New Cosponsor for H.R. 842

May 12, 2014

Last week,  Indiana's Representative André Carson became a cosponsor of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Congressman Carson represents the 7th congressional district in central Indiana. 

Representative Carson became a cosponsor of H.R. 842 after hearing from his constituents about the need for increased research, education, and awareness of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs). His constituents explained the impact that these disorders have on not only the individual, but on family, friends, and the entire community.

Is Congressman Carson your Representative?

If you live in Indiana's 7th congressional district, please take a minute of your time to thank Rep. Carson with a quick email.

The support of cosponsors like Representative Carson is important in helping The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act become law. Cosponsors act as champions for their legislation and help move it along in the legislative process. 

Is your Representative a Cosponsor of H.R. 842?

Representative Carson joins fifteen of his colleagues in cosponsoring The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act of 2013: Representatives Sensenbrenner (WI-5), Moran (VA-8), Brownley (CA-26), Moore (WI-4), Rush (IL-1), Kind (WI-3), Davis (CA-53), Welch (VT), McGovern (MA-2), Connolly (VA-11), Slaughter (NY-25), Posey (FL-8), Perlmutter (CO-7), and Himes (CT-4).

If your Representative is not one of these Members of Congress, make sure that they understand that this legislation matters to you. There are thousands of bills for Congress to consider every session, so email your Representative and ask them to support H.R. 842 by becoming a cosponsor. Your Representative will only support this bill if you ask them to, so ask them today!

About H.R. 842

About one in four Americans is affected by a functional GI or motility disorder.  Current treatment options for these disorders are limited and no cures exist. These chronic conditions can diminish a person’s quality of life and productivity levels, often disrupting employment and educational opportunities for individuals and leading to significant social and economic impacts on society.

The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842) offers hope for the millions of Americans affected by FGIMDs. In addition to raising critical awareness about these digestive disorders and the needs of patients, passage of this legislation will:

  • Grant the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new authority to initiate innovative research projects
  • Establish a Centers of Excellence Program in this area
  • Coordinate research activities with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) when appropriate
  • Call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve review, approval, and oversight of treatments for FGIMDs
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