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Issues Of The Day May 10, 2016
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"Rosen’s revelation begs a question posed to MRCTV multiple times since it broke the Hollande story:"
Robert Gehler April 14, 2016
Ed Perlmutter, D-CO
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and applaud Commerce City Attorney Robert Gehler for his decades of service to the City of Commerce City, Colorado. For over forty years Mr. Gehler has been active within the City, including helping to draft the city charter. Originally from South Dakota, Mr. Gehler came to Colorado as a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps at Rocky Mountain Arsenal in 1964. In 1965, ready to leave the Army, Mr. Gehler passed the Colorado Bar and joined the firm of Berger and Rothstein, whose office was just outside the west gate of the arsenal. He served as Assistant County Attorney for Adams County from 1965 to 1968. In January of 1968, he was sworn in as City Attorney at the request of then-Mayor Eli Koff. In 1970, residents voted overwhelmingly to become a home rule city, instead of a statutory city, and the process of adopting a city charter began. The charter, which guides how local government functions, was approved on its first vote but has only been amended five times since its adoption—one of the City’s most memorable legal achievements. I extend my deepest thanks to Robert Gehler for his service to the community. Thank you for your continuous dedication to serving the constituents of Commerce City, Colorado."
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015 April 7, 2016
Rob Portman, R-OH
"By the way, to tell you how much this law can make a difference—because we do help get the training for them to be able to use Narcan and get the Narcan or naloxone into the right hands—Ohio public safety officials have administered naloxone over 16,000 times since 2015—16,000 overdoses that might otherwise have resulted in death. For the most part, this miracle drug works. First responders know how important it is. That is why the Fraternal Order of Police supports this bill. They want to equip their officers, but so do the firefighters."
America’S Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2015—Motion To Proceed April 6, 2016
Roy Blunt, R-MO
"There was no thought that the Court was going to be a legislative body, no idea that you would have to worry about a tie-breaker because these six people were supposed to figure out what the Constitution and the law said and reach the conclusion that six good lawyers would reach. Very often, in the next 100 years, the Court had an even number. It had a changing number that changed with some frequency, but it wasn’t seen that the Court couldn’t function if somehow there were fewer than nine Justices. In fact, there have been at least 15 times since World War II when there were eight Justices. The longest Court that had 8 Justices was 13 months. When Justice Fortas resigned in May of 1969, the Democrats in the Senate didn’t fill that vacancy until June of 1970—13 months, 8 Justices. No one has come forward talking about what great devastation was done to the country while we were waiting to get the right person for the country—at least what the Senate at the time thought was the right person for the country to serve for the rest of their working lifetime, which has generally been the standard."
Recognizing Nacds Rximpact Day March 14, 2016
Dave Loebsack, D-IA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the Eighth Annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. This is a special day where we recognize pharmacy’s contribution to the American healthcare system. This year’s event, organized by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, takes place on March 16-17. Nearly 400 individuals from the pharmacy community—including practicing pharmacists, pharmacy school faculty and students, state pharmacy association representatives and pharmacy company leaders—will visit Capitol Hill. They will share their views with Congress about the importance of supporting legislation that protects access to community and neighborhood pharmacies and that utilizes pharmacists to improve the quality and reduce the costs of providing healthcare. Advocates from over 40 states have travelled to Washington to talk about the pharmacy community’s contributions in over 40,000 community pharmacies nationwide. These important healthcare providers are here to educate Congress about the value of pharmacy and the important access provided by community pharmacies in the nation’s healthcare delivery system. And just as these providers travelled to meet with us, Members of Congress and their staff have toured retail chain pharmacies in our own communities more than 400 times since 2009. Patients have always relied on their local pharmacist to meet their healthcare needs. The local pharmacist is a trusted, highly accessible healthcare provider deeply committed to providing the highest quality care in the most efficient manner possible. As demand for healthcare services continues to grow, pharmacists have expanded their role in healthcare delivery, partnering with physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers to meet their patients’ needs. Innovative services provided by pharmacists do even more to improve patient healthcare. Pharmacists are highly valued by those that rely on them most—those in rural and underserved areas, as well as older Americans, and those struggling to manage chronic diseases. Pharmacy services improve patients’ quality of life as well as healthcare affordability. By helping patients take their medications effectively and providing preventive services, pharmacists help avoid more costly forms of care. Pharmacists also help patients identify strategies to save money, such as through better understanding of their pharmacy benefits, using generic medications, and obtaining 90-day supplies of prescription drugs from local pharmacies. Pharmacists are the nation’s most accessible healthcare providers. In many communities, especially in rural areas, the local pharmacist is a patient’s most direct link to healthcare. Eighty-six percent of Americans reside within a five-mile radius of a community pharmacy. Pharmacists are one of our nation’s most trusted healthcare professionals. Utilizing their specialized education, pharmacists play a major role in medication therapy management, disease-state management, immunizations, healthcare screenings, and other healthcare services designed to improve patient health and reduce overall healthcare costs. Pharmacists are also expanding their role into new models of care based on quality of services and outcomes, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and medical homes. The pharmacy advocates of NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill are promoting legislation, H.R. 592/S. 314, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, to allow Medicare Part B to utilize pharmacists to their full capability by providing underserved beneficiaries with services, subject to state scope of practice laws. They are also working to ensure that the TRICARE pharmacy program keeps prescription copays affordable for beneficiaries as well as preserving their ability to choose to fill their prescriptions at their community pharmacy. They also are promoting measures, such as H.R. 793/S. 1190, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2015 to guarantee Medicare Part D access and transparency. I believe Congress should look at every opportunity to make sure that pharmacists are allowed to utilize their training to the fullest to provide the services that can improve care, increase access and lower costs. In recognition of the Eighth Annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill, I would like to congratulate pharmacy leaders, pharmacists, students, and the entire pharmacy community represented by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, for their contributions to the health and wellness of the American people. "

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