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Rep. Joseph Kennedy

Rep. Joseph Kennedy

Democrat, Massachusetts, 4th District
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Office Phone: 202-225-7163
Committees:
Energy and Commerce

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
9.2% of children are in poverty
11.3% of children under 6 are in poverty
4.1% of children are in extreme poverty
7.0% are food insecure
0.4% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Kennedy on Child Poverty

  • did not vote on H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.821, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which would increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 per child to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.

  • Kennedy on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • did not vote on H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • did not vote on H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2628, the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act, which would stablize health coverage for children whose eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP fluctuates along with their family income.


  • co-sponsored H.R.3258, the Marketplace Certainty Act, which would increase subsidies for individuals who purchase health insurance on state exchanges.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3325, the ACE Kids Act, which would amend Medicaid to provide states with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3767, the Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act, which would include pediatric specialists in National Health Service Corps program.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4541, the CHAMPION KIDS Act, which would extend funding for a number of health programs, including CHIP and community health centers.


  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.


  • Kennedy on Child Welfare

  • co-sponsored H.R.2290, the Family-Based Care Services Act, which would provide funding for therapeutic family care services in Medicaid. Such programs provide parents, caregivers, or foster families with training necessary to care for children with mental illness, emotional or behavioral disorders, or other conditions.

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • did not vote on H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • did not vote on H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4998, the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act, which would amend the Social Security Act to ensure health insurance coverage continuity for former foster youth.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Kennedy on Youth Justice

  • co-sponsored H.R.968, the Equal Justice Under Law Act, which would enforce the Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of effective counsel at all stages of the adversarial process.

  • Kennedy on Gun Violence Prevention

  • did not vote on H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1475, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which would expand criminal penalties for trafficking in firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would permit the Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which would allow family members of an individual who they believe to be a danger to himself or others to seek a gun violence prevention order, which would allow for the temporary seizure of said individual’s firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of bump stocks and other mechanisms to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture, importation, or transfer of a semiautomatic wepaon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6629, the No Guns for Abusers Act, which would prevent individuals convicete of domestic violence or subject to a domestic violence prevention order from purchasing a gun.

  • Kennedy on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Kennedy on Nutrition

  • voted against H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1276, the Closing the Meal Gap Act, which would increase the minimum SNAP benefit and exempt individuals from work requirements if they have not been offered a position in a federal jobs or job training program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2401, the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, which would prohibit public identification or stigmatization of children who lack funds to pay for a meal or have outstanding credit.

  • Kennedy on Early Childhood Development

  • did not vote on but co-sponsored H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3773, the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would expand and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant and provide grants for funding high-quality preschool.

  • Kennedy on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1957, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require local educational agencies to establish anti-bullying policies and prohibit bullying based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2475, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which would provide funds for improvements to public school facilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2902, the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would fully fund part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2913, the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would expand grants and other programs relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

  • voted for H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5374, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity of a student or a person associated with that student in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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