Broadband, Suicide Prevention, and Palliative Care

Griffith Supports Bills to Expand Broadband Access: The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced bills in a full committee markup, including measures to expand broadband access. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) is cosponsoring the two bills promoting broadband and supported them in markup today. He issued the following statement:

“The Energy and Commerce Committee made progress in a bipartisan manner on our priorities today, including connecting more Americans to broadband. The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act would promote the deployment of broadband in agricultural areas. Its provisions offer aid to farmers in the Ninth District and other rural areas so they can compete and thrive in today’s marketplace. Also, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act would streamline the process of applying for federal funds to expand broadband access. I believe these measures will begin to help Americans, especially in rural areas, with inadequate access to broadband, a key infrastructural component of the 21st century economy.

Griffith Supports Bill to Improve Suicide Prevention Hotline, Ensure Its Effectiveness for Vets: The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced bills in a full committee markup, including H.R. 2345, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) supported this bill and issued the following statement:

“Those with thoughts about taking their own lives need to know that other people are ready to help. In order to connect people in turmoil with assistance, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act would require the Federal Government to evaluate whether a three-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline would be feasible. This bill would also require study of whether the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is effective, especially for veterans.

“People who are contemplating suicide are frequently confused about where to turn for help. We should make it as easy as possible to get assistance from a trained worker. The concepts this bill promotes will help. Unfortunately, most Americans, including me, have had a friend or family member commit suicide. No one with suicidal thoughts should go without help.”

Griffith Supports Bill to Enhance Palliative Care: The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced bills in a full committee markup, including H.R. 1676, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) supported this bill and issued the following statement:

“For those suffering from serious illnesses, palliative care can bring comfort. I was pleased to support the bipartisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act as it advanced out of the Energy and Commerce Committee today. This legislation would lead to training grants for professionals in the field of palliative care, research to improve care options, and education to increase awareness. Improved training and research will better equip palliative care providers in caring for their patients.”