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ICYMI: Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America Hosts Panel Discussion on Rural Veterans

This week, the Blue Dog Coalition’s Special Task Force on Rural America held its first panel discussion on rural issues. The Task Force met with representatives of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to discuss ways we can better support our nation’s rural veterans.

Blue Dogs Endorse Bipartisan Bill to Address Farmer Suicide Crisis

The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 5259, Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act, which makes mental health treatment more available for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers. Due to the nature of their work and the lack of mental health treatment available, these individuals suffer from higher rates of depression and suicide.

Blue Dogs Back the Alexander-Murray Health Care Bill

The fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017, which stabilizes premiums and the individual health insurance market, and improves the Affordable Care Act. The bipartisan health care bill was introduced in the Senate last week by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Blue Dog Leadership to House Republicans: We Must Act Now on a Bipartisan Solution for Health Care

Today, the co-chairs of the fiscally-responsible Democratic Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)—released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments:

Blue Dogs Endorse Bill to Prevent Dramatic Drug Price Hikes

Washington – Today, while the House Oversight Committee holds a bipartisan hearing with officials from Mylan, titled “Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens,” the Blue Dog Coalition endorsed a bill that could prevent dramatic price hikes like that of the EpiPen. H.R. 4784, the Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act helps streamline the FDA approval process on generic drugs, and encourages competition by providing incentives for more generics to come to the market.