Press Releases

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


September 30, 2019

KENNEDY BILL REINING IN PHARMA PRICES SIGNED INTO LAW

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) applauded the enactment of his Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act as a part of the continuing resolution. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation closes a loophole that will save taxpayers an estimated $3.1 billion over the next decade. "Pharmaceutical companies should not be padding their profits by exploiting loopholes in Medicaid and draining resources … Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Kennedy, Casten, Booker & Gillibrand Introduce Legislation Banning Inequitable Calculations of Civil Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), introduced legislation that prohibits the consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation when calculating damages in civil lawsuits. The Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act prevents courts from determining that the victim of a crime should be awarded less in damages on the basis of … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Kennedy & Sens. Booker, Casey Introduce Bicameral Bill Aimed at Corporate Short-termism, Stock Buybacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today reintroduced the Worker Dividend Act-legislation targeting the increasing trend of corporations using profits for stock buybacks, instead of using them to raise wages for workers. Under the bill, if a publicly-traded company buys back its stocks to enrich its shareholders and CEO, it must also pay out a commensurate sum to all of its employees-the "worker dividend." "A broken … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

KENNEDY URGES TRUMP TO WITHDRAW SCALIA LABOR NOMINATION

NEWTON, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the nomination of Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor. Kennedy cited Scalia's long record of attacking the workers' rights the Department of Labor is tasked with protecting, as well as his troubling views on protecting employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Kennedy wrote: "Mr. Scalia's career is undergirded by a troubling and persistent pattern of fighting to weaken workers' rights for the … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III applauded the passage of a federal $15 minimum wage in the House of Representatives. Building on his call for 'moral capitalism,' Kennedy has been a vocal supporter of a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts and nationally. "Stagnate wages and eroding protections have denied American workers the American Dream that they were once promised. Because of the failure to raise the minimum wage and continued deference to the desires of corporations, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY AMENDMENT TO CREATE ELECTION THREAT RESPONSE CENTER

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the passage of his amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act that would create a Foreign Threat Response Center. Comprised of representatives of the intelligence community across different federal agencies, the Center would be responsible for analyzing and responding to any threats to American elections by Russia, Iran, North Korea, China and any other foreign country the Director determines appropriate. "By interfering in … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

KENNEDY CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement calling for Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. "I believe it is time for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against the President. This is not a decision I made lightly, nor is it one to celebrate. It's a dark day for our country when its Commander-in-Chief is accused of high crimes. But after reading the Mueller report in full, reviewing the facts and consulting … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

KENNEDY PUSHES ICE ON TRANS MIGRANT DEATHS & DETENTION CONDITIONS

Washington, D.C. - After the recent death of Johana Medina Leon and nearly a year after Roxsana Hernandez's death, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the reported neglect that led to her death. In a letter to ICE Acting Director Mark A. Morgan, he raised concerns that the treatment of Johana has not been an isolated incident for transgender asylum seekers in ICE's custody. As Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

HOUSE PASSES KENNEDY, KINZINGER BILL REINING IN PHARMA PRICES

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act as a part of H.R. 3253. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients should not be forced to forgo lifesaving medication because they cannot afford it and … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

KENNEDY INTROS BIPARTISAN BILL TO REIN IN PHARMA PRICES

Washington, D.C. - Continuing his effort to ensure health care is affordable and accessible, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced the bipartisan Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to accurately calculate prices in the Medicaid drug rebate program, this legislation would close a loophole that costs taxpayers up to nearly $600 million annually. "Patients are dying because they cannot afford prescription drugs and pharmaceutical companies are … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

KENNEDY: A MORAL CAPITALISM WOULD PUT QUALITY ON THE SAME PEDESTAL AS QUANTITY

Washington, D.C. - In a speech in the House of Representatives this morning, Congressman Joe Kennedy III raised concerns about the fragility of the economic recovery and the metrics used to measure economic success. Continuing his call for moral capitalism, Kennedy referenced the cost of basic necessities like child care, education and health care outpacing wage growth for working families. "Just over a decade after hitting rock bottom, our economy is still sick for one simple reason: We … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

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) reintroduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act. "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 against … Continue Reading

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