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Ten random things: August 26

Ten public laws introduced in the United States Senate by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy:

  1. An Act to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the establishment and implementation of an emergency national swine flu immunization program and to provide an exclusive remedy for personal injury or death arising out of the manufacture, distribution, or administration of the swine flu vaccine under such program (Public Law 94-380)
  2. A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide permanent authority for the admission of "S" visa non-immigrants (Public Law 107-45)
  3. A bill to extend the supervision of the U.S. Capitol Police to certain facilities leased by the Office of Technology Assessment (Public Law 95-175)
  4. State Comprehensive Mental Health Services Plan Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-660)
  5. Mental Health Amendments of 1990 (Public Law 101-639)
  6. National Health Planning and Development Act (Public Law 93-641)
  7. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Public Law 95-511)
  8. A joint resolution to provide for the designation of the month of October, 1982 as "National Spinal Cord Injury Month" (Public Law 97-319)
  9. Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-259)
  10. Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1980 (Public Law 96-132)

Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy died late last night at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. During his time in the Senate, he saw hundreds of the bills he introduced become law. A record? Perhaps. Only two other Senators served longer than he, so the list of people who could have done more than he is pretty short.

I never met Sen. Kennedy during the years I worked in the Senate. But back in 1980, while I was up at Camp Freeland Leslie, a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin, I got a letter from him. He said he hoped that I was having a good time at camp, and that my brother Andy, who was working for his Presidential campaign that summer, was a lazy bum. Andy claims it was he who sent the letter; he was in charge of the computer system, or what passed for one in 1980, and with that came access to the autopen. Sounds fishy to me, but now that Sen. Kennedy is no longer with us, I guess I'll never know for sure.


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