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News Release | U.S. PIRG

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero.

Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.

News Release | PennPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Proprietary medical device repair harms hospitals, could threaten patients, during COVID-19 pandemic

A new report by the PennPIRG Education Fund, Hospital Repair Restrictions, details the challenges that medical professionals face as a result of device manufacturers setting up barriers to repair, and outlines steps to take to help hospitals.

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Hospital repair professionals: let us fix life-saving devices, ventilators

In an open letter to Governor Wolf delivered by PennPIRG and signed by 518 hospital repair experts, a plea was made for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment including ventilators. The effort is part of PennPIRG’s Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste.

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups ask Sen. Casey to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

50 health groups sent a letter to Sen. Casey on July 2nd thanking him for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Senator Casey to urge Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

News Release | PennPIRG

Statement: House approves $22.5 billion to replace lead pipes

PennPIRG applauds The U.S. House of Representatives’s decision to approve $22.5 billion over five years to replace lead service lines, which are the single worst source of lead contamination in drinking water. The funding measure, one of the few amendments to the House infrastructure package (H.R. 2) that received a standalone vote, passed 240-181 with bipartisan support.

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