As much as many of us would like to avoid politics or ignore political realities, that may not be wise. Cancer research funding (including multiple myeloma) is often tied to otherwise unrelated pieces of state and federal legistlation. Here is an update from The International Myeloma Foundations’s (IMF)Advocacy Assistant Meghan Buzby:
Long Stalled Appropriations Process Begins in the House
The appropriations process for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 began in the House this week with mark ups at the Subcommittee level for the various appropriations bills. House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) have indicated that they want all bills finalized in their respective Committees by the Congressional Recess Period in August. The FY 2011 Labor-Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill will be the last funding bill to move through the process due to its size and funding levels. Many of the myeloma research and awareness programs are funded through the LHHS Appropriations bill.
The House and Senate are in recess for the July 4th holiday. Both Chambers will resume legislative business on July 12th.
I will pass political information on to you from time to time that I feel is important for myeloma patients and caregivers. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat