AUA Summit - Who We Support

Who We Support

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee Veterans' Affairs Task Force. As such, he is an ardent supporter of increasing access to quality healthcare, as well as protecting Veterans’ benefits and clinical care whenever possible.

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-08)

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-08)

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon before coming to Congress, currently serves as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. He is the Republican lead on the AUA-supported Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening for High-risk Insured Men Act (PSA Screening for HIM Act – H.R. 1176), which would allow for PSA testing for African-American men and those with a family history without cost-sharing.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD is a member of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, both of which oversee health policy. Sen. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist before coming to Congress, has an extensive record of accomplishment in healthcare. He has led many of the Senate’s efforts to protect health care providers during this pandemic, including supporting telehealth expansion through the CONNECT Act.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro serves as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees our nation’s investment in biomedical research at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Prostate Cancer Research Program and Kidney Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA-01)

Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA-01)

Rep. Susan DelBene is vice-chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, which is one of two committees in the House with jurisdiction on healthcare. She also is co-chair of the Congressional Kidney Caucus. During this 117th Congress, Rep. DelBene is the sponsor of H.R. 3173, the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2021. This important legislation would improve care delivery by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization for Medicare Advantage participants. She also is a staunch supporter of expanding telehealth services and increasing funding for medical research programs.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-03)

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-03)

Rep. Dwight Evans is a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, which is one of two main committees that oversee health policy in the House. He has a longstanding interest in protecting healthcare and reducing health disparities, as well as supporting expanded access to telemedicine whenever possible.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)

Rep. Brett Guthrie serves as Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction on a variety of important measures including AUA-championed legislation such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Transparency and Accountability Act and the specialty physician student loan forgiveness bill (H.R. 944). Throughout his tenure in Congress, the congressman has supported initiatives that improve the physician-patient relationship and reduce the burdens to medical care around the country. Just one example is the role he played in sponsoring key urotrauma legislation that was enacted as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and has an ongoing interest in addressing the physician workforce shortage – particularly in rural America. He also enthusiastically supports ongoing medical research funding initiatives at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA-02)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA-02)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD is a former ophthalmologist that sits on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and also is a member of the House GOP Doctors Caucus. She was one of the first lawmakers to cosponsor the Veterans’ Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 4880) during the 117th Congress. In addition, during her brief time in office, the congresswoman has shown a strong commitment towards tackling utilization management tools that impede access to care and medical research – such as step therapy protocols.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Sen. Jerry Moran is the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and has recently been appointed to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is one of two committees that oversee health policy in the U.S. Senate. He is a champion for improving the quality of care for the men and women that have served this nation in uniform. The senator also understands the importance of funding biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a longstanding member of the Senate NIH Caucus.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA-36)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA-36)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, an emergency room physician prior to being elected to Congress in 2012, serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Dr. Ruiz has been a champion on issues like repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board and increased funding for graduate medical education residency slots.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-02)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-02)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger represents the area where the AUA is headquartered in Linthicum, MD. He sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which oversees the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) that annually fund millions in various urologic research programs.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Sen. Brian Schatz is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which oversees the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) that annually fund millions in various urologic research programs. He also co-chairs the Congressional Telehealth Caucus and is an ardent supporter of expanding telehealth services following the expiration of the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA-08)

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA-08)

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD is the first pediatrician to serve in the U.S. Congress and one of three physicians in the House Democratic Caucus. She serves on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction on health care workforce issues, including H.R. 944 that establishes a loan repayment program to encourage specialty physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing specialty physician shortages. She also is a cosponsor of H.R. 2256, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which is a bill that expands graduate medical education training and funding.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)

Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, which is one of two committees in the lower chamber that has jurisdiction on health policy. He is an original cosponsor of the Protecting Access to Post-COVID–19 Telehealth Act and champions physician workforce shortage legislation during this 117th Congress.