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May 4, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As the COVID-19 pandemic places unique pressures on food supply chains in the United States, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, led Members in urging the Department of Agriculture to curb the extreme measures for “depopulation” at some animal slaughter facilities. Their letter raises concerns about mass suffocation of animals who are being quickly cleared from facilities and urges use of more humane practices.
May 4, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Following today’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement of changes in requirements for antibody tests, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, released the following statement:
May 1, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Amid announcements concerning preliminary clinical trial data on remdesivir and anticipated emergency use authorization from the FDA, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, urge Secretary Azar to release information about the extent of taxpayer investment in remdesivir, government ownership of any remdesivir patents, and any federal efforts to scale-up production. Arguing that an unaffordable drug is entirely ineffective for patients suffering, the members assert that “substantial taxpayer investments in COVID-19 pharmaceutical research must be recognized.”
April 29, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens and many states look to serologic testing in order to estimate the extent of COVID-19 infection, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, led an effort to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to swiftly end the current “free-for-all” policy on serological tests, establish firm guidance for manufacturers, and remove tests from the market that do not meet reasonable specificity and sensitivity goals. He was joined in this request by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
April 28, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As more than 1.4 million Texans have filed for unemployment insurance amid the deepening economic crisis, and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) struggles to handle the influx, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, led all congressional Texas Democrats in urging Governor Abbott to help Texans experiencing ongoing delays in continuing their unemployment benefits by temporarily waiving the current biweekly recertification requirement. By relieving both unemployed Texans and the TWC of this requirement, Abbott could help far more people access needed aid faster.
April 25, 2020
Austin, Texas – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requiring its employees who are answering phones, processing mail, and other “mission-critical work” to end telework and resume on-site duties in Austin, as soon as tomorrow, Sunday, without assuring that they will be provided personal protective equipment (PPE):
April 24, 2020
Washington, DC – Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) unveiled bicameral legislation today to repeal a massive tax giveaway for a small group of wealthy taxpayers that Republicans included in the coronavirus relief bill. The legislation would do away with provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates will reduce government revenue by $160 billion over ten years, and that would overwhelmingly benefit wealthy taxpayers like hedge fund managers and real estate speculators.
April 21, 2020
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, Representative Susan Wild (D-PA), member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL), member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced legislation to require a special enrollment period for COVID-19.
April 21, 2020
Washington, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL), member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, led over one hundred fifty members of Congress in sounding the alarm about the importance of maintaining a law to ensure that states do not kick people off Medicaid amid this devastating pandemic. The maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act protect vulnerable families from having their Medicaid coverage stripped during this crisis by states seeking to reduce access to care. Some Republicans have made repealing MOE a top priority in the next relief package.
April 9, 2020
Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) are pressing the Trump administration to explain tax provisions in the recent COVID-19 relief bill that cost roughly $195 billion and have no connection to combatting the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. According to reports, beneficiaries of the tax giveaways may include President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and “real estate investors in President Trump’s inner circle.”

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