Ranking Member's Press

05.19.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY IN SUPPORT OF FDA REGULATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Executive Meeting As Entered into the Record

Today, the Senate begins the final steps toward passage of legislation that should have been enacted years ago - authority for the FDA to regulate tobacco products, the most lethal of all consumer products. It has been a long and arduous path with many political obstacles. Fortunately, the legislative journey is nearing a successful conclusion. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a nearly identical bill last month. Once approved by this Committee, the FDA Tobacco bill will move q… Continue Reading


05.14.09

Kennedy, Colleagues Call For Further Investigation of Former PBGC's Director's Actions with Contract Awards

WASHINGTON, DC- Four U.S. senators have asked the Inspector General for the PensionBenefit Guaranty Corporation to continue investigating the corporation's former director, basedon findings reported in a draft Inspector General report made public today. The draft report indicates possible interference in contracting decisions by the former director in rwarding a total of $2.5 billion in assets held by the PBGC for real estate equity and privateequity investments. The draft report is posted with… Continue Reading


05.12.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE 2009 MEDICARE TRUSTEES REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy today released the following statement regarding the Medicare Trustees Report of 2009, which includes updated projections for the solvency of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds: "This disturbing report confirms what we all know - our health care system is in crisis, and the status quo is not sustainable. The President understands the urgency of the problem, and I'm honored to be working with him and my colleagues on both sides of the ai… Continue Reading


05.12.09

Kenney, Kerry Announce Over $5 Million in NIH Grants to Massachusetts Universities, Hospitals and Health Facilities

BOSTON, MA - Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced today that nine health research institutions in Massachusetts will receive seventeen federal grants from the National Institute of Health totaling over $5 million made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Senator Kennedy said, "These federal funds will enable our outstanding Massachusetts hospitals and universities to enhance their cutting-edge medical research and develop innovative treatments and cures of… Continue Reading


05.07.09

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE NOMINATION OF DR. MARGARET HAMBURG TO BE FDA COMMISSIONER

As Entered into the Record The FDA's mission is to oversee the safety, effectiveness, and security of the nation's food supply, drugs, medical devices, biologics, and cosmetics. It helps expedite innovations to make these products even safer, more effective, and more affordable, before, during, and after approval. These responsibilities are enormous. The agency regulates approximately $1 trillion of consumer goods, and about 25% of consumer spending in the United States. It covers ap… Continue Reading


05.01.09

KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION FOR MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS, AND HEALTH FACILITIES

BOSTON, MA - Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced today that four health research institutions in Massachusetts will receive six federal grants from the National Institute of Health totaling nearly $1.5 million, made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Senator Kennedy said, "I commend these extraordinary Massachusetts institutions for their commitment to producing vital, cutting-edge research that will better the lives of those in the Commonwealth and across the c… Continue Reading


05.01.09

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON PROPOSAL TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS BY $2 TRILLION OVER TEN YEARS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement regarding the proposal from a coalition of insurers, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and providers that could save the country $2 trillion over the next decade. In a meeting with President Obama earlier today, the coalition proposed aggressive steps that would reduce the annual health care spending growth … Continue Reading


04.28.09

Statement of Edward M. Kennedy on Creating Incentives for Safter Workplaces and Meaningful Roles for Victims and Their Families United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

As Entered into the Record This morning our committee takes up the important issue of protecting the workplace safety and health of the hard-working men and women of America. I commend Senator Murray for holding this hearing and for her leadership on this major issue. Twenty years ago, workplace safety advocates and families of employees killed on the job launched Workers Memorial Day-a day of remembrance and advocacy. Their goal was to express their grief over lost friends, coworkers and love… Continue Reading


04.20.09

Kenney, Kerry Announce $54.2 Million for Unemployment Insurance in Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry today issued the following statements in response to the Department of Labor's announcement that $54.2 million in unemployment insurance incentive funds will be released to Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy was the chief sponsor of the unemployment insurance modernization legislation that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and that led to this distribution of funds. The funds are available through the American Rec… Continue Reading


04.09.09

KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $4.2 MILLION FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON, MA- Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry today announced that $4.2 million in federal funds will be made available for child immunization in Massachusetts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Far too many children across our Commonwealth fail to obtain the vaccinations they need, and a needless burden is imposed on doctors and hospitals," said Senator Kennedy. "Prevention of illness is a fundamental public he… Continue Reading


04.09.09

KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $23 MILLION FOR CHILD CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON, MA- Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry today announced $23 million in federal funds will be made available for child care services in Massachusetts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "During this economic crisis, it's essential to provide needed assistance to families struggling to maintain their jobs and care for their children," said Senator Kennedy. "This assistance is an important boost for families … Continue Reading


03.18.09

NATIONAL SERVICE LEGISLATION HEADED TO SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) today applauded Committee passage of the Serve America Act (S. 277), legislation that greatly expands domestic service opportunities for all Americans. Continuing the bipartisan tradition of national service legislation, the Serve America Act was written by HELP Committee Chairman K… Continue Reading


03.18.09

KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SENIOR NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON, MA- Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced today that $2.1 million in federal funds will be awarded for nutrition programs to support senior citizens in Massachusetts under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will benefit approximately one million seniors throughout the Commonwealth, with $1.4 million allocated for congregate nutrition programs at senior centers, and $700,000 will be allocated for home deliverednutrition programs such as "Meals on Wheels… Continue Reading


03.09.09

Statement of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on President Obama's Executive Order to Allow for Increased Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama signing an executive order that will allow for increased research on embryonic stem cells. "Sometimes medicine advances through inspired discoveries in the laboratory, and sometimes through brilliant insights at the patient's bedside. But today, an extraordinary medical breakthrough was achieved with the stroke of a pen… Continue Reading


02.26.09

Kennedy on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

WASHINGTON - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget: "I commend President Obama for presenting Congress with an honest budget that makes the tough but necessary choices to get our country back on track. This budget ends an era of irresponsibility and accounting gimmicks, cuts taxes for middle class Americans and makes sound investments essential for a s… Continue Reading


02.26.09

Kennedy on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

WASHINGTON - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget: "I commend President Obama for presenting Congress with an honest budget that makes the tough but necessary choices to get our country back on track. This budget ends an era of irresponsibility and accounting gimmicks, cuts taxes for middle class Americans and makes sound investments essential for a s… Continue Reading


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

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