Press Releases

July 26, 2017

KENNEDY SLAMS TRUMP ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER SOLDIERS

Washington, D.C. - This morning Congressman Joe Kennedy III took to the House Floor to condemn President Trump’s bigoted attack on transgender soldiers and announcement that they will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States military. Kennedy currently serves as Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. “When our bravest men and women raise their hand and volunteer to defend our nation, they defend all of her people,” Kennedy said. “Rich and poor. Young and … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Kennedy, Scott Reintroduce Amendment to 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) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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. It comes in response to continued … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON REVISED SENATE TRUMPCARE BILL

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement in response to the Senate’s most recent version of TrumpCare. “A health care system that segregates the sick and suffering ignores the most basic human truth that none of us are invincible. We cannot predict when it will be our parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, our child with autism, or our spouse with cancer. So we fortify a system strong enough to catch any one of us when we fall to our knees. A great nation … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON FAILURE OF ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, today released the following statement after the bipartisan rejection of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would deny medically necessary health care to transgender service members. “Our soldiers do not discriminate. They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect some lives and not others. Their country owes them that unwavering protection in … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, today released the following statement after House Republican Leadership allowed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would deny medically necessary health care to transgender service members. “Bigotry is the last thing this country should offer any brave man or woman who volunteers to defend us,” said Congressman Kennedy. “By inserting Congress into the … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

Washington, D.C. - With an estimated nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced legislation that would extend mental health parity protections to all beneficiaries of the program. As Congress considers the reauthorization of CHIP funding this year, Kennedy’s CHIP Mental Health Parity Act would ensure all beneficiaries have guaranteed coverage for mental illness and substance use … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

KENNEDY, BLACKBURN HEARING AID BILL PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today applauded the bipartisan passage of their Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids meets the same high standards for … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

KENNEDY SLAMS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES

Washington, D.C. - This morning Congressman Joe Kennedy III took to the House Floor to highlight the breadth and depth of opposition to TrumpCare in the mental health and addiction community. The speech followed a letter he sent earlier this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, where Kennedy raised concerns about the Trump Administration’s failure to comply with critical mental health parity benchmarks as mandated by law. Citing the National Association on Mental Illness … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

KENNEDY, MESSER, NEAL, BYRNE REINTRO BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP GRAD STUDENTS SAVE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN), Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would 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 of 2016 would remove barriers to retirement savings for nearly a million students. “Students … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO CREATE RUSSIAN RESPONSE CENTER

Washington, D.C. - In response to reports that Russian hackers attacked voting systems in 39 states, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a bill to create a National Russian Threat Response Center. The Center would be responsible for synchronizing and analyzing information pertaining to continued Russian aggression across the intelligence community and among international allies. “Russia’s attack on our election was not guided by party affiliation but instead by a deep desire to … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE SHOOTING

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the shooting at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. “Today Americans are united in our grief, our heavy hearts, our gratitude for quiet heroes and our resolve to come together, to be a better version of the country we love. We keep Steve Scalise, Zack Barth, Matt Mika, Crystal Griner and David Bailey in our prayers. “But we are also united by an unsettling feeling that this … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

KENNEDY, BLACKBURN HEARING AID BILL PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today applauded the bipartisan passage of their Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the legislation would require the FDA to write regulations ensuring that this new category of OTC hearing aids meets the same … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will pull out of the historic Paris Climate Accord. “For American families, businesses and communities, climate change isn’t just about the next generation - it’s about the next week. Today, our cities and towns are being battered by severe weather. Our homes are being threatened by rising sea levels. Our industry is being crippled by fire and drought, and our children … Continue Reading


May 30, 2017

KENNEDY, GOWDY REQUEST INQUIRY INTO CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to the United States Department of Justice, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) raised concerns about the lack of national data on our country’s civil justice system. Along with four of their colleagues, the lawmakers requested that the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics conduct a survey to collect nationally significant data concerning individuals who represent themselves in federal, state, local and tribal civil courts. Unlike … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRUMPCARE CBO SCORE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement in response to the CBO’s estimate that 23 million Americans would lose access to health care under TrumpCare. Additionally, the CBO found that coverage for pre-existing conditions in many states would no longer be guaranteed and the ban on lifetime limits would no longer apply to certain health benefits. “Beneath the devastating numbers released today lies physical, emotional and undeniable pain for families … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRUMP BUDGET

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s budget proposal. “As any American family knows, budgets reflect deeply personal, often painful, choices about values, priorities and necessities. The President’s budget reveals his evident belief that the economic dignity of working men and women is expendable. It tells those touched by illness, aging, disability, job loss or other circumstances beyond control that … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

KENNEDY: TRUMP ATTACKS ON MENTAL HEALTH HEARTLESS AND FOOLISH

Washington, D.C. - As an outspoken advocate of mental health reform, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today objected to the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to a number of behavioral health care programs. Combined with Medicaid cuts included in TrumpCare, the budget would gut the nation’s single largest payer of mental health care by $1.4 trillion over the next decade. Additionally, it would cut the Community Mental Health Services block grant by $116 million, SAMHSA by $399 million, and … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON TRUMPCARE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement after House Republicans voted to take health care away from millions of Americans. "Health care is our ultimate equalizer. No matter your power or privilege, we will all wake up one day in need of a little mercy. Trumpcare rejects that common humanity and continues the Administration’s calculated attempt to divide up our nation based on fate, fortune and difference. It creates one system for the powerful … Continue Reading


April 27, 2017

KENNEDY: ARMY SECRETARY NOMINEE UNFIT FOR OFFICE

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as Secretary of the Army. In addition to claiming that being transgender is a ‘disease,’ Green has referred to the transgender community as ‘evil’ and likened them to ISIS terrorists. “Men and women willing to sacrifice their lives to protect ours should never be asked to hide their … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON SYRIA STRIKES

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III released the following statement tonight after President Trump launched U.S. airstrikes in Syria. "President Assad's vicious brutality demands a response. But this country doesn't fight wars without giving the American people a say. Any plans for military engagement in Syria must come before their elected representatives in Congress for a debate and a vote. And any strategy that ignores the refugees fleeing this unimaginable terror is a half-step at … Continue Reading

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