Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Announce Field Hearing to Discuss Public Health Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced a joint field hearing of the Oversight and Investigations and Health subcommittees to discuss the public health crisis caused by the Biden administration’s open border policies. The Chairs released the following statement:  

“President Joe Biden’s border crisis is creating a public health crisis. With an influx of migrants entering the U.S., hospital beds and the health care professionals necessary to treat patients—already weakened by the vaccine mandate on health care workers—are stretched thin in border towns. But the crisis also hurts the rest of the nation, as fentanyl and its analogues are flowing across our border. We know that most of these lethal substances are being produced by cartels in Mexico—with precursor ingredients primarily sourced from China—and smuggled into the U.S. This field hearing in Texas will expose the public health crisis at our southern border and ensure action is taken to end the scourge of fentanyl and its analogues in our communities.”   

Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health Hearing Titled: "President Biden's Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis.”  

WHAT: A field hearing to examine the public health crisis at the southern border as well as the flow of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances across our southern border.  

DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2023  

TIME: 6:00 PM CST  

LOCATION: Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, 301 W Railroad St., Building D, Weslaco, TX 78596  

WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at