Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 10.11.19

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Broadband’s New World In August 1492, the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus set sail in the name of the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in search of a sea route to the riches of Asia. On October 12, 1492, he landed instead in the Americas and thus opened the New World for Western exploration and settlement. We all know this story, and so we observe Columbus Day every second Monday of O... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 9.30.19

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Rural areas like ours face unique challenges in health care. Providers struggle to stay open and to attract new doctors, nurses, and other personnel. I am looking forward to being in Lee County on October 8 for the ribbon-cutting of an urgent care center. This facility is the first step toward opening a new Lee County hospital next year. This is an important step forward since Lee County’s old hos... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 9.16.19

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Fixing Health Care We are all familiar with the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” On health care, some Democrats find themselves arguing that Obamacare ain’t broke but still putting forward fixes. When President Obama and Speaker Pelosi muscled Obamacare through Congress in 2010, it was supposed to solve the problems Americans had with health care. There certainly were aspects of the syst... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 9.9.19

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More Resources to Fight the Opioid Crisis On September 4, the Trump Administration announced the release of $1.8 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help communities around the country fight the opioid crisis. $20.4 million of that money will go to Virginia in support of efforts here in the Commonwealth. The federal funds come from two sources. The fir... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 8.12.19

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A proposed socialized medicine program run by the Federal Government, which Democrats call Medicare for All, is enjoying time in the spotlight, partly due to its strong support among Democrat presidential candidates and the new majority in the House of Representatives. The House’s bill for socialized medicine enjoys 117 cosponsors as I write this column, over a quarter of the entire House. If this... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 7.29.19

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Data recently released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and analyzed by the Washington Post has renewed attention to the origins of the opioid crisis afflicting communities across our Commonwealth and country. A court ordered the release of a DEA database that tracks pain pills sold in our country. The sheer quantity of pills revealed by the database is astounding: 76 billion oxyc... Read more »

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 7.22.19

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Blackjewel I have been closely following the situation regarding Blackjewel and the employees who have not been paid for their work, even having their paycheck deposits disappear. I find it appalling that Blackjewel did not give its workers notice of the situation. While failure to give notice may not be illegal, the conduct is unconscionable. Further, knowingly writing bad checks is illegal in Vi... Read more »

Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Griffith-Cosponsored Prescription Drug Pricing Legislation

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Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 2296, the More Efficient Tools to Realize Information for Consumers (METRIC) Act: “Many people are rightly frustrated by the high cost of prescription drugs and mystified by the processes by which these prices are set. As part of the solution, I have long advocated transpar... Read more »

Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Griffith-Cosponsored Legislation Supporting Health Priorities

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Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 2328, which provides support for multiple health priorities including community health centers, ending surprise medical bills, authorizing research, and payments for disproportionate share hospitals (DSH): “Today the Energy and Commerce Committee made bipartisan progress on... Read more »

Griffith Statement on Obamacare Tax Repeal

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Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act: “After crying foul for years whenever Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare or part of it, Democrats today put forward their own repeal of some of Obamacare’s taxes and voted to pass it. “It is important that Democrats now recog... Read more »

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