Ranking Member's Press

02.26.09

Burr, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Improve Biosecurity Measures Bill will modernize regulations for bioterrorism agents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), introduced the Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2009, to improve America's approach to biosecurity by reauthorizing the Select Agent Program and enhancing the safety of biological research laboratories. The Select Agent Program regulates the transfer, possession, and use of biological substances that pose a serious threat to public health and could be used for bioterro… Continue Reading


02.11.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF SECRETARY OF LABOR-DESIGNATE HILDA SOLIS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Committee's approval of the nominee for the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis: "Hilda Solis comes from a working family herself so she understands how the troubled economy is hurting average Americans. American workers deserve to have her voice and her leadership as their Secretary of Labor, and I'm pleased that our committee approve… Continue Reading


02.11.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF SECRETARY OF LABOR-DESIGNATE HILDA SOLIS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Committee's approval of the nominee for the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis: "Hilda Solis comes from a working family herself so she understands how the troubled economy is hurting average Americans. American workers deserve to have her voice and her leadership as their Secretary of Labor, and I'm pleased that our committee approve… Continue Reading


02.09.09

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

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… Continue Reading


02.04.09

Statement of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on Children's Health Insurance Program Being Signed into Law

Today the following statement on the signing of the Children's Health Insurance Program into law was released: "Our country has just made a clear commitment to guarantee quality, affordable health care to 4 million more American children. Four million more children will have a family doctor and enjoy the opportunities in life that come from a childhood lived in good health. Four million more families will no longer have to make impossible choices between paying for medical care of a sick child … Continue Reading


01.21.09

HELP Committee to Hold Hearing on States' Role in Keeping the Population Healthy

WASHINGTON, DC- A hearing on the role of states in keeping Americans healthy will be held tomorrow, Thursday, January 22nd at 10am. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will chair the hearing that will take place in the HELP Committee's hearing room, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430. This is the second hearing Harkin has held in his role as leader of a HELP Committee working group on prevention, wellness and public health. HELP Committee Chairman Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) chose Harkin to lead … Continue Reading


01.09.09

STATEMENT OF EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON DECLINING JOB NUMBERS

WASHINGTON, DC- Today's report shows a loss of 524,000 jobs - it's now a full year of consecutive monthly job losses. The national unemployment rate rose to 7.2% and the number of unemployed Americans rose to 11.1 million. "Today's depressing news highlights the magnitude of the challenge we face in revitalizing our economy. The nation's strength has always come from its workforce, and we need to take major steps now to get our citizens back to work. With President-elect Obama, we'll certainly … Continue Reading


01.08.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY AT THE NOMINATION HEARING FOR HHS- DESIGNATE TOM DASCHLE

(As Prepared for Delivery) It is an honor to welcome our members to our first hearing of the new Congress. I particularly welcome our very special witness today - a valued friend and former colleague, Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle is a leader of great integrity and strong dedication. He has served his nation with distinction, both in uniform and in the Senate. He has admirers all across the country and on both sides of the aisle. I commend President-elect Obama for selecting such an extraordinary … Continue Reading


12.18.08

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON HEALTH CARE CBO REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on today's CBO report on report on financing health care: "Today's report from the Congressional Budget Office is a major contribution to health reform, and gives Congress important information for our upcoming health reform debate. I look forward to working with our colleagues in Congress on legislation to make quality, affordable health care availa… Continue Reading


12.15.08

CHAIRMAN KENNEDY ANNOUNCES BINGAMAN AS LEAD OF INSURANCE COVERAGE WORKING GROUP ON HEALTHCARE REFORM Bingaman Replaces Clinton, Joins Dodd, Harkin and Mikulski in Expanded Roles

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), today announced that Senator Jeff Bingaman will lead the committee's health care reform working group on insurance coverage. Senator Bingaman replaces Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of State. Last month, Kennedy asked Senator Dodd to serve as his chief deputy for health reform and established three working groups within his committee to concentrate on areas essential to comprehensive health care… Continue Reading


11.20.08

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON SENATE PASSAGE OF EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of extended unemployment benefits. The legislation provides an additional 7 weeks of unemployment insurance to workers whose benefits have expired, for a total of up to 46 weeks, and an additional 13 weeks for jobless workers in high-unemployment states, for a total of up to 59 weeks. "The Senate was right to act now to prov… Continue Reading


11.19.08

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES ANNOUNCE PENSION PROTECTION PLANS, PROPOSAL ALSO INCLUDES TAX HELP FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES

Washington, DC - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were joined today by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in announcing legislation to help ease the financial strain on American families and businesses due to the lagging economy. The package includes important modifications to pension distribution requirements for seniors and… Continue Reading


10.03.08

KENNEDY SPOKESMAN ON DECLINING JOB NUMBERS

WASHINGTON, DC- Today's report showed a loss of 159,000 jobs, the ninth consecutive month of job losses. The number of unemployed Americans rose to 9.5 million, and the number of workers unemployed for over six months rose to 2 million (an increase of 728,000 over the past year). Anthony Coley, spokesman for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement: "Today's job numbers show the painful toll this crisis i… Continue Reading


09.12.08

Kennedy, Colleagues Renew Call for National Service

New York City, NY - Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Orrin Hatch, Barack Obama, John McCain, Chris Dodd, Thad Cochran and Hillary Rodham Clinton introduced new legislation, the "Serve America Act," to expand opportunities for service for all Americans. The legislation will ask 175,000 more Americans to give a year of service to address specific national challenges, thereby expanding the number of national service participants to 250,000. The legislation will also increase opportunities for in… Continue Reading


09.05.08

KENNEDY, MILLER HOLD CONFEREE MEETING ON THE COLLEGE COST REDUCTION ACT OF 2007

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Representative George Miller, Chairman of theCommittee on Education and Labor, will hold a meeting between the House and SenateConferees on the conference of H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. This bill, coupled with S. 1642, the Senate's Higher Education Access Act of 2007, will increaseaccess to higher education and ensure federal dollars are going where t… Continue Reading


07.31.08

KENNEDY ASSURES THE SECURITY OF THE FEDERAL GRANT AND LOAN PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, DC- Melissa Wagoner, spokeswoman for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (DMA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released the following statement by the Senator today on a letter he sent to Massachusetts students and families suggesting options for federal funding that may be available to students in light of the recent announcement from the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority that it would not be making any private student loans for the upcomi… Continue Reading


07.29.08

KENNEDY APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions today praised the action of Senate and House conferees in approving a Conference Report to reconcile legislation passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965. Approval of the conference agreement, entitled the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, now clears the way for final passage of the bill later this week… Continue Reading


07.01.08

Spokesperson for Senator Kennedy on Implemenation of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act

WASHINGTON, DC- Melissa Wagoner, spokeswoman for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, today released the following statement on the US Department of Education's evaluation of Title III programs under the No Child Left Behind Act that was reported to Congress last week. "Senator Kennedy is pleased to know that thanks to hard work and tireless dedication, teachers and parents are helping more English language learners than ever to reach high standards in the nation's public schools. But he feels more needs… Continue Reading


05.07.08

Kennedy on President's Signing of the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement regarding President Bush signing the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act into law. "I applaud the President for signing this important legislation into law. A college education is more important than ever - important to individual opportunity and important to our nation's economic health. Yet, as problems in the mortgage market have ripple… Continue Reading


04.30.08

KENNEDY INTRODUCES NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy introduced the National Guard and Reserve Mental Health Access Act, which will provide greater access to mental health services for the National Guard and Reservists. The legislation calls for the implementation of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which will provide counseling, education, and family services to returning Guard and reservists, establishes a pilot project to examine new applications of technology in tele-mental healt… Continue Reading

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