Press Releases

September 28, 2018

CONGRESS PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act as part of Congress's opioid package. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill will extend behavioral health parity protections - which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness - to all beneficiaries of the program. "In the wealthiest nation … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

KENNEDY, TSONGAS, MOULTON URGE HOUSE HEARING ON PIPELINE SAFETY

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III, a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, today joined Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Congressman Seth Moulton in urging the House of Representatives to hold immediate hearings on the safety and federal oversight of natural gas pipelines. Their request comes on the heels of pipeline explosions that devastated homes and communities in Northeastern Massachusetts last week. In a letter to the E&C Energy Subcommittee the representatives … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

KENNEDY PROPOSES HEALTH CARE SCORE FOR NEW LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - After 3.2 million Americans lost health insurance in 2017, Congressman Joe Kennedy III proposed a new rule requiring an estimate of potential health care coverage losses under any legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. Similar to already required budget estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, Kennedy's proposal would prohibit Congress from passing laws that would take away health care from constituents. "Congress should not be in the business of taking … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES OVER $800K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FOXBOROUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced today the Foxborough Fire Department received a grant of $809,524 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Awards Program. These funds will be used by the department to purchase an aerial ladder truck. "As stewards of our safety, firefighters risk life and limb to protect our neighborhoods day and night. With these AFG funds and this new ladder truck, the Foxborough Fire Department will be better prepared as they continue their … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO STRENGTHEN KIDS’ ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline the reimbursement process for care provided to children outside of the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program. Cosponsored by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act would create an enhanced screening and enrollment process for Medicaid's pediatric providers and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO ASSIST DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his POWER Act, which would help connect victims with legal representation. Studies have shown that survivors who can afford or have access to a lawyer successfully obtain restraining orders in 83% of cases, compared to 32% without a lawyer. The bill is originally co-sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-AK), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Congresswoman Cathy … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY, GRAVES BILL TO MODERNIZE CONSTITUENT SERVICES

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) applauded the bipartisan passage of their Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act of 2017. Modernizing a core function of constituent services for Congressional offices, the CASES Act would give constituents the option to electronically authorize their members of Congress to engage a federal agency on their behalf - a federally-required privacy protection process … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Kennedy & Markey Introduce Legislation to Ban Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defense

Washington, D.C. - Aiming to end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (MA-04) introduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. "Gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant's violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence committed … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY AMENDMENT TO PURSUE LAUNCH OF ELECTION THREAT RESPONSE CENTER

Washington, D.C. - As President Donald Trump prepares to meet with President Vladimir Putin this week, Congressman Joe Kennedy III applauded today's passage of his amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act to pursue the establishment of a Foreign Malign Influence Response Center to defend against foreign efforts to influence American elections. With primaries for midterm elections already underway, Kennedy's amendment would require Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to study the … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

PEACE CORPS REFORM ACT PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Washington, D.C. - Congressmen Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) released the following statements after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2259, the bipartisan Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act. This critical legislation sends a message to all current and former Peace Corps Volunteers that America stands with them. H.R. 2259 provides much-needed protections for Peace Corps volunteers throughout every stage of their service: the onboarding process, while they are … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

KENNEDY, MARKEY PUSH TRUMP ADMIN ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROCESS

Washington, DC --- In the midst of the ongoing child separation crisis at the border, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Senator Edward J. Markey today demanded answers regarding the reunification process from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. Kennedy and Markey cited local examples of mothers now residing in Massachusetts whose children were taken from them at the border. These mothers have faced endless bureaucratic delays in reuniting with their … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act in the House of Representatives. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill would extend behavioral health parity protections - which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness - to all beneficiaries of the program. "No child, no infant, and no … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

KENNEDY INTROS AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES IN ADDICTION TREATMENT

Washington, D.C. - As the House of Representatives debates a narrow opioid epidemic response package this week, Congressman Joe Kennedy III offered an amendment that would ensure any change to the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion include all substance use disorders and increase investments in community-based services. By temporarily repealing the IMD exclusion solely for opioid addiction, the underlying legislation would deny treatment options to patients suffering from other … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON ROBERT F. KENNEDY

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. "Fifty years ago this country lost a good man - a husband, a father, a brother and a son. For Robert F. Kennedy, strength lay in compassion, power came from empathy, and integrity was defined by how we treat the least among us. At a moment in time when division, distrust, and discrimination plagued our communities, … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

KENNEDY DISPELS JUNK SCIENCE BEHIND TRUMP TRANSGENDER TROOP BAN

Washington, D.C. - In a letter signed by over 100 of his colleagues, Congressman Joe Kennedy III rejected the Department of Defense's policy recommendations to justify President Trump's decision to ban transgender service members from the military. By citing studies from leading scientific researchers and advocacy organizations, as well as highlighting trans troops currently serving in the military, the lawmakers dispelled the outdated and false data used by the Trump Administration to defend … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP RULING

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. "Allowing exemptions to our civil rights ignores the painful lessons of our nation's past. Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a dangerous signal to those across the country who wish to use religious freedom as a sword rather than a shield. Most critically, today's decision underscores the urgent need for … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

KENNEDY, KEATING, CICILLINE STATEMENT ON MA/RI OFFSHORE WIND

Washington, D.C. - After Massachusetts and Rhode Island state officials announced the selection of two offshore wind projects, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Congressman Bill Keating, and Congressman David Cicilline applauded the decision to invest in regional wind energy. With a combined 1,200 megawatts, the Vineyard Wind and Deepwater Wind projects will increase New England's energy supplies and ensure the region remains on the forefront of the clean energy industry. "More than just … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

KENNEDY BILL GUARANTEEING MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act during the Energy and Commerce Committee's markup on opioid related legislation. With an estimated nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill would extend behavioral health parity protections to all beneficiaries of the program. "For generations, our nation's failure to guarantee and … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

KENNEDY TO PHILIPS LIGHTING: KEEP YOUR JOBS IN FALL RIVER

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III and the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation today demanded Philips Lighting honor its commitments to loyal workers and the city of Fall River that has been a willing partner for decades. Citing Philips Lighting's announced decision to buy back $187 million in shares in 2018, the lawmakers requested an explanation from the company's CEO for the inconsistencies in the company's decision to move the facility's jobs to Mexico and … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

KENNEDY: FALL RIVER WORKERS DESERVE BETTER FROM GOP & PHILIPS LIGHTING

Washington, D.C. - Days after Philips Lighting announced the layoff of nearly 200 Fall River workers, Congressman Joe Kennedy III criticized the company for using the GOP tax bill to reward international investors and shutter American factories. "After celebrating $342 million in profits last year, Philips Lighting announced that they would be closing their Fall River factory and moving to Mexico," Kennedy said. "Almost 200 loyal, lifelong employees left behind. Careers … Continue Reading

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