Ranking Member's Press

06.01.07

KENNEDY ON RELEASE OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STUDENT LOAN REGULATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement inresponse to the Department of Education's release of its notice of proposed rule-making onstudent loans. "Today's announcement is a positive development from the Department of Education. Itindicates movement forward on issues Congress has identified as needing attention includingprovisions from the Student Loan Sunshine Act. This month, in the Health, Education, Laborand Pensions Committee, we expect to see stro… Continue Reading


05.31.07

KENNEDY TO ADDRESS VITAL NEED FOR SUPPORT OF ADOPTIONS

KENNEDY TO ADDRESS VITAL NEED FOR SUPPORT OF ADOPTIONS KENNEDY TO KEYNOTE EVENT HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF THE CONGRESSIONAL COALITION ON ADOPTION INSTITUTE BOSTON, MA- Tomorrow, Friday, June 1st at 12:15 PM, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, will discuss the efforts of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and the critical need for sustained support of adoption initiatives in the United States Congress. The CCAI is a nonprofit… Continue Reading


05.07.07

KENNEDY ON NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRESS (NEAP) REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement inresponse to the National Assessment of Education Progress (NEAP) released by theDepartment of Education on mapping the standards set by each state for the No Child LeftBehind Act. "I commend the U.S. Department of Education for this important report. The No Child LeftBehind Act assigns responsibility to each state for setting their own standards. But thisanalysis suggests that now, more than ever, we must do mor… Continue Reading


12.15.05

KENNEDY: TIME TO SAY NO TO VITAL CUTS FOR WORKING (As prepared for delivery)

As Congress meets for a final session before we adjourn for the holidays, we should be focused on the true meaning of Christmas and the special thoughts that Americans of many faiths have at this time of year regarding their families, their friends and neighbors, and the rest of humanity. There are those in America who urge the return of the word "Christmas" to this holiday season. I believe that while it is an important one, Christmas is more than a word. It is a belief in a power far greater … Continue Reading


12.14.05

KENNEDY: AMERICA CAN DO BETTER THAN LEAVING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BEHIND AND OUT IN THE COLD THIS CHRISTMAS (As prepared for delivery)

As Congress meets for a final session before we adjourn for the holidays, we should be focused on the true meaning of Christmas and the special thoughts that Americans of many faiths have at this time of year regarding their families, their friends and neighbors, and the rest of humanity. Christmas is a season of great hope - a time of goodwill and special caring for others. That's what we should remember as we celebrate the birth of Christ, and the glad tidings of great joy that came to us tha… Continue Reading


12.14.05

KENNEDY AND COLLEAGUES CALL FOR RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Washington, DC- Today, Senator Kennedy and Congressmen Hoyer and Miller stood before the Capitol Christmas tree to discuss the true meaning of Christmas: hope, generosity, and goodwill toward others. In this spirit, the lawmakers called upon Congress to raise the national minimum wage so that the millions of working families struggling to survive on the minimum wage will find hope. Twice this year, Senator Kennedy has brought to a vote a measure to raise the current level of 5.15 to a new level … Continue Reading


12.14.05

KENNEDY PRAISES REFORM IN NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Testing standards for students with disabilities will reflect challenges and triumphs

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy praised Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' announcement to recognize the progress of certain students with disabilities for their achievements under the No Child Left Behind Act. Kennedy believes that it's especially important for students who for years were excluded from high standards and opportunity in America's classrooms to be given fair standards for achievement. Senator Kennedy said, "Teaching children with disabilities is no long… Continue Reading


12.13.05

KENNEDY: AMERICA’S SENIORS CONFUSED BY MEDICARE DRUG BENEFITS

The President should try speaking with seniors in communities across America rather than a handpicked group - to get a real idea of the myriad of problems they're facing in light of the massive overhaul of the prescription drug program. I've heard from countless seniors in Massachusetts that the system is simply not working. One woman told me that she called Medicare three times with questions about enrollment and received three different answers. Seniors who already have drug coverage through H… Continue Reading


12.12.05

KENNEDY: AMERICA CAN DO BETTER THAN PAYING FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY ON THE BACKS OF THE WORKING POOR

Washington, D.C.- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy spoke on the floor of the United States Senate on the wrong priorities in the Republican plan to cut billions from critical programs while securing tax cuts for the wealthiest. Kennedy, ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, outlined the many programs in Massachusetts and across the country that would be slashed if proposed budget cuts and tax breaks are enacted. The Senator pointed out that the true meanin… Continue Reading


12.07.05

KENNEDY DISCUSSES CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF EARLY EDUCATION AND THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO ACT KENNEDY DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HEAD START PROGRAM

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS- Senator Edward M. Kennedy discussed the importance of early education to a child's health and development at the New England Head Start Association's regional conference at the Sheraton Hotel. Kennedy delivered the keynote address marking the 40th Anniversary of the Head Start program and discussed his reauthorization legislation in the United States Senate to improve the program and ensure that all children arrive at school ready and able to learn. "Forty years ago, w… Continue Reading


12.01.05

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON RESULTS OF THE NAEP TRIAL URBAN ASSESSMENT

Today's results demonstrate that in many cities across the nation, the hard work of students, teachers, and school leaders is beginning to pay off. Such progress is hopeful, but it's clear that our work is far from over. Student achievement is still static in reading, and we have a long way to go to eliminate achievement gaps. In today's increasingly competitive economy, we must do better. America deserves better. We must ensure that our students, teachers, and schools have the resources they ne… Continue Reading


11.28.05

KENNEDY ADDRESSES THE CHALLENGE OF POVERTY, CONTINUES FIGHT FOR INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE KENNEDY RECEIVES OTIS SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD AT WHEATON COLLEGE

BOSTON, MA--- Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy discussed the challenges of poverty at Wheaton College upon receiving the "Otis Social Justice Award," which is awarded to individuals who enhance the understanding of peace, human rights and economic opportunity. Kennedy shared his views of how the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina shined a spotlight on the economic and social injustice that persists in our communities and the work that remains unfinished. He outlined his fight for an increase in the mi… Continue Reading


11.18.05

STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY MARGARET SPELLINGS ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

I applaud Secretary Spellings' continued efforts to work with states, schools and teachers to find effective approaches to carry out the No Child Left Behind Act. Much can be learned from measuring student growth. When done the right way, these models can move school reform forward by reviewing progress made by individual students from year to year and ensuring continuous progress toward challenging academic standards. This pilot program and the evaluation of its results will help our efforts in… Continue Reading


11.17.05

KENNEDY’S HEALTH IT BILL PASSES UNANIMOUSLY TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Washington, D.C. Today, marking a dramatic step forward in healthcare, Senator Edward M. Kennedy's bill, the Wired for Health Care Quality Act of 2005 passed the United States Senate by unanimous consent. The bill will improve the care that patients receive, as we know that care declines in quality when physicians do not have access to timely information about the patients they serve. The bill will help curb health care costs, as we know that costs skyrocket when tests or procedures are duplicat… Continue Reading


11.17.05

SENATOR KENNEDY SETS NATIONAL GOAL OF CUTTING CHILD POVERTY IN HALF WITHIN A DECADE OFFERS ANTI-POVERTY AMENDMENT TO TAX BILL

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy offered an amendment to the Tax Reconciliation bill that declares cutting child poverty in half is an attainable goal to achieve within this decade. The amendment will enact a one percent surtax to be paid by our wealthiest citizens in order to take care of the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. With the 3.5 billion dollars generated from the one percent tax, the Child Poverty Elimination Fund will be created in order to combat child poverty … Continue Reading


11.17.05

KENNEDY ON THE DEFEAT OF LABOR-HHS

"The defeat of this irresponsible attack on families sends a strong message that America deserves better. The Bush Administration and the Republican leadership are so out of touch with the priorities of American families that even the normally lockstep House of Representatives soundly rejected their proposal to undermine critical national priorities. It's time for the Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress to commit to the education of our children, better health care, and bett… Continue Reading


11.17.05

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY STATEMENT ON THE DEFEAT OF ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR AMERICA1S LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Tonight, America1s seniors and low-income residents were told that they1re being left out in the cold this winter. While Americans are facing some of the highest energy costs in decades and oil companies are raking in record profits, a measure to increase funding for energy assistance for theneediest was defeated on the Senate floor for the fourth time this year. Americans deserve better than tax cuts for the wealthy, they deserve to have their priorities heard and to stay warm in the cold winte… Continue Reading


11.17.05

KENNEDY, COLLEAGUES FIGHT TO PROVIDE LIHEAP FUNDS FOR MILLIONS

Washington, D.C.-Today, Senate Democrats led by Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Jack Reed offered an amendment to the Tax Reconciliation bill to provide 2.92 billion dollars in federal assistance to low-income and elderly residents for energy assistance. The funding would be paid for by using windfall profits from oil companies seeing record profits this year. This is the fourth amendment this year that Senator Kennedy has offered in support of providing energy assistance dollars to America's low… Continue Reading


11.17.05

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY STATEMENT ON THE DEFEAT OF ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR AMERICA1S LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Tonight, America1s seniors and low-income residents were told that they1re being left out in the cold this winter. While Americans are facing some of the highest energy costs in decades and oil companies are raking in record profits, a measure to increase funding for energy assistance for theneediest was defeated on the Senate floor for the fourth time this year. Americans deserve better than tax cuts for the wealthy, they deserve to have their priorities heard and to stay warm in the cold winte… Continue Reading


11.17.05

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY STATEMENT ON THE DEFEAT OF ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR AMERICA1S LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Tonight, America1s seniors and low-income residents were told that they1re being left out in the cold this winter. While Americans are facing some of the highest energy costs in decades and oil companies are raking in record profits, a measure to increase funding for energy assistance for theneediest was defeated on the Senate floor for the fourth time this year. Americans deserve better than tax cuts for the wealthy, they deserve to have their priorities heard and to stay warm in the cold winte… Continue Reading

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