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house Bill H.R. 4709

Let's Start a Workgroup to Solve Prescription Drug Abuse

Argument in favor

Would help prevent prescription drug abuse, establish clear and consistent enforcement standards, and ensure patients have access to needed medications by promoting collaboration between government agencies, patients, and industry stakeholders.

Argument opposed

Legislation written by drug lobbyists that has much more to do with making sure stock prices of drug manufacturing companies don't fall than it does with solving the ever-increasing problem of prescription drug abuse. Do-nothing legislation.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed July 29th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Health
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 21st, 2014

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Bill Activity

  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to House Energy and Commerce
  • referral
    Referred to House Judiciary
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 113-605, Part I.
  • action
    Mr. Pitts moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4709.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed July 29th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Health
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 21st, 2014

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