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Fitzpatrick, Doggett, DeLauro, Schakowsky introduce legislation to increase reporting of faulty medical devices

Today, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) introduced the Medical Device Guardians Act which codifies an existing mandate of the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics, recognizing that physicians are in the best position to identify and report unsafe devices. Additionally, the bill adds physicians’ reports to the list of groups, such as hospitals, already protected from having their reporting to the FDA used against them in a civil case.

Fitzpatrick Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Fentanyl Shipments, Hold Chinese Government Accountable

In light of the dramatic rise in devastating fentanyl overdose deaths, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, and Reps. Max Rose (NY-11), French Hill (AR-02), and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), today introduced the bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act—the first-ever fentanyl sanctions effort in the House of Representatives—that would pressure the Chinese government to honor their commitment to make all fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more tools and resources to go after illicit traffickers in China, Mexico, and other countries.

Fitzpatrick, Moulton Introduce HEADS Up Act

Today, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Seth Moulton (MA-06) introduced the Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population (HEADs Up) Act of 2019.

The HEADs Up Act would direct the Health Services and Resources Administration to designate people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population. The HSRA is the government agency that advocates for people who are cut off from quality health care by economics, geography or a medical vulnerability.

Fitzpatrick, Kildee, Boyle Introduce Legislation Requiring Nationwide Standard for PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Dan Kildee (MI-05), co-chairs of the PFAS Task Force, joined Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-02) to introduced bipartisan legislation, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019, H.R. 2377, to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable, nationwide primary drinking water standard for PFAS contaminants, including PFOS and PFOA which have plagued the Philadelphia region.  Currently, the EPA sets voluntary advisory guidelines, and postponed a long-anticipated determination of whether to set an enforceable standard. 

Fitzpatrick, Levin Introduce Legislation to Improve Private Housing for Military Families

U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Mike Levin (CA-49) introduced the bipartisan Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act. The legislation would increase accountability and oversight over private contractor-provided housing for military families, which has suffered from serious health, safety, and environmental problems. The bill is cosponsored by Representatives Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, and Katie Hill.

Fitzpatrick, Bass introduce VAWA Reauthorization

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Congresswoman Karen Bass today introduced a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The program, which expired earlier this year, has helped millions of women and their families by improving the criminal justice system response to domestic violence and ensuring survivors and their families have access to the services they need to safely rebuild their lives.

Fitzpatrick Protects Pre-Existing Condition Safeguards

Washington, DC—Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today signed onto the Maintaining Protections for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2018 [H.R.6898], which would maintain protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Currently, twenty states are filing a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the entirety of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. If these suits succeed, there is a risk that patients with pre-existing conditions would be stripped of certain protections afforded by the ACA.