Butterfield, Hudson Bipartisan EMS Bill Passes House

Jan 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statements after their bipartisan bill, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304), passed the House with overwhelming support, 404-0:

“After passing the House unanimously last year, I am proud that the House once again unanimously approved this important bill,” Rep. Butterfield said. “This legislation ensures that first responders in North Carolina and throughout the country are able to continue to provide life-saving medications to people experiencing health emergencies.  I urge the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass and President Obama to sign this important legislation so that more lives can be saved.  I thank Congressman Hudson for his leadership on this important and bipartisan issue.”

“The health of our community isn’t a partisan issue, and today’s bipartisan support of this essential bill is a testament to that,” said Rep. Hudson.  “Congressman Butterfield has been a reliable partner in this effort, and I appreciate his hard work.  This bill may not be flashy, but it solves a problem and saves lives.  It’s an example of how to get things done — finding common ground and advancing bipartisan solutions to get results the American people deserve.”

Reps. Butterfield and Hudson re-introduced the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act last week.

Last Congress, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously by voice vote in September 2016. In November 2016, it passed the House with unanimous support.