Griffith Bill to Prevent Opioid Abuse Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

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The U.S. Senate yesterday passed H.R. 1899, the Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021, introduced by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA). The bill had previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on April 15, 2021. Griffith issued the following statement: “Lapses in the registration of manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of legal opioids may have contributed to the epid...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 8.13.21

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Neurodegenerative Diseases My last column addressed legislation I have supported to better overall health care. This week, I want to focus on neurodegenerative diseases. The most notable of these diseases are Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. On July 29, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “The Path...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 8.6.21

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A Health Care Agenda for the Future For most Americans, health care ranks among the top public policy issues. Its cost, accessibility, and quality have a direct and tangible impact on a person’s well-being. Improving these factors in health care for residents of Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District continues to be a priority for me. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subco...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 6.25.21

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Google, EcoHealth Alliance, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology As the investigation into COVID-19’s origins continues, attention has fallen on the role of EcoHealth Alliance. This nonprofit organization has received federal grant dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and it in turn funded research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Republican leaders on the E...

$1,071,717 Awarded to Black Lung Clinic Program

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Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $1,071,717 grant to St. Charles Health Council of Jonesville for the Black Lung Clinic Program: “Black lung is an immense burden to coal miners and the families of those who suffer from it. That’s why I worked to expand federal funding for black lung clinics. The...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 6.7.21

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The origins of the COVID-19 pandemic remain shrouded in mystery, but uncovering what we can is essential to preventing future pandemics. Two theories now dominate speculation about the development of the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019. The first is that it passed from an animal to humans naturally, possibly through a creature sold in one of the city’s wet markets. The other is th...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 5.7.21

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Prescription drug prices burden the budgets of many. It is a problem that demands the attention of health care policymakers, but it must be solved correctly. Unfortunately, House Democrats are charging ahead with a bill that is unconstitutional and would create many more problems than it solves. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan drug pricing plan is H.R. 3. It was previously passed by the Hous...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 5.3.21

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One of Congress’ primary duties is oversight of the executive branch. President Biden recently marked his first 100 days in office. This column will highlight the parts of his record during that time that demand accountability. The southern border is a place that desperately needs oversight. Since assuming office, President Biden and his team have created a crisis while largely ignoring it, flip-f...

Congressman Griffith’s Weekly E-Newsletter 4.26.21

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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on February 27. Over 7.5 million doses of the vaccine were subsequently given. On April 13, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a pause in administering J&J’s vaccine due to six reports at that time of a rare...

Tri-Area Community Health Awarded $2,393,926

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded $2,393,926 to Tri-Area Community Health, based in Laurel Fork. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement: “Community health centers provide vital medical services to many in Virginia’s Ninth District. The more than $2 million in funding announced today for Tri-Area Community Health will help its staff cont...

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