Ranking Member's Press

09.27.07

KENNEDY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. The $35 billion agreement will bring healthcoverage to approximately ten million children in need - preserving coverage for all 6.6million children currently covered by CHIP and providing coverage to an additional 4million uninsured children. The agreement provides $100 million in grants for newoutreach activities to states, local governments, schools, community-based organizations,safety-net providers and others to enroll millions more low-income, uninsure… Continue Reading


09.27.07

KENNEDY ON PRESIDENT’S SIGNING OF COLLEGE COST REDUCTION ACT AND FDA BILL

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy made the followingremarks on the signing into law of the College Cost Reduction Act and the FDAAmendments Act. Senator Kennedy is the lead Senate sponsor of both measures.The College Cost Reduction Act will provide the largest increase in student aid since theGI Bill- helping millions of students and families pay for college at no new cost totaxpayers. With more than $20 billion in new aid, an increase in the maximum value ofthe Pell Grant scholar… Continue Reading


09.26.07

KENNEDY URGES PRESIDENT BUSH NOT TO VETO CHIP

(As Prepared for Delivery) A measure of a great society is how it treats its children. The actions of Congressand the President over the coming days will determine whether we meet that test.Today, there are still 9 million children without health insurance. That's not justwrong, it's outrageous - it is immoral. We have a chance - even a duty - this week to make a difference for thesechildren by expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. In Saint Luke's Gospel, we are told that Jesus i… Continue Reading


09.26.07

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT BUSH ON NCLB

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto President Bush's remarks on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. "Today President Bush called on Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Actand not to turn back the clock on educational excellence. Unfortunately, thisAdministration has dropped the ball on education reform by shortchanging this law to thetune of $56 billion since… Continue Reading


09.26.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON UAW STRIKE AGREEMENT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the followingstatement in response to the settlement reached late last night between the United AutoWorkers Union and General Motors. "I congratulate the United Auto Workers and General Motors on reaching their landmarkagreement on key issues like job protection and spiraling health costs. Workers at allthree American automakers deserve contracts that resolve these difficult issues andrespect their indispensable contributions to this vit… Continue Reading


09.25.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON RESULTS OF THE NATION’S REPORT CARD

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto the report released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. "Today's good results show there's a rising tide in America's schools, but it hasyet to lift all boats. These welcome signs of progress are a tribute to the hard work of teachers,parents and students across the country. But they also remind us that we still have a l… Continue Reading


09.25.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

(As Prepared for Delivery) Sometimes, the American people demand that Congress and the Administrationenact initiatives to address fundamental national needs. During the Depression, weenacted Social Security to see that seniors could live their later years with dignity. In the1940's, we opened the doors of education for returning veterans through the G.I. Bill. Inthe 1960's, we took action to see that seniors had quality health care, and the result wasMedicare. In the 1990's, Democrats and Repub… Continue Reading


09.25.07

REID, KENNEDY, SALAZAR, RELIGIOUS LEADERS URGE PRESIDENT BUSH NOT TO VETO CHIP

WASHINGTON, DC- Tomorrow, at 11:45am, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Senator Ken Salazar will join with religious leaders Fr.Clarence Williams of Catholic Charities USA, Sister Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ,Network-National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and Rabi Michael Namath of theReligious Action Center of Reform Judaism in support of the Children's Health InsuranceProgram. With more than 9 million uninsured children in America, this bill will make qualityhealth… Continue Reading


09.25.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF CHIP

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto the House passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program. "The House has voted for the most important advance in children's health in a decadeand so will the Senate. After vetoing bills to end the war in Iraq and to support lifesavingstem cell research, it would be outrageous for President Bush to make uninsuredchildren the latest c… Continue Reading


09.24.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE UAW STRIKE

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to the United Auto Workers Union going on strike. "General Motors should return to the bargaining table as soon as possible. I urge GM tonegotiate in good faith and to recognize the many sacrifices made by its workers andretirees in recent years to help the company." ###… Continue Reading


09.22.07

KENNEDY RESPONDS TO REPORTS THAT ADMINISTRATION WILL DENY TREATMENT TO IMMIGRANTS WITH CANCER

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to this morning's New York Times story detailing Medicaid's decision to denychemotherapy to illegal immigrants with cancer. "It's unbelievable that in a single week the Bush Administration says it will veto healthcare for poor children and now will deny chemotherapy for immigrants with cancer.These are not questions of dollars and c… Continue Reading


09.21.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AGREEMENT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement onthe agreement between the United States Senate and House of Representatives on theState Children's Health Insurance Program. "CHIP has made access to health care possible for millions of America's neediestchildren, and given them the opportunity for a healthy start in life. It's a successfulprogram and should not be a partisan issue. Ten yea… Continue Reading


09.20.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PRESIDENT’S THREAT TO VETO SCHIP

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in responseto President Bush's threat to veto the State Children's Health Insurance Program. "This is a cruel threat to needy children and I urge the President to reconsider. It'soutrageous that there are nearly 9 million uninsured children in America and over600,000 more since 2005. This Administration has failed on healthcare and our childrenare pa… Continue Reading


09.19.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PASSAGE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL

(As Prepared for Delivery) I want to start by thanking my colleague, Senator Domenici, for his tirelesseffort. And I want to recognize the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who championed thisfight for so many years. Without the leadership of these two remarkable Senators, wewouldn't be here on this historic day. Americans believe that we are all created equal. This bill brings us closer to that ideal by ending health insurance discriminationfor mental illnesses for 113 million Americans. One in … Continue Reading


09.19.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE HOUSE PASSAGE OF FDA BILL

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement inresponse to the passage by the United States House of Representatives of the FDAReauthorization bill. "This bill will help every single American every single day as it is about the safety of allof our food and our prescription drugs. Hardly a day goes by without a new report ofAmerican families put at risk by unsafe foods, improperly tested … Continue Reading


09.19.07

KENNEDY, DOMENICI, ENZI COMMEMORATE PASSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, at 11:30am, Senators Edward Kennedy, Pete Domenici,and Mike Enzi will commemorate the passage in the Senate last night of the MentalHealth Parity Act of 2007. The legislation will provide help to more 113 millionAmericans, and represents a major agreement between the health care community,business leaders, and insurance industry. This new legislation will expand previous legislation to ensure that those with mentalhealth needs, who are currently denied needed mental healt… Continue Reading


09.18.07

DOMENICI & KENNEDY CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tonight, Senators Pete Domenici and Edward M. Kennedyannounced Senate passage of the Mental Health Parity Act (S.558). The new legislationwill provide help to more 113 million Americans, and represents a major agreementbetween the health care community, business leaders, and insurance industry.Senator Domenici said, "Extraordinary effort went into getting us to this point. Senatepassage of this bill is significant, and I believe sets the stage for us to enact a nationalpolicy t… Continue Reading


09.13.07

OBAMA, DURBIN, KENNEDY, MURRAY FIGHT AGAINST MISCLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS Bill will help close the tax gap, ensure benefits for workers, restore fair playing field for employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL),Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced The Independent ContractorProper Classification Act of 2007. This legislation will protect workers and taxpayers againstthe misclassification of employees, a problem that costs the government billions of dollars anddenies thousands of Americans basic employee protections such as workers compensation andovertime pay. The Section 530 Safe Harbor in federa… Continue Reading


09.12.07

KENNEDY, SMITH, ROCKEFELLER AND SNOWE FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S CHILDREN Work to prevent drastic restrictions Children’s Health Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C-Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), JayRockefeller (D-WV), and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) released the following statements on thelegislation introduced today that will prevent states from having to drastically restricting thenumber of children who can access care. The bill specifically prohibits the implementation of rules put in place by the Centers forMedicare and Medicaid Services that would essentially prohibit states from providing qualityhealth coverag… Continue Reading


09.07.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE PASSAGE OF THE COLLEGE COST REDUCTION AND ACCESS ACT

(As Prepared for Delivery) Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use tochange the world. As Americans, we have understood the truth of this statement throughout our history. Fromthe beginning of our Republic, we have looked to the future and invested in future generationsof Americans. We knew that a good education for our citizens would improve lives and in ourown way change the world. We knew that when we passed the GI bill. And we were right.We kn… Continue Reading

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