The past few months in Congress have been a whirlwind and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to lately.
My work on the Energy and Commerce Committee has kept me busy and we’ve had some bipartisan achievements, including reforming the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. This problem had been lingering for decades and Congress took an encouraging step forward, assuring that seniors get to see doctors that have been reluctant to accept Medicare reimbursement by setting up a new, permanent, value-based formula. Last month, Congress also overwhelming passed an updated Toxic Substances Control Act after years of inaction, which created uncertainty for industry and environmentalists. Both industry and environmentalists supported the bill. The Committee also unanimously voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, which will speed up the research and development of a new generation of life-saving cures and treatments for patients and dramatically increases research funding at the National Institutes of Health.
Congressman DeFazio and I were able to ensure that the Newport Air Facility will remain open and that it’s valuable search and rescue capabilities are no longer in jeopardy.
But despite progress made in the early days of summer, we still face challenges in formulating long-term infrastructure and budget agreements. Headway has been made when we have crossed party lines to work together and the prospects for reconciliation are brighter given the bipartisan solutions we’ve reached on these other issues in the first months of the 114th Congress. I remain deeply committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue this progress.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any opinions or issues with federal agencies.
Member of Congress