EXCITING NEWS! Our Founder and her daughter went to Washington DC in June to convince Members of Congress to support our new Childhood Cancer STAR bill. Last week, a large, bipartisan group in Congress listened and officially introduced the legislation in the House and the Senate. We are making progress and you can help!
Below is the list of the Representatives and Senators who have already joined our cause as cosponsors of the STAR Act.
If you see the name of your Member of Congress, you could take a minute today to drop them a quick thank you note, email or thank them on social media for their support of the STAR Act. If your Members haven’t joined yet, that is OK. We heard back from many Members of Congress who wanted to wait until the bill was formally introduced until they decided if they would cosponsor.
Now is the time! Today, please send an email to your member of Congress. Let them know the bill has been introduced. Let them know we have strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate. And most importantly, let them know that you, as a constituent, want their boss to join in as a cosponsor!
Together, we will get this bill moving!
Below is some useful information: The bill numbers of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act as introduced in the House and Senate; the current list of bipartisan cosponsors in the House and Senate, and a sample email you can personalize to contact your Members today.
Many, many, many thanks! Together, we can make a huge difference for kids with cancer!
From all of us at CancerFree KIDS
Childhood Cancer STAR Act Introduced July 29, 2015:
Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced with the following 28 original cosponsors:
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)
Peter King (R-NY)
Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
John Garamendi (D-CA)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
Marc Veasey (D-TX)
Jim Himes (D-CT)
Katherine Clark (D-MA)
Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Dina Titus (D-NV)
Richard Nolan (D-MN)
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Lois Frankel (D-FL)
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
SAMPLE E-mail Text:
It was wonderful sitting down with you in June during our Childhood Cancer Action Day on Capitol Hill. As you may recall, we discussed our new Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act. I am pleased to report that the bill has now officially been introduced in the House (H.R. 3381) and the Senate (S.1883) with strong, bipartisan support. Now we need the support of your boss!
We have heard from our chief sponsors that they are eagerly accepting new cosponsors to the bill right now. I hope we can count on your boss to stand up and join us in this important battle!
For more information, or to cosponsor you can contact:
House of Representatives:
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX): Andy.Taylor@mail.house.gov
Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD): Ziky.Ababiya@mail.house.gov
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA): Molly.Fishman@mail.house.gov
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Dana_Richter@capito.
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI): Jill_Brimmer@reed.senate.gov