Tuesday, August 25, 2009

RIP Senator Kennedy

Senator Edward M. Kennedy died today after his long battle with brain cancer. It is a sad day for all Americans as Senator Kennedy was a great figure in the United States Senate. While he was initially dismissed as a pick of nepotism he proved to be one of the most influential figures in the history of the United States Senate. He was a true liberal lion and cared for the poor and working class in this country very deeply. He was responsible for leading the fight against Judge Robert Bork for Bork’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and was responsible for much landmark legislation. This included:
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
National Cancer Act of 1971
Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974
COBRA Act of 1985
Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Ryan White AIDS Care Act of 1991
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
Mental Health Parity Act of 1996
State Children’s Health Insurance Program of 1997
No Child Left Behind of 2002
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009
Senator Kennedy served his country well and will be greatly missed.

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