Ranking Member's Press

09.20.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PRESIDENT’S THREAT TO VETO SCHIP

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto President Bush's threat to veto the State Children's Health Insurance Program. "This is a cruel threat to needy children and I urge the President to reconsider. It'soutrageous that there are nearly 9 million uninsured children in America and over600,000 more since 2005. This Administration has failed on healthcare and our childrenare pa… Continue Reading


09.19.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PASSAGE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL

(As Prepared for Delivery) I want to start by thanking my colleague, Senator Domenici, for his tirelesseffort. And I want to recognize the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who championed thisfight for so many years. Without the leadership of these two remarkable Senators, wewouldn't be here on this historic day. Americans believe that we are all created equal. This bill brings us closer to that ideal by ending health insurance discriminationfor mental illnesses for 113 million Americans. One in … Continue Reading


09.19.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE HOUSE PASSAGE OF FDA BILL

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to the passage by the United States House of Representatives of the FDAReauthorization bill. "This bill will help every single American every single day as it is about the safety of allof our food and our prescription drugs. Hardly a day goes by without a new report ofAmerican families put at risk by unsafe foods, improperly tested … Continue Reading


09.19.07

KENNEDY, DOMENICI, ENZI COMMEMORATE PASSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, at 11:30am, Senators Edward Kennedy, Pete Domenici,and Mike Enzi will commemorate the passage in the Senate last night of the MentalHealth Parity Act of 2007. The legislation will provide help to more 113 millionAmericans, and represents a major agreement between the health care community,business leaders, and insurance industry. This new legislation will expand previous legislation to ensure that those with mentalhealth needs, who are currently denied needed mental healt… Continue Reading


09.18.07

DOMENICI & KENNEDY CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tonight, Senators Pete Domenici and Edward M. Kennedyannounced Senate passage of the Mental Health Parity Act (S.558). The new legislationwill provide help to more 113 million Americans, and represents a major agreementbetween the health care community, business leaders, and insurance industry.Senator Domenici said, "Extraordinary effort went into getting us to this point. Senatepassage of this bill is significant, and I believe sets the stage for us to enact a nationalpolicy t… Continue Reading


09.13.07

OBAMA, DURBIN, KENNEDY, MURRAY FIGHT AGAINST MISCLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS Bill will help close the tax gap, ensure benefits for workers, restore fair playing field for employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL),Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced The Independent ContractorProper Classification Act of 2007. This legislation will protect workers and taxpayers againstthe misclassification of employees, a problem that costs the government billions of dollars anddenies thousands of Americans basic employee protections such as workers compensation andovertime pay. The Section 530 Safe Harbor in federa… Continue Reading


09.12.07

KENNEDY, SMITH, ROCKEFELLER AND SNOWE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S CHILDREN Work to prevent drastic restrictions Children’s Health Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C-Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), JayRockefeller (D-WV), and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) released the following statements on thelegislation introduced today that will prevent states from having to drastically restricting thenumber of children who can access care. The bill specifically prohibits the implementation of rules put in place by the Centers forMedicare and Medicaid Services that would essentially prohibit states from providing qualityhealth coverag… Continue Reading


09.07.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PASSAGE OF THE COLLEGE COST REDUCTION AND ACCESS ACT

(As Prepared for Delivery) Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use tochange the world. As Americans, we have understood the truth of this statement throughout our history. Fromthe beginning of our Republic, we have looked to the future and invested in future generationsof Americans. We knew that a good education for our citizens would improve lives and in ourown way change the world. We knew that when we passed the GI bill. And we were right.We kn… Continue Reading


09.07.07

KENNEDY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESS ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy gave the following remarks followingthe passage by the United States Senate of the College Affordability and Access Act of 2007, whichincludes the largest increase of student aid since the GI Bill. (As Prepared for Delivery) From our earliest days as a nation, education has been the engine of the American dream.Today, we'll help millions of students achieve that dream with the legislation before us, whichprovides $20 billion in new college aid -… Continue Reading


09.07.07

KENNEDY, REID, MILLER ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, at 12:45pm, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Majority Leader HarryReid, and Representative George Miller will hold a press conference to celebrate the passageof the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which will provide the largest increase instudent aid since the GI Bill. WHAT: Press Conference on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act WHEN: 12:45pm today, Friday, September 7, 2007 WHO: Senator Edward M. KennedyMajority Leader Harry ReidRepresentative George Miller W… Continue Reading


09.07.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON JOB REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on today's report from theBureau of Labor Statistics, which showed that employers cut 4,000 jobs in August-the firstdrop in the number of jobs since 2003: "These job losses demonstrate that our economy is headed in the wrong direction. The overalleconomic growth that has been taking place in recent years can no longer hide the fact thatlarge numbers of… Continue Reading


09.06.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE NOMINATION OF CHARLES MILLARD TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE PBGC

(As Prepared for Delivery) Today we are considering the nomination of Charles Millard to be Director of thePension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Let me start by thanking Senator Mikulski for agreeingto help Chair this important hearing. She had a vital role in the passage of the PensionProtection Act last year, and has shown impressive leadership as Chair of our Retirement andAging Subcommittee. I'd also like to thank Senator Enzi for his continuing leadership and partnership on theseissues, a… Continue Reading


09.04.07

CHAIRMAN KENNEDY RELEASES SECOND REPORT ON LENDER ETHICS Report details abuses within lending system

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the United StatesSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a report on thestudent loan system entitled "Second Report on Marketing Practices in the Federal FamilyEducation Loan Program." The report discusses the findings of Chairman Kennedy'sinvestigation of inappropriate marketing practices in the student loan industry. Chairman Kennedy said, "The findings of the report underscore the urgent need for r… Continue Reading


08.30.07

KENNEDY CALLS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL AND HHS

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary MichaelLeavitt requesting information on the interactions of political appointees at the Department ofHealth and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General, specifically during tenureof Dr. Richard Carmona. The letter is below.… Continue Reading


08.29.07

KENNEDY: KATRINA SHOWED HOW LONG A JOURNEY WE STILL HAVE TO MAKE TO LIVE UP TO AMERICA’S PROMISE MORE OF OUR NATION’S CHILDREN NEED A HEALTHY START IN LIFE — NOT FEWER

Washington, DC: Today, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Senator Edward M.Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the author ofthe Children's Health Insurance Program, urged the President to support Congress's efforts tocover more children. Yesterday the Census Report revealed that number of uninsured hasskyrocketed from 44.8 million in 2005 to 47 million in 2006. Over 600,000 more children arenow uninsured than were in 2005, with an increase fr… Continue Reading


08.16.07

KENNEDY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT’S CANCER PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement today, strongly supportingthe recommendations by the President's Cancer Panel for effective national action to reducethe danger of tobacco. "The recommendations eloquently reaffirm what is widely recognized throughout the publichealth community; that giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulatetobacco products is the most important s… Continue Reading


08.10.07

KENNEDY ON MINE TRAGEDIES


08.10.07

KENNEDY ON MINE TRAGEDIES

WASHINGTON. DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement onthe mine collapses in Utah and Indiana. "The thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with our country's mining communitiestoday. These are terrible tragedies, not only for the workers and their families, but for allof the brave men and women who go to work each day in America's mines. Our focus atthis difficult time is on the continuing re… Continue Reading


08.09.07

KENNEDY REQUESTS INFORMATION ON POSSIBLE PATIENTS’ RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary Michael Leavitt of theDepartment of Health and Human Services, requesting information pertaining to possibleviolations of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 reported to theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Below is the text of the letter.August 9, 2007Secretary Michael LeavittDepartment of Health and Hum… Continue Reading


08.03.07

KENNEDY: TODAY’S JOB NUMBERS DEMONSTRATE THE NEED FOR MODERNIZING OUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM

Washington, DC- Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, put out the following statement regarding today'sjobs numbers that reflect a notable increase in long-term unemployment. More than 1.3million Americans who are currently looking for work have been seeking a job for 26 weeks ormore - an increase of nearly 200,000 since last month. Kennedy is the sponsor of legislationthat will modernize the unemployment insurance system, S. 1871… Continue Reading

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