Newton, MA - In a letter to Congressional leadership, Congressman Joe Kennedy III outlined his priorities for any infrastructure package intended to provide a stimulus in the aftermath of COVID-19. Citing the region's emerging offshore wind industry, South Coast Rail, East West Rail, Combined Sewage Overflow, Cape Cod Bridges, and clean, safe drinking water investments, Kennedy wrote that Massachusetts offered many ripe opportunities for infrastructure funding.
"Any COVID-19 infrastructure stim… Continue Reading
Newton, MA - In an urgent appeal to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Joe Kennedy III led the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in calling for a minimum of nearly $70 billion in additional funding for community health centers (CHCs) over the next five years. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, CHCs in Massachusetts have begun to furlough staff members in order to continue operations and provide care to the vulnerable patients they serve.
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Newton, MA - As cities and states around the country confront troubling racial and ethnic inequities in COVID-19 death rates and testing access, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on Massachusetts health care regulators to collect and release demographic data related to the testing for and treatment of COVID-19 in real time. In a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Kennedy wrote that this data is essential not only to combatting racism in our health care system but to … Continue Reading
Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III is asking federal authorities for more information about the cleanup of a toxic waste site about 19 miles east of Boston Harbor known as "The Foul Area."
Read more here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/25/metro/rep-kennedy-wants-more-info-about-foul-area-cleanup-massachusetts-bay/… Continue Reading
SEVERAL MEMBERS of the Massachusetts congressional delegation wrote letters to federal immigration officials on Thursday seeking answers on why Iranian student Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi was deported as he returned to Boston this week to study at Northeastern University.
US Reps. Joe Kennedy III and Ayanna Pressley along with Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren asked acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan about other instances where people with valid student … Continue Reading
Opponents of a Weymouth natural gas project are not the only ones having trouble penetrating the government in their search for answers.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III is still trying to get a clear answer from federal regulators about whether Enbridge, the company behind the compressor station project, has enough support from utility companies for the project to be valid.
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Last Tuesday, I flew home from Washington. The House was in the middle of debate over emergency funding for coronavirus. Republicans were balking at provisions to ensure testing and treatment were affordable for all. They were also threatening to block undocumented Americans from accessing care.
I needed to know what was happening at home. So by Wednesday morning, I was sitting at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center with medical experts, community health center staff and public health offici… Continue Reading
Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled in favor of more than 50,000 patients who brought a class action lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, for unfairly denying their claims for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. In his ruling, the judge blasted UnitedHealth for cutting costs at patients' expense and preventing them from getting recommended treatment unless their behavioral health issue was an emergency.
This ruling was an important victor… Continue Reading
The first time I walked in the Boston Pride Parade was early in my first campaign for Congress. It was an amazing experience, made unforgettable because I marched with my predecessor and LBGTQ icon, Barney Frank. Every few paces we walked, spectators would jump over barriers to shake Congressman Frank's hand and offer a few quick words of gratitude: "Congressman, thank you. You changed my life." That day, I received an extraordinary message from a man leaving elected office after decades of serv… Continue Reading