Guthrie sponsored legislation

115th Congress

I have served as the vice chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee since 2015. In this role, I have worked to combat our nation’s opioid crisis, reform and secure Medicaid, help people afford health care post-Obamacare, and support research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. I have introduced:

 

I also serve as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. In this capacity, I have focused on improving internet connectivity. I have introduced:

 

On the Education and the Workforce Committee, I serve as chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee. Through my committee work, I have:

 

114th Congress
H.R. 592, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services

Congressmen Guthrie, Butterfield, Young & Kind Reintroduce Bill to Increase Access to Health Care in Underserved Areas
H.R. 592 will allow Medicare to reimburse pharmacists in medically underserved communities for certain health care services.  Most states already allow pharmacists to provide additional services, such as immunizations, diabetes management, blood pressure screenings and routine checks. Despite the ability to perform such services, there is currently no mechanism for pharmacists to be reimbursed for these by the Medicare program. The bipartisan legislation was supported by 123 bipartisan cosponsors during the 113th Congress.

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H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2015

Guthrie & Richmond Introduce Sports Medicine Liability Bill
H.R. 921 clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.  Current law is ambiguous as to whether or not medical liability insurance covers work out of state.  "This legislation is a solution to this difficult problem faced by many athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals,” said Congressman Guthrie.

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H.R. 985, to enable concrete masonry products manufacturers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products.

Local, community-centered concrete masonry businesses do not have the scale of resources necessary to research and develop the products and technologies that our country needs for safer, more durable and more energy efficient building construction. H.R. 985 will grant the concrete masonry industry the Congressional authority required to pool resources and self-fund a commodity check-off program to help develop and promote modern product lines.

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H.R. 1344, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015

Guthrie & Capps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act
H.R. 1344 will reauthorize the federal authority for hearing tests and intervention programs for newborn babies, which were first authorized through the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999. “Early detection of hearing loss is just like the early detection of any other disease or illness – it can dramatically change the outcome of one’s prognosis.  By reauthorizing these screening and intervention programs, and by shifting our focus to ensure there is less loss to follow-up, we can ensure all newborn babies are being evaluated and receiving any necessary treatment," said Congressman Guthrie upon the bill's introduction.

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H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act

Bipartisan Representatives Introduce Bill to Protect Employees from Higher Insurance Costs
Currently, the small group market is defined as 1-50 employees, however beginning January 1, 2016, that number will change to 1-100 employees. In doing so, employers with 51-100 employees will not be able to keep their current health care plans or purchase or renew plans that do not conform to the new regulations. By being subject to the new regulations, it is anticipated that their rates will dramatically increase. H.R. 1624 will prevent these catastrophic scenarios by maintaining that small group markets remain defined as 1-50 employees.

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H.R. 1641, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act

Guthrie and Matsui Reintroduce Bipartisan Federal Spectrum Incentive Bill
H.R. 1641 will provide financial incentives to encourage government agencies to relocate from their existing spectrum bands in order to free up additional spectrum for commercial and innovation purposes.  Agencies could use these funds to accommodate relocation costs or to offset sequestration cuts.  H.R. 1641 mirrors the legislation Congressman Guthrie and Congresswoman Matsui introduced last Congress (H.R. 3674).

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H.R. 3179, the Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

Guthrie Reintroduces Bipartisan Student Loan Literacy Bill
H.R. will reform the current guidelines to require annual counseling for student borrowers and enhance their understanding of financial aid. Currently, financial counseling is only required at the beginning and end of a student’s academic career. This results in many graduates having a cloudy picture of their financial obligations.

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H.R. 3682 Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development (REBUILD) Act of 2015

Guthrie Reintroduces REBUILD Act
H.R. 3682 is comprised of a “top 10 list” of policy priorities,and will encourage domestic production and increase our global competitiveness. Building off of previous legislation introduced by Congressman Guthrie, and incorporating feedback from roundtable discussions and conversation with Kentucky manufacturers, the bill focuses on the following reforms that are key to growth: improving workforce training, streamlining comprehensive tax reform and expanding the R&D tax credit, developing federal oil and gas resources, reducing EPA regulations, repealing Obamacare and lowering health insurance costs, protecting against unfair trade practices, modernizing export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry to spur technological innovation.

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113th Congress
H.R. 4351 - the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act

Reps. Guthrie, Tonko Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Advance Alzheimer's Research
H.R. 4351 seeks to ensure that the research and resources needed to find a cure for Alzheimer's are properly conveyed to Congress. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with the disease, and someone develops the disease every 67 seconds. It is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the costliest disease in America, with a direct cost of roughly $200 billion, most of which is paid by Medicare and Medicaid.  The National Institutes of Health is projected to invest more than half a billion dollars in Alzheimer’s research in FY2014, and this legislation will ensure that the priorities and goals to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s are clear, ensuring the limited federal dollars are being best spent.

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H.R. 4190

Reps. Guthrie, Butterfield & Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Access to Medical Care
H.R. 4190 will allow Medicare reimbursement for certain pharmacist services in medically underserved communities. Many states allow pharmacists to provide additional services, such as immunizations, diabetes management, blood pressure screenings and routine checks. However, there is currently no mechanism for pharmacists to be reimbursed by the Medicare program. This common-sense bill creates a means for pharmacists to be reimbursed for these services they are already allowed to perform, when performed in medically underserved areas.

H.R. 3355 - the Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Relations Development (REBUILD) Act of 2013

Guthrie Introduces Bill to Boost American Competitiveness
Congressman Brett Guthrie today, Monday, October 28, 2013, introduced the Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development (REBUILD) Act of 2013. H.R. 3355, comprised of a “top 10 list” of policy priorities,would stimulate production and increase our global competitiveness. Specifically, the bill includes reforms related to the following issues: workforce training, the R&D tax credit, comprehensive tax reform, federal oil and gas resources, EPA regulations, the repeal of Obamacare, health insurance portability, renewal of trade promotion authority, export controls and opening up more spectrum for industry for technological innovation.

Follow the bill's progress HERE.

Supplemental materials:
Fact Sheet - 10 titles
Economic Rationale
Section by Section
Letter from the National Association of Manufacturers

H.R. 3674 - the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2013
 
Guthrie introduces legislation to auction off federal spectrum
H.R. 3674 would provide financial incentives to encourage government agencies to relocate from their existing spectrum in order to free up additional spectrum for commercial and innovation purposes. Agencies could use these funds to accommodate relocation costs or to offset sequestration cuts.