Word on the Hill: Volunteers for Tiniest Opioid Victims

Smucker on Israel, and Murphy’s still walking

Ohio Rep. Michael R. Turner, center, is flanked by volunteers at a local hospital. (Courtesy Turner via Premier Health)
Ohio Rep. Michael R. Turner, center, is flanked by volunteers at a local hospital. (Courtesy Turner via Premier Health)
Posted August 16, 2017 at 5:00am

Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, recently visited volunteers who cuddle with infants going through opiate withdrawal in Dayton. 

The volunteer Infant Cuddle Program at Miami Valley Hospital was launched recently and Turner got to thank the cuddlers last week.

“Unfortunately, some of the babies in Miami Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit are suffering with this syndrome, due to the use of addictive substances by expecting mothers.” Turner said in a news release. “I am extremely thankful to the volunteers working every day to ease the discomfort of the most vulnerable victims of this epidemic.”

Ohio has been among the states hit hardest by the country’s opioid epidemic. 

Smucker reporting back from Israel

Recess is a time when members of Congress travel together on congressional delegation trips, also known as “CODELS.” Rep. Lloyd K. Smucker, R-Pa., reported on one to Israel he just returned from, which was sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation.

“We met with numerous experts and officials, including Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister [Rami] Hamdallah,” the congressman wrote in a blog post. “The nation’s security is far and away the most important issue facing its citizens and parliament.”

Murphy update

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., is on his fourth day of walking across his state. At noon on Tuesday, the senator reached his halfway point.

Nats power lunch

The Washington Nationals are hosting a special power lunch for today’s game, meaning you can add lunch to your ticket, starting at $21. The Nats play the Los Angeles Angels at 1:05 p.m. Use the code LUNCH to get the deal.

DCCC giving out stickers


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is giving out stickers that read “Stop Bigotry” after the events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Each sticker features a side profile drawing of President Donald Trump.

Staffer shuffle

Margaret Anne Moore is director of communications and Tess Glancey is deputy director of communications for the House Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, announced Tuesday. Moore was previously a broadcast communications adviser for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while Glancey was the committee’s press secretary.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., 54.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., 69.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., 51.

What’s going on?

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