Ranking Member's Press

09.07.07

KENNEDY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESS ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy gave the following remarks followingthe passage by the United States Senate of the College Affordability and Access Act of 2007, whichincludes the largest increase of student aid since the GI Bill. (As Prepared for Delivery) From our earliest days as a nation, education has been the engine of the American dream.Today, we'll help millions of students achieve that dream with the legislation before us, whichprovides $20 billion in new college aid -… Continue Reading


09.07.07

KENNEDY, REID, MILLER ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, at 12:45pm, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Majority Leader HarryReid, and Representative George Miller will hold a press conference to celebrate the passageof the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which will provide the largest increase instudent aid since the GI Bill. WHAT: Press Conference on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act WHEN: 12:45pm today, Friday, September 7, 2007 WHO: Senator Edward M. KennedyMajority Leader Harry ReidRepresentative George Miller W… Continue Reading


09.07.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON JOB REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement on today's report from theBureau of Labor Statistics, which showed that employers cut 4,000 jobs in August-the firstdrop in the number of jobs since 2003: "These job losses demonstrate that our economy is headed in the wrong direction. The overalleconomic growth that has been taking place in recent years can no longer hide the fact thatlarge numbers of… Continue Reading


09.06.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE NOMINATION OF CHARLES MILLARD TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE PBGC

(As Prepared for Delivery) Today we are considering the nomination of Charles Millard to be Director of thePension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Let me start by thanking Senator Mikulski for agreeingto help Chair this important hearing. She had a vital role in the passage of the PensionProtection Act last year, and has shown impressive leadership as Chair of our Retirement andAging Subcommittee. I'd also like to thank Senator Enzi for his continuing leadership and partnership on theseissues, a… Continue Reading


09.04.07

CHAIRMAN KENNEDY RELEASES SECOND REPORT ON LENDER ETHICS Report details abuses within lending system

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the United StatesSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a report on thestudent loan system entitled "Second Report on Marketing Practices in the Federal FamilyEducation Loan Program." The report discusses the findings of Chairman Kennedy'sinvestigation of inappropriate marketing practices in the student loan industry. Chairman Kennedy said, "The findings of the report underscore the urgent need for r… Continue Reading


08.30.07

KENNEDY CALLS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL AND HHS

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary MichaelLeavitt requesting information on the interactions of political appointees at the Department ofHealth and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General, specifically during tenureof Dr. Richard Carmona. The letter is below.… Continue Reading


08.29.07

KENNEDY: KATRINA SHOWED HOW LONG A JOURNEY WE STILL HAVE TO MAKE TO LIVE UP TO AMERICA’S PROMISE MORE OF OUR NATION’S CHILDREN NEED A HEALTHY START IN LIFE — NOT FEWER

Washington, DC: Today, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Senator Edward M.Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the author ofthe Children's Health Insurance Program, urged the President to support Congress's efforts tocover more children. Yesterday the Census Report revealed that number of uninsured hasskyrocketed from 44.8 million in 2005 to 47 million in 2006. Over 600,000 more children arenow uninsured than were in 2005, with an increase fr… Continue Reading


08.16.07

KENNEDY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT’S CANCER PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement today, strongly supportingthe recommendations by the President's Cancer Panel for effective national action to reducethe danger of tobacco. "The recommendations eloquently reaffirm what is widely recognized throughout the publichealth community; that giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulatetobacco products is the most important s… Continue Reading


08.10.07

KENNEDY ON MINE TRAGEDIES


08.10.07

KENNEDY ON MINE TRAGEDIES

WASHINGTON. DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement onthe mine collapses in Utah and Indiana. "The thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with our country's mining communitiestoday. These are terrible tragedies, not only for the workers and their families, but for allof the brave men and women who go to work each day in America's mines. Our focus atthis difficult time is on the continuing re… Continue Reading


08.09.07

KENNEDY REQUESTS INFORMATION ON POSSIBLE PATIENTS’ RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary Michael Leavitt of theDepartment of Health and Human Services, requesting information pertaining to possibleviolations of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 reported to theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Below is the text of the letter.August 9, 2007Secretary Michael LeavittDepartment of Health and Hum… Continue Reading


08.03.07

KENNEDY: TODAY’S JOB NUMBERS DEMONSTRATE THE NEED FOR MODERNIZING OUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM

Washington, DC- Today Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, put out the following statement regarding today'sjobs numbers that reflect a notable increase in long-term unemployment. More than 1.3million Americans who are currently looking for work have been seeking a job for 26 weeks ormore - an increase of nearly 200,000 since last month. Kennedy is the sponsor of legislationthat will modernize the unemployment insurance system, S. 1871… Continue Reading


08.03.07

KENNEDY, REID, PELOSI, DINGELL REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO REAUTHORIZING PUBLIC HEALTH LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC- This morning, Senator Edward Kennedy, Majority Leader Harry Reid,Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Dingell, sent the following letter to Andrew C.von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, affirming their commitment to reaching aconference report to reauthorize the drug and device user fee programs, the BestPharmaceuticals for Children Act, and the Pediatric Research Equity Act, and provide importantnew authorities to improve post-market drug safety, establish a clin… Continue Reading


08.03.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE AMERICA COMPETES ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Late last night, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on thepassage by the United States Senate of the America COMPETES Act, which invests ineducation, especially in math, science, engineering, and technology, creates a President'sCouncil to encourage innovation, and doubles the support for research at the Department ofEnergy and the National Science Foundation for the next seven years. … Continue Reading


08.02.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY JOINS FAITH LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF THE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (As Prepared for Delivery)

Psalms teach us that true leaders should "defend the afflicted among the people and save thechildren of the needy." (Psalm 72:4)What says more about our character as a nation than how we care for the children of thiscountry?What says more about our morality than the way we ensure that each and every child canmake the most of their God-given talents?And what says more about our priorities than a Congress that puts resources towards aprogram for kids that saves lives and gives a healthy start to o… Continue Reading


08.02.07

KENNEDY, DOMENICI ANNOUNCE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BREAKTHROUGH

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tonight, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Pete Domenici announced abreakthrough in Mental Health Parity negotiations. The new agreement will protect all statelaws and provide equity in mental health treatment to 113 million Americans. Senator Kennedy said, "Tonight a major agreement was reached with the mental healthcommunity, business leaders, the insurance industry and Senate leaders to ensure that thosewith mental health needs can receive fair and equitable health insurance. … Continue Reading


08.02.07

KENNEDY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to thepassage of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007. "There is no truer test of our moral values as a nation than the way we safeguard the healthof our children. Tonight's resounding vote to renew and strengthen the Children's HealthInsurance Program puts children first and makes the promise of bett… Continue Reading


08.01.07

KENNEDY CELEBRATES HELP COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF FDA TOBACCO REGULATIONS Committee Reports Bill with a vote of 13-8

WASHINGTON, DC‹ Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to thepassage by the HELP Committee of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. "Today, we put children back on the national agenda. The bipartisan legislation will savemillions of lives and save others from a lifetime of addiction and certain death. The tobaccoindustry has been allowed to mislead consumers, to… Continue Reading


07.30.07

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

(As Prepared for Delivery) Many of the best ideas in public policy are the simplest. The Children's Health InsuranceProgram is based on one simple and powerful idea - that all children deserve a healthy start inlife, and that no parents should have to worry about whether they can afford to take theirchild to the doctor when the child is sick. CHIP can make the difference between a childstarting life burdened with disease - or a child who is healthy and ready to learn and grow.The enactment of M… Continue Reading


07.26.07

KENNEDY, SNOWE, ROCKEFELLER, WARNER, CANTWELL INTRODUCE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MODERNIZATION ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Yesterday, Senators Kennedy, Snowe, Rockefeller, Warner, and Cantwellintroduced a bill to encourage states to modernize their unemployment insurance systems.The Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act would make $7 billion in incentive paymentsavailable to states to encourage them to expand eligibility for benefits and provide training toworkers struggling with long-term unemployment. "In today's insecure economy, too many working families are just one pink slip away fromfallin… Continue Reading

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