Press Releases

December 10, 2018

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR GREEN NEW DEAL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in support of the Green New Deal. "This generation will either be defined by the wreckage of climate change or defined by the mighty effort we summon in response. We no longer have the luxury of time, patience or incrementalism. Over the past several weeks an incredible number of young people in Massachusetts and across the country have raised their voices in support of an aggressive, ambitious environmental … Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

KENNEDY TO NATIONAL GRID: STEP UP FOR YOUR WORKERS

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for passage of a bill to guarantee ongoing unemployment benefits for locked out National Grid employees. He urged the Massachusetts Senate to follow suit and for Governor Charlie Baker to quickly sign the bill into law. "Weaponizing critical worker benefits to gain contract concessions has become a too common and toxic corporate practice. National Grid chose to lock out their workers, at … Continue Reading


November 26, 2018

KENNEDY CALLS FOR A 'MORAL CAPITALISM'

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today discussed pervasive economic inequities across Massachusetts and the country and urged policymakers to build a moral capitalism that better protects and promotes all Americans. Key excerpts from Congressman Kennedy's speech are pasted below:"Our country needs a NEW economic story. Our people need an alternative to the trickle-down, feed-the-top, if-you're-struggling-try-harder narrative that conservatives have masterfully entrenched in American … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

KENNEDY LEADS DEMS: TRANS AMERICANS CANNOT BE ERASED

Washington, D.C. - Reassuring transgender Americans that they cannot be erased, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today led 97 of his colleagues in demanding that Secretary Alex Azar reject any consideration of a Department of Health and Human Services policy to redefine "sex" to exclude the transgender community, denying them basic civil rights. Kennedy and his colleagues called the proposal an "unequivocal attack on the dignity and lives of American citizens." "This Administration cannot ethically … Continue Reading


October 25, 2018

KENNEDY CHALLENGES TRUMP LABOR RULE

Newton, MA - With nearly a fifth of jobs in the American workforce filled by a contracted employee, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today raised significant concerns with the National Labor Relations Board's proposal to loosen an employer's obligation to its workers. In a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring, Kennedy wrote that the Administration's proposed 'joint-employer' rule would allow franchisors to evade labor laws and give companies incentive to hire independent contractors or through … Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S OPIOID CRISIS CELEBRATION

Newton, MA - As President Donald Trump congratulated himself on a "year of historic progress to combat the opioid crisis," Congressman Joe Kennedy III today criticized his Administration's attacks on Americans' access to behavioral health care. Kennedy has been an outspoken opponent of the President's efforts to repeal the ACA, erode preexisting condition protections, gut Medicaid, and weaken essential health benefits. "Opioid addiction is a preexisting condition, its treatment is an … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

KENNEDY TO HHS: STOP TARGETING SPONSORS FOR MIGRANT KIDS

Newton, MA - After visiting with unaccompanied children held at the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded that Secretary Alex Azar immediately rescind or reform a Trump Administration policy of sharing fingerprints between the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and our country's immigration enforcement agencies. A Trump Administration Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed in May 2018 mandates the sharing of fingerprints ORR, Immigration and Customs … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MIGRANT CARAVAN

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement today in response to President Trump's claims regarding the migrant caravan making its way through Central America. "Beneath our President's attempts to weaponize, politicize and racialize these migrants' journey for his own electoral benefit, is one unavoidable truth: the Trump Administration has made a mess and a mockery out of the United States' immigration system. "His family separation policy tore terrified … Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON INAUGURAL MASSACHUSETTS STEM WEEK

Newton, MA - As honorary co-chair of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today joined Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden at Dearborn STEM Academy in Roxbury to kick off the inaugural STEM Week. From October 22 through October 26, schools, local organizations and statewide businesses will hold events highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. "Throughout this inaugural … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON VISIT TO TORNILLO TENT CITY

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement this morning after visiting the Trump Administration's tent city for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas yesterday. "It's simple: these are conditions under which no child on American soil should live. The facility managers, emergency personnel and dedicated professionals helping run the operation in Tornillo appear to be doing the best they can in circumstances outside their control. There is food, shelter, medical … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

KENNEDY PENS ‘NATION OF IMMIGRANTS’ INTRODUCTION

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III penned the introduction for the re-release today of A Nation of Immigrants by President John F. Kennedy. First released in 1964 and re-released in 2008 with an introduction from Senator Edward M. Kennedy, today's release marks the third edition of the book. A copy of the full introduction is available upon request. Key excerpts from Congressman Kennedy's introduction are pasted below: "As I write this today, thousands of immigrant children remain … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

CONGRESS PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act as part of Congress's opioid package. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill will extend behavioral health parity protections - which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness - to all beneficiaries of the program. "In the wealthiest nation … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

KENNEDY, TSONGAS, MOULTON URGE HOUSE HEARING ON PIPELINE SAFETY

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III, a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, today joined Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Congressman Seth Moulton in urging the House of Representatives to hold immediate hearings on the safety and federal oversight of natural gas pipelines. Their request comes on the heels of pipeline explosions that devastated homes and communities in Northeastern Massachusetts last week. In a letter to the E&C Energy Subcommittee the representatives … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

KENNEDY PROPOSES HEALTH CARE SCORE FOR NEW LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - After 3.2 million Americans lost health insurance in 2017, Congressman Joe Kennedy III proposed a new rule requiring an estimate of potential health care coverage losses under any legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. Similar to already required budget estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, Kennedy's proposal would prohibit Congress from passing laws that would take away health care from constituents. "Congress should not be in the business of taking … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES OVER $800K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FOXBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced today the Foxborough Fire Department received a grant of $809,524 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Awards Program. These funds will be used by the department to purchase an aerial ladder truck. "As stewards of our safety, firefighters risk life and limb to protect our neighborhoods day and night. With these AFG funds and this new ladder truck, the Foxborough Fire Department will be better prepared as they continue their … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO STRENGTHEN KIDS’ ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline the reimbursement process for care provided to children outside of the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program. Cosponsored by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act would create an enhanced screening and enrollment process for Medicaid's pediatric providers and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO ASSIST DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his POWER Act, which would help connect victims with legal representation. Studies have shown that survivors who can afford or have access to a lawyer successfully obtain restraining orders in 83% of cases, compared to 32% without a lawyer. The bill is originally co-sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-AK), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Congresswoman Cathy … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY, GRAVES BILL TO MODERNIZE CONSTITUENT SERVICES

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) applauded the bipartisan passage of their Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act of 2017. Modernizing a core function of constituent services for Congressional offices, the CASES Act would give constituents the option to electronically authorize their members of Congress to engage a federal agency on their behalf - a federally-required privacy protection process … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Kennedy & Markey Introduce Legislation to Ban Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defense

Washington, D.C. - Aiming to end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (MA-04) introduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. "Gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant's violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence committed … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY AMENDMENT TO PURSUE LAUNCH OF ELECTION THREAT RESPONSE CENTER

Washington, D.C. - As President Donald Trump prepares to meet with President Vladimir Putin this week, Congressman Joe Kennedy III applauded today's passage of his amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act to pursue the establishment of a Foreign Malign Influence Response Center to defend against foreign efforts to influence American elections. With primaries for midterm elections already underway, Kennedy's amendment would require Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to study the … Continue Reading

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