Ranking Member's Press

09.27.05

KENNEDY, ENZI, BAUCUS AND GRASSLEY AGREE ON PENSIONS BILL

WASHINGTON - The leaders of the two Senate committees with jurisdiction over pension issues today reached an agreement on a pension funding and reform bill, clearing the way for Senate consideration. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Committee on Finance, Sen. Max Baucus, ranking member, Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, ranking member, met and reached an agreement on the differences between their respective committee-… Continue Reading


09.26.05

KENNEDY OFFERS BIPARTISAN KATRINA PLAN TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS AS THE REBUILDING BEGINS INTRODUCES HEALTH AND WORK RELIEF PACKAGE

Washington, DC: Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Mike Enzi introduced major portions of their Katrina Relief package, covering health and work protections for the people impacted by the disaster. Their plan will help ensure that victims get and can pay for the health care they need, that the men and women who work to rebuild the region are safe and healthy, that vulnerable populations such as the disabled and elderly are given services, and that impacted businesses are given temporary… Continue Reading


09.22.05

KENNEDY AND ENZI MOVE FORWARD ON PLAN TO EDUCATE CHILDREN DISPLACED FROM KATRINA DISCUSS BILL IN SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Washington, DC; Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Mike Enzi participated in a subcommittee hearing entitled "Katrina's Displaced School Children" to discuss the education bill they introduced last week. Their bipartisan measure will bring much needed support and relief to students, educators, and schools affected by the disaster. Kennedy and Enzi will introduce the health and labor components of their Katrina Relief package in the coming days, having already passed two provisions on jo… Continue Reading


09.21.05

KENNEDY, ENZI CONTINUE WORK TOWARD ENSURING KATRINA VICTIMS RECEIVE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill to provide help combat poverty through the Community Service Block Grant

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Mike Enzi introduced the Community Services Disaster Assistance Act of 2005 to assist the victims of hurricane Katrina and help combat the widespread poverty that plagues the region. Community Service Block Grant agencies provide low-income communities with the support they need to achieve self- sufficiency on a daily basis. Typical programs and services offered by the agencies address unemployment, inadequate housing and poor nutrition. On … Continue Reading


09.21.05

KENNEDY AND COLLEAGUES FIGHT BUSH’S DECISION ON DAVIS BACON

Washington, DC: Today Senator Edward Kennedy and his colleagues introduced a bill to rescind the President's suspension of the Davis Bacon law to ensure that men and women of the Gulf Coast get paid a fair wage as they rebuild the region. On September 8, President Bush suspended Davis-Bacon for contracts related to Katrina, ending prevailing wage protection for thousands of construction workers. Kennedy's bill would stop the President's unfair action. "The winds of Katrina exposed to all of Ame… Continue Reading


09.20.05

KENNEDY AND ENZI PUT FORTH JOB TRAINING PLAN FOR VICTIMS OF KATRINA PART OF COMPREHENSIVE BIPARTISAN RELIEF PACKAGE

Washington, DC: Today Senators Edward Kennedy and Mike Enzi offered the second part of their comprehensive Katrina relief package and introduced a bill that will help workers displaced by the disaster get back to work and rebuild their lives and communities. This bill, called the "Hurricane Katrina Employment and Training Assistance Act" expands employment and job training assistance authorized under the "Workforce Investment Act," to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The goal is to help rebu… Continue Reading


09.19.05

KENNEDY FLOOR STATEMENT FOLLOWING VISIT TO GULF COAST REGION (As Prepared for Delivery)

On Friday, thirteen of my colleagues and I visited the stricken city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to see Katrina's devastation firsthand and hear from the affected residents. Like so many millions of Americans, I've been moved by the news coverage of Katrina and her brutal aftermath for the past three weeks. But nothing I've seen on television, nothing I've read in the newspapers, and nothing I've heard from the survivors we've embraced in Massachusetts could prepare me for the staggering s… Continue Reading


09.19.05

KENNEDY REACTION TO SECRETARY SPELLINGS SPEECH ON HIGHER ED COMMISSION

Today, Secretary of Education Margaret spellings spoke at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte on the formation of a higher education commission to develop a national strategy on post secondary education. Below is a statement from Senator Edward M. Kennedy: "I applaud the Secretary's effort to look at the long-term strengths and weaknesses of our postsecondary system. More than ever, our colleges and universities are vital to our ability to meet the new and dynamic challenges of our ti… Continue Reading


09.16.05

KENNEDY LEARNS FROM RECOVERY WORKERS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NEW ORLEANS OFFERS EDUCATION RELIEF BILL AND DISCUSSES GULF COAST RECONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY PROPOSAL

Washington, DC; Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, along with colleagues from the United States Senate, traveled to the Gulf Region today to assess Hurricane Katrina's damage and recovery efforts. The Senator met with local officials, relief workers, and convened a meeting with African American leaders and the clergy in New Orleans to continue discussing how racial imparities affected the response to Hurricane Katrina and what needs to be done to ensure that all Americans receive the attention th… Continue Reading


09.08.05

Senators Kennedy and Enzi Propose Bipartisan Pensions Reform to Provide Retirement Security for Millions of Americans

Washington, DC: Today Senator Kennedy and Senator Enzi put before the HELP committee the Defined Benefit Security Act - a bipartisan measure to bring retirement security to millions of Americans. The bill requires companies to protect their pensions with rules that are fair and predictable and includes needed changes to help avoid the danger of plans that are terminated. The bill also includes a provision to help the companies impacted by Katrina by giving the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury … Continue Reading


09.08.05

KENNEDY HOLDS SENATE HEARING TO IMPLEMENT AGENDA FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Mike Enzi held a hearing of the Senate Help committee with relief organizations working to provide support to Hurricane Katrina victims. Outside witnesses, including the Dr. Diane Roussel, the Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools in New Orleans, participated to help formulate a bipartisan plan on the immediate and long-term needs resulting from Hurricane Katrina and the following relief efforts. Other witnesses, such as D… Continue Reading


09.08.05

STATEMENT OF EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE DECISION OF PRESIDENT BUSH TO SUSPEND DAVIS-BACON PREVAILING WAGE PROTECTIONS IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA

I'm deeply disappointed that President Bush has decided to suspend vital wage protections in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Haven't these workers and their families suffered enough? We are providing tens of billions of dollars in relief, and we should be sure that it goes toward decent wages for workers as they rebuild the infrastructure that is so desperately needed. Many people harmed by this disaster were already struggling to make ends meet, and now the jobs and businesses they relied on ha… Continue Reading


09.06.05

SENATOR KENNEDY JOINS FORCES WITH RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS

SENATOR KENNEDY JOINS FORCES WITH RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMSWashington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy met with relief organizations working to provide support to Hurricane Katrina victims. The participants, among whom Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of Great City Schools, Leslie Baskerville, Executive Director of the National Association of Equal Opportunity in higher Education (NAFEO) and Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Publ… Continue Reading


09.06.05

SENATORS KENNEDY AND ENZI SEEK ADVICE FROM RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE SUPPORT FOR EVACUEES Works to Establish Legislative Agenda in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Dedicated to Establishing Stronger Infrastructure for Response and Relief

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Michael Enzi will meet with representatives from over a dozen agencies that are currently providing relief to victims of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Kennedy will take recommendations from the groups as the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which he is the ranking member, considers ways to help with the response. Chairman Mike Enzi has announced a hearing to address Katrina relief needs on Thursday. Kennedy said… Continue Reading


09.06.05

SENATORS KENNEDY AND ENZI SEEK ADVICE FROM RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE SUPPORT FOR EVACUEES

WHO: SENATOR KENNEDY SENATOR ENZIHurricane Katrina Relief OrganizationsWHAT: Press availability following Senator Kennedy's meeting with to enhance response efforts and to examine urgently needed changes to national response systemsWHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 430WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at 12:15 PM… Continue Reading


09.05.05

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY SEEKS ADVICE FROM RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE SUPPORT FOR EVACUEES Works to Establish Legislative Agenda in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Dedicated to Establishing Stronger Infrastructure for Response and Relief

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow, Senator Edward M. Kennedy will meet with representatives from over a dozen agencies that are currently providing relief to victims of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Kennedy will take recommendations from the groups as the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which he is the ranking member, considers ways to help with the response. Chairman Mike Enzi has announced a hearing to address Katrina relief needs on Thursday. Kennedy said, "Our priorities in C… Continue Reading


01.09.05

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT

Four years ago, Democrats worked with President Bush to adopt the No Child Left Behind Act, to create a new, national commitment to public education, based on two central goals: supporting the improvement of America's schools and requiring accountability for results in learning. These are still the right goals for our schools, but the sad story on No Child Left Behind is promises unfulfilled. Teachers, principals and parents are doing their part, but the Bush Administration has failed to do it… Continue Reading

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