IFFGD has directly alerted us that yesterday, April 29, 2014, Representative James Moran (D-VA-8), spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize IBS Awareness Month and to urge his colleagues in Congress to support research and awareness on behalf of all adults and children affected by irritable bowel syndrome.
For the past few years, Representative Moran has been a consistent supporter of the IBS community. He was the first cosponsor of HR 842, the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Act of 2013, which is currently still seeking support in the House of Representatives. (See the March 2, 2013 and September 27, 2013 posts for information on HR 842 and how readers who are U.S. citizens can advocate for it.) In the previous Congress in 2011-2012, Representatative Moran was also the first cosponsor of HR 2239, an earlier version of the Act which did not pass.
The full text of Representative Moran’s speech, which was entered permanently into the Congressional Record, can be read on the website of the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), IFFGD’s grassroots arm, at the link above.
On this final day of IBS Awareness Month 2014, IBS Impact thanks IFFGD for informing us of this development, and of course, Representative Moran for his ongoing support for those of us with IBS. The need for awareness, advocacy, research, funding and community support do not stop when April ends, but continue year-round. Yet, with each passing year, as more legislators learn of and take an interest in functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, of which irritable bowel syndrome is the most common, it is hoped that we move closer to a day when there are effective national public policies and resources to address many of these issues and unmet needs.