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Eshoo Announces Bid to Chair Health Subcommittee at Energy and Commerce

November 9th, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter to her colleagues today, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced that she is seeking their support to serve as the Chair of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Eshoo was first elected to Congress in 1992 on a platform of health care priorities, and of the 40 bills Eshoo has authored and been signed into law by three presidents, more than half are health care related.

“The 2018 midterm elections were won on the issue of health care and the American people now expect us to deliver,” Rep. Eshoo wrote.

Eshoo will work to advance issues that are most important to the American people, including: strengthening the Affordable Care Act; protecting those with preexisting conditions; drug pricing; strengthening Medicare and Medicaid; lowering health care costs for all Americans; maintaining investments in biomedical research and development; and advancing consumer protections in health insurance.

Rep. Eshoo has served on the Energy and Commerce Committee since 1995; served as the Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee from 2011 to 2017; and as a member of the Health Subcommittee for 14 years.

The full text of Rep. Eshoo’s announcement letter is available below.

November 9, 2018

Dear Energy and Commerce Committee Colleague:

It’s a privilege to serve with you as a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. As we begin to prepare for a new Congress, I’m writing to seek your support to serve as Chair of the Health Subcommittee in the 116th Congress. As you know, due to the retirement of our friend Gene Green, the leadership position is now open. In this leadership role, I will always seek your valuable input so we’re a real team, working to strengthen our health care system, protect consumers, and develop innovative solutions to make health care more affordable and accessible. I’m most grateful to Ranking Member Pallone for his support of my candidacy, and now I ask for yours.

I was first elected to Congress in 1992 on a platform of health care priorities following a decade of service on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. As President of the Board, I crafted the Health Plan of San Mateo County, the second county organized health system created in the State of California and one of the oldest in the nation. I joined the Energy and Commerce Committee in my second term in 1995, and have served on the Health Subcommittee for 14 of my 24 years on E&C. Of the 40 bills I’ve authored that have been signed into law by three presidents, more than half have been health care related. I think my bipartisan accomplishments demonstrate the ability to achieve results and reflect a clear vision for America’s future across biotechnology; women’s health; health insurance reforms; pancreatic cancer; pediatric health; medical device reform and public health security.

The 2018 midterm elections were won on the issue of health care and the American people now expect us to deliver. The House Democratic Caucus outlined an ambitious agenda in our “For The People” platform to ensure our health care system meets the needs of all Americans. This agenda and the important input of the Members of the E&C Committee will guide my work as Chair of the Health Subcommittee including: tackling drug pricing by examining the entire drug supply chain and focusing on safety, affordability and innovation; working to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by protecting those with preexisting conditions; strengthening Medicare and Medicaid; lowering health care costs for all Americans; maintaining investments in biomedical research and development; and advancing consumer protections for medical products.

As we begin a new Congress in the Majority, I’d be grateful and proud to lead the Health Subcommittee, working with you to ensure that we are productive on the issues that are most important to the American people.

I welcome your suggestions and questions, and I’d be honored to have your support.

 

With every gratitude,

Anna G. Eshoo

Member of Congress

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