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Joe K III eyes manufacturing institute for Mass.

The Boston Herald, Marie Szaniszio

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III will join other lawmakers and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tomorrow to call on the Senate to pass pending bipartisan legislation that would create a national network for manufacturing innovation.

The Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act — introduced last year by Kennedy, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OHIO) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and passed Monday by the House of Representatives — would create a network of up to 15 regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing.

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Kennedy’s co-sponsored manufacturing bill passes House

The Taunton Daily Gazette/The Fall River Herald, Kevin O’Connor

A bill U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III co-sponsored took one step closer to becoming law.The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014 passed the House of Representatives late on Monday.

Kennedy, during his speech to the Fall River Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday, told those at the breakfast meeting that he had to leave early to attend the vote.


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Kennedy’s bill to boost industry passes House

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Jim Hand

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy said Tuesday that manufacturing in America could get a boost by a bill he got passed in the House.

Co-sponsored in the House by Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY, the bill would create regional institutes across the country that would help manufacturers stay current with the latest methods.

It passed on a voice vote and now goes to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Roy Blount, R-Mo.


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Labor Day Weekend in Central America

Blue Mass Group, Joe Kennedy III

…I traveled to Central America over Labor Day Weekend with a bipartisan group of my colleagues, trying to understand what fueled the surge in migration. We talked to religious leaders in El Salvador about how they protect their communities from violence in the absence of a reliable police force. We visited an outreach center for Honduran youth where the first thing you see when you walk in is a wall filled with pictures of local children who have lost their lives to gang violence. We toured a shelter for victims of sex trafficking in Guatemala City, speaking to girls no more than 14 and 15 years old.

That life, raw and real, opened our eyes to the circumstances so many of these families are desperate to leave behind. This is not a problem for the United States to solve on its own. But there is no question there are areas where we can help. We need to work with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to crack down on the human smugglers (known locally as coyotes), address poverty, assist local development and restore faith in civic institutions.

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At Fall River chamber, Rep. Kennedy discusses bill to revitalize manufacturing and technology sector

Fall River Herald, Kevin P. O’Connor

The Spindle City and the entire SouthCoast have all the pieces required to become a major economic power again, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III told the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.

But the area might need some assistance in fitting those pieces together. Kennedy said a bill he is trying to push through Congress might help.

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