Ranking Member's Press

01.16.08

KENNEDY FIGHTS FOR WORKING AMERICANS Kennedy questions experts on economic downturn United States Joint Economic Committee Hearing

(As Prepared for Delivery) I commend Senator Schumer for holding this important hearing today about a deepening concern that is on so many Americans' minds - the troubled state of the nation's economy. And I join in welcoming our distinguished witnesses. Larry Summers is one of the nation's pre-eminent economists, and so is Larry Mischel, whom I've worked with for many years. I also welcome William Beach from the Heritage Foundation, and look forward to his testimony as well. American… Continue Reading


01.15.08

KENNEDY TO HOLD SENATE FIELD HEARING ON FUEL ASSISTANCE IN BOSTON U.S. SENATE’S HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE HEARS WITNESS TESTIMONY AT ACTION FOR BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ON HOME HEATING CRISIS

BOSTON, MA- On Thursday, January 17th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pension's (HELP) Committee, will hold a field hearing in Boston at the Action for Boston Community Development Inc. (ABCD). This HELP Committee Hearing will be the first of a series of hearings on economic security to be held this year. Senator Kennedy will hear witness testimony from fuel assistance providers and residents and will discuss the extent of… Continue Reading


01.15.08

KENNEDY ON HOUSE MINE SAFETY LEGISLATION

KENNEDY ON HOUSE MINE SAFETY LEGISLATION WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in anticipation of the House of Representatives taking up the Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act this week. Senator Kennedy said, "I commend the House for taking up this legislation. I urge its quick passage and I intend to see that the Senate acts as soon as possible. We ne… Continue Reading


01.15.08

KENNEDY TO HOLD SENATE FIELD HEARING ON FUEL ASSISTANCE IN BOSTON U.S. SENATE’S HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE HEARS WITNESS TESTIMONY AT ACTION FOR BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ON HOME HEATING CRISIS

BOSTON, MA- On Thursday, January 17th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pension's (HELP) Committee, will hold a field hearing in Boston at the Action for Boston Community Development Inc. (ABCD). This HELP Committee Hearing will be the first of a series of hearings on economic security to be held this year. Senator Kennedy will hear witness testimony from fuel assistance providers and residents and will discuss the extent of… Continue Reading


01.10.08

SENATOR KENNEDY IN RESPONSE TO SEC. SPELLINGS ON NCLB Chairman Kennedy responds to Sec. of Education’s remarks today on NCLB Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to Secretary Spellings' remarks made this afternoon at the National Press Club on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Senator Kennedy said, "I agree with Secretary Spellings that we must work together to strengthen what is working in public school reform and fix what is not. We are committed to progress so every child can get ahea… Continue Reading


01.08.08

KENNEDY ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ANNIVERSARY Chairman Kennedy holds roundtable discussion on law’s future and effectiveness

Chairman Kennedy holds roundtable discussion on law's future and effectiveness Cambridge, MA- Today, on the sixth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, held a roundtable discussion at Harvard's Institute of Politics. The discussion, which included stakeholders from the local and state level, teachers, superintendents, policy makers and academics, was part of an ongoing … Continue Reading


01.07.08

KENNEDY, MENINO TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS OF EXPANDED SCHOOL DAY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND MASSACHUSETTS 2020, CLARENCE R. EDWARDS MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CHARLESTOWN SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR NATION

BOSTON, MA- On Wednesday, January 9th at 11:30 AM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pension's (HELP) Committee, will join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, administrators, teachers, parents and students in celebrating the success of expanded school day programs in Massachusetts at the Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown. The Edwards Middle School implemented the state's Expanded Learning Time Initiative in 2006 and has achieved signifi… Continue Reading


01.07.08

KENNEDY RESPONDS TO BUSH ON NCLB ON THE EVE OF ANNIVERSARY

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's remarks on the No Child Left Behind Act made today at the Greeley Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. Tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of the enactment of the law. "There are few responsibilities more important for Congress than to strengthen, support, and modernize our public schools to give every child i… Continue Reading


01.04.08

KENNEDY ON RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

unemployment rate, from 4.7% in November to 5.0% in December. Nearly 500,000 more Americans became unemployed, the largest increase in a single month since 2001. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, put out the following statement: "This sharp increase in the unemployment rate comes as no surprise to America's working families who have been struggling to make ends meet in the Bush economy. More and more Americans are losing th… Continue Reading


01.04.08

KENNEDY ON STICKLER APPOINTMENT TO MINE SAFETY POST

Washington, D.C. - The Bush Administration today appointed Richard Stickler to be Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health. Mr. Stickler's recess appointment expired on December 31, 2007. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement: "The White House has again gone behind the Senate's back to install Mr. Stickler as head of the agency that is supposed to protect our nation's miners. After a… Continue Reading


12.17.07

KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $82 MILLION IN HEATING AID FOR MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry today announced that Massachusetts low-income households will receive $82 million in fuel aid as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill currently before Congress. The amount is enough to assist 95,000 families throughout the Commonwealth who are feeling the economic effects of increased oil prices. Senator Kennedy said, "These funds will help families most in need in Massachusetts, so they won't have to choose between heating t… Continue Reading


12.14.07

KENNEDY ON PASSAGE OF ENERGY WORKERS’ OMBUDSMAN AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, DC- The DoD Authorization Conference Report includes a provision to continue the operation of the ombudsman's office in the Department of Labor, which assists sick energy workers seeking compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Senator Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said: "The Act's important goal is to provide fair compensation for employees in the nation's nuclear weapons program who su… Continue Reading


12.14.07

KENNEDY ON FAIR COMPETITION AMENDMENT PASSAGE

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the passage of the Fair Competition Amendment in the Defense Authorization bill. "The dedicated civilian employees of the Department of Defense are the backbone of our commitment to keep our troops safe and protect our nation. Unfortunately, these hardworking Americans - many of whom are veterans - have been under sustained attack by the B… Continue Reading


12.14.07

KENNEDY ON CREATION OF NEW JOINT PATHOLOGY CENTER

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the passage of legislation to create a new Joint Pathology Center as part of the Defense Authorization bill. The Joint Pathology Center will carry on the functions of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, which specializes in pathology consultation, education, and research. "The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is a national treasure. The consultation and education services it has provided have imp… Continue Reading


12.13.07

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO INCREASE ADULT ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING VACCINES

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Rep. Waxman, Sen. Kennedy, and Rep Roybal-Allard introduced a package of bills that will help to ensure that adults have access to life-saving vaccines. These vaccines include the new vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer as well as vaccines against seasonal influenza, certain pneumonias, Hepatitis B, and shingles, among others. These bills will increase access to vaccines by creating a Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program, modeled on the very succes… Continue Reading


12.13.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY AT THE JOINT HOUSESENATE HEARING ON RECENT NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD DECISIONS (As Prepared for Delivery)

(As Prepared for Delivery) I'm pleased that our House and Senate subcommittees have come together today to consider the state of democracy in the American workplace. I commend Senate Subcommittee Chair Patty Murray and House Subcommittee Chair Rob Andrews for holding this hearing this hearing. Their strong leadership is making an important difference in the lives of American workers, and I look forward to our continuing work together. The National Labor Relations Act was enacted as pa… Continue Reading


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

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