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  • The Detroit News: How to stop the opioid crisis
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Tom Ridge Just over a month ago, I wrote in these pages about how the synthetic drugs fueling the opioid epidemic have flooded through Michigan. This is happening in too many states across the country with tragic results, and the headlines have continued. In Detroit, a grandmother was charged this month for leaving fentanyl accessible to her eight-year-old grandson, who fatally overdosed last summer. In Calhoun County, the public health department just reported that fentanyl-related deaths ha... Read more

  • The Detroit News: House passes Bishop bill to block shipments of synthetic opioids from overseas
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Melissa Nann Burke The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop meant to block the shipment of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl through the international mail system. Bishop, a Rochester Republican, said he was "astounded" to learn that current law treats packages arriving in the United States through private carriers such as FedEx differently than those coming in through the U.S. Postal Service. It has led to a loophole allowing drug traffickers to ship syntheti... Read more

  • The Ripon Advance: Bishop introduces tougher version of bipartisan bill to halt overseas mail shipments of opioids
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Ripon Advance News Service A bipartisan agreement on the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act has been reached by lawmakers in both chambers of Congress who want to halt mail shipments of synthetic opioids into the United States, U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) announced last week. The agreement culminated in the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018, H.R. 5788, which Rep. Bishop introduced on May 15 and which on June 11 was placed on the U.S. House of ... Read more

  • The Hill: Lawmakers reach deal on bill to crack down on synthetic opioid imports
    Posted in In the News on June 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Peter Sullivan The new version of the bill, known as the STOP Act, would require the Postal Service to obtain electronic data on international mail shipments, which can be used to target suspicious packages for inspection. Shipments through private carriers are already required to submit this data, but lawmakers say the protections need to be extended to the U.S. Postal Service to close a loophole that is allowing synthetic opioids like fentanyl to enter the country. Fentanyl is a major cause... Read more

  • WHMI: Legislation Would Rename Howell Post Office To Honor WWII Veteran
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    By WHMI Livingston County’s congressman has introduced legislation to rename the 8th District Post Office in honor of a well-known World War II Veteran from Howell. Congressman Mike Bishop introduced the legislation Wednesday, on the 74th anniversary of D-Day. It would designate the United States Post Office at 325 South Michigan Avenue the “Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building”. Burgett, an Army paratrooper, participated in the opening operations of the Normandy Invasion. He passed away... Read more

  • The Detroit News: Capitol Hill kitten caboodle touts bill to end deadly cat experiments
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Melissa Nann Burke Kittens and cupcakes appear to be the purr-fect combination to bring animal welfare advocates and Capitol Hill staffers out in droves. Dozens turned out for the cuteness overload at a Thursday event promoting a bill to end painful cat testing at a Department of Agriculture laboratory in Maryland. The kitten fanatics gobbled up 150 cupcakes from Whole Foods and shot photos of the 8-week-old fuzzballs — Anya, Rizzo and Leeni. The trio appeared oblivious to the fuss while play... Read more

  • Roll Call: Lawmakers Join Forces in Bipartisan Attempt to End USDA Kitten Testing
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Morgan Phillips Kittens and cupcakes in the Rayburn building caused a buzz Thursday among staffers and interns, but the reason for their presence was anything but a cute ball of fluff. For the past 50 years, the Department of Agriculture has been forcing 100 kittens each year to eat toxoplasma-infected raw meat to test their stool, according to Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Bishop. The parasite causes toxoplasmosis and is found only in cat feces, putting the brunt of these experiments on kitt... Read more

  • The Ripon Advance: House committee-approved TANF reform bill includes Bishop provisions
    Posted in In the News on May 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    By Ripon Advance News Service Provisions from two bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) made it into recently approved legislation that would reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the nation’s cash welfare and services program for low-income families. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee for the House of Representatives, on May 24 approved the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act, H... Read more

  • The American Legion: Michigan post grants World War II veteran’s Memorial Day wish
    Posted in In the News on May 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    By The American Legion American Legion Post 141 Adjutant Brian Gillette received a phone call May 21 that resulted in the wish of a 96-year-old World War II veteran being granted, as well as an added surprise. MediLodge nursing home called Gillette asking if resident Norbert “Norm” Knappman could receive a ride to the Post 141-sponsored Howell (Mich.) Memorial Day Parade. Knappman’s wish was to see one last Memorial Day parade to honor his comrades. “That’s all he wanted, was a ride to the parad... Read more

  • WHMI: Local Marine Corps League Honor Guard Recognized For Service
    Posted in In the News on May 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    By WHMI The Livingston County Marine Corps League Honor Guard was recognized for their voluntary service at a ceremony in Howell. 8th District Congressman Mike Bishop presented members of the Honor Guard with challenge coins at the American Legion Hall Devereaux Post 141 Friday. The medallions are collected by service members, prompting greetings and fellowship with one another. In return, the group presented Bishop with a memento depicting the eagle, globe and anchor that has long stood as the ... Read more

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