Press Releases

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


February 05, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE UNION

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III tonight released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union. "President Trump's real record wasn't on that teleprompter tonight. It is etched in the experiences of the people he has scapegoated, excluded, targeted and ignored over the past two years - the families whose health care he jeopardized, the workers he offered up as economic collateral, the kids he traumatized at our border, the women whose voices … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

KENNEDY: GOVERNMENT MUST BE AN ECONOMIC ACTIVIST & REBUILD WORKER CLOUT

Newton, MA - Citing pervasive and systemic economic inequities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on the federal government to take an aggressive, activist approach to rebuilding American capitalism. In remarks delivered at Harvard Law School's John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum, Kennedy outlined policies to address economic abuse, expand economic protections, ensure equitable access to public goods and mobilize the economy around shared national interest. Kennedy's speech followed remarks … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

KENNEDY ON SHUTDOWN: "This is about an Administration that has spent two years treating the livelihood of working families as a bargaining chip."

Washington, DC -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III today took to the House Floor to slam the Trump Administration's government shutdown and its ongoing impact on American workers. He framed the shutdown as part of a growing legacy of economic injustice that President Trump has inflicted on working families. Kennedy then headed to Chef Jose Andres' kitchen for furloughed federal workers and their families to serve meals with his Republican colleague Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX). Kennedy said: "Yes, this … Continue Reading


January 22, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRANS MILITARY BAN

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to lift nationwide injunctions halting the implementation of President Trump's transgender military ban. As chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus's Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has convened meetings with trans troops and led the response to the President's policies attacking trans Americans. "Without caveat or condition, American servicemembers put their … Continue Reading

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