Ranking Member's Press

12.13.07

KENNEDY, AKAKA FIGHT FOR THE WORKPLACE RIGHTS OF VETERANS Bill will strengthen federal protection of returning servicemembers who lose their jobs, benefits.

WASHINGTON, Dc- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced legislation to strengthen the employment and reemployment rights of our returning servicemen and women. Recent hearings by the Committees have revealed that tens of thousands of returning servicemembers have reported that they lost their jobs and benefits, and there is wide… Continue Reading


12.13.07

Bush NLRB Rulings Have Eroded Workers Rights, Witnesses Tell Joint Senate- House Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bush National Labor Relations Board has waged an unprecedented war against long-established workers' rights, witnesses told the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, and the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee today. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said, "The National Labor Relations Board is supposed to protect the voice of American workers, but the Board is… Continue Reading


12.12.07

KENNEDY ON SECOND BUSH VETO OF CHIP

KENNEDY ON SECOND BUSH VETO OF CHIP WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to President Bush vetoing the Children's Health Insurance Program for the second time. "Once again President Bush has slammed the door on our nation's most vulnerable citizens--our children. As we get ready to celebrate the holidays, we should remember how many of them have been left out in th… Continue Reading


12.12.07

KENNEDY TO ATTEND PRESIDENT’S SIGNING OF HEAD START BILL

WASHINGTON, DC- At 10:30am today, Wednesday, December 12th, 2007, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will attend the signing of the Head Start reauthorization legislation at the White House. For more than 40 years, Head Start has given disadvantaged children the assistance they need to arrive at school ready to learn, and the building blocks they need to succeed in school and later in life. This legislation will increase the scope … Continue Reading


12.12.07

KENNEDY ON MENINGITIS VACCINE RECALL

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the recall by Merck of their childhood meningitis vaccine. "Vaccines are essential in protecting the health of millions of Americans from deadly diseases. Today's recall shows once more that our vaccine supply is fragile, and that the nation urgently needs a better plan to see that vaccines are available when needed. Congress should take action on the legislation that Representative Waxman and I are prop… Continue Reading


12.12.07

KENNEDY, HATCH ON SENATE PASSAGE OF THE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ACT

WASHINGTON - Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) celebrated the Senate approval late last night of a bill to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury Act. This legislation expands the Public Health Services Act and provides individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) assistance in returning to work, finding a place to live, accessing needed supports and services, and obtaining appropriate rehabilitation services. The legislation now goes to the House of Representat… Continue Reading


12.12.07

KENNEDY REACTION TO BUSH ON HEAD START ENACTMENT

(As Prepared for Delivery) I applaud President Bush for enacting this landmark reauthorization of the Head Start program. By an overwhelming margin, Congress has elected to keep Head Start on its successful path, and to enable the program to thrive and improve. With this bill, we're reaching out early to make greater opportunities available for thousands of our neediest children. We're providing a fairer chance for very young children to grow up healthy and safe. We're preparing them to … Continue Reading


12.11.07

KENNEDY ON PRESIDENTS’S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing

(As Prepared for Delivery) I call to order our hearing on the reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. I thank our witnesses and colleagues on the committee for joining us in this busy time. There are many issues before us that have wide-ranging effects on vast numbers of people. But few are as consequential as our response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic where entire societies are at risk. Sometimes history is changed by great leaders, by wars, … Continue Reading


12.11.07

JOINT HOUSE-SENATE HEARING TO EXPLORE RECENT NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD DECISIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, and the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee will hold a joint hearing to discuss recent decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Bush majority on the NLRB has ruled on numerous cases throughout its term that have rolled back long-established workers' rights. In September alone, while handing down 61 decisions, the NLRB overturned precedent and established new rul… Continue Reading


12.11.07

KENNEDY ADDRESSES GLOBAL AFL-CIO CONFERENCE ON UNION CONCERNS

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Richard Trumka, for that introduction, and thank you for inviting me to take part in this historic meeting. I can think of no greater cause than the fight for dignity and respect for workers and their families. It's a cause that my brothers and the entire Kennedy family have made our first priority and I'm proud to be your Chairman in the Labor Committee of the United States Senate. It is an honor to be here with so many leaders who have dedicated … Continue Reading


12.10.07

KENNEDY ON CAP REPORT ON THE POLITICIZATION OF THE LABOR DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the Center for American Progress issued a reporting revealing the political agenda of the Department of Labor's subdivision that oversees labor union financial reporting. The report also documents how the Bush Administration, in a concerted effort to undermine unions, has used union reporting regulations to impose costly burdens on unions and ordinary union members. Senator Kennedy said: "This report paints a disturbing picture of how the Bush Administration has pol… Continue Reading


12.10.07

SENATOR KENNEDY TO HOLD HEARING ON AIDS, TB, MALARIA President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to be discussed

WASHINGTON, DC- At 10:00am tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11, 2007, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing on meeting the global challenge of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The hearing will focus on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR). Key issues to be discussed include the coordination between US agencies and partners who implement the program's plans, budget allocations, prevention of infection, … Continue Reading


12.10.07

KENNEDY RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CRACK COCAINE PENALTIES

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the decision made by the Supreme Court on crack cocaine sentencing. "It's obvious from today's Supreme Court decision in the Kimbrough case that Federal Courts at every level face an impossible challenge in attempting to deal with the unfair and unwarranted disparity in the current sentencing guidelines, under which trafficking … Continue Reading


12.10.07

AFL- CIO TO HOLD GLOBAL CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS WORKER’S FREEDOMS Unprecedented Meeting, Congressional Forum Aim to Strengthen Worldwide Solidarity

WASHINGTON, DC - At 1:15pm tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11, 2007, more than 200 trade union leaders from the United States and around the world will meet in the Washington, DC area as part of a historic conference and congressional forum on the international crisis in workers' rights and the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively. The two-day conference, "Going Global: Organizing, Recognition and Union Rights" -- sponsored by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and… Continue Reading


12.06.07

KENNEDY, MALONEY FIGHT FOR WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced the Working Family Flexibility Act, which will give working Americans the right to request flexible work options in order to balance the demands of their jobs and home life. Senators Dodd, Clinton, Obama, and Congressman George Miller are co-sponsoring this bill. This legislation will allow employers and employees to engage in constructive dialogue over modifying where and when employees work s… Continue Reading


12.06.07

KENNEDY ON THE CREATION OF JOINT PATHOLOGY CENTER

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following the establishment of a Joint Pathology Center, a result of the conference report findings for the National Defense Authorization Act. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) specializes in pathology consultation, education and research. Its services are critical to providing high quality care in the veterans and military health care systems and in the civilian community through second opinion pathology consulta… Continue Reading


12.06.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON INCREASING FDA RESOURCES

(As Prepared for Delivery) There are some debates in Washington that you need to be an expert to understand. And there are others that are as plain as the headlines in the morning paper. Here's the headline from the Washington Post from November 11th: "Chinese Government Admits Toys Contained 'Date Rape' Chemical." November 29th from the Post: "Bad Pet Food May Have Killed Nearly 350." September 27th from the Associated Press: "Hamburgers may be tainted with E. Coli" October 31st… Continue Reading


12.05.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY AT THE HEAD START ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

(As Prepared for Delivery) I thank Speaker Pelosi and commend her for leadership and for having this ceremony. I am proud that this Congress has made education a priority. Education is central to our economy and central to our nation's future. In the 21st century, students don't compete only with their peers in the neighboring county or state. American students are competing with students in Europe and Asia and all around the world. In this Congress, we haven't just tried to tackle … Continue Reading


12.03.07

KENNEDY ON FDA FUNDING REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the report presented by the Food and Drug Administration's Science Board. "The Bush Administration needs to take this report as a wake-up call that our citizens are being placed at great risk every single day that it fails to provide the FDA with the resources to do its job. This report also recognizes that our country's leaders… Continue Reading


12.03.07

KENNEDY IN SUPPORT OF HARD- WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES Speaks on state of the nation’s economy

(As Prepared for Delivery) In an address in Virginia the day before Thanksgiving, President Bush described America as "a nation of great prosperity" with a "strong and growing economy" where it is possible for "people of all backgrounds to rise in society and realize their dreams." As we return from Thanksgiving and look to the Christmas season, we'd all like to believe that vision. We all want to live in a land of opportunity where - with hard work and sacrifice - we can make our dreams… Continue Reading

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