Ranking Member's Press

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


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

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