Press Releases

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


April 16, 2020

KENNEDY LEADS DELEGATION CALL FOR STATEWIDE VOTE-BY-MAIL

Newton, MA - Joined by members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation and voting rights advocates, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on State House Leaders to implement statewide vote-by-mail and urged Congress to allocate federal funding to support voter access efforts across the country. Shortly after holding a virtual press conference calling for universal vote-by-mail, Kennedy led the entire Massachusetts House Delegation in sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

KENNEDY TO CMS: STOP STALLING AND RELEASE DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

Newton, MA - In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded that Administrator Seema Verma stop stalling and release any and all demographic data collected by the Administration so far. Building on his calls for the release of data at the state level, Kennedy reiterated that every day without critical information will further delay the proactive policies needed to address the racial and ethnic disparities of the COVID-19 response. "A … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

KENNEDY TO TRUMP: WE NEED A NATIONAL SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER

Newton, MA - Weeks after initially calling on President Donald Trump to impose a national shelter-in-place order, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today renewed his calls for dramatic action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and bring an end to the failed patchwork system currently in place. Citing the Administration's failure to promptly and effectively respond to this pandemic, Kennedy outlined the steps that must be taken on a national level for a minimum of six weeks. "There is no doubt that … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

KENNEDY AND CLARK LAUNCH: “A MASSACHUSETTS THANK YOU”

MASSACHUSETTS - Today, Congressmembers Katherine Clark (MA-5) and Joe Kennedy III (MA-4) launched "A Massachusetts Thank You" - a virtual thank you card for health care providers and essential workers on the frontline of COVID-19. In a video, the lawmakers released an online form to collect thank you messages from the public, which they will assemble into a virtual card to be shared with local hospitals, health care centers, nursing homes, grocery stores, public transit, and other … Continue Reading


April 11, 2020

KENNEDY URGES LEADERSHIP TO PROTECT ENVIRO JUSTICE COMMUNITIES BEFORE BAILING OUT OIL & GAS

Newton, MA - Following reports that air pollution increases the lethality of COVID-19, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on Congressional leadership to provide critical funding for environmental justice communities across the country before bailing out corporate oil and gas interests. As it becomes increasingly clear that health inequities and systemic racism make COVID-19 deadlier for communities of color and other frontline areas, Kennedy raised concerns that the Trump Administration … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

KENNEDY & SANTIAGO: VENTILATOR GUIDELINES REINFORCE RACIAL INEQUITIES

Boston, MA - As it becomes increasingly clear that existing health care inequities are exacerbating the danger of COVID-19 for minorities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and State Representative Jon Santiago today called on the Baker Administration to abandon the ventilator guidelines as currently drafted. Citing the focus on comorbid illnesses, Kennedy and Santiago argued that the guidelines would prioritize white patients at the expense of patients of color. Last night, Representative … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

KENNEDY OUTLINES INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES FOR MASSACHUSETTS

Newton, MA - In a letter to Congressional leadership, Congressman Joe Kennedy III outlined his priorities for any infrastructure package intended to provide a stimulus in the aftermath of COVID-19. Citing the region's emerging offshore wind industry, South Coast Rail, East West Rail, Combined Sewage Overflow, Cape Cod Bridges, and clean, safe drinking water investments, Kennedy wrote that Massachusetts offered many ripe opportunities for infrastructure funding. "Any COVID-19 infrastructure … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

KENNEDY LEADS MASS DELEGATION CALLING FOR $70 BILLION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Newton, MA - In an urgent appeal to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Joe Kennedy III led the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in calling for a minimum of nearly $70 billion in additional funding for community health centers (CHCs) over the next five years. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, CHCs in Massachusetts have begun to furlough staff members in order to continue operations and provide care to the vulnerable patients they serve. In early … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

KENNEDY ASKS MASS DPH TO COLLECT AND RELEASE RACIAL DATA ON COVID-19

Newton, MA - As cities and states around the country confront troubling racial and ethnic inequities in COVID-19 death rates and testing access, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on Massachusetts health care regulators to collect and release demographic data related to the testing for and treatment of COVID-19 in real time. In a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Kennedy wrote that this data is essential not only to combatting racism in our health care system but … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

KENNEDY TO SENATE: ACT NOW TO PROTECT MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBE

Newton, MA - Days after the Trump Administration announced that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation lands would be disestablished, Congressman Joe Kennedy III led a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding an immediate voice vote on the House-passed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act. Kennedy's legislation, introduced with Congressman Bill Keating, would simply reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag's legal and historical claims to their … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

KENNEDY TO GIG ECONOMY EXECS: PROTECT YOUR WORKERS

Newton, MA - As gig workers demanding better health protections strike nationwide, Congressman Joe Kennedy III called on the executives of Instacart, DoorDash, Uber, and Lyft to guarantee personal protective equipment, hazard pay and permanent paid sick leave for all their workers. Citing the unique health and economic threats facing gig workers, Kennedy wrote that the COVID-19 outbreak has exposed the dangers of misclassifying gig economy workers, whether in the midst of a pandemic or … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

KENNEDY URGES THREE KEY REFORMS FOR FAMILIES, AS COUNTRY ENTERS PIVOTAL MONTH IN COVID-19 RESPONSE

Newton, MA - As the country enters a pivotal month in the COVID-19 crisis, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on Congressional leadership to act immediately to provide families with additional economic security as we battle an acute, national health care crisis. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Kennedy urged Congress to: 1. Immediately enroll all uninsured people in Medicaid, to ensure every person can access testing and treatment and to … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

KENNEDY: AUTO-ENROLL ALL UNINSURED AMERICANS & IMMIGRANTS IN MEDICAID NOW

Washington, DC - As unprecedented numbers of Americans claim unemployment, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on the federal government to work with states to automatically enroll all uninsured Americans and immigrants in Medicaid. Building on his recently unveiled Worker's Economic Recovery Plan, Kennedy's call for immediate universal health coverage would protect vulnerable people from preventable illness and financial ruin. In order to put this plan into action, Kennedy called on … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

KENNEDY JOINS CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE SHELTER-IN-PLACE

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today added his name to the growing list of medical experts, public health officials, and elected leaders calling for President Trump to enact a nationwide shelter-in-place order. Kennedy made the case that only an order of this level - paired with increased travel restrictions, a dramatic surge in testing, and enhanced tracking of disease spread - will be effective at cutting off this crisis. Leading public health experts agree that a strong, … Continue Reading


March 22, 2020

KENNEDY JOINS CLARK, PRESSLEY AND HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO URGE $21 BILLION CHILD CARE INVESTMENT FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today joined Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, along with several other House colleagues, to call for the inclusion of over $21 billion in child care funding in the third emergency stimulus package currently being debated in Congress in response to COVID-19. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker called for the closure of most childcare programs across Massachusetts. While critical to public safety, these closures have added … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

KENNEDY: DEPLOY "MANUFACTURING USA" NETWORK TO HELP ADDRESS ACUTE MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGE

Newton, MA -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III today called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to immediately deploy the United States' existing federal manufacturing network -- "Manufacturing USA" -- to help produce and distribute life-saving medical equipment and supplies in response to COVID-19. Six years ago, Kennedy authored legislation to create a national network of domestic manufacturing centers. Signed into law by President Obama, the Revitalize American Manufacturing … Continue Reading

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