Chairman's Press

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


03.29.06

KENNEDY CALLS FOR PROPER REBUILDING OF NEW ORLEANS HOSPITALS LIFE-SAVING FACILITIES FACING ROADBLOCKS TO REBUILDING

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report outlining the inadequate funding of two New Orleans hospitals devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Kennedy expressed his concern that the dangerously incompetent under funding of these life-saving health care facilities leaves residents without the security of knowing their hospitals can fully and properly take care of them. HELP Committee Ranking Member, Senator… Continue Reading


03.28.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON FOURTH YEAR STUDY OF THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT

Today's report from the Center on Education Policy provides an encouraging review of the progress underway in our schools, but it also highlights how much remains to be done to ensure that no child is left behind. 78% of school districts report that student achievement is improving, and educators are making great strides to use data in the classroom and align what's taught during the school day to high standards. But too many schools report stagnant progress in closing achievement gaps. The Bush… Continue Reading


03.28.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SURVEY

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has proposed to eliminate the Equal Opportunity Survey, which measures how well federal contractors are providing equal employment opportunity. Senators Kennedy, Harkin, Snowe, Chafee, and 24 other colleagues sent a letter today to the OFCCP opposing this proposal because it would undermine the enforcement of the nation's civil rights laws, particularly laws requiring equal pay for women and minorities.S… Continue Reading


03.23.06

KENNEDY ON RELEASE OF EMERGENCY LIHEAP FUNDS

Washington, D.C.-Today, The Bush Administration released one billion dollars in emergency LIHEAP funds for home heating assistance for low-income families. Massachusetts will receive approximately 31 million dollars in assistance. Senator Kennedy has urged President Bush and the Republican Congress to release these vital funds for Massachusetts families. Senator Kennedy said, "It's welcome news that President Bush is releasing additional assistance for low-income families facing exorbitant heat… Continue Reading


03.16.06

BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS OPPOSE DIMINISHING THE CHILD CARE BUREAU IN HHS RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON CHILD CARE IN AMERICA

Washington, DC: Today a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers objected to the restructuring of the Department of Health and Human Services because of the proposed consolidation of the Child Care Bureau. Led by Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Chris Dodd and Representatives George Miller and Lynn Woolsey, the lawmakers raised their concerns in a letter to Secretary Leavitt on the impact this change will have on important efforts to improve access to child care and upgrade the quality of early… Continue Reading


03.16.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON REED-KENNEDY AMENDMENT TO LIHEAP

This winter low-income families have been struggling more than ever to make ends meet and keep their heat on during the cold winter months. In many places the need for heating assistance is still great.Democrats pressed for months to increase funds for LIHEAP to the authorized level of $5.1 billion. We urged the GOP leadership and the President to act, but the Republican majority blocked ourefforts at every turn, and families payed a steep price for that neglect. The average LIHEAP grant has dec… Continue Reading


03.16.06

KENNEDY-REED AMENDMENT TO LIHEAP PASSES AMENDMENT TO ADD OVER $3 BILLION IN HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE

Washington, D.C. --This afternoon, the Senate passed the Reed-Kennedy amendment to increase funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $3.318 billion for fiscal year 2007, this would bring total funds for the program to the fully authorized level of $5.1 billion.The increase is paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes. Senator Kennedy said, "I'm pleased that the Reed-Kennedy Amendment passed the Senate. Our failure to fully fund LIHEAP this winter left families shive… Continue Reading


03.16.06

KENNEDY APPLAUDS LIHEAP FUNDING

"Today, Congress can finally tell our most vulnerable citizens that their cries have been heard, and that help is on the way. The Senate passed the Reed-Kennedy amendment to fully fund LIHEAP next winter and the House recognized the needs of low-income families struggling to keep the heat on this winter by providing an additional one billion dollars for this winter. Families across Massachusetts can sleep easier tonight knowing they'll have some relief during the cold winter months." ###… Continue Reading

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