Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today introduced “Jessie’s Law,” a bipartisan bill named after Michigan resident Jessie Grubb who tragically died earlier this year of an opioid overdose. Jessie’s Law would help ensure doctors have access to a consenting patient’s prior history of addiction in order to make fully informed care and treatment decisions. Providing this information would help prevent cases like Jessie’s, where a recovering addict in Ann Arbor was unknowingly prescribed and discharged with a powerful opioid that led to her death.
“As a father of three, I cannot fathom the immense pain of losing a child and my heartfelt condolences are with the Grubb family. Too many families in Michigan and across America have seen lives swept up by addiction and we must act now to reverse this tragic trend. With Jessie’s Law, we are taking another important, bipartisan, step to confront this epidemic and help save lives in our communities,” said Congressman Tim Walberg.
“As one who has witnessed firsthand all spectrums of this issue, I believe this bill is one of the most important steps we can take in developing effective strategies to address this issue and save lives,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. “My father suffered from opioid addiction much of his life and my sister died from a drug overdose. I know the horrible pain of living with a family member with addiction and the sadness you never get over of losing a loved one to the terrible scourge of addiction. In all of our discussions in seeking solutions, we must educate and prevent abuse but at the same time not stigmatize those with real and legitimate needs. Jessie’s Law does exactly that. It provides information to the treating physician and other medical professionals so they have an accurate picture to treat the patient safely and effectively.”
“It is an honor to introduce Jessie’s Law in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jessie Grubb’s story is especially heartbreaking because her death could have been prevented. Simply providing medical professionals with this vital information we can prevent the unnecessary deaths of so many,” said Congressman Alex X. Mooney.
Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jessie Grubb was in recovery and getting her life back on track after seven years of struggling with addiction. Due to a hip injury while training for a marathon, Jessie underwent surgery in late February. Jessie’s parents informed hospital personnel that she was a recovering addict, but that message never made it to the doctor who discharged her. Jessie left with a prescription for 50 oxycodone pills and fatally overdosed that same night.
Original co-sponsors of the bill include: Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), David McKinley (R-WV), John Moolenaar (R-MI), and Alex X. Mooney (R-WV).
Jessie’s Law was introduced earlier this week in the U.S. Senate by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) with the help of Jessie’s parents from West Virginia, David and Kate Grubb.
A member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Congressman Walberg continues to collaborate with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to raise awareness and develop best practices to fight heroin and opioid addiction.
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today spoke on the House floor to encourage residents of Michigan’s 7th District to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The service provides an opportunity for citizens to safely and securely dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at an authorized disposal site in their community.
On Saturday, Congressman Walberg will join with the Jackson Police Department at 11:00 AM to raise awareness about the disposal site at 216 E Washington Ave in Jackson, which is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Additional drop off locations are available in Branch, Eaton, Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties.
Transcript of Congressman Walberg's Remarks
Mr. Speaker, talk to your neighbors, turn on the local news, and you hear the tragic stories of how opioid abuse is devastating families across this country and in my state of Michigan.
Combating this epidemic requires us to work together to tackle it head on.
No effort is too small, and each of us can do our part.
One way to help is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 30th.
It’s an opportunity for citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted medications with no questions asked.
Safe disposal of expired prescription drugs is an important step to preventing abuse.
Authorized drop off sites are located all across Michigan’s 7th District, and I will be stopping by at one of those sites—the Jackson Police Department on Saturday.
Mr. Speaker, this is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s a human issue, and it affects us all.
I yield back.
Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today encouraged residents of Michigan’s 7th District to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The service provides an opportunity for citizens to safely and securely dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at an authorized disposal site in their community.
On Saturday, Congressman Walberg will join with the Jackson Police Department at 11:00 AM to raise awareness about the disposal site at 216 E Washington Ave in Jackson, which is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Additional drop off locations are available across the 7th District.
“Prescription drug abuse is shattering lives and tearing families apart and we must work together to combat this grow epidemic in our communities,” said Congressman Walberg. “Proper disposal of old and unwanted prescription drugs is one important way we can help keep our children, families, and neighborhoods safe.”
“Even prescription drugs can be harmful if used inappropriately so we support any effort to get them out of people's medicine cabinets and off the streets,” said Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Matt Heins.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is free and anonymous—no questions asked. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons—over 700,000 pounds—of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites across the country.
Here is a list of collection sites around the 7th District open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on April 30:
Jackson Police Department; 216 E Washington Ave in Jackson (click here for a flyer)
Michigan State Police Jackson Post; 3401 Cooper Street in Jackson
Michigan State Police Lansing Post; 7119 North Canal Road in Lansing
Grand Ledge Police Department; 310 Greenwood St in Grand Ledge
Branch County Sheriff’s Office Lobby Drop Box; 580 Marshall Road in Coldwater
Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office / Promedica Bixby Hospital; 818 Riverside Avenue in Adrian
Michigan State Police Monroe Post; 300 Jones Avenue in Monroe
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby; 2201 Hogback Rd in Ann Arbor
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced bipartisan legislation to bring more accountability to the federal prison system. H.R. 5042, the Federal Prisons Accountability Act, would require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to receive a presidential appointment and a confirmation by the U.S. Senate, as is the case for nearly all other top federal law enforcement agency officials. Currently, the Director of BOP is appointed by the Attorney General and not subject to Senate approval.
As the number of inmates and costs of incarceration have risen dramatically in recent decades, increasing congressional oversight will help ensure the agency is effectively using taxpayer resources, responsive to inmates and corrections employees, and successfully addressing the rehabilitation and mental health needs of the federal prison population. In Michigan, Washtenaw County is home to the Milan Federal Correctional Institution, which has approximately 1,500 inmates and 400 staff members.
“Our federal prison system is in dire need of reform, and we can begin by adding more oversight and accountability to the Bureau of Prisons,” said Congressman Walberg. “Congressional review is essential to ensuring an agency this large stewards taxpayer dollars well and remains focused on improving outcomes for both inmates and employees alike.”
“There is broad bipartisan support in Congress for criminal justice reform, and improving oversight of the Bureau of Prisons is a first step in ensuring better outcomes for inmates, employees and taxpayers,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “Mental health is an important aspect that is often overlooked, and improving Congressional oversight of the BOP will help ensure improving these services in our prisons is a priority.”
The bill was also introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted this week for a series of bipartisan bills to protect taxpayer rights, increase accountability and transparency, and rein in abuse at the IRS. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s floor speech calling for common sense reforms to clean up the IRS.
“Not only is our current tax system broken, the agency in charge of enforcing it is too. Staggering mismanagement and incompetence at the IRS affects every one of our nation’s workers and small businesses and it’s time the agency starts working for them. With these bipartisan actions, the House continues to take important steps to protect hardworking taxpayers and increase accountability of how tax dollars are spent,” said Walberg.
More details on the House-passed legislation:
H.R. 1206: No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act
Prohibits the IRS from hiring additional employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the IRS has a serious delinquent tax debt.
H.R. 3724: Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act
Prohibits the IRS from rehiring any individual who was previously employed by the IRS but was removed for misconduct or whose employment was terminated for cause.
H.R. 4885: IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act
Requires the IRS to deposit fees for service in the general fund of the Treasury, and prohibits the expenditure of such fees unless an appropriation is set by Congress.
H.R. 4890: IRS Bonuses Tied to Measurable Metrics Act
Places a ban on the payment of bonuses to employees of the IRS under the Department of the Treasury submits to Congress a comprehensive customer service strategy that has been reviewed and approved by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.Read More
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Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan. The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County. Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.
Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.
In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.
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