Ranking Member's Press

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


04.24.08

KENNEDY, ENZI, SNOWE CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, Olympia Snowe and released the following statements following the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This legislation will prohibit genetic discrimination by health insurers and employers. The house is expected to take up identical language in the very near future. Chairman Kennedy said, "… Continue Reading


04.22.08

Senators Murray and Kennedy Call for GAO Investigation into Underreporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses As stories of underreporting spread, OSHA's efforts to audit injury and illness records have declined

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety and U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is effectively working to ensure that employers are accurately reporting injuries and illnesses in the workpla… Continue Reading


04.21.08

KENNEDY ON TAINTED HEPARIN SUPPLY

KENNEDY ON TAINTED HEPARIN SUPPLY WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M .Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to the FDA's announcement on the contaminated Heparin supply. Senator Kennedy will hold a health committee hearing on Thursday on this issue. "When a serious health threat is discovered, there is no excuse for delay. Congress and the Administration must work with the FDA to keep Americans safe … Continue Reading


04.16.08

KENNEDY ON LENDERS LIMITING STUDENT LOAN AVAILABILITY

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the announcements by Citibank and Chase to not provide student loans to community colleges or proprietary schools. "The Citibank and Chase announcements highlight the need for Congress to take action to ensure that a student's access to college loans is not driven by the quarterly earnings of banks. The Direct Loan program prov… Continue Reading


04.11.08

KENNEDY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in celebration of last night's Senate passage of the Traumatic Brain Injury Act Reauthorization. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this week, and will now be sent to the President for his signature. "Today, we're a giant step closer to giving our nation's military, veterans, children, and other citizens with traumatic brai… Continue Reading


04.03.08

KENNEDY CALLS FOR OSHA RESPONSE TO TEXAS CITY REFINERY DISASTER Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s finding have been ignored

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy sent the following letter to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Ed Foulke, calling attention to the three years that have passed since the disaster at the Texas City Refinery, and the full year that has passed since the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's recommendations, with inadequate action from OSHA. Senator Kennedy said, "It has been a whole year since the Chemical Safety and Hazard Inve… Continue Reading


04.03.08

KENNEDY TO HONOR CHILDREN AND DISCUSS VITAL IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES KENNEDY TO BE NAMED 2008 OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD WINNER BY COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

BOSTON, MA- On Friday, April 4th at 6:00 PM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy will discuss the importance of federal investment in education for students, parents and advocates at the annual Council for Exceptional Children's Yes I Can! Awards at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Kennedy will receive the Outstanding Public Service Award for his longstanding dedication to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for exceptional children. The Council for Exceptional Children will also honor stud… Continue Reading

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