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US Rep. Joe Kennedy III tours Fall River sites that use federal funding

Fall River Herald, Kevin P. O’Connor

“When you approve the checks, sometimes you need to see how the money is being spent. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III did that during a quick tour of three sites in the city that rely on federal funds. It included the Veterans’ Housing, 886 Eastern Ave., that is slated to open in the fall, as well as Kool Smiles Dental Clinic, 933 Pleasant St., and New England Eye’s mobile vision center that Citizens for Citizens Inc. had on hand at 427 Robeson St. ‘We make an effort to get out and look at some of the programs in the community,’ Kennedy said. We want to look at what is successful and to look at challenges.’”

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Congressman prepares for cyber warfare, calls on IT experts

TechTarget, Nicole Laskowski

“…I wasn’t the only visitor at CyberArk that day. Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, a fresh face up on Capitol Hill, also stopped by. Kennedy said cyberthreats represent a growing concern for elected government officials, in particular, younger members of Congress. ‘If it’s going to happen to Target and to eBay, and they’re making fairly substantial investments in these type of protections, then it can happen to plenty of other, smaller players,’ he said, adding that cyberattacks are an issue he and his cohorts will be dealing with for as long as they’re in office…”

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Congress works on VA reforms

Wicked Local Amesbury, Gerry Tuoti

“Following an inspector general’s report that revealed allegations of fraud, mismanagement and excessive waits for care within the VA medical system, Congress is working to enact reforms. ‘The challenges of the VA are not new,’ said U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass. ‘It’s something we’ve been hearing about a long time now. It certainly goes back, not just to the Obama administration, but before that. There needs to be a complete overhaul to the VA…’”

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Brookline reflects on Civil Rights Act

Brookline Tab, Jenna Fisher

“U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said stories of his grandfather’s and President Kennedy’s commitment to civil rights, which played a seminal role in pushing the act along, have long been sources of family pride. ‘The Civil Rights Act is one of the seminal pieces of legislation in our country’s history,’ he said. ‘It continues our quest to try to live up to the values of the foundation of our country…It’s a critical milestone in our quest, but certainly not the end.’”

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Mass. lawmakers urge Iraq vote before action

Boston Globe,  Bryan Bender

“The Massachusetts congressional delegation, which has expressed misgivings about renewed US military involvement in the Iraqi conflict, is now calling on President Obama to seek congressional approval before carrying out even limited air strikes against militants…Kennedy said he is willing to listen to administration officials ‘if they are able to lay about a strategy as to why ISIS poses a threat and how air strikes or drone strikes or a special forces mission can help target that.’”

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