Press Releases

September 30, 2019

KENNEDY BILL REINING IN PHARMA PRICES SIGNED INTO LAW

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) applauded the enactment of his Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act as a part of the continuing resolution. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation closes a loophole that will save taxpayers an estimated $3.1 billion over the next decade. "Pharmaceutical companies should not be padding their profits by exploiting loopholes in Medicaid and draining resources … Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Kennedy, Casten, Booker & Gillibrand Introduce Legislation Banning Inequitable Calculations of Civil Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), introduced legislation that prohibits the consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation when calculating damages in civil lawsuits. The Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act prevents courts from determining that the victim of a crime should be awarded less in damages on the basis of … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Kennedy & Sens. Booker, Casey Introduce Bicameral Bill Aimed at Corporate Short-termism, Stock Buybacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today reintroduced the Worker Dividend Act-legislation targeting the increasing trend of corporations using profits for stock buybacks, instead of using them to raise wages for workers. Under the bill, if a publicly-traded company buys back its stocks to enrich its shareholders and CEO, it must also pay out a commensurate sum to all of its employees-the "worker dividend." "A broken … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

KENNEDY URGES TRUMP TO WITHDRAW SCALIA LABOR NOMINATION

NEWTON, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the nomination of Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor. Kennedy cited Scalia's long record of attacking the workers' rights the Department of Labor is tasked with protecting, as well as his troubling views on protecting employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Kennedy wrote: "Mr. Scalia's career is undergirded by a troubling and persistent pattern of fighting to weaken workers' rights for the … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III applauded the passage of a federal $15 minimum wage in the House of Representatives. Building on his call for 'moral capitalism,' Kennedy has been a vocal supporter of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts and nationally. "Stagnate wages and eroding protections have denied American workers the American Dream that they were once promised. Because of the failure to raise the minimum wage and continued deference to the desires of corporations, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY AMENDMENT TO CREATE ELECTION THREAT RESPONSE CENTER

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the passage of his amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act that would create a Foreign Threat Response Center. Comprised of representatives of the intelligence community across different federal agencies, the Center would be responsible for analyzing and responding to any threats to American elections by Russia, Iran, North Korea, China and any other foreign country the Director determines appropriate. "By interfering in … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

KENNEDY CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement calling for Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. "I believe it is time for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against the President. This is not a decision I made lightly, nor is it one to celebrate. It's a dark day for our country when its Commander-in-Chief is accused of high crimes. But after reading the Mueller report in full, reviewing the facts and consulting … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

KENNEDY PUSHES ICE ON TRANS MIGRANT DEATHS & DETENTION CONDITIONS

Washington, D.C. - After the recent death of Johana Medina Leon and nearly a year after Roxsana Hernandez's death, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the reported neglect that led to her death. In a letter to ICE Acting Director Mark A. Morgan, he raised concerns that the treatment of Johana has not been an isolated incident for transgender asylum seekers in ICE's custody. As Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY, KINZINGER BILL REINING IN PHARMA PRICES

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act as a part of H.R. 3253. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients should not be forced to forgo lifesaving medication because they cannot afford it and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

KENNEDY INTROS BIPARTISAN BILL TO REIN IN PHARMA PRICES

Washington, D.C. - Continuing his effort to ensure health care is affordable and accessible, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced the bipartisan Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients are dying because they cannot afford prescription drugs and pharmaceutical companies are … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

KENNEDY: A MORAL CAPITALISM WOULD PUT QUALITY ON THE SAME PEDESTAL AS QUANTITY

Washington, D.C. - In a speech in the House of Representatives this morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III raised concerns about the fragility of the economic recovery and the metrics used to measure economic success. Continuing his call for moral capitalism, Kennedy referenced the cost of basic necessities like child care, education and health care outpacing wage growth for working families. "Just over a decade after hitting rock bottom, our economy is still sick for one simple reason: We … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

KENNEDY REJECTS TRUMP ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER PATIENTS

Newton, MA - In response to the Trump Administration's efforts to overturn the Health Care Rights Law, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today rejected the proposed repeal of the definition of "sex" in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. As chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has led efforts to fight back against President Trump's continued assault on transgender Americans. "Allowing discrimination and hatred to enter our exam rooms was a vestige of our dark past … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Kennedy, Warren Reintroduce Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Patients Seeking Mental Health and Addiction Care

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will lead their colleagues in the House and Senate in reintroducing their legislation, the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, to increase oversight and enforcement to ensure that insurance companies cover behavioral health benefits and services on par with physical health benefits and services."For generations, we have allowed stigma and silence to deny patients the mental health care … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRANS BAN IMPLEMENTATION

Newton, MA - As the Trump Administration moves forward with the implementation of its ban on transgender servicemembers, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today blasted the policy and called for renewed efforts to reject it. Last month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Kennedy's bipartisan resolution urging the Department of Defense to not reinstate the policy. "Our nation's past, present and future is built on a fundamental promise that everyone counts. With the implementation of … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY RESOLUTION TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER TROOPS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the overwhelming, bipartisan rejection of President Donald Trump's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. With a vote of 238-185, the House of Representatives urged the Department of Defense to not reinstate a discriminatory policy that will impact thousands of active duty servicemembers and countless future recruits. "Equal has always been this nation's north star. Too often we have fallen short in that pursuit of … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

KENNEDY, KATKO INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO STRENGTHEN MEDICAID & CHIP

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) today introduced the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act to protect Americans from losing health care coverage due to onerous paperwork, temporary loss of housing or other life events for adults and children. By guaranteeing 12 months of continuous coverage, this legislation would improve health outcomes, reduce administrative costs and increase health care coverage. "Losing health care unexpectedly … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Kennedy, Scott, Harris Reintroduce Bill to Amend Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Washington, D.C. - With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. Originally … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

KENNEDY COSPONSORS MEDICARE FOR ALL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced his support for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's updated Medicare for All bill. As a member of the House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, Kennedy will continue his role as a prominent voice in the debate about the future of American health care. "The American health care system is rife with inequities that have no place in the richest, most powerful nation on earth. To combat a system that has become stubbornly … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

KENNEDY BILL TO IMPROVE CONSTITUENT ACCESS PASSES HOUSE

Washington DC - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressmen Garret Graves (R-LA) applauded the unanimous passage of their Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act in the U.S. House of Representatives last night. The CASES for Constituents Act would make the federal government more user-friendly for constituents by giving the public the option to use the internet to authorize their congressperson to conduct casework on their behalf. "A constituent … Continue Reading


February 11, 2019

KENNEDY INTROS RESOLUTION REJECTING TRUMP MILITARY TRANS BAN

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's ban on openly transgender servicemembers and urging the Department of Defense to not reinstate a blatantly discriminatory policy. As Chair of the Equality Caucus's Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy was joined by over 100 of his colleagues calling on the Department of Defense to maintain the existing, inclusive policy implanted under the Obama Administration. "No one willing to … Continue Reading

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