Press Releases

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


December 11, 2019

KENNEDY LEADS CALL FOR SEEMA VERMA’S REMOVAL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on President Donald Trump to remove Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma based on a pattern of misuse of taxpayer funds. Citing documents showing that Administrator Verma spent over $3 million on contracts for communications consultants and media advisors, as well as recent reports that she requested a taxpayer-funded refund for lost property, Kennedy and four colleagues urged the President to swiftly … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

KENNEDY VOICES SUPPORT FOR SAFE INJECTION FACILITIES

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced his support for the creation of safe injection facilities in Massachusetts and urged federal law enforcement to respect the state's jurisdiction and a recent judicial ruling that determined these facilities do not violate federal law. In a letter to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, Kennedy referenced studies that show safe injection sites benefit public health and connect patients with treatment, and wrote in support of … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

KENNEDY INTROS TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE RESOLUTION

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a resolution commemorating International Transgender Day of Remembrance and honoring at least twenty-two transgender people who have been killed in the United States already this year. As Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus's Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has led the Congressional response to the Trump Administration's attacks on transgender Americans. "On International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

KENNEDY MATERNAL HEALTH AMENDMENT PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the unanimous passage of his amendment to increase access to postpartum care for new mothers covered by Medicaid in the weeks after giving birth. Following guidelines proposed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Kennedy's amendment to the Helping MOM's Act would require the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to review bundled payments, which would incorporate these guidelines, to ensure … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

KENNEDY, TRAHAN, MOULTON PIPELINE SAFETY AMENDMENT PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of provisions of the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the markup of the Safer Pipelines Act of 2019. Introduced with Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Congressman Seth Moulton, Kennedy offered the amendment to address many of the glaring loopholes in existing federal pipeline safety regulations that were exposed during the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. "A … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Kennedy, Cicilline Introduce Bill to Generate Millions in Federal Funding for Southern New England

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to establish southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Connecticut as a federal regional commission. The Southern New England Regional Commission Act will allow jurisdictions at different levels to work together with federal support to strengthen the area's economy. "Too often, we allow geographic, invisible borders to force competition … Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

KENNEDY TESTIFIES ON CLIMATE JUSTICE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) testified today before the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and urged legislators to prioritize justice for frontline communities, typically communities of color and low-income areas hit "first and worst" by the impacts of climate change. Citing the failures of past major economic overhauls to address economic inequality and systemic racism, Kennedy told committee members that green policies cannot lead to green gentrification and … Continue Reading

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