Press Releases

May 29, 2020

KENNEDY UNVEILS SWEEPING SAFETY REFORMS FOR SOLDIERS & SENIORS HOMES

Newton, MA - As soldiers' homes, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities grapple with COVID-19 outbreaks across the country, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released sweeping proposals to reform the safety and wellbeing requirements and reimbursement structures federally. In response to the deadliest outbreak nationally at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, Kennedy will introduce legislation to strengthen infection prevention measures and enhance oversight and accountability. With nursing … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

KENNEDY UNVEILS ESSENTIAL WORKER COMPENSATION FUND

Newton, MA - As thousands of essential workers battle COVID-19 and hundreds more have died from the virus, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today unveiled the COVID-19 Worker Benefits Program (CWBP) to cover economic losses for workers and provide death benefits for the families of workers who have died. Kennedy's proposed fund would provide $250,000 and economic loss compensation for any essential worker who died from COVID-19, plus an additional $100,000 for the spouse and each dependent of the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Kennedy, Haaland File Bicameral, Bipartisan Legal Brief to Protect Mashpee Wampanoag Land

Newton, MA - Today, Congressman Joe Kennedy III joined Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) to file a bicameral, bipartisan amicus brief against unprecedented action to remove Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's land from tribal trust status. The brief, signed by 25 members of Congress, was filed in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. United States Department of the Interiors case in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. "The Mashpee Wampanoag people welcomed the pilgrims to our shores centuries … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

KENNEDY: DEREGULATION IS NOT AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

Washington, D.C. - As the unemployment rate reaches historic heights, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on President Donald Trump to immediately revoke deregulation measures that would leave workers vulnerable and deepen health inequities throughout the country. In a letter to the President, Kennedy cited weakened or nonexistent regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as evidence of the Administration's … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Kennedy, Pressley Lead Colleagues in Calling on ICE to Suspend In-Person Immigration Check-Ins Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III (MA-04) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), William Keating (MA-09), Katherine Clark (MA-05), and Lori Trahan (MA-04), called on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to place an immediate moratorium on all ICE in-person check-ins, including for new border … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

KENNEDY CALLS FOR APPOINTMENT OF ENVIRO JUSTICE EXPERT TO COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called for the appointment of an environmental justice expert to the Coronavirus Task Force and an immediate increase in funding for the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. In a letter to President Trump, Kennedy highlighted the higher rates of infection in cities like Lawrence, Chelsea, and Revere and the established link between exposure to pollution and toxic infrastructure and vulnerability to COVID-19. "Communities like Chelsea, … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

KENNEDY TESTIFIES TO MA STATE HOUSE: WE NEED VOTE-BY-MAIL

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today testified before the Massachusetts State House in support of statewide vote-by-mail and increased early voting for both the primary and general elections. Continuing his leadership to expand access to the ballot box in themidst of COVID-19, Kennedy appeared before the Joint Committee on Election Law and cited the increased health risk for already marginalized and often disenfranchised communities. "Electoral business-as-usual will not suffice for … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Kennedy-Beatty Fair Chance for Small Business Relief Act Included in HEROES Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) today applauded the inclusion of the Fair Chance for Small Business Relief Act in the recently unveiled HEROES Act. Kennedy and Beatty's bill would fix a flaw in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program that disqualifies small business owners with even minor offenses from critical relief. "Small … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Kennedy-Beatty Fair Chance for Small Business Relief Act Included in HEROES Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) today applauded the inclusion of the Fair Chance for Small Business Relief Act in the recently unveiled HEROES Act. Kennedy and Beatty's bill would fix a flaw in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program that disqualifies small business owners with even minor offenses from critical relief. "Small … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

KENNEDY TO UNITED AIRLINES: PROTECT YOUR WORKERS OR RETURN BILLIONS IN AID

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today blasted United Airline's decision to eliminate 3,400 management and administration positions and reduce approximately 15,000 full-time positions to part-time. After United Airlines accepted $5 billion in taxpayer assistance via the Payroll Support Program, $3.5 billion of which will not need to be paid back, Kennedy raised concerns that the layoffs and workforce reductions violated the congressional intent behind the program. "While I am glad … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Kennedy, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urge ICE to Safely Release People Detained, Preserve Evidence of Potential Abuse in Bristol County

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro today sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Wolf urging him take immediate steps to safely and swiftly reduce detention population numbers to help safeguard public health. Joined by 47 House Democratic members, Kennedy and Castro also demanded that Secretary Wolf immediately release all video footage of the recent violent altercation the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

KENNEDY INTRODUCES CIVIL GIDEON

Newton, MA - As the threat of eviction, medical bankruptcy, domestic violence, and unemployment surge in the face of COVID-19, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today led 14 of his colleagues in introducing a proposal to guarantee the right to counsel in civil proceedings. More than half a century after Gideon v. Wainwright recognized the right to counsel in criminal proceedings, Kennedy's proposal represents the most progressive expansion of legal aid in the history of the United States Congress. … Continue Reading


May 02, 2020

KENNEDY CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO VIOLENT INCIDENT AT BRISTOL COUNTY JAIL

Newton, MA - Following a violent altercation at the Bristol County House of Corrections last night, Congressman Joe Kennedy III called for an immediate, independent investigation into reports from victims, lawyers, and immigration advocates that Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and his deputies assaulted a group of ICE detainees held at the facility. Additionally, Kennedy demanded that every detainee present last night be given immediate access to counsel and for the public release of any surveillance … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

KENNEDY & JAYAPAL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO GUARANTEE HEALTH COVERAGE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Newton, MA - U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today led 32 colleagues in introducing the Medicare Crisis Program Act to ensure everyone has guaranteed access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

KENNEDY & HEALEY TEAM UP TO PUSH VOTE-BY-MAIL IN MA

Boston, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Attorney General Maura Healey teamed up today to continue the push for statewide vote-by-mail in Massachusetts, requiring the mailing of a ballot to every registered voter in the state. Along with advocates representing voters with disabilities, students and communities of color, Kennedy and Healey made the case that no one should be denied the right to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections. "No one should be forced to choose between … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

KENNEDY DEMANDS SMALL BIZ RELIEF ANSWERS FROM BIG BANKS

Newton, MA - After hearing from numerous constituents denied loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded answers from a number of large banking institutions on the size and demographics of businesses that have received loans. In a letter to Bank of America, Santander, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and US Bancorp, Kennedy requested information about the average monthly payroll for companies denied loans and the demographic data for those … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

KENNEDY DEMANDS OVERDUE JUSTICE FOR PUERTO RICO, ALL US TERRITORIES

Newton, MA - In a letter to President Donald Trump, Congressman Joe Kennedy III demanded that the Administration address lasting funding inequities as disaster relief funds are distributed to the six United States territories battling the COVID-19 pandemic. As confirmed cases reach the thousands in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, Kennedy wrote that investments in the territories must acknowledge decades of underfunding and governmental indifference. "This President's disregard for … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

KENNEDY COSPONSORS $2 BILLION BILL TO PROVIDE INTERNET SERVICE TO STUDENTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today cosponsored Congresswoman Grace Meng's Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020 to ensure students have internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation would create a special $2 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to disburse funds to schools and libraries, and Tribal schools and libraries, to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and internet-connected devices for students and … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

KENNEDY & BEATTY: “BAN THE BOX” FOR COVID-19 SMALL BIZ LOANS

Washington, D.C. - As Congress debates a cash infusion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty today called on Congressional leadership to fix a glaring flaw in the program that disqualifies small business owners with even minor offenses from critical relief. As it becomes increasingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color, these exemptions will only penalize the same communities that … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

KENNEDY, UPTON, BLUNT ROCHESTER INTRODUCE MODERNIZED MEDICINE ACT

Washington, D.C. - As health providers increasingly rely on telehealth to treat patients, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) introduced the Modernized Medicine Act to temporarily increase Medicaid reimbursement rates during a declared emergency if a state expands their telehealth services. This increase in the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) would help take the financial burden off states and would … Continue Reading

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