Congressman Mike Bishop demands justice for meningitis victims

(WLNS) – Congressman Mike Bishop is among 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are working to get justice for victims of the 2012 meningitis outbreak.

The representatives sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama.

The letter states “we write today requesting you reverse the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) recent action to prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funds to compensate victims of the fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012.”

In October 2012, the letter says contaminated steroid injections were distributed by the New England Compounding Center. From those steroid injections, there have been 778 cases of diagnosed fungal infections and 76 people who died, states the letter.

“As the representative of one of the hardest-hit regions in the country, I am shocked that the Obama administration could brush off the pain and suffering of the victims and their families. Four years later, they are still suffering without any assistance from the federal government. We have representatives from every major epicenter of the outbreak on this letter, and we are demanding that the administration reverse its decision or provide simple justification as to why they did what they did,” said Mike Bishop (R-MI, 8th District).

“The testimonials of those affected are heartbreaking. Children have lost their mothers and fathers, parents have buried their sons and daughters, and the lives of hundreds of families have been irretrievably altered. They have come to the federal government seeking justice,” express the representatives in the letter.

Following a two-year investigation, 14 people were charged with 131 charges, including a combined 25 counts of second degree murder in Michigan, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina.

The representatives say, “We firmly believe that 25 counts of second degree murder, defined as ‘intentional acts committed recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifferent to human life,’ spanning seven states, is an act of mass violence.”

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