Press Releases

August 06, 2020

KENNEDY, CLARKE, KELLY DEMAND ANSWERS ON NATIONAL VACCINE STRATEGY

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-09) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) demanded answers about the Administration's strategy to distribute vaccines to hot spots and the most vulnerable communities. Citing testimony by the five leading pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, the lawmakers raised concerns that this Administration has continuously failed to protect immigrants and communities … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

KENNEDY: COVID-19 PACKAGE MUST PUT ESSENTIAL WORKERS & LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN MASSACHUSETTS FIRST

Newton, MA - Guided by conversations with constituents and local leaders across Massachusetts, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on Congressional Leadership to put essential and frontline workers, and low-income families first in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. In a series of letters to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Mitch McConnell, Kennedy demanded the inclusion of specific funding for firefighters, teachers, child care providers, postal workers and fisheries, as well as … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

KENNEDY, JAYAPAL PUSH PANDEMIC MEDICARE EXPANSION PLAN

Washington, D.C. - As millions of unemployed Americans lose their health care coverage, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal are calling on Congressional Leadership to include their Medicare Crisis Program Act in any further economic stimulus packages. The legislation would expand Medicare and Medicaid eligibility during the crisis, cap out-of-pocket costs for Medicare enrollees, and eliminate co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles for COVID-19 testing and related … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

KENNEDY LEADS BICAMERAL RESPONSE TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ANTI-TRANS EQUAL ACCESS RULE CHANGE

Washington, DC -- Today, Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) submitted a public comment letter signed by 145 members of the House and Senate to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging him to rescind the proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule that would allow federally funded emergency and temporary shelter providers to turn away … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Kennedy, DeLauro Introduce the We Need Eviction Data Now Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) this week introduced H.R. 7743, the We Need Eviction Data Now Act of 2020, which would create a national database to standardize data and track evictions. This legislation would also establish a Federal Advisory Committee on Eviction Research to make recommendations related to eviction data collection and create policies to prevent the removal of families and individuals from their homes. In a … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

KENNEDY, CÁRDENAS INTRODUCE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT ACT

KENNEDY, CÁRDENAS INTRODUCE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT ACT Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Tony Cárdenas today introduced the Virtual Community Support Actto strengthen community based and peer support services virtually both during and after the pandemic. Specifically, it would create a new program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training and development to increase the workforce, enable … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

KENNEDY, KEATING AMENDMENT PROTECTING MASHPEE WAMPANOAG PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Bill Keating today applauded the passage of their amendment to protect the land of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as part of H.R. 7608, the Fiscal Year 2021 Four-Bill Appropriations Minibus. Introduced with Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Congresswoman Lori Trahan, the lawmakers' amendment would protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from endless litigation and fully recognize their tribal lands without interference from the federal … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

KENNEDY, CÁRDENAS INTRODUCE CRISIS COUNSELING ACT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Tony Cárdenas today introduced the Crisis Counseling Act, which would automatically approve requests by any state, territory, and tribe for a Crisis Counseling and Training Program (CCP) after it had been granted a Stafford Act declaration. The legislation would remove bureaucratic hurdles that delayed critical support for communities as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States. "A nation in crisis cannot allow … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

KENNEDY INTRODUCES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION ACT

Washington, D.C. - One day after unveiling a resolution for universal mental health care, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced the Behavioral Health Coordination and Communication Act to improve access to care and strengthen the federal government's approach to behavioral health. In addition to creating a new Interagency Coordinator to oversee all federal behavioral health efforts, Kennedy's legislation would mandate reports and proposals to identify systemic gaps and study the … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

KENNEDY SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL COMMISSION PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the passage of his legislation to create a Southern New England Regional Commission as part of the Department of Defense spending bill. Introduced with Congressman David Cicilline, the legislation will establish a federal regional commission in southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Connecticut allowing jurisdictions at different levels to work together with federal support to strengthen the area's … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

KENNEDY UNVEILS UNIVERSAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today unveiled a resolution calling on Congress to pursue universal behavioral health care and address the systemic inequities that plague the current system. Building on his recent success strengthening behavioral health parity laws, Kennedy's resolution outlines the disjointed federal response to the mental health and substance use disorder crisis, outlines the urgent policies needed to combat it, and demands an immediate, historic investment in … Continue Reading


July 18, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON JOHN LEWIS

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after learning of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. "Today our nation lost a giant. John Lewis didn't just change this country, he changed the world. With unbending optimism and unyielding faith in our better angels, he spent his life fighting to make this nation kinder, stronger and more just than he found it. And beyond any doubt, that's exactly what he did during his time on this earth. Not just for Black … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

KENNEDY, CLEAVER INTRODUCE RESTORING WORKER POWER ACT

Washington, D.C. - As millions of temporary workers face unemployment, lost wages and reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II introduced the Restoring Worker Power Act to comprehensively overhaul federal protections for temp workers. In recent years, corporations have become increasingly reliant on temp worker staffing agencies precisely because lax regulations allow for workplace discrimination and exploitation. This legislation … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

KENNEDY RENEWS CALL FOR SEEMA VERMA’S REMOVAL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on President Donald Trump to immediately remove and replace Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma after a Health and Human Services Inspector General report found that she violated federal rules to steer millions of dollars towards friends and associates for her own benefit. In a letter signed by 7 of his colleagues, Kennedy outlined her misuse of funds and cited false testimony provided to the House … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Kennedy & Moore Call for Emergency Guidance for States Seeking Midwife Coverage in Medicaid Programs

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Congressman Joe Kennedy III are calling on Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to provide guidance to states that are seeking to expand their Medicaid programs to include midwife care. As demand for midwife services, the lawmakers, who both serve on the Black Maternal Health Caucus, raised concerned about the racial inequities that plague the maternal health system and the COVID-19 pandemic response. "We will not end … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

KENNEDY, PORTER STRENGTHENING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PARITY ACT PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today applauded the bipartisan passage of their Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Under the legislation, the Department of Labor will be required to conduct random audits, and if they find that insurance plans are not abiding by existing parity laws, they will either be able to correct their actions or face public scrutiny for not doing so. "Until … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

KENNEDY, WARREN LEAD MA DELEGATION DEMANDING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY EXTENSION

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Senator Elizabeth Warren today led the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in demanding that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar extend the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration that is set to expire on July 25, 2020. As COVID-19 cases nationwide reach historic highs on a near daily basis, the lawmakers wrote that the declaration has been critical to the Commonwealth's efforts to increase access to health care and … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

KENNEDY DEMANDS MICHAEL PACK’S RESIGNATION

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded the immediate resignation of U.S. Agency of Global CEO Michael Pack after he indicated that he would not renew visas for foreign reporters. Pack's recent moves follow a pattern of partisanship at the helm of an independent, non-partisan agency. "Michael Pack made a disqualifying choice to use the levers of an independent agency to advance Donald Trump's partisan agenda. Beyond abusing his role in an attempt to amplify the President's … Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

KENNEDY, CLARK OFFSHORE WIND CENTER OF EXCELLENCE APPROVED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congresswoman Katherine Clark today applauded the bipartisan approval of their Offshore Wind Center of Excellence by the House Committee on Appropriations. Just days after the lawmakers broached the idea in a letter to Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons, the measure now advances to the Floor of the House of Representatives. "Offshore wind energy can protect our environment, … Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

KENNEDY MENTAL HEALTH PARITY LANGUAGE PASSES COMMITTEE

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his behavioral health parity language by the House Committee on Appropriations. The policies, which Kennedy originally included in his Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, will strengthen transparency in all health plans by requiring the annual submission of public compliance reports. "Almost 12 years after behavioral health parity became the law of our land, insurers continue to skirt the law by hiding … Continue Reading

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