Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on the leaders of the United Kingdom's three major political parties to reaffirm their support for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in advance of tomorrow's general parliamentary election. Joined by Congressman Richard Neal (MA-01) and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Kennedy wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Liberal Democrats Party Leader Jo Swinson urging them to demonstrate continued commitment to an open Ir… Continue Reading
Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced his support for the creation of safe injection facilities in Massachusetts and urged federal law enforcement to respect the state's jurisdiction and a recent judicial ruling that determined these facilities do not violate federal law. In a letter to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, Kennedy referenced studies that show safe injection sites benefit public health and connect patients with treatment, and wrote in support of proposed state legislat… Continue Reading
Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a resolution commemorating International Transgender Day of Remembrance and honoring at least twenty-two transgender people who have been killed in the United States already this year. As Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus's Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has led the Congressional response to the Trump Administration's attacks on transgender Americans. "On International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn the transgender loved o… Continue Reading
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) in a tense exchange Wednesday pressed the head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs to explain why she has allowed states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries.To read more, please click here.… Continue Reading
Representative Joseph Kennedy III is calling on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, adding his voice to a growing Democratic chorus calling for action in the wake of the scathing report by special counsel Robert Mueller.Read more here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/06/28/joe-kennedy-calls-for-impeaching-president-trump/A0r5huOprBiRaUj4ntqvzJ/story.html… 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
Four years ago, I sat around a crowded conference room in Fenway Health, an incredible organization serving Boston's LGBTQ community, and met with stakeholders to figure out how we were going to pass a bill to protect transgender citizens in public spaces.
Joining me around the table were experts, physicians, and activists who led the charge on this vital legislation, but one group that stood out to me were Massachusetts families with transgender children who had come to share their stories. An… Continue Reading