UPDATE: HR 2239 did not pass in the 112th Congress. In February 2013, the Act was reintroduced in the 113th Congress as HR 842. Please see the March 2, 2013 post or click on the HR 842 category on the blog sidebar for updated information.
According to THOMAS, the Library of Congress legislative database, Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) signed on several days ago as a co-sponsor to HR 2239, the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2011. He joins the lead sponsor, Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI-5), and the initial co-sponsor, Representative James Moran (D-VA-8), in supporting HR 2239. In the previous Congress, in 2010, Representative Welch was also one of 11 co-sponsors of HRes 1309, a Resolution for IBS awareness.
If you are a U.S. citizen who resides in Vermont, please write or call Representative Welch to thank him for his support of the IBS and FGIMD community. If you are a constituent of Representative Sensenbrenner, residing in Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District, or a constituent of Representative Moran, residing in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, please do the same with each of them.
If your Member of Congress is not yet a co-sponsor of HR 2239 and you have not contacted him or her recently to ask for his or her support, please see this previous post for more details on how to do so.
According to the information on THOMAS, it appears that the bill is currently under consideration in the Subcommittee on Health. If you would like to see a list of the members of that Subcommittee, click here and scroll down to the fourth subcommittee listing.
Check back on this blog or join IBS Impact’s Yahoo discussion group for further updates on HR 2239 as they occur.