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Weekly Update From Congressman Joyce: September 15, 2019

Welcome to another edition of my newsletter. Our audience size for the these updates continues to grow.

Back in Washington

This past week, our nation commemorated the 18th anniversary of the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks. Americans are indebted to the heroes of Flight 93 whose bravery and sacrifice saved the lives of countless people. It is an honor to represent the hallowed ground of the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County. You can watch my reflection on this solemn anniversary by clicking the picture below.

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On Tuesday, I participated in a hearing on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would ensure care for children who are born alive. Seventy-seven percent of Americans support this commonsense legislation, yet House Democrats have blocked a vote on the bill more than 80 times. As a co-sponsor of the Born Alive Act, I will continue fighting until it passes the House. You can watch the hearing here.

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As Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, and Trade, I led a discussion on clean natural gas in America’s energy economy at this week’s hearing exploring the role of small business in the energy sector. It was a pleasure to welcome David Spigelmyer, a Pennsylvania native and President of the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, as a witness at the hearing. Mr. Spigelmyer testified on the importance of natural gas for job creation, innovation, and efficiency in today’s clean energy economy. You can watch my remarks by clicking the picture below.

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During Opioid Crisis Awareness Week, I visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and met with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins about innovative treatments being developed for addiction. Our nation’s fight against the opioid crisis is a team effort, and I am committed to finding realistic solutions to end this tragic epidemic that has taken a toll in our region and beyond.

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It was great to meet with members of the Pennsylvania Home Care Association who stopped by my office to discuss their work to help Pennsylvanians with in-home medical assistance and to make health care more affordable.

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Earlier this week, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on the burdens that small medical practices face. Not only is this issue important for doctors and patients around the country, but it’s also personal for me. For more than 25 years, my wife Alice and I owned our own dermatology practice. Each day we faced new hurdles in America’s broken health care system. This week, I was glad to offer a unique prescriptive at this hearing as we heard from doctors, including fellow dermatologist Dr. Howard Rogers, about barriers to patient care.

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Dr. Bruce Waldholtz stopped by my office to advocate on behalf of cancer patients with the American Cancer Society. I was grateful to talk with Dr. Waldholtz about Congress’ work to help American patients and their loved ones who have been impacted by this disease.

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It was a pleasure to welcome members of the Finical Services Institute to the Capitol to discuss the issues that Americans face when saving for their retirement.

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I was working on this week, and I look forward to updating you again next Sunday.

REMINDER: Additional updates can be found on my FACEBOOK PAGE.

Sincerely,

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John Joyce
Member of Congress

2019-09-16T11:59:01+00:00