The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (HR1197) has 270 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives - more support than it has ever had! This Act would leverage the nation's existing investments in breast cancer to accelerate the progress already made towards ending the disease. It focuses on identifying strategies for the primary prevention of breast cancer and identifying methods to prevent breast cancer metastasis--which is responsible for over 90% of breast cancer deaths.
But HR 1197 needs to be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote before Congress leaves Washington in July for a recess. You can help by calling Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton today at (202) 225-3761 and asking him to move HR 1197 to a vote.
Read VBCF’s Letter to the Editor - Cancer Bill Needs Full Support of House - from the June 7, 2016 Richmond Times-Dispatch advocating for the passage of HR 1197.
The US Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP) funds innovative, high-impact research on breast cancer through a partnership of scientists and consumers. In recognition of the program's demonstrated success, Congress has appropriated funding for it each year since its inception in 1992.
The program was threatened earlier this month when Senator John McCain added language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to undermine the DOD BCRP. Thanks in part to timely efforts by VBCF advocates, an amendment successfully passed in the Senate last week to remove the language. We will continue to watch the appropriations bill as it moves forward.
Thank you to all our VBCF advocates who contacted their Senators and Representatives in support of these critical breast cancer initiatives.
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