Congressional Member Profiles

Rep. Joseph Kennedy

Rep. Joseph Kennedy

Democrat, Massachusetts, 4th District
Office 202-225-5931 | @RepJoeKennedy | Facebook

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Grade

17

Votes for Children

99

Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored

0

Actions Against the Interests of Children

Rep. Kennedy represents a district with a child poverty rate of 6.8 percent. 2.9 percent of children in this district are in extreme poverty, 10.2 percent are food insecure, and 0.8 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Rep. Kennedy has taken 17 votes that would help the children in his district. He has introduced 4 bills and cosponsored 95 bills to help children. Rep. Kennedy has taken 0 actions in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.

This report card includes information on more than 800 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Rep. Kennedy has taken the following action during this Congress:

  • voted for H.R.1112 the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019.

  • voted for H.R.1122 the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1185 the FAMILY Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1236 the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1266 the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1277 the State Public Option Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1287 the No Guns for Abusers Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1296 the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1364 the Child Care for Working Families Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1367 the CAMRA Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1368 the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1384 the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1551 the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1560 the American Family Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1695 the Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1705 the Jaime’s Law.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1737 the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1878 the IDEA Full Funding Act.


  • co-sponsored H.R.1884 the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1897 the MOMMA’s Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1978 the Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2300 the Eliminating Debtor’s Prison for Kids Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2311 the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2411 the Tobacco to 21 Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2415 the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2452 the Medicare for America Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2507 the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2602 the Healthy MOMMIES Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2653 the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2674 the Gun Theft Prevention Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2708 the Disarm Hate Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2720 the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2775 the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2862 the VACCINES Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2867 the Ethan’s Law.

  • voted for H.R.2940 the To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through September 30, 2019..

  • co-sponsored H.R.3018 the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3076 the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3077 the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3114 the Every Child Deserves a Family Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3214 the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3222 the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3315 the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3366 the No Shame at School Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3378 the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3394 the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety of 2019.

  • voted for H.R.3401 the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3447 the Public Health Funding Restoration Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3451 the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3516 the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3539 the Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored H.R.3775 the Equal Justice for Immigrants Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3799 the Reuniting Families Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3887 the Student Loan Debt Relief Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3918 the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4 the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4155 the Funding Attorneys for Indigent Removal (FAIR) Proceedings Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4280 the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4674 the College Affordability Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4822 the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.5 the Equality Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5004 the Schedules That Work Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5189 the BABIES Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5325 the Ending PUSHOUT Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5349 the Protect SNAP Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5383 the New Way Forward Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.541 the Keep Families Together Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5581 the Access to Counsel Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5717 the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.582 the Raise the Wage Act.


  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.6 the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

  • voted for H.R.6074 the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6142 the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020.


  • co-sponsored H.R.6150 the Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal and Family Care Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6181 the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act.

  • voted for H.R.6201 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6308 the Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6347 the Rental Eviction Moratorium Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6420 the All Dependent Children Count Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6437 the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6515 the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.656 the DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6563 the Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6582 the Food for Working Families Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6674 the Medicare Crisis Program Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6680 the Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for Coronavirus Impacted Workers and Students Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6722 the Food for Families in Crisis Act of 2020.

  • voted for H.R.6800 the The Heroes Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6820 the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6918 the Paycheck Recovery Act of 2020.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.7027 the Child Care Is Essential Act.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.7120 the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

  • voted for H.R.7301 the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.7302 the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act.

  • voted for H.R.7327 the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.7402 the Protecting Renters from Eviction and Fees Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.7633 the Lead Abatement for Families Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.7743 the We Need Eviction Data Now Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.7887 the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act.

  • voted for H.R.7909 the Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act of 2020.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.8 the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored H.R.8027 the Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored H.R.8325 the Operation Feed Our Kids Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.865 the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.95 the Homeless Veteran Families Act.

  • As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.

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