not been fully implemented. Senator Kennedy said,...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— At 10:00am on Thursday, January 24, 2008, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing on ensuring workers’ rights to equal pay. The hearing will focus on the decision by the Supreme Court in the case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company,...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) When the economy is wrong, nothing else is right for working families. Hardworking families are losing their jobs, their homes, their health care and their hope. More and more families across America wish they could look to the future, but they’re just trying to get through today. We’re here to say,...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) I commend Senator Schumer for holding this important hearing today about a deepening concern that is on so many Americans’ minds – the troubled state of the nation’s economy. And I join in welcoming our distinguished witnesses. Larry Summers is one of the nation’s pre-eminent economists, and so is...
  • BOSTON, MA- On Thursday, January 17th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension’s (HELP) Committee, will hold a field hearing in Boston at the Action for Boston Community Development Inc. (ABCD). This HELP Committee Hearing will be the first of a series of hearings on...
  • KENNEDY ON HOUSE MINE SAFETY LEGISLATION WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in anticipation of the House of Representatives taking up the Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act this week. Senator Kennedy...
  • BOSTON, MA- On Thursday, January 17th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension’s (HELP) Committee, will hold a field hearing in Boston at the Action for Boston Community Development Inc. (ABCD). This HELP Committee Hearing will be the first of a series of hearings on...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to Secretary Spellings’ remarks made this afternoon at the National Press Club on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Senator Kennedy said, “I agree with Secretary...