Press Releases

February 13, 2020

KENNEDY REINTROS BILL TO STRENGTHEN KIDS’ ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to streamline the enrollment process for care provided to children outside of the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program. Cosponsored by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act would create a limited pathway for pediatric providers to be screened and enrolled in another state's Medicaid program to eliminate … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

KENNEDY INTROS VOICES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ACT

Washington, D.C. - On the 26th Anniversary of President Bill Clinton's landmark Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced the Voices for Environmental Justice Act, which would encourage public engagement in the decision making process for the siting of petrochemical and solid waste disposal facilities. Building on his calls for Congress to prioritize systemic environmental justice policies in its broader climate efforts, Kennedy's legislation … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON SHAM ACQUITTAL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement after the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump without hearing witness testimony or reviewing evidence. "President Donald Trump attempted to extort a critical ally and undermine our democratic process for his own political survival. In the process, he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress, a co-equal branch of this government. Senate and House Republicans decided that this … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE UNION

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union. "Working Americans struggle to make ends meet, vulnerable neighborhoods pay the price of a changing climate, desperate patients crowd source medical bills and communities of color battle systemic and overt racism, yet this President chooses self-adoration over solutions. In his three years in office, he has relentlessly pursued policies that punish working … Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON 2002 AUMF REPEAL

Washington, D.C. - After voting to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), Congressman Joe Kennedy III renewed his calls for the additional, immediate repeal of the 2001 AUMF. Earlier this month, Kennedy wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to bring forward repeals of both outdated AUMFs and force Congressional debate regarding expanding military operations in the Middle East and around the world. "For nearly two decades, Congress has abdicated its sacred, … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

KENNEDY, COOPER LEAD REJECTION OF TRUMP MEDICAID PLAN

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) today led House Democrats in rejecting the Trump Administration's reported plan to approve Medicaid block grant waivers. In anticipation of tomorrow's announcement, the lawmakers wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma outlining concerns with the legality and morality of any proposed Medicaid … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON CLEAN FUTURE ACT

Washington, D.C. - After the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released draft text of the CLEAN Future Act, Congressman Joe Kennedy III applauded the legislation's initial effort, while urging his committee to expedite its timeline and sharpen its focus on climate justice and frontline communities. "Climate change threatens our environment, our economy, our health, our national security and our very existence. The CLEAN Future Act is an important addition to the most urgent debate … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

KENNEDY DEMANDS ANSWERS & ACTION TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Donald Trump, Congressman Joe Kennedy III demanded a wide range of reforms and actions by his Administration to provide Puerto Rico with the sovereignty and support to rebuild. As Puerto Ricans assess the damage caused by recent earthquakes, Kennedy outlined a litany of abuses and oversights carried out by the Trump Administration, as well as previous administrations, that have exacerbated debt, health care, and disaster crises on the island. "In … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

KENNEDY, KEATING OFFSHORE WIND JOBS ACT ADVANCES TO HOUSE FLOOR

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Bill Keating applauded the passage of their Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act by the House Natural Resources Committee. This important piece of legislation would provide financial support for educational institutions to develop and implement curriculum and training programs that support the creation of a workforce trained for the offshore wind industry. H.R. 3068 would authorize $25 million dollars annually to eligible … Continue Reading


January 06, 2020

KENNEDY CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE AUMF REPEAL VOTE

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called for an immediate vote on the House floor to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) as tensions escalate in Iran and the Middle East. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Kennedy applauded the decision by House Leadership to vote on a War Powers Resolution to restrict President Trump's military action in Iran, but went further and called for a full repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, which have been … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON QASSEM SOLEIMANI

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. "Congress's continued failure to meet its constitutional authority over matters of war and peace is a hallmark of this generation, which has spent nearly its entire life in endless and ever-evolving conflicts overseas. From the profound miscalculation of our mission in Afghanistan to the catastrophic decision to invade Iraq in 2002, we have spent 18 years … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Massachusetts Delegation Unveil Bill to Help Communities in Massachusetts and Around the Country Struggling with Water Infrastructure Costs

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), James P. McGovern (D-MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08), William Keating (D-MA-09), Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), today announced the introduction of the Affordable Safe Drinking Water Act, a bicameral bill to provide … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON USMCA

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after voting against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "Like countless American communities, the cities and towns in my district bear the economic scars of trade deals that, however well-intentioned, made our workers, industries and environment collateral damage in a rapidly globalizing world. "The renegotiation of NAFTA gives this generation a chance to do things differently. Although … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement after voting for both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. "Impeaching this President is more than an indictment of one man's actions, it is a protective shield around the most powerful democratic office on earth. This is not a moment to celebrate. But it is a moment to be grateful that our system worked as it should, flexing muscle against those who sought to corrupt and abuse it for personal … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

DEAR ELLIE AND JAMES: KENNEDY ON IMPEACHMENT

Washington, D.C. - On the Floor of the House of Representatives this morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III read a letter written to his children, Ellie and James, explaining why he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. "Dear Ellie and James, "This is a moment you will read about in your history books. Today I will vote to impeach the President of the United States. And I want you to know why: He broke our laws. He threatened our security. He abused the highest, most sacred office in our … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

KENNEDY GRAD STUDENT SAVINGS ACT PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the passage of the Graduate Student Savings Act as part of the Congressional spending agreement. The legislation will allow graduate school students to place taxable stipend or fellowship income into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). By classifying this income as "compensation", the Graduate Student Savings Act removes barriers to retirement savings for nearly a million students. "Working students should not be denied the … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

KENNEDY DEMANDS EXTENSION OF ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded an extension of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period until at least December 23 following reports of widespread outages and glitches on the last day consumers can choose coverage for next year. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Kennedy expressed outrage that there was not an immediate effort to address errors and coordinate … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

KENNEDY DEMANDS FEDERAL REGULATORS HALT WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR CONSTRUCTION

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded an immediate halt on construction of the Weymouth Compressor Station. Citing reduced market demand for the project, Kennedy wrote that these changing circumstances required FERC to issue a Stop Work Order and review previous approvals. "Federal energy regulators should have never approved construction of the Weymouth Compressor Station and decreased market demand only … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY AMENDMENT STRENGTHENING PHARMA EHTICS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the unanimous passage of his amendment to prohibit conflicts of interest in Medicare prescription drug negotiations as part of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Kennedy's amendment would force the General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services to identify conflicts of interest that could impact drug negotiations. "If a Secretary has built a career increasing prices on insulin and countless other … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

KENNEDY CALLS ON UK LEADERS TO SUPPORT GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on the leaders of the United Kingdom's three major political parties to reaffirm their support for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in advance of tomorrow's general parliamentary election. Joined by Congressman Richard Neal (MA-01) and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Kennedy wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Liberal Democrats Party Leader Jo Swinson urging them to demonstrate continued … Continue Reading

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