Chairman's Press

09.27.06

KENNEDY PRAISES REPORT ON PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT Calls for Better Collaboration between Schools and Parents

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today commended the Appleseed Foundation on its new report on the status of parental involvement in schools. The report is the first comprehensive analysis of parental participation under the No Child Left Behind Act. "Parents make all the difference in their children's lives, and they're indispensable to children's success in school." said Senator Kennedy. "They contribute to school culture, hold schools accountable, and make important decisions ab… Continue Reading


09.26.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON SECRETARY SPELLINGS’ REMARKS ON THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on Secretary Spellings' remarks on the report of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education: "I applaud Secretary Spellings' call to address the skyrocketing cost of college. Step one of her plan should be to convince the President to immediately increase the Pell Grant to $5100, as he has promised to do repeatedly. I'm disappointed, though, that neither the Secretary nor the Commission put forward ideas … Continue Reading


09.26.06

KENNEDY INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO GET AMERICA BACK ON TRACK AND GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE WORKS TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD AND INVEST IN OUR FUTURE

Washington, DC: Today, Senator Edward Kennedy, joined by a bipartisan group of 13 Senators, introduced the National Competitiveness Investment Act, to encourage innovation in America as a way to create jobs and move our economy forward. Kennedy believes the bill is an important down- payment on the commitment and sustained investment needed to keep America competitive in the years to come. Among other things, the bill doubles basic research funding by the National Science Foundation over the n… Continue Reading


09.22.06

KENNEDY WORKS TO PROTECT PATIENTS BY IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF MEDICAL TESTS

Washington, D.C.: Today as the National Genetics Policy Summit in takes place Washington, DC., Senator Edward M. Kennedy continues his work on legislation that will better protect patients by ensuring that tests developed in laboratories are of proven validity. Senator Kennedy is committed to preserving innovation in this rapidly evolving area of medical technology. He plans to introduce his bill in the coming months so that it will move through Congress next year. "Doctors and patients are mak… Continue Reading


09.20.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES URGE GONZALES TO APPEAL TOBACCO DECISION

Washington, DC: Today Senator Kennedy and fourteen other senators wrote a letter to Attorney General Gonzales urging him to pursue every available avenue of appeal to overturn the misguided Court of Appeals decision in the United States of America v. Philip Morris USA Inc. Last month, the U.S. District Court for DC found overwhelming proof of misconduct by the tobacco companies, however the trial judge concluded that a prior decision of the Court of Appeals prevented her from ordering appropriat… Continue Reading


09.20.06

SENATORS KENNEDY AND CLINTON CALL FOR HEARING, MARK-UP ON 9/11 HEALTH LEGISLATION

Washington, DC - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Ranking member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, member of the HELP Committee, today called on Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the HELP Committee, to a set a time for a hearing on 9/11 health effects and to mark-up legislation authorizing grants for ongoing medical and mental health monitoring and treatment. "Now that we have additional scientific evidence linking individuals' … Continue Reading


09.18.06

KENNEDY IS HONORED WITH ELSIE FRANK ELDERLY ADVOCACY AWARD FOR HIS LIFELONG WORK ON BEHALF OF OLDER AMERICANS AWARD GIVEN BY MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF OLDER AMERICANS

BOSTON, MA- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today received the Elsie Frank Elderly Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans (MAOA). Senator Kennedy's nephew, Joe Kennedy III, accepted the award on his behalf. Joe Kennedy said, "All members of my family are taught at an early age that the test of a civilization is how it honors and respects the elderly. This award is particularly meaningful to Uncle Teddy because Elsie Frank lived that commitment. I know that Uncle Teddy wi… Continue Reading


09.13.06

SENATOR KENNEDY ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION GRANT FOR BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL

BOSTON, MA- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today announced a grant of $1,418,846 from the National Institutes of Health to Brigham and Women's Hospital for research into antigen-specific therapy for autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system. The funds will be made available by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH. The research has the potential to improve our understanding of the development of neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, and to deve… Continue Reading


09.13.06

SENATOR KENNEDY ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION GRANT FOR THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CAMPUS

BOSTON, MA- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today announced grant of $1,084,844 from the National Institutes of Health to the Boston University Medical Campus for continued research into rheumatic disease causation and treatment. The funds will be made available by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH. Allocated to the Boston University Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center, this grant will fund an expansion on previous research projects and allow f… Continue Reading


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

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