skip to main content

H.R. 4709 (113th): Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014

Call or Write Congress

To improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Tom Marino

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. Republican.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2014
Length: 6 pages
May 21, 2014
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 29, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


12 Cosponsors (10 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Reps. Blackburn, Marino, Chu, and Welch Applaud Senate Introduction of Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse
    — Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 19, 2014

House Passes Welch Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse and Ensure Timely Patient Access
    — Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 30, 2014

Pallone Statement from Health Subcommittee Markup
    — Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6] on May 28, 2014

More statements at ProPublica Represent...


May 21, 2014

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

May 28, 2014
Considered by Health

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 9, 2014
Considered by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 10, 2014
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jul 29, 2014
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 4709 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4709. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“H.R. 4709 — 113th Congress: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014.” 2014. October 27, 2021 <>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from, the official portal of the United States Congress. is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.