Press Releases

June 19, 2018

HOUSE 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 in the House of Representatives. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill would extend behavioral health parity protections - which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness - to all beneficiaries of the program. "No child, no infant, and no … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

KENNEDY INTROS AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES IN ADDICTION TREATMENT

Washington, D.C. - As the House of Representatives debates a narrow opioid epidemic response package this week, Congressman Joe Kennedy III offered an amendment that would ensure any change to the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion include all substance use disorders and increase investments in community-based services. By temporarily repealing the IMD exclusion solely for opioid addiction, the underlying legislation would deny treatment options to patients suffering from other … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON ROBERT F. KENNEDY

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. "Fifty years ago this country lost a good man - a husband, a father, a brother and a son. For Robert F. Kennedy, strength lay in compassion, power came from empathy, and integrity was defined by how we treat the least among us. At a moment in time when division, distrust, and discrimination plagued our communities, … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

KENNEDY DISPELS JUNK SCIENCE BEHIND TRUMP TRANSGENDER TROOP BAN

Washington, D.C. - In a letter signed by over 100 of his colleagues, Congressman Joe Kennedy III rejected the Department of Defense's policy recommendations to justify President Trump's decision to ban transgender service members from the military. By citing studies from leading scientific researchers and advocacy organizations, as well as highlighting trans troops currently serving in the military, the lawmakers dispelled the outdated and false data used by the Trump Administration to defend … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP RULING

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. "Allowing exemptions to our civil rights ignores the painful lessons of our nation's past. Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a dangerous signal to those across the country who wish to use religious freedom as a sword rather than a shield. Most critically, today's decision underscores the urgent need for … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

KENNEDY, KEATING, CICILLINE STATEMENT ON MA/RI OFFSHORE WIND

Washington, D.C. - After Massachusetts and Rhode Island state officials announced the selection of two offshore wind projects, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Congressman Bill Keating, and Congressman David Cicilline applauded the decision to invest in regional wind energy. With a combined 1,200 megawatts, the Vineyard Wind and Deepwater Wind projects will increase New England's energy supplies and ensure the region remains on the forefront of the clean energy industry. "More than just … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

KENNEDY BILL GUARANTEEING MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act during the Energy and Commerce Committee's markup on opioid related legislation. With an estimated nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill would extend behavioral health parity protections to all beneficiaries of the program. "For generations, our nation's failure to guarantee and … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

KENNEDY TO PHILIPS LIGHTING: KEEP YOUR JOBS IN FALL RIVER

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation today demanded Philips Lighting honor its commitments to loyal workers and the city of Fall River that has been a willing partner for decades. Citing Philips Lighting's announced decision to buy back $187 million in shares in 2018, the lawmakers requested an explanation from the company's CEO for the inconsistencies in the company's decision to move the facility's jobs to Mexico and … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

KENNEDY: FALL RIVER WORKERS DESERVE BETTER FROM GOP & PHILIPS LIGHTING

Washington, D.C. - Days after Philips Lighting announced the layoff of nearly 200 Fall River workers, Congressman Joe Kennedy III criticized the company for using the GOP tax bill to reward international investors and shutter American factories. "After celebrating $342 million in profits last year, Philips Lighting announced that they would be closing their Fall River factory and moving to Mexico," Kennedy said. "Almost 200 loyal, lifelong employees left behind. Careers … Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

KENNEDY DEFENDS MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITALS

Newton, MA - In a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Congressman Joe Kennedy III defended the 340B Drug Discount Program which ensures patients have access to health care that makes communities and the nation healthier and stronger. With 28 Massachusetts hospitals participating in the program, the Trump Administration's $1.6 billion cut to the program would limit critical health care options in rural and under-served communities. "For hospitals … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

KENNEDY LEADS DEMS AGAINST MEDICAID LIFETIME LIMITS

Washington, D.C. - With at least five states seeking federal waivers to implement lifetime limits on Medicaid patients, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to reject the proposals. Leading a letter that all twenty-three of his Democratic colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee signed, Kennedy raised concerns with the President’s proposed Medicaid budget, as well as Secretary Azar’s lack of knowledge about the waivers during recent … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

KENNEDY, TRANS TASK FORCE DEMAND MEETING WITH TRUMP CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICIALS

Washington, D.C. - As Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today requested a meeting with the Trump Administration’s top civil rights officials. Raising concerns about the unconstitutional transgender military ban, the elimination of protections for transgender students, and the creation of rules targeting trans health care, Kennedy and his colleagues on the Task Force requested a response by February 23, 2018. “The Trump … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

KENNEDY, BROOKS, UPTON, DINGELL DEFEND LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

Washington, D.C. -- As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today raised concerns about President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). For the second consecutive year, the President’s budget request proposed eliminating the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid for … Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

KENNEDY TO DELIVER DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Newton, MA - U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that Congressman Joe Kennedy III will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress next week. “From health care to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families," said Congressman Kennedy. "Our vision for this union is guided by a … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT WAIVERS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s guidance encouraging work requirements for Americans covered by Medicaid. “In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis in this country, this malicious guidance by the Trump Administration will put lives at risk. Imposing work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries is demeaning, ineffective, and dangerous. For families struggling to make ends … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

KENNEDY, WARREN INTRO BILL TO STRENGTHEN MENTAL HEALTH PARITY LAWS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Senator Elizabeth Warren today reintroduced the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, which will hold health insurers accountable for providing adequate mental health benefits and increase transparency for consumers seeking coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders. According to a National Alliance on Mental Illness report, insurers denied authorization for mental health care at nearly twice the rate they did for … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON VOTE AGAINST WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE

Washington, D.C. - After voting against a six year extension of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called for new measures to strengthen privacy protections. Kennedy voted for two amendments to the bill that would have imposed privacy reforms. “Balancing the delicate scales of privacy and security for the American people is Congress’s most solemn responsibility. Reauthorizing this surveillance program provided an overdue opportunity to ensure … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON GOP TAX BILL

Washington, DC - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement following the passage of the GOP tax bill. “The strength and success of our nation should be judged by the strength and success of all Americans, not just the privileged few. Investing in the working Americans who build our economy should have been the absolute priority of any true tax reform. Instead, the GOP tax bill systemically raises their taxes, attacks their health care, and erodes their economic … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON FCC NET NEUTRALITY RULING

Washington, DC - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn net neutrality protections. After the partisan FCC vote, Kennedy joined Democratic colleagues to announce their intention to introduce a resolution that would reverse the decision. "Locking the Internet with keys owned by major corporations will restrict economic equity and crush free speech. If President Trump and Chairman Pai refuse to … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

KENNEDY BILL PROTECTING RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - As hate crimes motivated by religion continue to rise in the United States, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. Led by Congressman David Kustoff (R-TN) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the legislation was introduced in response to more than 100 bomb threats and other threats of violence that had been made against 81 Jewish Community Centers earlier this year. “A nation free of bigotry and … Continue Reading

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