More Info: Sen. Kerry assists in Ending of the 92 Day Brocton Nurses Strike

  1. note is article is from 8/26/2001. karen

    hospital agreement promises new hires
    deal to end strike at brockton puts limits on forced overtime


    by david abel, and anne barnard, globe staff, 8/26/2001
    http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/23...w_hires-.shtml

    the three-month strike at brockton hospital ended after hospital officials promised nurses to make their ''best efforts'' to hire sufficient staff to avoid forced overtime, both sides of the acrimonious dispute said yesterday.

    the surprise deal, the result of a 14-hour negotiation session friday at the office of senator john f. kerry, includes limits on mandatory overtime similar to those that nurses won in the st. vincent hospital strike last year. at the worcester hospital, mandatory overtime is limited to four hours eight times a year.

    the 92-day strike, which won't formally end until nurses vote on the agreement sept. 4, showed that improving nurses' workplace conditions should be a national priority, kerry said. he called on both sides to fight against inadequate medicare payments for hospital services.

    ''my hope is we can combine our energies to point out ... the result of an inadequate health care system,'' he said, calling both the hospital and the nurses ''victims'' and adding, ''you need to recognize who the enemy is.''

    still, brockton hospital officials accepted contract language that spells out management's responsibility to staff at reasonable levels even when nurses are scarce and health care dollars are short.

    ''they're going to hire some additional nurses and set up a structure that implements a different kind of working environment,'' kerry said. at the same time, the contract makes clear that specific hiring decisions will not be imposed upon the hospital by the union or an arbitrator, he added.

    reflecting growing national concern that worsening workplace conditions are driving nurses out of the profession, the union had insisted on a written promise not to rely on overtime to plug staffing holes - a contract provision under which nurses could bring labor grievances if they felt the promise was unmet.

    hospital officials had balked, saying such a promise would unduly restrict their decision-making, especially given the financial pressures they face in a climate where two-thirds of the state's hospitals are in the red.

    nurses reasoned that if forced overtime was capped but staff was not increased, nurses would either stay late anyway because of legal and moral responsibility or fewer nurses would have to cover more patients.

    ''we were concerned that they were going to reach their cap and there would be nurses taking care of too many patients,'' said barbara cooke, a brockton nurse who was on the negotiating team.

    because the exact wording of the brockton deal remains confidential until ratification, it was hard to tell yesterday whether nurses had increased their clout or what the implications would be for other hospitals or for proposed state legislation calling for mandatory staffing levels.

    the hospital's vice president for marketing, robert hughes, downplayed the significance of the ''best efforts'' language, saying it left the hospital's hands free because arbitrators are prohibited from mandating specific hiring decisions.

    in may, nurses walked out even after the hospital offered to limit mandatory overtime to the levels the union had demanded - prompting hughes to accuse the union, the massachusetts nurses association, of fomenting an unnecessary strike to seize headlines. the union had just split off from its national parent, the american nurses association, which it considered too moderate.

    yesterday, hughes said, ''we have said consistently that we think the union had a larger agenda, but now we want to put this behind us and get back to the business of taking care of our patients.''

    julie pinkham, the union's executive director, said the strike was a key test of the newly independent organization. ''the world was watching,'' she said, adding that the success of the st. vincent strike had convinced the union its membership was willing to be more activist around broad health care issues.

    kerry said the real solutions must be found outside individual hospitals: in the short term, he has proposed a bill to pay for more student loans and financial incentives for nurses. ultimately, he said, nurses' salaries must be more competitive with those of equally educated professionals.

    the nurses will return after labor day if the contract is ratified. the hospital has been using replacement nurses and said business stayed brisk. union nurses said many patients were going to the hospital's crosstown competitor, good samaritan medical center, in solidarity.


    this story ran on page 1 of the boston globe on 8/26/2001.
    copyright 2000 globe newspaper company.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 5, '04
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Funny that hospital admin made statements saying the nurses' union has a "larger agenda". Meaning that maybe they want safe working conditions, safe staffing levels, quality pt care, and they want the public to be aware of the situation?

    So what?!

    Doesn't admin have a "larger agenda" outside of pt care concerns?

    Of course- they want to make big $$$ for their CEO and shareholders.
    And if they have to stretch their nurses too thin and compromise pt care in order to ensure those profits, they want to be able to keep this information from the public.


    More power to the union nurses and to Future President Kerry!
  4. by   peaceful
    Kerry said the real solutions must be found outside individual hospitals: In the short term, he has proposed a bill to pay for more student loans and financial incentives for nurses. Ultimately, he said, nurses' salaries must be more competitive with those of equally educated professionals.
  5. by   teeituptom
    Good Job Kerry, future Pres.
  6. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Gee, how do you suppose he found time to actualy participate in any of that.

    I mean, he did miss a majority of his duties in Congress and he's been on the campaigne trail since ,what, last year? Why would he devote any real time to it when his duties in the Congress go unattended. Are you thinking that he was actually there or knows anything about it?

    Well maybe he'll make a reenactment video of it later.

    I don't want to be mean, I just think that it's funny that you believe it. I haven't seen or heard anything (of course I haven't actively looked) that shows he is intimately involved or that it did any good for one small group of nurses.

    He's supposed to speak for an hour tonight. Maybe he'll put something in there about it huh?
  7. by   mscsrjhm
    This man talks like he is trying to get elected. If he did do anything for nurses, it would be a first.
    In 19 years in the Senate, he only sponsored 11? bills. He could (at the very least) sponsored a bill a year.
    So, he wasn't writing bills, and we all know he wasn't voting very much...
    what were we paying him for?
  8. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    By Myself
    He's supposed to speak for an hour tonight. Maybe he'll put something in there about it huh?
    Well, did anyone watch the speech.
    Was it really an hour?
    Did he mention nurses?
  9. by   Sahn
    I will try not to sound bias but i have to agree with Mschriso, it appears that future (and i do believe he will be, much to my disapointment) president Kerry has gone the way of the media. He has presented himself in a "sound bite" mannar. The media, which i believe is greatly bias, has followed him in a way that has presented an inflated image (or maybe a false immage). I have to wonder just what this man is made of, what he intends to do when he does have to power to influence change in the medical feild, or influence the very path of world politics? I have to admit i am scared because i don't know the answer.
  10. by   wjf00
    Quote from Mschrisco
    This man talks like he is trying to get elected. If he did do anything for nurses, it would be a first.
    In 19 years in the Senate, he only sponsored 11? bills. He could (at the very least) sponsored a bill a year.
    So, he wasn't writing bills, and we all know he wasn't voting very much...
    what were we paying him for?


    I am curious where you got your numbers from?








    57 Bills and Resolutions John Kerry Sponsored


    99th Congress (1)


    S.CON.RES.62: A concurrent resolution expressing solidarity with the Sakharov family in their efforts to exercise their rights of freedom of expression, of travel, and of communication, as guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    SPONSOR: Sen. Kerry (introduced 09/12/85) RELATED BILLS: H.CON.RES.186

    100th Congress (7)


    1. S.CON.RES.99: A concurrent resolution condemning North Korea's support for terrorist activities.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 03/04/88 Measure passed Senate, amended.



    2. S.RES.189: A resolution to commend the United States Coast Guard for its recent heroic action in the rescue of 37 Soviet crew members.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 04/10/87 Measure passed Senate.



    3. S.RES.279: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding ethical conduct expected of Senate political committees.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 09/09/87 Measure passed Senate, roll call #236 (87-0).



    4. S.J.RES.91: A joint resolution disapproving the certification by the President under section 481(h) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 04/07/87 Referred jointly to House Committees on Foreign Affairs; and Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs.



    5. S.J.RES.285: A joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Haiti falls under the definition of "major drug-transit country" as stated in section 481(i)(5) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and therefore should be subject to the certification process mandated by section 481(h) of that Act.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 04/18/88 Referred to House Committees on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs; and Foreign Affairs.



    6. S.J.RES.369: A joint resolution to designate the period of September 17 through October 10, 1988, as "Coastweeks '88."

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 09/27/88 Referred to House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.



    7. S.2365: A bill authorizing the release of 86 USIA films with respect to the Marshall Plan.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 09/20/88 Measure passed House, amended.

    101st Congress (4)


    1. S.RES.201 : A resolution to commend the courage and heroism of Walter Suskind, and unrecognized hero of World War II.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 10/31/1989) Cosponsors: (none)

    Latest Major Action: 10/31/1989 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.



    2. S.J.RES.158 : A joint resolution designating October 22 through 28, 1989, as "World Population Awareness Week".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/16/1989) Cosponsors: 27

    Committees: Senate Judiciary; House Post Office and Civil Service

    Latest Major Action: 10/25/1990 Signed by President.



    3. S.J.RES.166 : A joint resolution to designate the period of September 16 through October 9, 1989, as "Coastweeks '89".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/22/1989) Cosponsors: 54

    Committees: Senate Judiciary; House Post Office and Civil Service

    Latest Major Action: 9/13/1989 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Census and Population.



    4. S.2575 : A bill to urge the Secretary of State to negotiate a ban on mineral resource activities in Antarctica, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 5/3/1990) Cosponsors: 3

    Committees: Senate Foreign Relations

    Latest Major Action: 10/17/1990 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.

    102nd Congress (12)


    1. S.CON.RES.26 : A concurrent resolution calling for the United States to support a new agreement among the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties which would provide comprehensive environmental protection of Antarctica and would prohibit indefinitely commercial mineral development and related activities in Antarctica.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/11/1991) Cosponsors: 14

    Committees: Senate Foreign Relations

    Latest Major Action: 5/29/1991 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    2. S.RES.18 : A resolution to recognize the accomplishments of Lewis A. Shattuck.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 1/24/1991) Cosponsors: 2

    Latest Major Action: 1/24/1991 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.



    3. S.RES.133 : A resolution to designate May 21, 1991, as "National Land Trust Appreciation Day", and to recognize the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Trustees of Reservations.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 5/22/1991) Cosponsors: (none)

    Latest Major Action: 5/22/1991 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.



    4. S.RES.144 : A resolution to encourage the European Community to vote to ban driftnets for all European Community fishing fleets on July 8 and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/25/1991) Cosponsors: 9

    Committees: Senate Foreign Relations

    Latest Major Action: 6/28/1991 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate with amendments and an amendment to the Title and an amended preamble by Voice Vote.



    5. S.RES.185 : An original resolution to provide for expenses and supplemental authority of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/26/1991) Cosponsors: (none)

    Committees: Senate POW/MIA Affairs; Senate Rules and Administration

    Latest Major Action: 10/16/1991 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.



    6. S.RES.324 : A resolution relating to declassification of Documents, Files, and other materials pertaining to POWs and MIAs.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/2/1992) Cosponsors: 14

    Committees: Senate POW/MIA Affairs

    Latest Major Action: 7/2/1992 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Yea-Nay Vote. 96-0. Record Vote No: 144.



    7. S.J.RES.160 : A joint resolution designating the week beginning October 20, 1991, as "World Population Awareness Week".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/13/1991) Cosponsors: 53

    Committees: Senate Judiciary; House Post Office and Civil Service

    Latest Major Action: 10/30/1991 Signed by President.



    8. S.J.RES.318 : A joint resolution designating November 13, 1992, as "Vietnam Veterans Memorial 10th Anniversary Day".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/18/1992) Cosponsors: 57

    Committees: Senate Judiciary; House Post Office and Civil Service

    Latest Major Action: 10/24/1992 Became Public Law No: 102-518.



    9. S.J.RES.337 : A joint resolution designating September 18, 1992, as "National POW/MIA Recognition Day", and authorizing display of the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/15/1992) Cosponsors: 31

    Committees: Senate Judiciary

    Latest Major Action: 9/30/1992 Became Public Law No: 102-373.



    10. S.1418 : A bill to designate the Federal building located at 78 Center Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as the "Silvio O. Conte Federal Building", and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/27/1991) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works; House Public Works and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 9/30/1991 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds.



    11. S.1563 : A bill to authorize appropriations to carry out the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/25/1991) Cosponsors: 13

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Senate Labor and Human Resources; House Merchant Marine and Fisheries

    Latest Major Action: 12/4/1991 Signed by President.



    12. S.3389 : A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit certain transactions with respect to managed accounts.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 10/8/1992) Cosponsors: (none)

    Committees: House Energy and Commerce

    Latest Major Action: 12/22/1992 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.

    103rd Congress (5)


    1. S.CON.RES.67 : A concurrent resolution to correct technical errors in the enrollment of the bill H.R. 2333.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/26/1994) Cosponsors: (none)

    Latest Major Action: 4/28/1994 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.



    2. S.RES.183 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the action taken by the Government of France against United States seafood products is a totally unwarranted action that is having severe repercussions on United States seafood producers and, in general, the United States fishing industry.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/28/1994) Cosponsors: 7

    Committees: Senate Foreign Relations

    Latest Major Action: 3/8/1994 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.



    3. S.1206 : A bill to redesignate the Federal building located at 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham, Massachusetts, as the "Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/1/1993) Cosponsors: 4

    Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works; House Public Works and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 4/14/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-234.



    4. S.1636 : A bill to authorize appropriations for the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and to improve the program to reduce the incidental taking of marine mammals during the course of commercial fishing operations, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 11/8/1993) Cosponsors: 2

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 4/30/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-238.



    5. S.2478 : A bill to amend the Small Business Act to enhance the business development opportunities of small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/29/1994) Cosponsors: 16

    Committees: Senate Small Business; House Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 10/7/1994 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

    104th Congress (10)


    1. S.212 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel SHAMROCK V.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 1/12/1995) Cosponsors: 2

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    2. S.213 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel ENDEAVOUR.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 1/12/1995) Cosponsors: 2

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    3. S.653 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel AURA.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/30/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    4. S.654 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel SUNRISE.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/30/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    5. S.655 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel MARANTHA.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/30/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    6. S.656 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel QUIETLY.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/30/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    7. S.1016 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with the appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel MAGIC CARPET.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/10/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    8. S.1017 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with the appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel CHRISSY.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/10/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    9. S.1281 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel SARAH-CHRISTEN.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/28/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.



    10. S.1282 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue a certificate of documentation with the appropriate endorsement for employment in the coastwise trade for the vessel TRIAD.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/28/1995) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Latest Major Action: 7/30/1996 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.

    105th Congress (1)


    S.469

    Title: A bill to designate a portion of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/18/1997) Cosponsors: 1

    Related Bills: H.R.1110

    Latest Major Action: 10/10/1998 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On passage Passed without objection.

    106th Congress (3)


    1. S.791 : A bill to amend the Small Business Act with respect to the women's business center program.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/14/1999) Cosponsors: 30

    Committees: Senate Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 12/9/1999 Became Public Law No: 106-165.



    2. S.918 : A bill to authorize the Small Business Administration to provide financial and business development assistance to military reservists' small businesses, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/29/1999) Cosponsors: 51

    Committees: Senate Small Business; House Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 7/29/1999 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.



    3. S.1569 : A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 9/8/1999) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources; House Resources

    Latest Major Action: 2/2/2000 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands.

    107th Congress (12)


    1. S.CON.RES.7 : Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish an international education policy to further national security, foreign policy, and economic competitiveness, promote mutual understanding and cooperation among nations, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/1/2001) Cosponsors: 11

    Committees: Senate Foreign Relations; House International Relations; House Education and the Workforce

    Latest Major Action: 8/10/2001 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Education Reform.



    2. S.RES.65 : A resolution honoring Neil L. Rudenstine, President of Harvard University.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/29/2001) Cosponsors: 1

    Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

    Latest Major Action: 4/26/2001 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.



    3. S.RES.123 : A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to change the name of the Committee on Small Business to the "Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship".

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/29/2001) Cosponsors: 1

    Latest Major Action: 6/29/2001 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment by Unanimous Consent.



    4. S.RES.180 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 17th Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in Murcia, Spain.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 11/13/2001) Cosponsors: 3

    Latest Major Action: 11/13/2001 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.



    5. S.RES.216 : A resolution to honor Milton D. Stewart for his years of service in the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 3/5/2002) Cosponsors: 15

    Latest Major Action: 3/5/2002 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.



    6. S.RES.264 : A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that small business participation is vital to the defense of our Nation, and that Federal, State, and local governments should aggressively seek out and purchase innovative technologies and services from American small businesses to help in homeland defense and the fight against terrorism.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 5/8/2002) Cosponsors: 25

    Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Latest Major Action: 7/8/2002 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.



    7. S.RES.302 : A resolution honoring Ted Williams and extending the condolences of the Senate on his death.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 7/9/2002) Cosponsors: 4

    Latest Major Action: 7/9/2002 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.



    8. S.174 : A bill to amend the Small Business Act with respect to the microloan program, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 1/24/2001) Cosponsors: 18

    Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship; House Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 4/17/2002 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended).



    9. S.295 : A bill to provide emergency relief to small businesses affected by significant increases in the prices of heating oil, natural gas, propane, and kerosene, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/8/2001) Cosponsors: 34

    Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship; House Small Business; House Agriculture

    Latest Major Action: 5/17/2001 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research.



    10. S.856 : A bill to reauthorize the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 5/9/2001) Cosponsors: 13

    Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Latest Major Action: 9/14/2001 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.

    Note: For further action, see H.R. 1860, which became Public Law 107-50 on 10/15/2001.



    11. S.1499 : A bill to provide assistance to small business concerns adversely impacted by the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United States on September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 10/4/2001) Cosponsors: 63

    Committees: House Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 4/9/2002 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.



    12. S.2869 : A bill to facilitate the ability of certain spectrum auction winners to pursue alternative measures required in the public interest to meet the needs of wireless telecommunications consumers.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 8/1/2002) Cosponsors: 58

    Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation; House Energy and Commerce

    Latest Major Action: 11/22/2002 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.

    108th Congress (2)


    1. S.300 : A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Jackie Robinson (posthumously), in recognition of his many contributions to the Nation, and to express the sense of Congress that there should be a national day in recognition of Jackie Robinson.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/4/2003) Cosponsors: 69

    Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

    Latest Major Action: 10/20/2003 House preparation for floor. Status: Held at the desk.

    Note: For further action, see H.R. 1900, which became Public Law 108-101 on 10/29/2003.



    2. S.318 : A bill to provide emergency assistance to nonfarm-related small business concerns that have suffered substantial economic harm from drought.

    Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/5/2003) Cosponsors: 19

    Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship; House Small Business

    Latest Major Action: 4/1/2003 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

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  11. by   mscsrjhm
    You are very right. I had mistaken information for awhile now.

    He did introduce many bill. Most did not pass.
  12. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    WJFoo,

    Besides some ribbon cutting most of the sponsored bills that I saw got referred to some comittee. That means that they didn't have enough support and/or were not planned well enough to be considered.

    It was good that you showed that he did more than I EVER expected from him but still, the nagging question, can Jhon Kerry function in the highest office if he didn't really function in the lower ones.

    I still wonder what his motivation could be. He's filthy rich and nothing that I see in his record of public service shows me that he has a calling for it.
  13. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Mschrisco
    You are very right. I had mistaken information for awhile now.

    He did introduce many bill. Most did not pass.

    And if they didnt pass can we automatically blame it on those dastardly repulicans
  14. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Peeps Mcarthur
    WJFoo,

    Besides some ribbon cutting most of the sponsored bills that I saw got referred to some comittee. That means that they didn't have enough support and/or were not planned well enough to be considered.

    It was good that you showed that he did more than I EVER expected from him but still, the nagging question, can Jhon Kerry function in the highest office if he didn't really function in the lower ones.

    I still wonder what his motivation could be. He's filthy rich and nothing that I see in his record of public service shows me that he has a calling for it.

    And what in Bushes record shows he is capable

    Running a loosing baseball team

    Screwing up the budget in Texas while governor.

    Not showing up for his military service

    Sry I dont see much there

    and he aint shown much either

    Yes he can declare war on fraudulent evidence, probably planted by his peolple

    But as a Statesman, he has managed to get more and more countries to hates us, no surprise there

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