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Capitol Health Call
March 10, 2010

Leaving Congress

JAMA. 2010;303(10):929. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.233

Rep Steve Buyer (R, Ind) said he will not seek reelection due to his wife's recent diagnosis with an “incurable” autoimmune disease.

Buyer's announcement came 4 days after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Internal Revenue Service against the 9-term representative, alleging that he had used his charity, the Frontier Foundation, Inc, to foot golf fundraisers at exclusive resorts attended by corporate donors, many of whom are health-related businesses (http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/43950). Buyer sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which often deals with health issues.

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