DeGette, Markey demand documents from FDA on approval of new opioid painkiller Dsuvia
The drug is up to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1,000 times more powerful than morphine.
Rep. Diana DeGette and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide documents related to its approval of Dsuvia, a new formulation of the opioid painkiller sufentanil.
In their letter, the lawmakers expressed serious concerns about the risk of addiction associated with a supercharged opioid like Dsuvia, as well as with the FDA’s process of approval. There are allegations that the FDA disinvited members of the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to a key meeting in order to make approval more likely.
Crow continues fight for good government with reining in irresponsible decorating expenses act
Rep. Jason Crow helped introduce legislation to crack down on lavish spending by cabinet officials and to increase transparency for taxpayers on renovation and decorating expenses at federal agencies. Joining Crow as the lead sponsors of the Reining In Irresponsible Decorating Expenses (RIIDE) Act are Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL) and Mark Meadows.
Recently, cabinet officials have come under heightened scrutiny after reports of lavish redecorating expenses on the taxpayer’s dime. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent nearly $43,000 on a sound-proof phone booth, violating federal spending laws. Additionally, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spent more than $31,000 of taxpayer money on a new dining set. The RIIDE Act would crack down on these purchases and increase transparency for hardworking taxpayers.
DeGette calls on FDA to provide answers on contaminated drugs manufactured overseas
Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations committee, requested information from the head of the Food and Drug Administration on a series of recalls involving high-blood-pressure medication that was manufactured overseas and may have been contaminated with trace amounts of known carcinogens. Beginning in July 2018, there have been at least 15 recalls issued for a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs, which are generally used to treat patients with high blood pressure.
State house committee unanimously approves bipartisan bill to help lower maternal mortality rate
A bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, looks to address the increasing rate of maternal deaths. This bill will allow the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) to review cases of maternal deaths in a timely manner to then work on ways to lower these deaths. “Colorado’s maternal mortality rate has dramatically increased,” said Buckner. “In fact, it doubled in Colorado since 2008. It is time that we work to stop what is preventable and save lives.”
Gardner, Manchin, Moran, Cassidy, Collins introduce VA accountability legislation
U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, legislation that would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The ‘Every Kid in a Park’ program allows fourth-grade students to enter all federally-managed public lands for free
Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Scott Tipton introduced bipartisan legislation today to make permanent an existing national parks program that allows U.S. fourth-grade students, and their families, to visit any federally-managed parks, lands or waters for free for an entire year. The popular, low-cost program was first established in 2015 by U.S. Department of the Interior to encourage children and their families to visit America’s public lands.
DeGette, Deutch file bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds
Just days before the one-year anniversary of the tragic mass-shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a group of federal lawmakers is introducing legislation aimed at preventing another similar attack from occurring elsewhere in the U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, whose Congressional district includes Columbine High School, and Ted Deutch, whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, introduced legislation today that would ban the sale or transfer of any high-capacity magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
VA Readiness Initiative, includes 6 bills to help Veterans
Sen. Cory Gardner announced the launch of his VA Readiness Initiative. This new initiative includes a package of several bipartisan Gardner-authored bills that will ensure the federal government is always ready to assist veterans and prepared to fulfill the promises we have made to them. Gardner’s VA Readiness Initiative consists of four pillars: Expanding Access to Services, Encouraging Innovation, VA Accountability, and Empowering Transitioning Service Members.
House oversight panel to hold hearing on measles outbreak
Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House Energy and Commerce oversight committee, announced that her panel will hold a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 27, on the federal government’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of a life-threatening virus here in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, already this year, more than 100 individuals in 10 states have been infected with measles – a potentially deadly disease that had been eliminated in the U.S. after the development of a successful vaccine.
DeGette sponsors legislation to ban military-style assault weapons
Rep. Diana DeGette sponsored legislation filed to ban the sale, manufacture or possession of any new military-style assault weapons. The legislation – known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 – would ban 205 specific firearms by name, including the AK47 and AR-15 assault rifles. It would also ban any semi-automatic rifle, pistol or shotgun that accepts a detachable magazine and has one or more “military-style” features, such as a pistol grip, threaded barrel or folding stock.
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