Congressman Kennedy: Senator Sessions “Does Not Treat People Equally”


Congressman Joe Kennedy III is asking his supporters to sign a petition to reject Senator Jeff Sessions for a position as Attorney General in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, strongly condemning the Alabama Senator for a long record of perpetuating inequality. “The promise of treating people equally is what our justice system is all about,” Kennedy said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Tuesday. “Sen. Sessions has shown over the course of his career that he does not treat people equally—he treats them differently.”

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Sign my petition: Reject Jeff Sessions today

Dear Friend,

“A throwback to a shameful era.”

That’s what Senator Ted Kennedy called Jeff Sessions‘s nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986.

Thirty years later and my uncle’s words still ring true. But the stakes are even higher. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will begin hearings to confirm Senator Sessions as Attorney General of the United States.

Tell the U.S. Senate today: Reject Jeff Sessions as America’s Attorney General.

Sessions’s record of undermining civil rights and stonewalling equality spans his entire career. 

He was rejected for federal attorney because he made racist jokes about supporting the KKK. He was accused of pursuing voter fraud to try and stifle the voice of the black community. Not surprisingly, he has opposed the Voting Rights Act at every turn.

Sessions voted against protecting American citizens from hate crimesmotivated by a victim’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. He supported the ban on same-sex marriage, too.

Sessions rejected the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He even opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

You read that right. He opposed reauthorizing funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

Not to mention the anti-immigrant policies he has championed for years — going so far as to support Donald Trump’s recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

This is not the person we want at the helm of the American justice system. We cannot trust him to enforce the civil rights, voting rights, and hard-fought values that define our democracy.

Add your name: Sign my petition to reject Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.


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Kennedy: GOP plan to repeal Obamacare reckless

Kimberly Atkins, Boston Herald

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, angry that GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare puts his signature issue of mental health care reform in its cross hairs, vowed to fight tooth and nail unless GOP lawmakers and the Trump administration show a willingness to compromise.

“I would say they are not off to an auspicious start,” Kennedy told the Herald. “There has been no outreach that I am aware of to say: ‘Let’s work on the Affordable Care Act and make it stronger.’ ”

What did he see in this week’s vow by congressional Republicans to repeal the law by the end of next month?

“Recklessness and irresponsibility,” he said. “If that’s the framework they’re going on, then yes, we should fight them every step of the way.”

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U.S. Rep. Kennedy talks Rob Gronkowski, Donald Trump and building a stronger Fall River

Kevin O’Connor, Fall River Herald News

FALL RIVER – New England and Fall River got rocked with a loss in November, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III said.

After weeks spent campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the surprise left him feeling “devastated, confused and lost,” he stated.

“I don’t know how we’ll replace Rob Gronkowski,” Kennedy said.

But the fate of the Patriots and their star tight end was only one of the issues Kennedy covered in his speech, Friday, to members of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Kennedy spoke at the Chamber’s annual legislator’s breakfast, telling 100 of the city’s business owners what he expects to see during the next year in Congress.

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Congress could soon try to end racial and gender discrimination in civil suits

Kim Soffen, Washington Post

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is planning to introduce a bill on Thursday seeking to limit the consideration of a victim’s race and gender in determining their compensation in civil suits.

The bill, called the Fair Calculations Act, comes after an October report in The Washington Post, as well as academic work, that found rampant use of racial and gender income averages in determining these damages. As a result, women and minorities could receive significantly less compensation than white men in similar cases.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is sponsoring the Senate bill alongside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), views it as an issue of civil rights. “We have baked into our system something that is so, almost astonishingly, unjust — it’s unacceptable to me,” he said in an interview. Gillibrand, in an emailed statement, agreed: “In this day and age, the courts should not be allowed to say one life is worth more than another.”

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is sponsoring the House bill with Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), also cited concerns about the financial impact. By using these demographic averages, he said in an interview, “We are continuing the proliferation of systemic economic injustice that has existed in our country for quite a long time.”

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