For Immediate Release: August 26, 2009

Sen. Kennedy a Prolific Advocate for Low-Income Americans

(Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement from Alan W. Houseman, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), regarding the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

"Sen. Kennedy was a prolific advocate for progressive policies that provide opportunities for all Americans, especially low-income people. His deep conviction for social justice was evident in the many causes he championed and the bills that bear his name.  

"He was a dedicated proponent of early childhood education, civil legal assistance, job training and education for low-income youth and adults as well as higher education.

"As many have noted today, throughout his career, Sen. Kennedy remained an advocate for progressive causes, even when it was unfashionable. CLASP needs dedicated public servants and allies such as Sen. Kennedy to be effective in our work. He will be sorely missed."

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