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September 15, 2021
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, spoke forcefully in the Ways and Means Build Back Better markup to decry the Republican, draconian, abortion ban in Texas and an anti-choice amendment Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady offered last night in Committee to eliminate reproductive freedom in federal health programs.
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September 13, 2021
Washington, D.C. — This morning, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, shared new data from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) showing how the newly expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC)—a tax cut for most families with kids—in the American Rescue Plan is delivering relief for Texas families. Rep. Doggett shared the JEC analysis showing that, for the congressional district he currently represents alone, there are 183,000 qualifying children, and 93,000 total payments were delivered to district families in August, amounting to $46.8 million.
September 9, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement reacting to the Health and Human Services (HHS) plan on drug prices released this morning:
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September 7, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Following President Biden’s call for “Congress to finish the job” in closing corporate tax loopholes, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, is joined by 40 colleagues in urging prompt approval of the Build Back Better international tax proposals—to remedy existing tax unfairness and loopholes for multinationals, to fund investments in human infrastructure, and to eliminate tax incentives for offshoring American jobs and profits.
September 3, 2021
Austin, T.X. – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi joined U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon at Foundation Communities in Austin highlighting Democrats’ priorities they’re working for in the forthcoming Build Back Better Act to strengthen health care access for Texas families. This includes extending coverage for those denied Medicaid expansion, crafting more affordable ACA Marketplace insurance, providing more comprehensive Medicare coverage, and lowering prescription drug prices. These key health care points mark significant progress in fulfilling the President’s Build Back Better agenda.
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September 1, 2021
Austin, T.X. – Tomorrow, Thursday, September 2, at 2:30 PM, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will hold a press conference in Austin to highlight Democrats’ priorities in the forthcoming Build Back Better Act that will strengthen health care access for Texas families. This includes coverage for those denied Medicaid expansion, more affordable ACA Marketplace insurance, additional Medicare benefits, and lower prescription drug prices. This marks key progress in fulfilling the President’s Build Back Better agenda.
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August 26, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) released the following statement following the terrorist attacks outside Hamid Karzai International Airport:
July 30, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, we mark five years since the fatal hot air balloon crash that took the lives of 16 people near Lockhart on July 30, 2016. The Lockhart crash constituted the deadliest commercial balloon crash in our Nation’s history, and the worst aviation disaster in America since 2009. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the Federal Aviation Association’s (FAA) refusal to require balloon operators to obtain a medical certificate contributed to the Caldwell County crash. Rep. Doggett then worked with victims’ families to author an amendment to remedy this failure to ensure no more families risk injury or death from an impaired pilot.
July 30, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, marks 56 years since President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965, at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, to create the Medicare and Medicaid programs that have provided health security and dignified care for our seniors and vulnerable neighbors in the decades since. To honor this legacy, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, shares that we must preserve and expand these programs—to fulfill their promise of health care security in America.
July 29, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, along with more than 55 Members, introduced patient-first, expansive drug price negotiation legislation to rein in Big Pharma’s monopoly power, negotiate reasonable prices, and ensure every consumer—including the uninsured—receives the benefit. Harnessing the power of competition to end monopoly prices, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act finally lifts the wrongful prohibition on Medicare to negotiate drug prices and works to heal our deeply fractured health care system that leaves so many patients behind. Americans pay more for prescription drugs than patients in any comparable country, with patients paying an average of $1,200 annually on prescriptions. The Medicare Advisory Payment Commission (MedPAC) recently found drug spending grew by 26% in Medicare from 2013-2018, nearly all “due to higher prices and launches of new drugs, rather than an increase in the number of prescriptions filled.”
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