Chairman's Press

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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