Ranking Member's Press

10.26.05

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO REBUILD THE GULF COAST IN A WAY THAT IS FAIR TO WORKERS JOINED VICTIMS OF KATRINA WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING – INCLUDING THEIR FAIR WAGES, JOBS, BENEFITS

Washington, DC: Today Senators Kennedy, Schumer, Dorgan, and Harkin joined working men and women impacted by Hurricane Katrina to discuss how the Administration's policies have hurt those who have already lost everything. They heard firsthand from Diana Hill and Trina Daniels who were living in the lower Ninth Ward at the time of the storm who spoke about how the Administration's misplaced priorities are fundamentally unfair to those who are trying to rebuild their lives. The Senators blasted th… Continue Reading


10.26.05

KENNEDY FLOOR REMARKS ON AVIAN FLU AMENDMENT (As prepared for delivery)

It's a privilege to join Senator Harkin, Senator Reid, and other Democratic colleagues on this needed proposal to improve the nation's preparedness to deal with the danger of avian flu. We need to act, because the Administration has failed to prepare adequately for a flu pandemic. The danger of a major hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast was ignored until it was too late. We can't make the same mistake with pandemic flu. We can't afford to leave preparations to chance, or wait until disaster strik… Continue Reading


10.26.05

KENNEDY RESPONDS TO NEW MEMO ON WAL-MART’S DESPICABLE TACTICS

Washington, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the newly released Wal-Mart internal memo: "I was disappointed to read today about an internal Wal-mart memo describing despicable company tactics to increase their bottom line on the backs of the working men and women who keep their businesses running. Twenty-four hours ago, when Wal-mart's CEO announced support for an increase in the minimum wage, I was hopeful that the nation's largest employer was turning a… Continue Reading


10.25.05

KENNEDY RESPONDS TO WAL-MART’S CALL FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

I was pleased to hear that Wal-Mart CEO, H. Lee Scott, Jr. called on Congress to raise the minimum wage. When even the head of Wal-Mart, one of the most anti-worker companies in the world, says that a minimum wage of $5.15 an hour is out of date, we know it's long past time for an increase.Katrina has shined a spotlight on poverty in this country and showed us all just how much more work is to be done to achieve equality and fairness in this country. 37 million Americans are living in poverty, i… Continue Reading


10.25.05

**STATE BY STATE INCREASES UNDER KENNEDY AMENDMENT ATTACHED KENNEDY CALLS FOR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATING AMERICA’S FUTURE Increase in Pell Grants Crucial link between families and college education

Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy offered an amendment to increase the amount awarded to Pell grant recipients from $4,050 a year to $4,250 a year. This critical increase can mean the difference between a student being able to attend a four year institution or community college or forgoing the opportunity to receive a college education. In Massachusetts alone, nearly 80,000 students at Massachusetts colleges and universities received over $180 million in Pell grants last year. Senator Kennedy of… Continue Reading


10.24.05

SENATOR KENNEDY HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH IT HEALTH IT CUTS COSTS AND IMPROVES QUALITY OF CARE

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today outlined the importance of health information technology at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's health care policy conference entitled, "Saving Lives: Safeguarding Care." Health IT can not only save an estimated $140 billion in excess cost to our health care system, but can dramatically improve the quality of care for patients through electronic medical records. Senator Kennedy said, "We don't just have a quality gap in this country, w… Continue Reading


10.21.05

KENNEDY DISCUSSES PREPARING FOR FLU OUTBREAK AT OPENING OF UMASS/MASSACHUSETTS BIOLOGIC LABORATORIES FACILITY IN MATTAPAN MASSACHUSETTS LEADS IN CUTTING-EDGE HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS- Senator Edward M. Kennedy outlined his plan to prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak at the opening of the new UMASS Medical School/Massachusettls Biologic Laboratories Facility in Mattapan. Senator Kennedy has introduced a bill in the United States Senate that calls for a national flu plan and sets forth a set of guidelines to combat a pandemic flu outbreak. The new facility will play a critical role in responding to new global health challenges, such as the worldwide threa… Continue Reading


10.20.05

KENNEDY INVESTIGATES ABUSES IN DISABILITY JOB PROGRAMS (As prepared for delivery at today’s HELP Committee Hearing)

Thank you Senator Enzi for convening this important oversight hearing. The basic federal programs we're considering today are meant to serve the important public purpose of providing the opportunity for thousands of people with disabilities to go to work. Disabled Americans want to work and contribute to their communities in the same way as their non-disabled friends and families. They have dreams just like everyone else. For far too long, we've been denied the talents and contributions of tho… Continue Reading


10.20.05

Hurricane Katrina Elementary and Secondary Education Recovery Act To be introduced by Senators Alexander, Kennedy, Enzi and Dodd

· NCLB Waivers: Encourages the Secretary to use waiver authority with respect to reporting requirements, 3-8 assessments, and school improvement/corrective action under ESEA for States, local educational agencies, and schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, and requires the Secretary to report on state and district waiver requests due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. · Supplemental Services and Afterschool: The Secretary shall provide grants to States to assist local educational… Continue Reading


10.20.05

KENNEDY AND ENZI OFFER RELIEF FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IMPACTED BY KATRINA

Washington, DC: Today Senators Kennedy and Enzi added to their relief package for Katrina victims an education bill that provides one-time, temporary impact aid to local school districts and private schools. They developed the bill with their colleagues Senators Alexander and Dodd. The bill provides immediate relief to the schools - both public and private - that have opened their doors to these students in a time of crisis, without opening political or ideological battles. The aid provided by t… Continue Reading


10.19.05

KENNEDY: TODAY’S VOTE ON MINIMUM WAGE WILL TEST WHETHER WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FIGHTING POVERTY REPUBLICAN PLAN HAS ANTI-WORKER POISON PILLS THAT WOULD HURT MILLIONS

Washington, DC: Today at 4:30 pm the Senate will vote on two proposals on minimum wage: Senator Kennedy's amendment and the Republican plan that contains anti-worker poison pills. Last night, to ensure bipartisan support, Kennedy changed the amount of the increase to match the amount of the Republican plan, but without their poison pills. Kennedy reached across the aisle to ensure that a minimum wage increase has the best chance of success given dire and urgent circumstances facing the 37 millio… Continue Reading


10.19.05

KENNEDY WORKS TO PROTECT EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS FOR TROOPS

Washington, D.C.- Tomorrow, Senator Edward M. Kennedy will speak before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on protecting the employment rights of our National Guard Members returning from Iraq. Senator Kennedy, after having met several times with Massachusetts members of the National Guard and Reserves, requested a GAO report to investigate the effectiveness of federal agencies who have the responsibility for protecting Guard and Reservists reemployment rights. The repor… Continue Reading


10.19.05

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON TODAY’S NATIONAL ASSESSMENT RESULTS IN READING AND MATHEMATICS

Students are making real progress in reading and math in the nation's classrooms. The hard work of school reform is beginning to pay off and the nation will be the real winner in the years ahead. The improvement in math is especially significant. The number of students mastering the NAEP has doubled in eighth grade and nearly tripled in fourth grade since 1990. Achievement gaps have narrowed between African American and white students. I'm especially proud of the progress made in Massachusetts… Continue Reading


10.18.05

KENNEDY FIGHTS WAR ON POVERTY AND OFFERS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE INSTEAD OF HELPING KATRINA VICTIMS CONGRESS GIVES ITSELF A PAY RAISE

Washington, DC: Last night, Senator Edward M. Kennedy continued his fight on the war on poverty by offering an amendment H.R. 3058, the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. Kennedy's proposal takes into account that the current minimum wage is grossly inadequate to live on in this economy with nearly 37 million people live in poverty, including 13 million children. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated in stark terms that so many Americans live every day on the b… Continue Reading


10.18.05

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY STATEMENT ON THE HIGHER EDUCATION AMENDMENTS ACT

"The American people won't stand for a government that puts irresponsible tax breaks for the wealthy ahead of funding for health care and other assistance for our families that need help the most. Katrina shined a light on the great disparities in the country, and its time for Washington to reevaluate its priorities.Over the last four years, the rich have gotten richer, while four million more Americans fell into poverty. Families are facing a 60% increase in energy costs to heat their homes thi… Continue Reading


10.08.05

KENNEDY ADJUSTS MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WAR ON POVERTY DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION

Washington, DC: Last night, Senator Edward M. Kennedy continued his fight on the war on poverty by offering an amendment H.R. 3058, the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. Today, to ensure bipartisan support, he changed the amount of the increase to match the amount of the Republican plan, but without their poison pills. Kennedy reached across the aisle to ensure that a minimum wage increase has the best chance of success given dire and urgent circumstan… Continue Reading


10.07.05

DEMOCRATIC LEADERS PRESS ADMINISTRATION ON AVIAN FLU PREPARATIONS

Washington, DC - Today, a group of Democratic Senators joined together to urge the Bush administration to lay out its plans to prepare Americans for a potential Avian flu pandemic. In a letter to Secretary Michael Leavitt, the Senators called on the administration to provide crucial information to the Congress and the American people about their plans to prepare and protect Americans from this potentially catastrophic illness.… Continue Reading


10.06.05

SENATORS KENNEDY AND ROBERTS KICKOFF LEGISLATION TO GAINFULLY EMPLOY THE DISABLED

Washington, D.C.- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Pat Roberts (R- KS) joined Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) and national disability advocates to kickoff the Employer Work Incentive Act, a bill that seeks to reduce the high unemployment rate among severely disabled Americans. "This legislation can help our citizens with disabilities become full and participating members of their community, while creating the employment opportunities needed to fulfill that dream," said Senator Kenned… Continue Reading


10.05.05

KENNEDY CONTINUES STEPS TO PROTECT AGAINST BIRD FLU INTRODUCES PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACT (As Prepared for Delivery)

It's a privilege to join Senator Reid, Senator Obama, Senator Bayh and other Democratic colleagues on this legislation to improve the nation's preparedness to deal with the danger of avian flu. I look forward to working with the chairman of our health committee, Senator Enzi and our subcommittee chairman, Senator Burr, to report legislation that includes the best proposals on preparedness, and improves research on new medications and vaccines. We need to act, because the Administration has fai… Continue Reading


09.30.05

KENNEDY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CUTS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTS

In the past five years, over five million more citizens have fallen into poverty. Thirty-seven million Americans live below the poverty line. Three million more working Americans live in hunger or on the verge of hunger today than in the year 2000. It's shameful that in the richest and most powerful nation on earth, nearly 20 percent of all children go to bed hungry at night because their parents, even working full time, still can't make ends meet. The needs of the poor in America have been co… Continue Reading

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