Press Releases

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


January 18, 2019

KENNEDY URGES CREDIT AGENCIES TO PROTECT CIVIL SERVANTS FROM BAD CREDIT

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, Congressman Joe Kennedy III asked the nation's three largest credit agencies to ensure the shutdown does not result in lower credit scores for federal employees who have not been paid on time. With the government shutdown entering its fourth week, nearly a million federal employees face negative credit reports for missed payments on mortgages, rent, car loans, and student loans. "For working families, the pain of even one … Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR GREEN NEW DEAL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in support of the Green New Deal. "This generation will either be defined by the wreckage of climate change or defined by the mighty effort we summon in response. We no longer have the luxury of time, patience or incrementalism. Over the past several weeks an incredible number of young people in Massachusetts and across the country have raised their voices in support of an aggressive, ambitious environmental … Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

KENNEDY TO NATIONAL GRID: STEP UP FOR YOUR WORKERS

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for passage of a bill to guarantee ongoing unemployment benefits for locked out National Grid employees. He urged the Massachusetts Senate to follow suit and for Governor Charlie Baker to quickly sign the bill into law. "Weaponizing critical worker benefits to gain contract concessions has become a too common and toxic corporate practice. National Grid chose to lock out their workers, at … Continue Reading


November 26, 2018

KENNEDY CALLS FOR A 'MORAL CAPITALISM'

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today discussed pervasive economic inequities across Massachusetts and the country and urged policymakers to build a moral capitalism that better protects and promotes all Americans. Key excerpts from Congressman Kennedy's speech are pasted below:"Our country needs a NEW economic story. Our people need an alternative to the trickle-down, feed-the-top, if-you're-struggling-try-harder narrative that conservatives have masterfully entrenched in American … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

KENNEDY LEADS DEMS: TRANS AMERICANS CANNOT BE ERASED

Washington, D.C. - Reassuring transgender Americans that they cannot be erased, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today led 97 of his colleagues in demanding that Secretary Alex Azar reject any consideration of a Department of Health and Human Services policy to redefine "sex" to exclude the transgender community, denying them basic civil rights. Kennedy and his colleagues called the proposal an "unequivocal attack on the dignity and lives of American citizens." "This Administration cannot ethically … Continue Reading


October 25, 2018

KENNEDY CHALLENGES TRUMP LABOR RULE

Newton, MA - With nearly a fifth of jobs in the American workforce filled by a contracted employee, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today raised significant concerns with the National Labor Relations Board's proposal to loosen an employer's obligation to its workers. In a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring, Kennedy wrote that the Administration's proposed 'joint-employer' rule would allow franchisors to evade labor laws and give companies incentive to hire independent contractors or through … Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S OPIOID CRISIS CELEBRATION

Newton, MA - As President Donald Trump congratulated himself on a "year of historic progress to combat the opioid crisis," Congressman Joe Kennedy III today criticized his Administration's attacks on Americans' access to behavioral health care. Kennedy has been an outspoken opponent of the President's efforts to repeal the ACA, erode preexisting condition protections, gut Medicaid, and weaken essential health benefits. "Opioid addiction is a preexisting condition, its treatment is an … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

KENNEDY TO HHS: STOP TARGETING SPONSORS FOR MIGRANT KIDS

Newton, MA - After visiting with unaccompanied children held at the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded that Secretary Alex Azar immediately rescind or reform a Trump Administration policy of sharing fingerprints between the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and our country's immigration enforcement agencies. A Trump Administration Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed in May 2018 mandates the sharing of fingerprints ORR, Immigration and Customs … Continue Reading

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