UROPAC - May 2020 Update
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many advocacy groups have suspended their fundraising and political activities out of respect for the more important task of supporting our families, frontline health workers and communities who have been hit the hardest by coronavirus and the ensuing financial fallout.
UROPAC believes this is the right approach for this unprecedented time and has cancelled all of its fundraising campaigns and in-person meetings through at least the end of spring, and quite possibly longer than that.
While most political activities in Washington, D.C. have been temporarily halted, it has not stopped lawmakers from discussing their legislative work and soliciting feedback from the public. This has provided UROPAC with an opportunity to connect (virtually) with key members of Congress and share the views of the urology community.
In May, UROPAC hosted virtual meetings with two additional congressional champions – Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6), the second-highest ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, and Rep. Andy Harris, MD (MD-1), an anesthesiologist and member of the influential House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee.
Other medical specialty groups have also organized virtual meetings with key legislators in recent weeks, which AACU members and staff have had the opportunity to join. Below is a list of all the members of Congress who AACU has met with, via video conferencing, since the beginning of April:
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL)Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-8)Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1)Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)Rep. John Joyce, MD (PA-13)Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)Rep. Roger Marshall, MD (KS-1)Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-8)Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7)
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