Press Releases

October 19, 2020

KENNEDY & CÁRDENAS BLAST TRUMP ON FAILED MENTAL HEALTH POLICY

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Tony Cárdenas today delivered a comprehensive rebuke of the Trump Administration's record on mental health care and substance use disorder treatment. Citing Medicaid cuts, the Affordable Care Act lawsuit, immigration policies and much more, the lawmakers illustrated the totality of Donald Trump's failure to match his words of concern regarding mental health with substantive action throughout his first term. "For four years, … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

KENNEDY UNVEILS SUPREME COURT TERM LIMIT LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - As Senate Republicans rush to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice, Congressman Joe Kennedy III will introduce the Supreme Court Term Limits Act to restore balance in the nation's highest court. Kennedy's bill would establish 18-year term limits on any Supreme Court Justices approved after the bill's passage. After their 18-year terms, justices would then be allowed to continue their service on lower courts. Additionally, the bill would then create a regular appointment … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

KENNEDY, LARSON LEAD HOUSE COLLEAGUES DEMANDING TRUMP ABANDON SOCIAL SECURITY ATTACKS

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Donald Trump, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman John Larson (D-CT) today demanded that the Administration reverse their recent actions attempting to dismantle Social Security. Joined by more than 140 of their colleagues, Larson and Kennedy raised concerns that the effort would only serve to further harm workers in the midst of a global economic recession. "In the midst of dual healthcare and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES $5.2 MILLION IN CARES ACT FUNDING FOR 4TH DISTRICT SMALL BUSINESSES

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced $5.2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding for small businesses in the 4th District impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be used to support economic development assistance programs that help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. "Our nation's economic recovery will be led by the small businesses that line the streets in our communities and neighborhoods. With this funding, … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

KENNEDY, CLEAVER BLAST TEMP AGENCIES PROFITING OFF OF PPP LOANS

Washington, DC - Weeks after introducing landmark legislation to overhaul protections for temporary workers, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II today blasted the nation's leading temp staffing agencies for potentially 'double dipping' in Paycheck Protection Program funds. Following recent reports that agencies were abusing the program, Kennedy and Cleaver demanded answers regarding the use of funds and the reimbursement of any PPP money that did not support the … Continue Reading


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

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