Chairman's Press

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


02.15.06

TATEMENT BY SENATOR KENNEDY ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S HEALTHCARE SPEECH

Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy responded to President Bush's speech, which was delivered at Wendy's fast food headquarters, with the following statement: "Sadly, the President's healthcare plan will make a bad situation worse, and his budget cuts to Medicare and Medicaid only add insult to injury. We should be securing Medicare and Medicaid - the 'value meal' of healthcare -- and assuring quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans. But like the President's misguided social security privat… Continue Reading


02.14.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON LAUNCH OF COMMISSION ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

I welcome today's launch of the Commission on No Child Left Behind, and I commend the Aspen Institute for its focus on this important issue. When the Act became law at the beginning of 2002, it symbolized a strong new national commitment to improving public education and to giving all students what they need to succeed in school. Congress must reauthorize the law next year, and it will clearly benefit from the Commission's careful examination of the implementation and its suggestions for improve… Continue Reading


02.14.06

KENNEDY FIGHTS TO STOP TAX GIVEAWAYS FOR THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND HEALTH CARE BUSH’S BUDGET GIVES $50 BILLION IN TAX GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHY WHILE ROBBING $50 BILLION FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Washington, DC: Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy continues his fight to stop the tax giveaways for the wealthy by bringing to a vote his request that conferees reject any House proposal to extend the capital gains and dividends tax cuts. Senator Kennedy believes that those funds would be better spent on Medicare, Medicaid and fixing the nation's healthcare crisis. The House version of the bill provides tax breaks on capital gains and dividend income that will take $50 billion over the next ten ye… Continue Reading


02.10.06

SENATOR KENNEDY’S FLOOR STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S BUDGET CUTS AS PREPAREDOR DELIVERY

I thank the chair. Mr. President, I want to talk for a few moments about the budget that has been submitted by this administration in the last few days and how it addresses the needs of the people of this country, or how it fails to address those needs. Effectively, what we are being asked in that budget that the President has set up, that we are going to see very serious and significant decline in supporting some enormously needed programs that help and provide opportunities for so many of our … Continue Reading


02.07.06

KENNEDY: LIHEAP FUNDS FALL SHORT FOR AMERICA’S FAMILIES AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY

Today's Senate action adding $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for this winter will hopefully become a step in the right direction, but much of it seems to be smoke and mirrors. Once again, we've failed to provide enough actual assistance to millions of struggling families around the country, many of whom are elderly or disabled. When we left for the holiday recess last December, we felt we had a commitment from the Senate Majority Leader to bring up a bill to add $2 … Continue Reading


02.06.06

KENNEDY ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on President Bush's budget: "When the President addressed the nation on Tuesday, we heard a lot of nice rhetoric, but the real test of the President's commitment to progress is the budget he released today. The gap between the President's words and deeds has grown by leaps and bounds each year as he fails to live up to his promises, instead leaving ordinary Americans behind. Budgets are moral documents, and sadl… Continue Reading


02.03.06

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY IN ADVANCE OF THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET WILL THE GAP BETWEEN HIS WORDS AND DEEDS GROW EVEN BIGGER?

Washington, D.C.: Senator Kennedy issued the following statement in anticipation of the President's Budget, expected on Monday: "Americans want to raise healthy families in safe neighborhoods, and give their children full lives. But today, they're facing a perfect storm of soaring costs for health care, for home heating oil, forgasoline prices, and for college tuition, a prescription drug fiasco for their parents' generation, and the shadow of globalization hanging over the workplace. What the… Continue Reading


02.03.06

KENNEDY: A HUGE GAP EXISTS BETWEEN WORDS AND DEEDS WHEN IT COMES TO PRESIDENT BUSH’S COMPETITIVENESS AGENDA Senator Kennedy Responds to President Bush’s Speech in New Mexico Today

Washington, D.C.: As President Bush visits Albuquerque, New Mexico to tout his education initiatives, Senator Kennedy, the leading Democrat on the Senate Education, Health and Labor Committee, points to his education track record and questions his credibility. Senator Kennedy gave President Bush the benefit of the doubt and worked with him on No Child Left Behind, only to have the White House break their promise to America's children by underfunding it by $40 billion. Now, President Bush is ple… Continue Reading


02.02.06

KENNEDY PRAISES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HEALTH AND SAFETY RULE Long overdue standards will help to protect nation’s energy workers

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy praised the Department of Energy for making much-needed changes to a safety rule. Senator Kennedy said: "This rule will provide long- awaited safety protections that will benefit over 100,000 workers across the country. I applaud the critical changes that the Department has made to ensure that America's energy workers have the strong protections they need and deserve. And I look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the safety condit… Continue Reading


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

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