Jessie's Law and Combating the Opioid Epidemic
This week, Rep. Debbie Dingell and I introduced "Jessie's Law," a bipartisan bill named after Michigan resident Jessie Grubb who tragically died last year of an opioid overdose. Jessie's Law would help ensure doctors have access to a consenting patient's prior history of addiction in order to make fully informed care and treatment decisions. Providing this information would help prevent cases like Jessie's, where a recovering addict in Ann Arbor was unknowingly prescribed and discharged with a powerful opioid that led to her death. This bipartisan bill will make a real difference in fighting back against the deadly opioid epidemic and help save lives in our communities.
The FAIR Act: Protecting Property Rights
Over the past few years, we've seen a wave of stories where the government unjustly seized property from innocent Americans without charging them with a crime. To protect the American people's due process and private property rights, I joined with Senator Rand Paul and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act (FAIR Act). H.R. 1555 will raise the level of proof necessary for the government to seize property, reform the IRS structuring statute to protect innocent business owners, increase transparency and Congressional oversight, and advance many other important reforms.
House Passes Three Veterans Bills
This week I supported three different pieces of legislation on the House floor that would hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable to the veterans it serves, protect veterans and their Second Amendment rights, and empower the VA to hire and retain the best employees in their field. We must keep the faith with our veterans and provide the top-notch care and benefits our nation's heroes deserve.
Protecting Vulnerable Children
The Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing this week to examine the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and ways to improve the organization's efforts to recover and protect vulnerable children nationwide. Click here to watch my questions at the hearing.