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  • (As Prepared for Delivery) I’m honored to be here with all of you, and I’m grateful for the opportunity todiscuss some of the significant legislation we’ve been working on in the Senate. For over35 years, the Congressional Black Caucus has fought hard and well, for the interests ofmillions of African Americans – and for the...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) A measure of a great society is how it treats its children. The actions of Congressand the President over the coming days will determine whether we meet that test.Today, there are still 9 million children without health insurance. That’s not justwrong, it’s outrageous – it is immoral. We have a chance...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto President Bush’s remarks on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. “Today President Bush called on Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Actand not to turn back...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the followingstatement in response to the settlement reached late last night between the United AutoWorkers Union and General Motors. “I congratulate the United Auto Workers and General Motors on reaching their landmarkagreement on key issues like job protection and spiraling...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto the report released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. “Today’s good results show there’s a rising tide in America’s schools, but it hasyet to...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) Sometimes, the American people demand that Congress and the Administrationenact initiatives to address fundamental national needs. During the Depression, weenacted Social Security to see that seniors could live their later years with dignity. In the1940’s, we opened the doors of education for returning veterans...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Tomorrow, at 11:45am, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Senator Ken Salazar will join with religious leaders Fr.Clarence Williams of Catholic Charities USA, Sister Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ,Network—National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Rabi Michael Namath of theReligious Action Center...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto the House passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. “The House has voted for the most important advance in children’s health in a decadeand so will the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to the United Auto Workers Union going on strike. "General Motors should return to the bargaining table as soon as possible. I urge GM tonegotiate in good faith and to recognize...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to this morning’s New York Times story detailing Medicaid’s decision to denychemotherapy to illegal immigrants with cancer. “It's unbelievable that in a single...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement onthe agreement between the United States Senate and House of Representatives on theState Children’s Health Insurance Program. “CHIP has made access to health care possible for...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto the passage of the Food and Drug Amendments Act of 2007. "This important bill should give every American greater peace of mind every single day -- every time we eat, take our medicine...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto President Bush’s threat to veto the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. “This is a cruel threat to needy children and I urge the President to reconsider....
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) I want to start by thanking my colleague, Senator Domenici, for his tirelesseffort. And I want to recognize the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who championed thisfight for so many years. Without the leadership of these two remarkable Senators, wewouldn’t be here on this historic day. Americans believe that we are all...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to the passage by the United States House of Representatives of the FDAReauthorization bill. "This bill will help every single American every single day as it is about the safety...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Today, at 11:30am, Senators Edward Kennedy, Pete Domenici,and Mike Enzi will commemorate the passage in the Senate last night of the MentalHealth Parity Act of 2007. The legislation will provide help to more 113 millionAmericans, and represents a major agreement between the health care community,business leaders, and insurance...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tonight, Senators Pete Domenici and Edward M. Kennedyannounced Senate passage of the Mental Health Parity Act (S.558). The new legislationwill provide help to more 113 million Americans, and represents a major agreementbetween the health care community, business leaders, and insurance industry.Senator Domenici said,...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL),Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced The Independent ContractorProper Classification Act of 2007. This legislation will protect workers and taxpayers againstthe misclassification of employees, a problem that costs the government billions...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C—Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), JayRockefeller (D-WV), and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) released the following statements on thelegislation introduced today that will prevent states from having to drastically restricting thenumber of children who can access care. The bill specifically prohibits the...
  • (As Prepared for Delivery) Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use tochange the world. As Americans, we have understood the truth of this statement throughout our history. Fromthe beginning of our Republic, we have looked to the future and invested in future generationsof Americans. We knew that a good...