Chairman's Press

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


03.07.06

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES CALL FOR AN EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE BUDGET THAT AMERICA DESERVES

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES CALL FOR AN EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE BUDGET THAT AMERICA DESERVESWashington, D.C.--Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined Senators Boxer, Harkin and Stabenow and Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra, and hundreds of students and workers to rally against the Bush Administration's budget that slashes vital programs and initiatives Americans depend on. Senator Kennedy spoke about the need to invest in America's future by making sure every family in America has the … Continue Reading


03.07.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON LIHEAP

Today's Senate action to move to debate on increasing funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for this winter will hopefully become a step in the right direction. Democrats have pressed for months to increase funds for LIHEAP to the authorized level of $5.1 billion. We've urged the Republican leadership and the President to act, but the Republican majority has blocked our efforts at every turn, and families are paying a steep price for that neglect. The average LIHEAP grant has … Continue Reading


03.07.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON RELEASE OF THE MINE SAFETY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION’S EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD ON EMERGENCY MINE EVACUATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the release of the Mine Safety Health Administration's emergency temporary standard on mine evacuation: "The temporary rule is a welcome improvement in mine evacuation readiness, but it fails to deal with the many safety hazards that cause mine accidents in the first place. I urge the Agency to take action as soon as possible to crack down on these hazards as well." ###… Continue Reading


03.07.06

ENZI APPLAUDS CALLS TO PREVENT AND REDUCE UNDERAGE DRINKING

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today applauded the U.S. Surgeon General's Office for issuing a "Call to Action" to encourage Americans to step up efforts to combat underage drinking and alcohol abuse ."America's youth have almost unlimited access to alcohol - the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 95 percent of 12-graders perceive alcohol as readily available to them," Enz… Continue Reading


03.03.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON NAMING OF PENSION CONFEREES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the naming of pension conferees: "I am pleased that we are starting the conference on the pension bill. Millions of hardworking Americans fear that their secure retirement might disappear, and they are depending on Congress to act to protect their pensions. This is a critical piece of legislation for America's workers and retirees and I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft a bi-partisan bill t… Continue Reading


03.02.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON MINE SAFETY OVERSIGHT (AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY BEFORE HELP COMMITTEE)

We must do everything in our power to see that not a single life is lost in mining because of ineffective enforcement, outdated technology, or inadequate safety standards. Twenty-four miners have already died this year, 21 of them in coal mines, just one short of the total number of coal mine deaths for all of last year. Today we must ask where we've gone wrong. Last month Senator Enzi, Senator Isakson, Senator Rockefeller and I went to Buckhannon, West Virginia, and met with the family member… Continue Reading


03.01.06

KENNEDY AND ENZI WORK TO REAUTHORIZE THE RYAN WHITE CARE ACT BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV/AIDS

Washington, D.C. - Today, under the leadership of Senators Enzi and Kennedy, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held the first hearing on the reauthorization of the "Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act," (RWCA). Believing that this issue is too important to be slowed by politics, Kennedy and Enzi have been working with the White House and with the House and are committed to achieving a bipartisan bill that will pass this year. "We must do a better… Continue Reading


02.24.06

KENNEDY CALLS FOR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING HUNGER REPORT BY AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST REPORTS INCREASES IN USE OF EMERGENCY HUNGER FACILITIES

Washington, D.C. - With the release of America's Second Harvest's recent hunger report, Senator Edward M. Kennedy continued the call for an increased minimum wage and denounced President Bush's budget cuts to low-income programs. America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers, reports that food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters are experiencing significant increases in clientele. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 38 million Americans are h… Continue Reading


02.23.06

KENNEDY, DODD, WAXMAN, DINGELL, AND BROWN CALL ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO STOP FDA PROVISION THAT UNDERCUTS STATE LAWS THAT PROTECT PATIENTS

Washington, DC: Today Senator Kennedy and Senator Dodd sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Leavitt urging him to stop a provision in the FDA drug labeling regulation that would undermine State consumer protection laws, including product liability laws. The Senators ask Secretary Leavitt to explain the justification behind shielding the drug industry from lawsuits. Representatives Dingell, Waxman, and Brown also sent a letter to Secretary Leavitt questioning the basis for the … Continue Reading


02.22.06

KENNEDY, ENZI WORK TO MINIMIZE RADIATION EXPOSURE BILL WOULD IMPROVE HEALTH CARE SAFETY AND QUALITY

Washington, DC: Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined Senator Michael Enzi to reduce patient exposure to radiation by introducing the Consumer Assurance of Radiologic Excellence (CARE) Act of 2006. With over 300 million radiologic procedures performed annually, this legislation is expected to markedly improve health care safety, quality, and consistency by ensuring federal standards Their plan will reduce health care costs and unnecessary exposure to radiation by lowering the number of unwarranted x-… Continue Reading


02.22.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON INDICTMENT OF FORMER FOREMAN AT SAGO MINE

Washington, DC -Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the indictment of a former foreman at Sago Mine: "The indictment raises more questions about the safety record at Sago Mine. Mine inspectors must be qualified, and mining companies must be diligent in their oversight and follow-up of inspections. Mining tragedies are preventable if miners have strong safety protections." ###… Continue Reading


02.22.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON NEW REPORT ON SOARING HEALTH CARE COSTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on a new report on the rising costs of health care: "Today's report shows that health care costs are out of control, but all the Bush Administration has to offer are gimmicks that make working families pay more for the health care they need, and do nothing to help with the soaring cost of health care. The best way to bring the cost of healthcare down is to offer my plan of Medicare for All which would save billio… Continue Reading


02.22.06

KENNEDY PUTS FORTH PLAN TO JUMPSTART AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS Gives Major Address On Turning Era of Globalization into a New Era of Opportunity for America

Boston, MA-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy was at Northeastern University to deliver a major address on his plan to reinvest in America's competitiveness and turn around damaging impact of the global economy. He was joined by President Richard Freeland, business leaders, students and educators to share his ideas of how to this country back on track. Kennedy argues that our nation is at a crossroads: we can continue to be buffeted by the harsh winds of the global economy or we can think anew, a… Continue Reading


02.16.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY WELCOMES DECISION BY MINING SAFETY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION TO REVIEW FINES

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the Mining Safety Health Administration's (MSHA) Announcement it will review fines: "A review of MSHA's lax penalty standards is long overdue. For too long the agency has allowed companies that repeatedly violate safety laws to pay fines lower than most parking tickets. Any new standards must ensure that companies that repeatedly violate safety rules and put workers at risk of injury receive fines that serve a… Continue Reading


02.16.06

SENATOR KENNEDY APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR KATRINA VICTIMS CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS THIS EXTENSION

Washington, DC - Today, the Senate took the first necessary step to help those left unemployed by the Gulf Coast hurricanes by passing an extension of Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits.Senator Kennedy issued the following statement calling for prompt action to build on this victory and give jobless storm victims the help they deserve: "Today's victory is an important one, but there's still much more work to be done. We must act quickly to help the 165,000 storm victims that will lose th… Continue Reading

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