Chairman's Press

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


03.15.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON THE NOMINATION OF DR. VON ESCHENBACH TO BE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

The FDA is responsible for assuring the safety of the food we eat, and the medicines we rely on to keep us healthy. An FDA Commissioner must have the vision to lead, the competence to make crucial public health decisions, and the integrity to keep FDA's decisions free from political manipulation. I look forward to a careful evaluation of Dr. von Eschenbach's qualifications in these areas, and to a thorough examination of his capacity to see that FDA once again sets the standard for quality, sou… Continue Reading


03.15.06

KENNEDY OPPOSES REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT WOULD RAISE PREMIUMS AND TAKE AWAY THE HEALTH BENEFITS THAT ALL AMERICANS DESERVE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS, KEY GROUPS, FIGHT BILL THAT WOULD ELIMINATE STATE BENEFITS LIKE CANCER SCREENINGS

Washington, DC: Today, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee continued its negotiations of a Republican plan that 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


03.14.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE DEFEAT OF THE KENNEDY BUDGET AMENDMENT

"By rejecting our amendment, the Republican Senate turned its back on countless struggling students in communities around the country. It's wrong to deny them the help they need to afford the skyrocketing cost of college. Locking the door to the American dream can only make America a lesser nation in the years ahead." ###… Continue Reading


03.14.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE DEFEAT OF THE KENNEDY BUDGET AMENDMENT

"By rejecting our amendment, the Republican Senate turned its back on countless struggling students in communities around the country. It's wrong to deny them the help they need to afford the skyrocketing cost of college. Locking the door to the American dream can only make America a lesser nation in the years ahead." ###… Continue Reading


03.12.06

KENNEDY CALLS FOR BUDGET THAT MEETS AMERICA’S NEEDS (As Prepared for Delivery on Senate Floor)

Money isn't everything, but it's a measure of a nation's priorities. Budgets are moral documents. They represent who we are, and what we value. Just six weeks ago, the President delivered a State of the Union Address that gave hope to many of us in Congress for a budget that meets the needs of the American people. The President told us that night that "a hopeful society comes to the aid of fellow citizens in times of suffering and emergency - and stays at it until they're back on their feet." … Continue Reading


03.10.06

KENNEDY: BUSH’S CURE FOR OUR HEALTH CARE CRISIS IS WORSE THAN THE DISEASE

Washington: DC: Today at his address before the National Newspaper Association's Government Affairs Conference, President Bush responded to a question on health care and touted the Republican association health care plan being debated in the Senate. Senator Kennedy, who is leading the fight against this plan, responded with the following statement: "Like his Medicare drug fiasco, the President's cure for the nation's health care woes is worse than the disease. In the guise of helping small busi… Continue Reading


03.08.06

STATEMENT OF EDWARD M. KENNEDY AT FIRST PENSION CONFERENCE MEETING (H.R. 2830) (As prepared for delivery)

I commend our colleagues for all their work on this legislation and their commitment to strengthening pensions. Millions of Americans are increasingly concerned about their retirement security, and rightly so. For years, each leg of the three-legged stool of retirement-private pensions, private savings, and Social Security-has been sound, but that's no longer true, and the stool obviously needs repairs. The personal savings rate has now fallen below zero. That's no surprise, when wages are sta… Continue Reading


03.08.06

KENNEDY FIGHTS REPUBLICAN PLAN TO RAISE HEALTH PREMIUMS AND TAKE AWAY THE HEALTH BENEFITS THAT ALL AMERICANS DESERVE PUSHES FOR REAL HELP TO SMALL BUSINESS, MENTAL HEALTH PARITY, LOWER DRUG PRICES, AND MEDICARE FOR ALL

Washington, DC: Today the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee is considering a Republican plan that 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 Kennedy opposes the pl… Continue Reading

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