John Neely Kennedy

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Landrieu meets with Jeff Sessions, Sen. Kennedy to discuss 'sanctuary' policies

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:56 PM

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - PHOTOS BY GAGE SKIDMORE/NICK PRETE / CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The dispute between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over New Orleans' compliance with federal immigration authorities has seemingly hit another wall.

It's been a caustic back and forth, following hardline immigration policies and rhetoric from President Donald Trump, lawsuits over cities and "sanctuary" policies, and aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action.

Landrieu says the city and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) do communicate with ICE, and nothing in NOPD policy prohibits the department from sharing information with the feds. Sessions says the city harbors people living in the country illegally through NOPD policy that effectively gives them "sanctuary." Landrieu says NOPD arrests people regardless of status and that "New Orleans is not a sanctuary city." Sessions says NOPD policy doesn't go far enough to open communication between the city and the feds when an undocumented person is in custody.

On Nov. 16, Landrieu, City Attorney Rebecca Dietz and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison met with Sessions and U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy. Landrieu said the meeting went well — once again assuring that the feds agree with Landrieu that the city does not have "sanctuary" policies.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Report: Lindsay Lohan's parents say they may sue U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for making fun of Lindsay

Posted By on Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.
  • Lindsay Lohan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy — don't invite them to the same party.

Because 2017 has not been ridiculous enough, now comes word that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's tendency to make quippy sound bites has earned him a new enemy: the parents of Lindsay Lohan, who are threatening to sue the senator over a quip he made about their daughter:
Here’s the setup: The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee was questioning the former head of credit reporting company Equifax, which was hacked last month, leading to the releasing of users’ personal information. The company also won a no-bid government contract to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Report: GOP tax framework offers most benefit to Louisianans making $568,200 a year

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:47 PM

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In a new report that analyzed the nine-page tax reform framework released Sept. 27 by Congressional Republican leadership, the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found that 63.7 percent of the framework's tax cuts would go to Louisiana households making $568,200 or more per year.

According to the report, these households comprise the top 1 percent of the state's income distribution and would receive an average tax cut of $97,200. Families making $1 million or more would get a tax cut of $256,000 if the framework's proposed changes were enacted for tax year 2018.

Louisiana households making between $38,300 and $59,500 would receive an average tax cut of $380, ITEP found. (Median household income in Louisiana was $45,047 in 2015, according to U.S. Census data.) In this state, 11.8 percent of households would see a tax increase.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Louisiana senators support failed attempt to repeal ACA: what's next

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Bill Cassidy. - PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Neely Kennedy supported the Senate's latest attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act, including a late-night vote on a so-called "skinny" repeal, amid Republicans' failed efforts to dismantle the health care plan.

In its latest vote held early Friday morning (on the week of the 52nd anniversary of the passage of Medicaid), the Senate failed to pass a "skinny" repeal measure that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would increase the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by 15 million in 2018. Premiums for people buying their own insurance would likely rise by 20 percent.

The "skinny" repeal plan — an eight-page bill dubbed the Health Care Freedom Act, unveiled just hours before senators voted on it — would strike the individual mandate from the ACA, roll back requirements for employers to offer insurance to employees, cut funding to Planned Parenthood and increase funding to community health centers, and cut funds to numerous public health programs earmarked by the ACA.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cassidy and Kennedy join Senate in vote to debate repeal of ACA

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Demonstrators marched against cuts to the Affordable Care Act in New Orleans earlier this year. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Demonstrators marched against cuts to the Affordable Care Act in New Orleans earlier this year.

Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie vote in the U.S. Senate July 25 to begin debate over some form of repeal of the Affordable Care Act, though senators still haven't revealed which version it will ultimately consider. Senators will debate this week and consider a long list of amendments, following a byzantine drafting process that has kept voters in the dark.

Also voting "yes" were Louisiana Sens. John Neely Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, who until today had not publicly committed to a position on any repeal or replace measure, other than his proposed version with Sen. Lindsey Graham. Cassidy — who called today's vote a "first step" — applauded the move in a statement sent after today's Senate vote.

“Nothing changes until the first step is taken," he said in a statement. "There will be many others. But we must replace Obamacare with something which fulfils President Trump’s campaign pledges to maintain coverage, protect those with preexisting conditions, and lower premiums without mandates. Power needs to be returned to the patients and states."

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Ahead of potential Senate health care vote Tuesday, Kennedy pledges support for bills on WWL-TV

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:41 AM

U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
  • U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

In a segment
that aired last night, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told WWL-TV's David Hammer that he supports the Senate health care bill as currently written, or full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement — basically greenlighting whatever legislation might appear before him today.

"If [the health care bill] didn't change ... I would vote for it, because it's better than the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," Kennedy said. "First chance I get to repeal Obamacare, I'm gonna do it."

Kennedy's remarks come amid a chaotic process and confusion about a potential vote that may take place in the Senate Tuesday. Kennedy is referring to the text of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the repeal-and-replace bill that was released by the Senate last month to widespread condemnation in Louisiana. That bill failed to garner sufficient support among senators to be brought to a vote in recent weeks.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Editorial: Once again, demagogues taking pot shots at New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM

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U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy was in New Orleans this week — not for a town hall or public constituents’ meeting, which he has yet to hold in the state’s largest city since he took office six months ago. No, he was here to talk with WWL-TV about the city’s crime problem, which he once again said could turn New Orleans into “the next Detroit.”

Kennedy previously used the “Detroit” slur in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of FBI Director Christopher Wray. In that hearing, Kennedy also claimed hyperbolically that the Crescent City was becoming “the murder and armed robbery capital of the Western Hemisphere.”

Since Kennedy has been scarce around these parts after moving to Washington D.C., we thought we’d remind him of a few things.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Edwards joins bipartisan group of governors saying Senate should reject repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:12 PM

President Donald Trump said today, "Let Obamacare fail; it'll be a lot easier." - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • President Donald Trump said today, "Let Obamacare fail; it'll be a lot easier."

The Senate health care replacement for the Affordable Care Act may have collapsed (though Congressional GOP leaders and President Donald Trump have expressed support for "just repeal" rather than "repeal and replace"), but a bipartisan group of governors — including Gov. John Bel Edwards — has issued a statement calling for the repeal's rejection.

"The Senate should immediately reject efforts to 'repeal' the current system and replace sometime later," the statement reads. "This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets."

Since Edwards implemented the federal Medicaid expansion in Louisiana one year ago, more than 400,000 Louisianans have gotten health care. The repeal would leave them in limbo. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was set to reveal its analysis of the bill yesterday, but did not do so.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

At New Orleans East town hall, panelists defend Medicaid expansion, oppose Senate health care bill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Paneilsts Nick Albares, Dawn Hebert, Dr. Keith Winfrey and Cyndi Nguyen lauded the 2016 expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program.
  • Paneilsts Nick Albares, Dawn Hebert, Dr. Keith Winfrey and Cyndi Nguyen lauded the 2016 expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program.

In the bright front room at New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center (NOELA), a crowd of about forty people gathered July 13 for a town hall that gradually mounted a firm opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The panel, which was organized by Louisiana Budget Project, included LBP senior policy analyst Nick Albares, NOELA chief medical officer Dr. Keith Winfrey, VIET executive director Cyndi Nguyen and community advocate Dawn Hebert. (Nguyen and Hebert are both New Orleans City Council candidates running for the District E seat, which includes New Orleans East.) Panelists cited the importance of the ACA-connected Medicaid expansion to New Orleans East residents and Louisianans, and called on audience members to urge their senators to vote against the BCRA.

"At the end of the day, what [the BCRA bill] means is hundreds of thousands of people will lose heath insurance, including 50,000 children," Albares said. "It would reverse all the progress that we've been making over the past year."

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