Ranking Member's Press

07.25.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY IN SUPPORT OF FDA REGULATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Executive Meeting (As Prepared for Delivery)

(As Prepared for Delivery) Today, the Senate is taking the first step toward passage of legislation that should have beenenacted years ago - authority for the FDA to regulate tobacco products, the most lethal of allconsumer products. Used as intended by the companies that manufacture and market them,cigarettes will kill one out of every three smokers. Yet, the federal agency most responsible forprotecting the public health is currently powerless to deal with the enormous risks of tobaccouse. Pu… Continue Reading


07.24.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION (As Prepared for Delivery)

(As Prepared for Delivery) From our earliest days as a nation, education has been the mainstay of our democracy and theengine of the American dream. Our nation's founders knew that an educated citizenry wouldstrengthen our land and build up the values and character that make us Americans. Theyinvested in education because they looked to the future and saw an even greater America overthe glowing horizon. We looked forward when we passed the GI bill. And it allowed service men and womencoming ba… Continue Reading


07.24.07

TODAY AMERICA GETS A RAISE

TODAY AMERICA GETS A RAISE (As Prepared for Delivery)Welcome to Pay Raise Day 2007! We did it! After ten long years, today America gets a raise!It's a special day for working families, and I'm honored to be here with you. We have so many leaders here today who have dedicated their lives to the nation's workers -John Sweeney, Anna Burger, Paul Sherry, Maude Hurd, Kim Gandy, William McNary, MichaelGoodwin, many other champions for working families. My thanks to them, and to each andevery one of … Continue Reading


07.24.07

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON PASSAGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION (As Prepared for Delivery)

After years of struggling with rising college costs, help is on the way for students across thiscountry. We have pledged here in the United States Senate that it doesn't matter where you're from.What matters is where you're going. And no American should be denied the right to go to college because of money.Today, the Senate made education a priority in this country again. Not since the GI Bill havewe seen such a commitment to the nation's young people and their futures. Students and their fam… Continue Reading


07.24.07

ENZI APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS, EXPAND COLLEGE ACCESS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the Senate for passing key higher education reforms he said are critical to expand access to college, protect students from bad actors in the student loan industry, and provide students with clear information they need to understand and manage their debts. The Senate approved the "Higher Education Amendments of 2007," S. 1642, today by a 95-0 vot… Continue Reading


07.23.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON HIGHER EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 2007

(As Prepared for Delivery)I am pleased to join my colleague, Senator Enzi, and all the Members of our Committee, inputting forth legislation to renew the Higher Education Act of 1965. Leading up to the creation of the Higher Education Act, my brother, President Kennedy, saidthis: "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. Ourrequirements for world leadership, our hopes for economic growth, and the demands ofcitizenship itself in an era such as this all require t… Continue Reading


07.20.07

SENATORS KENNEDY AND KERRY WORK TO PROTECT NURSES AGAINST MANDATORY OVERTIME PATIENT SAFETY DEPENDS ON IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR NURSES

WASHINGTON D.C.-Today, Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry introduced legislation aimedat protecting nurses from forced overtime at the demand of their employers. The bill setsstrict limits on health care facilities that are requiring nurses to work mandatory overtime,which can put the patients they care for at increased risk. A recent study by the University ofPennsylvania School of Nursing found that nurses who work shifts of twelve and a half hoursor more are three times more likely to commit e… Continue Reading


07.20.07

14 BIPARTISAN SENATORS WORK TO OVERTURN SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PAY DESCRIMINATION NO AMERICAN SHOULD BE DENIED EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK --- LEDBETTER DECISION UNDERMINES AMERICAN PRINCIPLES

Washington, DC: Today, a bipartisan group of fourteen Senators, led by Senators Kennedyand Specter introduced a bill to overturn the Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision in Ledbetterv. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which undermined the basic protection against paydiscrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision also undermines paydiscrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination inEmployment Act. The bill would restore the clear intent… Continue Reading


07.19.07

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON HIGHER EDUCATION BILL OPENING THE DOORS FOR OPPORTUNITY (As prepared for delivery)

Education has always been the engine of the American dream. But rising college costs will make that dream fade away unless we act. Each year, 400,000 talented young high school graduates cannot afford to go to college. Andmillions who do attend college are saddled with debts that leave them behind for years andyears to come. We are a better nation than that -- a nation that believes in promise and opportunity for all ofour citizens. Our legislation begins to match our resources with our visi… Continue Reading


07.18.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE RELEASE OF HELP COMMITTEE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following report, "Students andFamilies: Opening the Door to College for All." A college degree has become increasingly important in ensuring success in today's globaleconomy, but the rising cost of college, combined with insufficient grant aid, is pricing manystudents out of an education. The Higher Education Access Act of 2007 and the HigherEducation Amendments… Continue Reading


06.29.07

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ANNOUNCES HOLSINGER NOMINATION HEARING

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, announced that the nomination hearing for Surgeon Generalnominee Dr. James Holsinger, Jr. will be held on Thursday, July 12th at 10:00am. WHO: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee WHAT: Nomination hearing for Surgeon General WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628 WHEN: 10:00am, Thursday, July 12, 2007 ###… Continue Reading


06.28.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON FDA IMPORT ALERT

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the FDA'scountrywide import alert for a wide variety of farm-raised seafood from China."Today's announcement underscores the necessity of strong steps to protect the foodAmerican families eat. Earlier this year, the Senate took an important step by includingprovisions to improve food safety -- including the safety of farm-raised seafoo… Continue Reading


06.28.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION TODAY

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement inresponse to the decision made today by the Supreme Court. "Today's decision turns back the clock on equality in our schools. Over fifty years ago, theSupreme Court held in Brown v. Board of Education that separate but equal has no place inpublic education. Since then, integration in public schools has helped children learn to interactas citizens of our common society, and improved educational opportunities for m… Continue Reading


06.27.07

LAWMAKERS PRAISE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BIOLOGICS LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and PensionsCommittee passed The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. The measure issponsored by Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, Senators Orrin Hatch, Hillary Clinton, Mike Enziand Charles Schumer. The legislation includes standards for the FDA to approve follow-onbiologics, a procedure designed to help resolve patents in an expedited way, and strong butresponsible incentives to encourage innovation and the developm… Continue Reading


06.27.07

HEALTH IT PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee reports bill

HEALTH IT PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee reports billWASHINGTON, D.C-Today, the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and PensionsCommittee passed The Wired for Health Care Quality Act. Chairman Edward M. Kennedy andSenators Mike Enzi, Hillary Clinton and Orrin Hatch are the bill's sponsors. The Act willmodernize health care for the 21st century by setting goal posts for improving health carethrough technology, reducing admin… Continue Reading


06.27.07

Sen. Roberts and Sen. Kennedy Introduce Legislation To Create More Jobs for People with Severe Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2007) - Approaching the Anniversary of the Americans withDisabilities Act, U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) todayintroduced legislation aimed at reducing the high unemployment rate for people with severedisabilities. "The experiences of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas show that severelydisabled people can be an asset to their employers and help their companies to remaincompetitive in their industry," said Senator Roberts. "Ye… Continue Reading


06.27.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S REPORT ON FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, the Department of Labor issued a report on its Request forInformation on the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations. Senator Kennedy, Chairman ofthe Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, a long-standing advocate for the rightsof working men and women to have time off from their jobs to care for themselves and theirfamilies, released the following statement. "The Family and Medical Leave Act has enabled millions of Americans to care for their sick orinjured fa… Continue Reading


06.27.07

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE BIOLOGICS PRICE COMPETITION AND INNOVATION ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laura Capps/Melissa WagonerJune 27, 2007 (202) 224-2633Executive Session of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and PensionsToday, our Committee considers important legislation to carry on the work begun overtwo decades ago when the landmark Hatch-Waxman law was enacted in 1984. That bipartisaninitiative to deal with out-of-control drug prices combined patent reform incentives toencourage competition with new incentives to encourage innovation. It's brought new dru… Continue Reading


06.26.07

KENNEDY: A MAJORITY OF SENATORS STAND UP FOR WORKING FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to thecloture vote on the Employee Free Choice Act. "The American people spoke up-loudly and clearly-in the last election, saying they want aCongress that stands up for working families. The Employee Free Choice Act is exactly thekind of bold action they were calling for. It is a key part of the Democratic plan to help thestrugglin… Continue Reading


06.25.07

REMARKS OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON THE EMPLOYYE FREE CHOICE ACT (As prepared for delivery)

(As prepared for delivery) Over the years, the American workplace has changed immensely for the better. Itwas not so long ago that the normal workday was 10 hours or even more. The workweek wassix days. There was no overtime pay or minimum wage. Workers regularly risked injury ordeath on the job because there were no workplace laws. There was no workers compensation.Children often worked long hours in dangerous, unhealthy factories. The progress that ended those practices did not come by accid… Continue Reading

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