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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement:

“Although we need no other indicator, Friday’s job loss report confirms that our economy remains in a free-fall. Now, more than ever, we need a strong economic recovery package that creates jobs, strengthens the safety net, and invests wisely in the nation’s future. Americans are hurting far too much already. Without this action, the consequences will be even more disastrous for our workers and their families.

“I returned to the Senate today to do all I can to support our President and his plan to get our country back on track. We face a historic crisis and must act quickly, boldly and responsibly to enable our economy to begin growing again in Massachusetts and across America.”