Chairman's Press

06.01.06

KENNEDY, UPS EMPLOYEES JOIN TOGETHER TO PROMOTE MENTORING FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES PARTNERS FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM THE UPS FOUNDATION

SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined employees of United Parcel Service and The UPS Foundation in the awarding of a $25,000 grant to support the extraordinary work of Partners for Youth with Disabilities in expanding their mentoring program. Senator Kennedy has worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities knocking down walls of discrimination, including authoring the Americans with Disabilities Act. A non- profit organization dedicated to empowering yo… Continue Reading


05.23.06

KENNEDY FIGHTS TO PROTECT WORKERS WITH VIGILANT ENFORCEMENT OF LABOR LAWS OFFERS LABOR PROTECTIONS AMENDMENT TO IMMIGRATION BILL

Washington, DC: Today Senator Kennedy offered an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would ensure vigilant enforcement of critical labor protections to preserve the health, safety, and well- being of all American workers. While there are good labor protections in the bill designed to protect immigrant workers and ensure that the guest worker program does not hurt American workers, Senator Kennedy believes the best way for us to protect American workers and immigrants alike is to more v… Continue Reading


05.17.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON MINE IMPROVEMENT AND NEW EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BEFORE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, PENSIONS COMMITTEE)

(AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BEFORE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, PENSIONS COMMITTEE) I'm very pleased that the Committee is taking up the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act today. I commend Chairman Enzi, Subcommittee Chairman Isakson, and Ranking Subcommittee Member Murray for their dedication in pursuing safety protections. I also commend Senator Byrd and Senator Rockefeller, who have been tireless in seeking improvements in mine safety. The need for the legislation is clear. This yea… Continue Reading


05.17.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON RYAN WHITE MODERNIZATION ACT (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY)

Today's markup focuses in part on one of the greatest public health investments we have made in thiscountry -- the care and treatment of individuals with HIV/AIDS. Almost sixteen years ago, the members of this Committee demonstrated their commitment to the care and treatment of Americans living with AIDS by passing the Ryan White Care Act. It has been a model of bipartisan cooperation and Federal leadership, and I am proud that this reauthorization process has continued that bipartisan commitme… Continue Reading


05.16.06

KENNEDY, ENZI INTRODUCE BILL TO MOVE MINE SAFETY INTO 21ST CENTURY WILL BETTER PROTECT LIVES OF MINERS BYRD, ROCKFELLER CO-SPONSOR SWEEPING REFORMS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) and Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman of the HELP Committee, today introduced a sweeping reform bill to move mine safety and regulation into the 21st Century, reduce safety risks for miners across the country, and respond to the Sago and Alma mine tragedies in West Virginia. The legislation, the "Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act), is cosponsored… Continue Reading


05.15.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON MEDICARE PART D DEADLINE (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY ON SENATE FLOOR)

For seniors in Medicare, today is Judgment Day -- the day when the misjudgments, the failures and the basic errors of competence in implementing the Republican Medicare law will bite into the savings of some 8 millions seniors across America. Today, a bad situation will get worse, as seniors are hit with financial penalties if they have been unable to wade through the complicated tangle of private insurance plans in the Part D program. In Massachusetts, citizens have over 45 stand-alone drug c… Continue Reading


05.11.06

STATEMENT OF EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON LEGISLATION REPEALING ADMINISTRATION POLICY ATTACKING PENSIONS AND HEALTHCARE

Washington, DC: Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, joined by Senators Reid, Baucus, Bingaman, Mikulski, Cantwell, and House Democrats, introduced legislation to block a Department of Energy policy slashing workers' pensions and healthcare. This legislation would halt a Department of Energy policy that would compel contractors to stop providing the secure pensions and health care benefits they have long offered to their workers. Senator Kennedy said: "These workers provide critical services to su… Continue Reading


05.11.06

KENNEDY URGES COLLEGE STUDENTS TO CONSOLIDATE STUDENT LOANS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy urged college students nation-wide to consolidate their student loans before interest rates jump almost 2 percentage points on July 1st. This increase will be one of the largest single-year increases in the 40-year history of the federal student loan programs. Because changes in law that will limit loan consolidation options for student borrowers will also become effective on July 1, Senator Kennedy urges students to consolidate to take advanta… Continue Reading


05.10.06

KENNEDY ON FLOOR: HEALTH WEEK SHOULD BE CALL TO ACTION (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY)

This new age of the life sciences holds immense potential for better health for all Americans. "Senate Health Week" ought to be a time of re-dedication to bringing the promise of quality healthcare to every American. Our goal is to make health care a right and not a privilege -- where no American must choose between a visit to the doctor and paying the rent or putting food on the table. That is the vision we are trying to achieve - but obviously, we have not succeeded yet. Time and again, narro… Continue Reading


05.09.06

05.09.2006

We are in the age of the life sciences. American ingenuity is the source of countless innovations that offer new opportunities to save lives and reduce suffering. "Health Week" ought to be a time of celebration -- a time when we give thanks that the promise of quality health care has been fulfilled for every American. We ought to be able to celebrate a nation where health care is a right and not a privilege -- where no American must choose between a visit to the doctor and paying the rent or pu… Continue Reading


05.09.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY CLOTURE ON MOTION TO PROCEED TO ENZI-NELSON (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY)

his should be a historic week. The Senate has the opportunity at last to have a debate on the basic questions of health care. Senator Enzi has put forward a proposal that deserves debate and the opportunity for amendment. I commend him for his diligence in bringing forward his proposal. But after careful study and debate, I believe the Senate will conclude that the course laid out in this proposal is the wrong one for health care. The legislation will make health care coverage less affordable… Continue Reading


05.09.06

KENNEDY FIGHTS THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH PLAN THAT WILL RAISE PREMIUMS AND TAKE AWAY HEALTH BENEFITS THAT ALL AMERICANS DESERVE JOINS RALLY WITH HEALTH ADVOCATES WORKING TO DEFEAT THE BILL 224 NATIONAL GROUPS, 41 ATTORNEY GENERALS and 8 INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS OPPOSE THE BILL

Washington, DC: Today, as the Republican health bill reaches the Senate floor, Senator Kennedy led the fight to oppose it because it would raise the premiums and lower the benefits for millions of Americans who already have health coverage today. Although the bill has been presented as legislation for small businesses, the effects of this bill go far beyond the "small business plans" and would sweep away important protections for patients in every state-regulated insurance market. Senator Kenne… Continue Reading


05.04.06

FLOOR STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON STEM CELLS

Today I come to the Senate floor to speak briefly about stem cell research and the hope it holds for millions of Americans in the years ahead. Hope is one of the qualities of spirit that make us human. Hope allows us to dream of a better life for our children, our community, and our world - especially for loved ones now suffering or in pain. Hope is what stem cell research holds for the parents of children with diabetes, who dream of a day when their constant fears for their children's well-be… Continue Reading


05.04.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES CALL ON FRIST TO TAKE UP STEM CELL LEGISLATION HOUSE-PASSED, BIPARTISAN BILL HAS STALLED IN SENATE FOR NEARLY A YEAR

Washington, D.C.- Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Senators Tom Harkin and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called upon Majority Leader Bill Frist to immediately take up the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810) in the Senate for a vote. The legislation-designed to expand federal funding for stem cell research-passed the House of Representatives with a broad bipartisan majority on May 24, 2005. Despite bipartisan support for the measure in the Senate, the bill ha… Continue Reading


05.03.06

KENNEDY FLU AMENDMENT TO SUPPLEMENTAL PASSES

Washington, D.C. - Today, in a vote of 53-46, Senator Edward M. Kennedy's amendment providing a compensation fund for health professionals and first responders who will be the first to receive experimental flu vaccinations passed and was added to the supplemental. Below is Senator Kennedy's statement:"Today's vote by the Senate is a show of support and respect for America's first responders, the courageous and highly trained men and women who protect us all in the case of emergencies. In the e… Continue Reading


05.03.06

KENNEDY RELEASES “TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE” REPORT DETAILING THE INADEQUACIES OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION PANDEMIC FLU PLAN OFFERS AMENDMENT TO STRENGTHEN FLU LIABILITY COMPENSATION

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Kennedy released a report, "Too Little Too Late: The Bush Administration's Record of Failure in Preparing for Pandemic Flu." The report details the failures of the Administration to adequately prepare the United States for a potential pandemic flu outbreak, the need for a strong liability compensation program and the steps that must be taken-both on a local and a federal level-in order for this country to be adequately prepared. The United States remains the only … Continue Reading


05.02.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE RE-RELEASE OF PANDEMIC FLU PLAN

Washington, DC -- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy issued the following statement on the re- release of the Bush Administration's pandemic flu plan. The plan, originally released last fall, did not address many critical issues that will become central if a pandemic flu outbreak were to occur in the United States. "Amid great fanfare last autumn, the Bush Administration released what was claimed to be a plan to fight pandemic flu. Now, we see that the original plan was inadequate and incomplete.… Continue Reading


03.31.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO KEEP MEDICARE PART D TRANSITION POLICY IN PLACE April 1st deadline seeks to undermine seniors and their attempt to find a plan that works

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, joined by his Democratic colleagues, sent the following letter to the President Bush, urging him to reverse the decision to end the Medicare Part D transition policy that expires tomorrow, April 1, 2006. Senator Kennedy said, "America's seniors and the disabled have had months of headaches since the prescription drug program was enacted and now the Administration wants to end the transition policy that was meant to simplify this mess. Seniors a… Continue Reading


03.31.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO KEEP MEDICARE PART D TRANSITION POLICY IN PLACE April 1st deadline seeks to undermine seniors and their attempt to find a plan that works

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, joined by his Democratic colleagues, sent the following letter to the President Bush, urging him to reverse the decision to end the Medicare Part D transition policy that expires tomorrow, April 1, 2006. Senator Kennedy said, "America's seniors and the disabled have had months of headaches since the prescription drug program was enacted and now the Administration wants to end the transition policy that was meant to simplify this mess. Seniors a… Continue Reading


03.29.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES ANNOUNCE SENATE CAUCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH REFORM

Washington, D.C.-Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Pete V. Domenici, Gordon Smith, and Tom Harkin jointly announced the establishment of a Senate Caucus on Mental Health Reform to educate fellow members and highlight the importance of mental health awareness. This caucus coincides with a reconvening of the former Members of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The purpose of the caucus is to educate Members of the Senate about the importance of making mental health a national prio… Continue Reading

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