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.
The IFFGD website and THOMAS, the Library of Congress legislative database are now reporting that as of late last week, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL-2) has signed on as a cosponsor to 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 co-sponsors, Representative James Moran (D-VA-8) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), and most recently, Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA-24). The increased momentum in recent weeks appears promising.
If you are a U.S. citizen who lives in Representative Jackson’s district, plase write or call him to thank him for his support of the IBS and FGIMD community. The 2nd Congressional District of Illinois includes a large part of Chicago’s South Side, and southeastern suburbs
If you are a constituent of Representative Sensenbrenner, Representative Moran, Representative Welch or Representative Gallegly, please do the same with your respective Representative.
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 from July 6 for links to the bill and more details on how to do so. Often, it takes multiple attempts to elicit any interest from legislators, so if you do not receive a response within a few months of your inquiry, periodically try again.
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.