Senator Marshall’s HELP Committee Bipartisan Passage of Historic Primary Care and Workforce Legislation

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), issued the following statements after the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act (S. 2480):

Senator Marshall: 

“We must focus on turning our community health centers into full primary care facilities and building up our health care workforce amongst our rural communities to be able to properly access the care they need,” Senator Marshall said. “I’m proud of our work in the HELP Committee and am glad to see this important piece of legislation pass through with support from both sides of the aisle.”

Senator Sanders:

“Everyone in America understands that our health care system is broken and getting worse. Despite spending twice as much per capita as any other nation, millions of Americans are unable to access the primary care and dental care they desperately need and we have a massive shortage of doctors, nurses, dentists and mental health professionals.

“With today’s passage of bipartisan legislation in the Senate HELP Committee, we are beginning to address that crisis. I’m pleased this legislation passed with a strong bipartisan 14-7 vote.

“I especially want to thank Sen. Roger Marshall for his hard work on this legislation. Together, we will work with Senate leadership in the coming weeks to move this bill forward and ensure that millions more Americans can get the health care they deserve,” Senator Sanders said.