Thursday, August 27, 2009

30 reasons…

…our country is a better place to live because of Ted Kennedy's service...
· The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996
· State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)
· Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 (Americorps)
· The Civil Rights Act of 1964
· The Voting Rights Act of 1965
· Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
· Fair Housing Act of 1968
· Handicapped Children's Protection Act of 1986 (overturning a SCOTUS decision)
· Ryan White Care Act of 1990 (AIDS care)
· Americans with Disability Act of '90
· Civil Rights Act of 1991
· Minority Health & Health Disparities Research & Education Act of 2000 · National & Community Service Trust Act of 1993 (Americorps)
· Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1990
· Military Child Care Act of 1989
· The WARN Act of 1988 (60 days notice prior to plant closings)
· Employment Opportunities for Disabled Americans Act of 1986
· Job Training Partnership Act of 1980
· Refugee Act of 1980
· Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980
· Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act - 1975
· Title IX of Education Amendments of '72 (bans sex discrimination by schools getting Fed $)
· Establishment of Women, Infants & Children's ("WIC") Nutrition Program at USDA
· Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Act of 1970
· Older American Community Service Employment Act of 1970
· Occupational Safety & Health Administration Act of 1970
· The Voting Rights Act amendments of 1970
· The Bilingual Education Act of 1968
· The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (War on Poverty: Head Start, Job Corps)
· The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996
More than that. Not just "our country." My life and yours, right where you are sitting now, are directly and personaly better today because of what Ted Kennedy did for us. Every one of us.

Hat tip to the General.

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