Chairman's Press

02.01.06

KENNEDY: AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN A REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT LEAVES THEM BEHIND

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Reconciliation bill that slashes health care, education, and other programs. The United States Senate passed the bill by a minimal margin in December. Senator Kennedy said, "Today the Republicans showed their true colors by turning their backs on the needs of the hardest working Americans and their families one day after President Bush's empty promises in his State of the Union address. The passage of this draconian bill solidifies the Bush Adminis… Continue Reading


02.01.06

KENNEDY JOINS HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS TO RALLY FOR REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM KENNEDY’S MEDICARE FOR ALL BILL WOULD SAVE BILLIONS AND GIVE ALL AMERICANS THE CARE THEY DESERVE

Washington, DC-Today, Senator Kennedy joined Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House and Senate Democrats to rally for real reforms that will benefit ordinary Americans. Last night, as he attempted to do last year with his Social Security privatization fiasco, President Bush will try to make the American people believe that the solution to rising health costs is to shift more and more of those costs to ordinary Americans, or to deny care to those in n… Continue Reading


01.31.06

IN CONTRAST TO BUSH’S GIMMICK, KENNEDY PUTS FORTH REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM "MEDICARE FOR ALL" WILL SAVE BILLIONS AND GIVE ALL AMERICANS THE CARE THEY NEED

Washington, DC: Today, as President Bush focuses on health care in his State of the Union address after ignoring it for five years, Senator Kennedy will put forward real health care reform that would give quality affordable health care for all Americans. America's health care system is the most economically inefficient in the industrial world. Kennedy's plan would fix our fractured system of care, by extending Medicare to all Americans, from birth to the end of life, while allowing any American … Continue Reading


01.27.06

DEMOCRATS CALL ON BUSH TO OFFER REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM IN STATE OF THE UNION Reid, Kennedy, Schumer, Durbin, Stabenow say Bush’s Current Proposals Will Only Make a Bad Situation Worse

Washington, DC: Today, Senators Reid, Kennedy, Durbin, Schumer, and Stabenow sent President Bush the following letter urging him to reassess the health care proposals he plans on making on Tuesday and instead offer the American people a solution that will work. After five years of ignoring our nation's healthcare crisis, President Bush is expected to announce at the State of the Union proposals to encourage health savings accounts (HSAs). The Senators believe that HSAs benefit the wealthiest and… Continue Reading


01.26.06

KENNEDY: BUSH’S HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WILL MAKE A BAD SITUATION WORSE Like Privatizing Social Security, HSA’s Will Fail to Solve the Problem

Washington, DC: After five years of ignoring our nation's healthcare crisis, President Bush is expected to announce at the State of the Union proposals to encourage health savings accounts (HAS). Last year, the White House launched a failed privatization social security plan and now they want to do the same to healthcare. Senator Kennedy believes that HSAs benefit the wealthiest and healthiest Americans but leave ordinary working families with higher medical costs and more people uninsured. The… Continue Reading


01.26.06

KENNEDY AND COLLEAGUES URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE PLAN FOR FIXING PART D

Washington, DC-Today, Democratic Senators gathered to urge President Bush to take immediate action to fix the failed and flawed Medicare Part D program that has left America's seniors and disabled without prescription drug coverage and without their medications. America's low-income elderly and disabled persons who previously had the costs of their drugs covered under Medicaid and who were transferred to the new Medicare drug program on January 1, 2005 are paying the price for an inadequate and… Continue Reading


01.25.06

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON SEC. LEAVITT’S VISIT TO BOSTON TODAY Kennedy and Colleagues urge President Bush to provide an effective plan for fixing Part D

Boston, MA-Today, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt, will meet with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on the Bush Administration's attempt to fix a myriad of problems that Massachusettsresidents have been facing since Medicare's "Part D" program was implemented in early January. Massachusetts has approximately 185,000 residents who are dually-eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.These are low-income elderly and disabled persons who were previously had the costs of their d… Continue Reading


01.19.06

KENNEDY, HELP COMMITTEE LEADERS SCHEDULE VISIT TO WEST VIRGINIA; WILL MEET SAGO MINE FAMILIES, MINE WORKERS; CHECK PROGRESS OF INVESTIGATION

Washington, D.C. - Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Health Education Labor Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the HELP Committee, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today announced that they will meet with the families of Sago Mine workers whose lives were lost early this year, as well as officials of ICG (International Coal Group) in West Virginia on Friday, January 20, 2006. The bipartisan delegation of Senators will me… Continue Reading


01.18.06

KENNEDY SAYS NEW FDA DRUG LABELING REGULATION IS AN ABUSE

Washington, DC: Today the Food and Drug Administration issued new drug labeling rules that state that federally approved medication labels pre-empt state law. This statement gives a boost to pharmaceutical makers by offering them protection from lawsuits from patients who are injured by their products. Under the new regulations, drug companies are given support from the FDA to claim that they weren't required to warn consumers about a particular risk. Senator Kennedy issued the following statem… Continue Reading


01.17.06

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MARYLAND MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

I commend the Maryland legislature for increasing the state's minimum wage. Maryland is one of many states and communities across the country to recognize that no one who works for a living should have to live in poverty. These states are acting because year after year, Congress has failed to act, and more and more hard-working Americans are paying an unfair price. I hope 2006 will be the year Congress finally responds to this overwhelming public outcry and raises the minimum wage for all Americ… Continue Reading


01.13.06

KENNEDY APPLAUDS MARYLAND LEGISLATURE FOR HOLDING WAL-MART ACCOUNTABLE

I commend Maryland for its leadership in the battle for decent health care for workers and their families. Business and government both have important roles in making sure that decent care is available and affordable for all. Maryland is the first state to hold big business responsible for its fair share, and I'm hopeful that Maryland's example will inspire Congress to do its part as well.… Continue Reading


01.04.06

STATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON THE RECESS APPOINTMENT OF KIRSANOW TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

I'm concerned by President Bush's decision to bypass the Senate and give a recess appointment to Peter Kirsanow as a member of the National Labor Relations Board. I had made it clear that I was willing to work with the White House and Republicans to confirm a comprehensive package to fill all of the three existing vacancies on the Board. Mr. Kirsanow's record as a Member of the Commission on Civil Rights raises serious doubts about his fitness for high office and his commitment to fairness for … Continue Reading


01.04.06

KENNEDY CALLS FOR HEARING INTO WEST VIRGINIA MINING TRAGEDY

Washington, D.C. Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions sent the below letter to Chairman Mike Enzi requesting a hearing to investigate the tragedy that took place this week in Tallmansville, West Virginia in the Sago Mine where twelve lives were lost. The safety of the mines has been called into question, with over 200 violations cited in the last year alone. Mining safety and much-needed oversight in the … Continue Reading

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