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Senator Young & others recognized for effective oversight of the U.S. Organ Transplant System
January 16, 2024


By: Kathy Bottorff

The Carl Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy, a nonpartisan organization supporting legislative efforts to enhance accountability at all levels of government, recognized U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) for their work to enhance competition in the U.S. organ transplant system. 

“Government services shouldn’t prioritize industry insiders over patient care, especially when lives are on the line,” said Senators Young, Grassley, Wyden, and Cardin. “We’re honored to be recognized for this unified effort to shine a light on decades of mismanagement in the U.S. organ transplant system. But oversight doesn’t just stop when a bill becomes law. We will continue our efforts to oversee the bill’s implementation and our broader investigation into the organ transplant system, so that patients receive the effective, safe and efficient care they deserve. We are dedicated to reducing health disparities by demanding better of the transplant network, and we will not stop until we make it so.”

“What is so impressive about the effort these four senators made is not only what they accomplished – better management of the organ donation system and the saved lives that will result – but also that they did their work in a fully bipartisan manner, committed to the facts, and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for the American people,” said Levin Center Director Jim Townsend.

The Carl Levin Award for Effective Oversight honors U.S. legislators who exercise exceptional leadership in conducting bipartisan, fact-based oversight. The Levin Center is inspired by the legacy of former Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a steadfast advocate for whistleblowers and congressional oversight.