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Kennedy talks gun control, bipartisanship in Congress

Michael Holtzman, The Fall River Herald

FALL RIVER — For the better part of an hour, Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III spoke rapidly and without notes in a Fall River conference room, criss-crossing the political landscape about his third year in Congress.

Intensifying drug-trafficking and addiction response tools. Changing laws that affect energy rates. Crossing water bodies and the Rhode Island border to build economic development partnerships. Bigger issues like overhauling the mental health system and giving equal access to the criminal justice sector that cry out for bipartisan focus and cooperation.

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Joe K pushes bill to ban gun sales to those on terrorist watch list

Kimberly Atkins, The Boston Herald

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III is leading a push to bring to a vote a gun control bill President Obama called for in his televised national address Sunday night, calling Republican opposition to the measure on due process grounds “crazy.”

Yesterday afternoon, Kennedy and fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Thompson of California sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) demanding an immediate vote on a bill to bar anyone on an FBI terror watchlist from purchasing firearms or explosives.

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Kennedy has wide-ranging talk with Wheaton students

Paige Allen, The Attleboro Sun Chronicle

NORTON – Students at Wheaton College met with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III Friday, touching on topics from Wheaton’s partnership with MassChallenge to the 2016 presidential race.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, and Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno had lunch with a dozen students, who told Kennedy about the different projects they’re working on at the school and asked Kennedy about the path that led him to Washington.

Wheaton recently partnered with MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, to create project- and internship-based learning opportunities for students.

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Lawmakers launch legal aid caucus

Lydia Wheeler, The Hill

Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) launched the Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus on Tuesday to advocate for civil legal aid programs and ensure access to representation is never limited by income.

“Our legal system is where our nation makes good on the sacred promise of equal justice under the law,” Kennedy said in a news release. “But too often that promise is far from guaranteed for low-income families, veterans, victims of domestic violence and thousands of other Americans forced to stand in our courtrooms alone each year with their homes, savings and futures at risk.”

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Kennedy joins Mass. congressional delegation in urging expansion of transgender protections

The Sun Chronicle

The Attleboro area’s congressman is leading the fight for transgender people in Massachusetts.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Brookline, and six other members of the state’s congressional delegation have sent letters to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg urging them to pass legislation extending non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts.

In the letter sent Monday evening, the Democratic members of Congress urged the state Legislature to pass the bills before going on holiday break next week.

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