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JDF Washington Report
Vol. II, No. 6, March 5, 1999

JDF Advocates Urge Increased Funding on Capitol Hill

JDF's Annual Government Day proved to be another incredible success, according to volunteers, Congressional staff and Members of Congress. JDF Advocates from across the country spent three days in Washington to attend intense briefings on public policy issues affecting diabetes research and to conduct personal visits on Capitol Hill with Members and staff. The volunteers communicated JDF’s messages and requests about the following issues:

JDF advocates were addressed by Dr. Pearl O'Rourke, NIH, on stem cell research and heard from staff from the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. Several volunteers were accompanied by their children and all reported extremely successful and receptive meetings.

If you would like to contact your Congressman or Senator about any of this information, please call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202/225-3121. To find out the name of your Member of Congress, go to http://www.house.gov/writerep. Keep up the great work!

Congressional Diabetes Caucus Reaches 218 Members

At press time, the official count for the Congressional Diabetes Caucus just hit 218 members, which is very significant because this number represents a majority of Members in the House of Representatives!

JDF Establishes Nethercutt Family Research Grant

During JDF's Government Day in Washington, Leah Mullin, Chair, JDF Government Relations Committee presented Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairman George R. Nethercutt, Jr. with the JDF Nethercutt Family Research Grant. Mr. Nethercutt is a former JDF Spokane, Washington Chapter President and has a college-aged daughter with diabetes. Representative Nethercutt attended JDF's Government Day before deciding to run for public office in 1994.

JDF Children's Congress Welcomes Over 150 Members as Honorary Chairmen

The first JDF Children's Congress to be held June 20- 22, 1999 in Washington, DC (see http://www.jdfcure.org/promise) is enjoying widespread support from bipartisan Members of the House and Senate. Chaired by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Representatives George R. Nethercutt, Jr. and Diana DeGette, hundreds of Congressional leaders and voicing their support for finding a cure for diabetes through the support of research by lending their names to this effort. Senators Specter and Reid will hold a hearing on June 22 to discuss the future of diabetes research and children joined by JDF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore.

Letter to Chairman Porter Gains Momentum for Funding 145 Signatures

Congressional Diabetes Co-Chairs George Nethercutt (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) have written a letter to Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Porter (R-IL) to express their support for the DRWG's request of $827 million for diabetes research at the NIH. Currently, 145 Members of Congress have signed the letter and Representatives continue to call the Caucus to add their names.

The letter reads in part:

"Each of us represents approximately 37,000 Americans with diabetes, a disease that dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease, new adult blindness, and non-traumatic amputations. Diabetes is one of the nation's most costly diseases...."

"We strongly support the findings of the DRWG and an $827 million budget for diabetes research at NIH in FY As Chairman of the subcommittee that funds NIH, we urge you to make the financial commitment needed to put our nation on track to cure diabetes early in the next century."

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
www.jdfcure.org
mthreatt@jdfcure.org

Posted 7 March 1999



                 
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