Congressman Joe Kennedy

Representing the 4th District of Massachusetts


Congressman Joe Kennedy working for Massachusetts constituents

Press Releases

May 27, 2016 Press Release
Bill would increase reimbursement rates; incentivize providers to expand access to care

Washington, D.C. – With millions of Americans struggling to access and afford basic mental health services, Congressman Joe Kennedy III introduced a bill to increase the federal Medicaid reimbursement rate for mental and behavioral health care services.  Dubbed the “Medicaid Bump,” Kennedy’s bill would enhance the federal match for new, state-based mental health spending.

May 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to continued efforts by House Republicans to attach anti-LGBT policies to the major appropriations and policy bills being considered in Congress this week.

May 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Joined by leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today introduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

May 13, 2016 Press Release
U.S., French and Australian militaries have recently intercepted illegal Iranian arms shipments bound for insurgents

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of multiple seizures of Iranian weapons shipments by the United States and international community, Congressman Joe Kennedy III has introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat this illegal arms trafficking.

May 12, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement applauding passage of S. 735, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination, by the Massachusetts State Senate. 

May 12, 2016 Press Release
As House passes range of opioid bills this week, lack of adequate funding threatens their success

Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today joined colleagues from communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic in introducing legislation calling for more than $1 billion in funding to help families, local communities, treatment providers, law enforcement and the federal government respond.

May 11, 2016 Press Release
Interagency taskforce would establish best practices for pain management and prescription of opioids

Washington, D.C. – As part of a bipartisan package of opioid-related bills being considered in Congress this week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) to help update and clarify federal guidelines for pain management and the prescription of pain medication.

Apr 29, 2016 Press Release
Stakeholders in Attleboro & Milford will discuss systemic reform necessary to ensure access to care

Newton, MA— In recognition of Mental Health Month, Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced today that he will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions next week with local hospitals, community health centers, doctors, and mental health organizations.

Apr 28, 2016 Press Release
Legislation would bar companies from attempts to silence customer opinions online

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) today joined Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) in introducing the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that will ensure American consumers can post honest business reviews and feedback online without fear of retribution. 

Apr 19, 2016 Press Release
Civil legal services remain constant target for spending cuts in Congress

Washington, D.C. – Citing dramatic cuts in funding for civil legal aid programs across the country, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today spoke at the White House and called for increased funding for civil legal aid programs as part of the debate on criminal justice reform.