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Blue Dog Coalition Policy Task Forces Release Recommendations for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition released its policy recommendations for both Congress and the Trump Administration to consider as they continue to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The recommendations were developed within the policy parameters of the Blue Dog Coalition’s five policy task forces.

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand Teaching Health Center Programs, Address Physician Shortage

WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its endorsement of the bipartisan, bicameral H.R. 2815, Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act, a bill that would improve access to physicians in rural communities. Specifically, the legislation reauthorizes and expands the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program to address the physician shortage facing communities across the country. The bill was introduced in the House by Rep.

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Address High Suicide Rates in Rural America

WASHINGTON—The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which helps to address the growing rate of suicide in rural communities across the country. The bill was introduced in the House by Blue Dog Coalition Co-Chair for Whip, Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), as well as Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Angie Craig (MN-02). The companion bill in the Senate is sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

 

House Passes Blue Dog-Backed, Bipartisan Prescription Drug Legislation

WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed two prescription drug pricing bills with bipartisan support, which were endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition earlier this month. The legislation was endorsed as part of the Coalition’s effort to call on Congress to take up a series of additional, bipartisan prescription drug pricing bills that, if taken up individually, could pass a Democratic-led House and a Republican-led Senate.

 

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Take Up Additional Bipartisan Drug Pricing Legislation

WASHINGTON—As the House continues its consideration of H.R. 3, Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, the Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed and called on Congress to take up a series of additional prescription drug pricing bills that, if taken up individually, could pass a Democratic-led House and a Republican-led Senate.

Blue Dogs Announce Health Care Priorities

WASHINGTON—Today, the Blue Dog Coalition announced a set of priorities to improve our country’s health care system and increase access to care. The priorities focus on ways to protect the Affordable Care Act, improve it, and build on its success, rather than start from scratch. Additionally, they point out needs that are specific to rural and tribal communities, which do not typically have the same resources as urban areas. The priorities also focus on ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs and combat the opioid epidemic.

 

ICYMI: House Energy and Commerce Committee Greenlights Blue Dog Endorsed Drug Pricing Legislation

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted unanimously to pass Blue Dog Coalition-endorsed legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The endorsed legislation is the bipartisan Payment Commission Act and the bipartisan Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act.

Blue Dogs Endorse Bipartisan Measures to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency

WASHINGTON—Today, the Blue Dog Coalition announced its endorsement of two bipartisan bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The endorsed legislation is the Payment Commission Act and the Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act. Both pieces of legislation are being marked up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.

 

BLUE DOG COALITION ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR RURAL AMERICA

Today, the Blue Dog Coalition released A Strong Rural America, an agenda that outlines the path to prosperity and restoring the American Dream in rural communities across the country. Last weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which began a global financial crisis and an economic recession—a period of time that fundamentally changed the American economy and brought about a recovery that has left behind much of rural America.

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