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Over a year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would seek to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes — an initiative to combat youth smoking.
But much like a proposed ban on most flavored e-cigarettes touted only months ago by President Donald Trump, that plan has apparently stalled.
Ayanna Pressley wants to know: why?
WASHINGTON – Today, H.R.
Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump is bringing her much-lampooned “Be Best” initiative to Boston—but she will hardly be welcomed with open arms.
In response to Trump’s visit, about 250 BMC workers are participating in a “Stand-In for Solidarity” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday on the Moakley Green. The stand-in, a silent event, is meant to reflect participants’ support of BMC patients, many of whom have been aversely affected by Trump administration policies.
BOSTON - Today, in response to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and first lady Melania Trump's visit to Boston Medical Center, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) led 85 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate and House Leadership urging them to provide a five-year extension of the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.
IN AN ABRUPT about-face, the Trump administration is reversing course on the recent declaration that it was ending a policy that allows seriously ill immigrants to remain in the country legally to receive medical treatment.
The protected status, called “medical deferred action,” was eliminated on August 7 when the US Customs and Immigration Services agency began sending letters to patients and families requiring them to leave the country within 33 days or face deportation.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pressed Renaud with the same line of questioning, asking who handed down the decision to end medical deferred action and why it was done with no public announcement. Finally, turning to subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Ocasio-Cortez suggested further action.
"Mr. Chairman, if I may, I think that we should consider, and I believe that after this hearing we have no recourse but to consider, discussing a subpoena."
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), William Keating (MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Seth Moulton (MA-06), and Lori Trahan (MA-03) announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was awarded over $43 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the combat the opioid crisis.
SOMERVILLE, MA — Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone's plan to open a safe injection site for drug users has been criticized by federal law enforcement, but he does have one influential figure in his corner: Rep. Ayanna Pressley. The congresswoman, who represents Somerville as part of the 7th District, said leaders must "invest in bold solutions" to battle addiction.
"I applaud Mayor Curtatone for his leadership and innovative solutions to our district's opioid crisis," Pressley said in a statement.