Democrats Attack, Republicans Defend Murphy’s Mental Health Bill During Markup

The House began marking up Rep. Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis  Act Tuesday afternoon along party lines, with Democrats attacking the Pennsylvania Republican’s bill.
I’ve posted the entire hearing above, but all you have to do is watch the opening statement by Texas Democrat Gene Green followed by a statement by Murphy to see how the two sides differ.
On Wednesday, the Democrats will begin offering amendments and there was speculation late today that the opponents will add so many changes that  the bill will be withdrawn.

Here’s a list of key players.

Gene Green (TX), Ranking Member 202-225-1688

Doris O. Matsui (CA)- 202-225-7163

Lois Capps (CA) 202-225-3601

G. K. Butterfield (NC) 202-225-3101

Eliot L. Engel (NY) 202-225-2464
Jan Schakowsky (IL) 202-225-2111
Kathy Castor (FL) 202-225-3376
John Sarbanes (MD) 202-225-4016
Ben Ray Lujan (NM) 202-225-6190
Kurt Schrader (OR) 202-225-5711
Joseph P. Kennedy, III (MA) 202-225-5931
Tony Cardenas (CA) 202-225-6131
Joseph Pitts (Chair Health Subcommittee) PA16(R)202-225-2411
Michael. C. Burgess (TX) 202-225-7772


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Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

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