I would like to take a moment to honor and express gratitude for the positive difference that Senator Edward Kennedy made by acknowledging a glimpse into his record. Much of the below I wasn't even aware of. I am deeply appreciative and honor the work accomplished by Senator Kennedy which made a real difference in creating a more just and caring nation. I also would like to acknowledge my deep respect for anyone who has sought to turn their inner demons into blessing. This is not an easy path to walk... May we each find our own ways, no matter how small, to increasingly work toward a world which works for all beings. May we each connect more and more with inner peace and see that peace reflected and rippled out across our beautiful Mother Earth...
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 2:30 AM
Senator Kennedy continues to improve legal services and emergency health services for the poor, and improve educational opportunities for persons with disabilities. After the revelation of several life-threatening research projects with human subjects, many of whom were Americans who were minorities, institutionalized or incarcerated, Senator Kennedy's Health Subcommittee held 11 days of hearings into the ethical implications of human experimentation. These hearings resulted in strengthened regulation of human experimentation and the establishment of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. In addition, Senator Kennedy and Senator Hugh Scott sponsor legislation for public financing of Senate and House elections. The bill is approved by the Senate but not the House.
After the CIA-backed military coup that toppled democratic government in Chile and brought General Pinochet to power, Senator Kennedy leads the fight to cut off U.S. military aid to Chile. His amendment to the foreign aid bill marked the first time that Congress had ended military aid to another nation. Kennedy and Wilbur Mills, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced comprehensive legislation providing national health insurance.
Senator Kennedy was an original cosponsor of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which later became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and requires a free and appropriate public education for children with disabilities in every state.