Butterfield, Hudson Re-Introduce Bipartisan Life-Saving EMS Bill

Jan 5, 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 re-introducing their bipartisan bill, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304):

“Every second matters during a medical emergency and it is important that we ensure first responders have the tools they need to save lives,” said Rep. Butterfield.  “This important legislation ensures that first responders can continue to administer lifesaving medications and codifies existing practices for first responders for individuals experiencing a medical emergency.  It passed the House unanimously in the 114th Congress, and I am proud to join Congressman Hudson in the re-introduction of our bill that will help to save lives and supports our brave first responders.  I thank Richard for his continued leadership on this measure.”

“I’m disappointed the Senate didn’t move this important legislation last year after it passed the House with such strong bipartisan support.  I look forward to getting this bill to the House floor quickly to ensure patients can get the care they need,” said Rep. Hudson.  “From the beginning, 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.”

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.  In November 2016, it passed the House with unanimous support.