Have any of you guys heard of these fellows?! The Singing Senators was a group comprised of Republican Senators Trent Lott (MS, he’s a pretty good bass!), John Ashcroft (MO), Larry Craig (ID), and James Jeffords of Vermont, who recently passed away on August 14th.
The group was form in 1995 and intended to ease and improve relations between Republican members. The quartet also had their chance to perform at the 1996 Republican National Convention:
Interesting Note: As a Republican, Senator James Jeffords (far right) frequently voted with Democrats and actually left the Republican Party in 2001 to become an Independent who caucused with the Democrats.
How cool would it have been if Democrat senators did something like this? Or even collaborated with the Republicans?! Can you imagine our Teddy belting out some songs with Orrin Hatch and Robert Byrd on the fiddle?!
"Mother always thought her children should strive for the highest place. But inside the family, with love and laughter, she knew how to put each of us in our place. She was ambitious not only for our success, but for our souls. From our youth, we remember how, with effortless ease, she could bandage a cut, dry a tear, recite from memory ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,’ and spot a hole in a sock from a hundred yards away."
Conference Report on the National Cancer Act of 1971, December 8, 1971
The National Cancer Act of 1971 was one of Senator Edward Kennedy’s early legislative achievements in health care. It established a national goal “to conquer cancer at the earliest possible date” and dramatically increased national funding for cancer research. Kennedy biographer, Adam Clymer, wrote that President Richard Nixon insisted that Kennedy’s name come off the bill as the price for his support and that Kennedy declared that condition “no problem.” Although the bill as introduced lists Colorado Republican Senator Peter Dominick as the sponsor, the December 8, 1971 Conference Report indicates that Kennedy chaired the conference committee and was instrumental in the bill’s passage.
Description from the National Institutes of Health:
Edward Kennedy (D.MA) at the National Institutes of Health
Edward Kennedy, throughout his 47 years in the Senate, battled for the disabled, the poor, the uninsured, and medically and emotionally disadvantaged.
Paying tribute to Kennedy, NIH Director Francis S. Collins said, “Sen. Kennedy was an amazing man—a genuine force of nature. His deep compassion for those in need, and his commitment to improving people’s health, are reflected in the innumerable legislative acts that he championed throughout his long, distinguished career in the Senate. He was one of the strongest, most effective advocates for biomedical research.”
Kennedy was a champion for cancer research early in his career. In 1971, he was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation that came to be known as the War on Cancer. Through the years, he continued to support cancer research legislation. He had been working with others on renewing the War on Cancer before he was struck down with it himself in May 2008.