Health Care

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

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WASHINGTON – Years after firefighters extinguish a blaze, after the smoke has lifted and ashes have cooled, the people who risked their lives to contain the fire face another danger: cancer and cardiovascular disease resulting from exposure to smoke and heat. Government and academic studies have shown firefighters are 9% more likely to develop cancer and 14% more likely to die from it, due to the...

CARBAJAL’S FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS FAIRNESS ACT PASSES U.S. HOUSE IN BIPARTISAN VOTE

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 288-131 to approve and advance the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, a bipartisan measure authored by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) that ensures federal firefighters receive the same access to job-related disability and retirement benefits as state, county, and municipal firefighters. Carbajal’s measure would create the presumption that federal firefigh...

BACON VOTES TO PROTECT, NOT STRANGLE VETERANS HEALTH CARE

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3967, the Honoring our PACT Act: “Improving the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves toxic-exposed veterans should be a common goal shared by every Member of Congress, not just a partisan subset of congress. We need meaningful collaboration on bills of this level of importance and im...

Rep. Don Bacon Tele-town Hall March 2, 2022

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Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) hosted a tele-town hall on March 2, 2022 for the people of Nebraska's Second Congressional district to discuss the latest issues in Congress and around the world, including the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the Afghanistan withdrawal, health care, and much more. Listen here.

BACON CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO ‘PUSH BACK BETTER’

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union Address: “The events of the past year have provided a stark reminder that the policies of the party in power affect the peace and prosperity of all Americans. As the country continues to lurch from crisis to crisis, the President’s policies are failing to address the problems that ...

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Federal Firefighters Benefits for Diseases Contracted in the Line of Duty

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WASHINGTON, DC– The Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed the Federal Firefighter Fairness Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation that would ensure federal firefighters receive the same access to job-related disability and retirement benefits as state, county, and municipal firefighters. Federal firefighters are regularly exposed to injury and disease while protecting national interests, such as military i...

‘Paying The Arsonist’: Biden’s COVID Test Contract With China Draws Ire on Capitol Hill

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The Biden administration’s decision to award over a billion dollars to a Chinese company that manufactures coronavirus test kits has prompted outrage from congressional Republicans. Rep. Michael Waltz (R., Fla.) compared the Pentagon's decision to award a $1.3 billion contract to iHealth, a subsidiary of China’s Andon Health Co. Ltd. that will supply millions of COVID-19 tests to the United States...

1 million + H.S. football helmets refurbished yearly, but process lacks official oversight

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OXFORD, Ohio (TND) — When high school football players take the field, they may be playing in a helmet that's taken hits year after year. Ensuring those used helmets are game ready falls to a network of companies nationwide, tasked with reconditioning this crucial piece of headgear. Reconditioners refurbish more than a million helmets annually, with experts telling Spotlight on America most school...

BACON RECEIVES ISEA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) today was recognized by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) as one of the recipients of the 2021 Robert B. Hurley Distinguished Service Award. This award was established by the association to recognize those whose efforts have had a positive impact on workplace safety. Other recipients of the award are Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) an...

House renews law allowing VA to build hospitals with private aid

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to extend for five more years the 2016 law that permitted a public-private partnership to build the Omaha VA Medical Center’s new $86 million ambulatory care clinic, according to a press release from Nebraska Republicaep. Don Bacon. The House rolled the extension of the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed (CHIP-IN) for Ve...