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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced he will wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following a statewide poll asking when he should receive his shot. Members of Congress were offered early access to the vaccine, and the poll was intended to increase discussion about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution in South Dakota.
Washington, D.C. – On Friday evening, a bipartisan, bicameral surprise billing agreement was announced by the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Education and Labor Committee, and the Senate Health Committee. Surprise billing has been a priority of U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) during his first term and this package will be included in an end of year omnibus bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) today pushed congressional leadership to pass their bipartisan Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally (SAVE) for Seniors Act to make sure seniors on traditional Medicare have access to a future COVID-19 vaccine without cost-sharing.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced the Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally (SAVE) for Seniors Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure seniors on traditional Medicare have access to a future COVID-19 vaccine without cost-sharing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E., (R-W.Va.), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Peter Welch (D-VT), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), and Doris Matsui (D-CA), led a group of 243 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting an immediate response is taken to ensure covered safety net providers continue to receive crucial 340B drug discounts.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – this bill authorized a critical pandemic program for American families – the Farmers to Families Food Box. Since March, more than 62 million families across the country have received food boxes.
Rep. Dusty Johnson stood in the Slumberland parking lot late Wednesday afternoon, preparing for a shift of helping out with the latest food box giveaway at the Mitchell Food Pantry.
“This is where the rubber really hits the road,” Johnson told the Mitchell Republic. “This is where all the lofty ideas in Washington, D.C. actually get deployed in helping families in need.”
With all eyes focused on the pandemic, whether or not kids will head back to school in August, and concerns about unemployment, it’s easy to miss the wins of the week.
Prescription drug pricing has been an on-going conversation since I stepped foot in the halls of Congress last year, and this week the administration took positive action towards securing lower costs for Americans on prescription medication.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.-AL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) introduced the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Extension Act to appropriate additional funds to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) COVID-19 Telehealth Program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box program. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following remarks:
Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va.-07, and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., led a 41-member, bipartisan effort calling on the Federal Communications Commission to provide greater certainty and support to health care providers who offer telehealth services, according to a news release from Spanberger's team.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) today led a 41-Member, bipartisan effort calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide greater certainty and support to healthcare providers standing up telehealth services, which are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March, when things went from 0 to 100 at the beginning of the pandemic, our health care system was forced to adapt quickly on so many levels. With patients no longer allowed to visit hospitals in-person for regular appointments, we needed a solution – and fast.
Telehealth was the answer. The administration quickly expanded Medicare’s telehealth coverage during the pandemic, ensuring our seniors had access to their providers from the safety of their own home.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued a statement following the bipartisan passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Previously, Johnson supported two legislative packages to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 and provide federal reimbursement to small employers for paid sick and emergency leave provided to their employees. Rep.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) praised the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) decision to expand commercial drivers’ hours-of-service during the national COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last few days, South Dakota has confirmed several cases of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. While I am confident that our state and local governments will work together to protect the health of our communities, it is important that we all take extra precautions to support vulnerable populations during this time.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) applauded the U.S. House’s final passage of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020. Johnson is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan bill which will reauthorize critical social and nutrition services for older Americans. Earlier this year, he saw the benefits of the program first-hand when he delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to assist the response to COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus:
Disclaimer: The information below reflects CDC guidlines from March 2020. Visit CDC.gov for updated guidelines.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued a public service announcement video following a congressional briefing from Vice President Pence on COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.
Click here to watch the full video.
If you’ve turned on the news in the last month or so you’ve probably heard this word over and over: Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
This week, the president addressed the nation regarding the U.S. response to the outbreak. So far, officials have determined more than 80,000 cases globally – the majority of them in China.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today praised the bipartisan Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 5826), which passed out of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee this week. Johnson is a co-sponsor of the bill.
“This is a pro-patient bill,” said Johnson. “When families are faced with a medical crisis, the last thing you want to receive is a surprise bill in the mail. Patients deserve transparency and that is exactly what this bill delivers.”
Thirteen-year-old teenagers are not commonly known for their persistent dedication to serving others. I know I certainly wasn’t. But every once in a while, I’m privileged to meet someone who challenges that norm.
On days I’m home in South Dakota, I sit down for my morning bowl of Wheaties and flip through our local papers. This week, as I ate my bowl of cereal, I came across a well-researched and well-written article. The title was: “Effort begins to reduce risk of death of South Dakota mothers during childbirth.” It was written by local reporter Nick Lowrey from South Dakota News Watch and placed in many papers throughout the state.
Click here to watch my floor speech on lowering prescription drug pricing.
Congressman Dusty Johnson is highlighting the importance of the Meals on Wheels program.
Johnson says just in Sioux Falls, 450 people rely on Meals on Wheels for food each day.
He says while it’s important local, state and federal governments support these programs, he is also calling on everyone in the community to help.
Click here to watch me speak about the Dignity in Aging Act.
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A South Dakota woman has spent months raising funds to support a trip to the nation’s capital, hoping to speak to lawmakers about CMT, a nervous system disorder. When she wasn’t able to raise enough to make the trip Congressman Dusty Johnson came to her instead.
“It won’t break me. I tell people all the time I have CMT, but CMT does not have me,” said Clarkson.
Sen. John Thune's thoughts were with his hometown of Sioux Falls as it faced the aftermath of three tornadoes.
"I'm grateful to all the emergency responders, electric crews and all those who worked through the night to keep residents safe," Thune said on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and David Trone (D-MD) announced the introduction of the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2019, a bill that would assist institutions of higher education in implementing evidence-based programs to prevent alcohol and substance misuse on campus and support those with substance use disorders (SUDs). Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH), John Joyce (R-PA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), and Michael Guest (R-MS) joined Johnson and Trone in introducing the bill.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans each day.