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Leader Rodgers Opening Statement at Full Committee Markup of Solutions to Improve Medical Innovation and Mental Health


05.18.22

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered remarks at today’s Committee markup of six bills, including the H.R. 7667, the “Food and Drug Amendments of 2022,” and H.R. 7666, the “Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022.”

Her remarks as prepared for delivery:

RESTORING HOPE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

“In the FDA Act, we are taking action to lower health care costs, spur more innovation, secure our supply chains, and provide hope to patients who believe in the promise of American innovation for new cures, breakthrough drugs, and access to treatments.

“For them, we are committed to delivering the user fee agreements on time.

“In addition, we are advancing the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act.

“This is the first major effort to date to address the mental health crisis caused by government driven lockdowns and school closures during the pandemic.

“Like many other communities, Spokane, Washington, is recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness month and the worsening mental health challenges we now face.

“Children especially are more stressed, anxious, and depressed than ever because of school closures.

“Our message to them must be that they matter.

“Our solutions will help communities make a difference in people’s lives to turn despair into hope.

“This package includes reauthorizing programs like the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act for youth suicide prevention and programs to help people with severe mental illness.”

SAVING LIVES AND SUPPORTING WOMEN

“It also helps moms by supporting care for maternal health and substance use disorders, which are among the leading causes of death for pregnant and postpartum women.

“Our goal is to help save lives and support women at every stage of pregnancy and beyond.

“I want to personally thank Chairman Pallone wholeheartedly for leading this package with me that includes provisions by members on both sides of the aisle. I am grateful for your leadership on mental health and your commitment to working with me.

“As we move forward, there are improvements we are still working on, and I appreciate the Chairman’s willingness to do so before a floor vote.”

PUTTING ARPA-H ON THE MORE ACCOUNTABLE PATH

“Finally, regarding ARPA-H, because Congress already appropriated money for this, now is the time for us to provide guardrails for the agency to be a success.

“After extensive negotiations with the majority, the amendment today will put ARPA-H on the right path with a targeted mission, increased accountability and transparency, and a laser focus on promoting American innovators.”

PLOWING THE HARD GROUND TO FIND SOLUTIONS

“Overall, we have a lot of meaningful bipartisan bills before us.

“This is the rich history of our Committee — to find solutions on the most pressing issues before us as a nation.

“Again, thank you Chairman Pallone, the committee members, and all of our committee staff for your hard work. Let’s keep building on this on behalf of those we serve.”


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