@MyKitchenTable - March 4, 2021
Washington, March 4, 2021
@MyKitchenTable: Thursday, March 4, 2021
"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Mr. Rogers.
Today, those helpers are the countless health care workers here in southwest Michigan and across the country who have been working 24/7 for the past year to care for our communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work continues as long as this pandemic does, and it’s expanded to vaccinating as many people as we can now that there are three approved vaccines in the market.
But our health care workers are under enormous amounts of stress, that’s for certain. Last year you may remember that I helped introduce the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that aimed to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among healthcare professionals after Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physician & Surgeons working on the frontlines of the pandemic in New York City, died by suicide. Today we reintroduced this bipartisan bill and hope to see it move quickly, and you can learn more HERE.
Yesterday, I had a productive meeting in the Oval Office with President Biden and my 21st Century Cures legislative partner Diana DeGette (D-CO) about what we can do to end cancer as we know it. Like too many families across this country, the Bidens know the pain and heartache that comes from losing a loved one to cancer – and the President told us yesterday that this effort will be a major priority for his Administration. He was an invaluable partner helping us pass the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016 – which accelerated the pace of getting drugs, life-saving devices, and treatments to patients, such as the COVID-19 vaccine – and we are looking forward to working with him again on any effort to find a cure for cancer. It’s time. You can read more about our meeting HERE. Here is a photo with Rep. DeGette and the Republican leader on the Health Subcommittee, Brett Guthrie, outside of the West Wing at the White House.
All the best,