Ranking Member's Press

02.12.08

DODD, KENNEDY, SCHROEDER, WOOLSEY MARK 15th ANNIVERSARY OF FMLA; CRITIQUE NEW DEPT. OF LABOR RECOMMENDATIONS Original authors of FMLA look forward to expanded, paid leave

Washington, DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-CO), original authors of the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act, will hail the law's 15th anniversary, and critique the Department of Labor's new recommendations about the program at a press conference on Wednesday. They will also highlight the importance of moving forward with Dodd's bill which would provide Americans with paid leave. Since its passage, more than 60 million Americans have utilized the … Continue Reading


02.12.08

KENNEDY ADDRESSES HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE ISSUES United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (As Prepared for Delivery)

I want to thank Senator Sanders for his dedication to this topic and for working so hard on this hearing today. I also want to thank Senators Enzi and Murkowski for their work on this issue. To create a healthy nation we must not only have health care professionals that are excellently trained-we need health care professionals that are excellently trained in the right fields and practicing in the communities that need them the most. Over the years, experts have predicted a physician shor… Continue Reading


02.12.08

U.S. Trained Docs in Primary Care Drop, GAO Finds Sanders Seeks to Double National Health Service Corps Funding

WASHINGTON, February 12 - The number of primary-care physicians and other health professionals trained in the United States is shrinking, according to Government Accountability Office findings announced today at a Senate hearing. The nonpartisan research arm of Congress was asked to assess the state of primary-care training in the United States by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman, and by Senator Bernie Sanders (IVt.). "The … Continue Reading


02.12.08

KENNEDY TO HOLD HELP COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE MEETING

WASHINGTON, DC- On Thursday, February 14th, at 10:00am, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold an executive meeting to mark up following pieces of legislation: S. 579, Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007, S. 1810, Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, S. 999, Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention Act of 2007, S. 1760, Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007, H.R. 20, Melanie Blocker-… Continue Reading


02.08.08

KENNEDY, PATRICK, CAPUANO TO LAUNCH MASSACHUSETTS LIFE SCIENCES CENTER’S NEW RESEARCH MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM

BOSTON, MA- On Monday, February 11th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy will join Governor Deval Patrick, Congressman Capuano, Senate President Murray, Speaker DiMasi and leading Massachusetts researchers to launch the new Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Matching Grant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. The new competitive grant program aims to expand upon the cutting-edge life sciences research industry and to improve healthy outcomes for people in the Commonwealth and nati… Continue Reading


02.08.08

KENNEDY ON NEW DOL REGULATIONS ON FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to Department of Labor's new regulations on the Family and Medical Leave Act. "The Act is a vital protection that has enabled more than 60 million Americans to take time off to address a serious illness without fear of losing their job. Yet the Department's new regulations will make it more difficult for workers to use this leave w… Continue Reading


02.07.08

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES ON MA WORKERS RECEIVING TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE

WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that nearly 600 Massachusetts workers are entitled to federal Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits, which include extended unemployment insurance, job training, and health insurance. The assistance will benefit 478 workers at Alcatel-Lucent in North Andover, 79 workers at RAD Electronics Inc. in North Reading, 24 workers at Hyde Tools Inc. in Southbridge, and 15 workers at Leach & Garner Co. in North Attleboro. Senator E… Continue Reading


02.07.08

KENNEDY APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF HOUSE HEA BILL


02.06.08

KENNEDY ON H-2A REGULATION CHANGES

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement in response to the changes to the H-2A visa regulations announced by the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security. "I'm concerned about the Administration's approach to these regulations. Increased penalties for employers who break the law make sense, but it's wrong to slash wages for hard working farmworkers and undermine labor standards for Americans as well. We need a solution that will en… Continue Reading


02.05.08

KENNEDY ON 9.5% STUDENT LOAN SCANDAL

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the U.S. Department of Education informed Congress that seven Federal Family Education Program lenders will be allowed to resume billing for "9.5% loans," the category of student loans under which lenders are eligible to receive an inflated 9.5% rate of return. The decision follows the completion of audits which identified that the seven lenders hold $650 million in student loans that are eligible for the 9.5 percent subsidy. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the… Continue Reading


02.04.08

KENNEDY ON CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATES OF THE FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, released new data from the Congressional Budget Office reaffirming that the Federal Direct Loan Program costs less to taxpayers than the Federal Family Education Loan Program, the program that subsidizes banks to make federal student loans. According to CBO's analysis, the FFEL program currently costs taxpayers $14.55 more per $100 loaned than the Direct Loan progra… Continue Reading


01.24.08

KENNEDY, LEWIS INTRODUCE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 2008

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Congressman John Lewis, along with more than a dozen Senate colleagues, introduced the Civil Rights Act of 2008, which will strengthen accountability when civil rights and workers' rights are violated. Recent court decisions have weakened America's civil rights laws in ways that Congress never intended. This legislation will ensure accountability for violations of our civil rights and fair labor laws and give individuals the right to c… Continue Reading


01.24.08

KENNEDY ON ENSURING EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing

(As Prepared for Delivery) Equal pay for equal work is a fundamental civil right in our society. All workers should have the right to fair pay regardless of their race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Unfortunately, reality has too often failed to live up to this ideal. Prejudice and discrimination too often deny some employees the fair pay they deserve for the work they do. Civil rights is still the nation's unfinished business. Over the years, … Continue Reading


01.23.08

KENNEDY ON HOUSE CHIP VOTE

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the United States House of Representatives failing to override President Bush's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program. "American families want real solutions to the problems they face. There is no priority more urgent than providing affordable health care for children. Our CHIP legislation has been approved by strong … Continue Reading


01.23.08

KENNEDY ON BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's introduction of the "Pathway to Covering America: Ensuring Quality, Value, and Access," a plan to secure health insurance for all Americans. "I commend the Association for making a serious contribution to the debate on health care reform. The American people are demanding change. It is u… Continue Reading


01.23.08

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS QUESTION FDA PROPOSAL DESIGNED TO CREATE LIABILITY SHIELD FOR DRUG AND DEVICE COMPANIES

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Representatives Henry A. Waxman, John D. Dingell, Frank Pallone, Jr., Rosa L. DeLauro, and Edward Markey, and Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy, and Christopher J. Dodd, questioned the basis for a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal that was apparently designed to shield pharmaceutical and device companies from liability for injuries sustained by American consumers as a result of unsafe products. "We are concerned that the intent of this propos… Continue Reading


01.18.08

KENNEDY CELEBRATES AMTRAK AGREEMENT

We are here to celebrate a landmark in labor-management relations. The settlement that's been achieved is an extraordinary achievement that will benefit all the members of the Amtrak community-the employees, the company, the passengers, and the entire country. Compromise is never easy, but I commend both sides for their commitment and fortitude in seeing these negotiations through to an agreement. After eight long years without a pay raise, Amtrak's employees have finally won a contract … Continue Reading


01.17.08

KENNEDY CALLS FOR ACTION ON PATIENT SAFETY LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking that it investigate why this landmark patient safety legislation, passed by Congress nearly three years ago, has not been fully implemented. Senator Kennedy said, "American patients deserve the safest and most effective health care possible. It is disgraceful that -- almost three years after Congress enacted biparti… Continue Reading


01.17.08

SENATOR KENNEDY TO HOLD HEARING ON EQUAL RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, DC- At 10:00am on Thursday, January 24, 2008, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing on ensuring workers' rights to equal pay. The hearing will focus on the decision by the Supreme Court in the case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which undermines the basic protection against pay discrimination for workers set forth in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, an… Continue Reading


01.16.08

KENNEDY RESPONSE TO ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

(As Prepared for Delivery) When the economy is wrong, nothing else is right for working families. Hardworking families are losing their jobs, their homes, their health care and their hope. More and more families across America wish they could look to the future, but they're just trying to get through today. We're here to say, "We hear you. We're here to work for you." Under the leadership of Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi, we're ready to sit down with our Republican colleagues and th… Continue Reading

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