Edward M. Kennedy

OMG! Wake-Up Calls and Queasy Stomachs

Two posts that should be read in full—“A Wake-Up Call” by Robert Kuttner on what the Massachusetts special election for senator tells us about the Rahm Emanuel White House’s wrong priorities—and another by a reader at Talking Points Memo who was calling voters in...

“No Way” Rockefeller Will Support Baucus Plan

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) announced this afternoon that “there is no way” he could support the health care reform plan drafted by Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and his “(Bipartisan) Gang of Six” to be presented tomorrow, Weds. Sept. 16. Senator...

Senator Kennedy’s Letter to President Obama

Below is the text of the letter from Senator Edward M. Kennedy referenced by the President in tonight’s address to a Joint Session of Congress. May 12, 2009 Dear Mr. President, I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated...

Obama, Keep Public Option

“The public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of healthcare reform. This is just one sliver of it . . .” —President Obama in Grand Junction, Colo., Aug. 15, 2009 An Open Letter to President Obama Dear President Obama: I campaigned for...

Senators, a Vote for AmeriCorps Expansion Is a Vote for America’s Wetland Conservation Corps

There is a good, bipartisan bill up for a vote tonight (3/26) or Friday on a generous expansion of funding for AmeriCorps, the national and community service program launched by President Clinton. The bill has been strongly supported by President Obama and by Senator Edward Kennedy, a co-sponsor. The bill would give about $6 billion over the next five years and allow more than a tripling of membership. The House approved the measure by 321 to 105 last week. Senate sponsors are Democrats Kennedy and Barbara Mikulski, and Republicans Orrin Hatch and Mike Enzi. Senators, we salute you.