NBCC Advocacy Continues after Conference Attendees Return Home

NBCC advocates have left DC, but they continue to lobby their Members of Congress to push for passage of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (S.579/H.R.1157). Majority Leader Reid brought this bill to the Senate Floor for a vote the evening of NBCC’s April 29th Lobby Day. The bill did not pass due to the objections of one Senator. Since then, 2 additional Senators have joined the vast majority of the colleagues to express their support by cosponsoring S.579, bringing total sponsorship to 70 Senators. NBCC applauds the Nebraska and Kentucky advocates who successfully sought the support of Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Jim Bunning (R-KY).

The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act has equal momentum in the House of Representatives. Since NBCC’s Lobby Day, 8 additional Representatives have cosponsored H.R.1157. NBCC advocates worked diligently to garner the support of Representatives Jerry Costello (D- IL), Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Greg Walden (R-OR), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Andre Carson (D-IN), John Culberson (R-TX), Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ed Royce (R-CA). There are 269 sponsors and cosponsors of H.R.1157. This incredible level of support is nearly unprecedented. Of the 12,000 bills introduced in Congress each session, very few, if any, receive this level of cosponsorship. The next step for the bill in the House of Representatives is consideration by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

How can you help push this bill forward to passage this year? At NBCC’s Annual Advocacy Training Conference the more than 600 participants signed letters to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, asking them to come to an agreement to debate and vote on S.579. If you weren’t there, you can still send your own letters, by simply visiting www.lesspinkmoreresearch.org. Also, check NBCC’s Congressional Record of Support to see if your U.S. Representative or Senator has cosponsored this bill. If not, ask him or her to join 2/3 of his colleagues and cosponsor the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. The time is long overdue for Congress to pass this legislation. They have the power to authorize the National Institutes of Health to work with scientists and consumers and develop a strategic plan for researching the potential links between breast cancer and the environment.


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