Legislative Updates

Updates about what is happening on the legislative and regulatory level – news events that affect your digestive health.

HR 2311 Gets Another Cosponsor

July 01, 2015

Last week The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311) gained another cosponsor. California Representative Zoe Lofgren, who represents the state's 19th district covering most of San Jose, signed on to support this legislation in the House of Representatives. If you live in California's 19th Congressional district, please consider taking a moment to thank Representative Lofgren for supporting functional GI and motility disorders research!

Advocacy: Why Do It? Tweet Chat Tuesday, June 30 at 4:30 PM EST

June 24, 2015

On July 21st we will join together to raise critical awareness for all those suffering with a functional gastrointestinal (GI) or motility disorder by asking our Members of Congress to cosponsor the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311), a piece of revenue-neutral legislation that seeks to advance scientific understanding of these conditions by encouraging and bolstering research.

Dear Colleague Letter Released from Congressional Office of Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (WI-5)

June 24, 2015

 

Late last week Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-5) circulated the following Dear Colleague letter to invite other House Members of Congress to cosponsor The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311):

 

 

 

SUPPORT H.R. 2311, THE FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL AND MOTILITY DISORDERS RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT ACT

 

Virtual Advocacy Day 2015

June 22, 2015

Virtual Advocacy Day: July 21st, 2015

On July 21st, 2015, stand up for the needs of the digestive health community!

First Cosponsor for HR 2311 from the Hoosier State

June 18, 2015

After hearing from his constituents, Indiana's André Carson is the first to cosponsor the recently reintroduced Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311). Congressman Carson represents the 7th Congressional district in the heart of Indiana. If you live in Indiana's 7th Congressional district, please consider taking a moment to thank Representative Carson for supporting functional GI and motility disorders research!

21st Century Cures Act

June 15, 2015

Last month, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a medical cures bill after reaching a bipartisan funding deal for the legislation. This bill, called the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6), seeks to narrow the gap between the scientific development of medical therapies and the way that these therapies are regulated in the US.

Looking Ahead to the 114th Congress: Update on the Functional GI & Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act

May 23, 2015

The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives on May 13, 2015 by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (WI-5) and it needs your continued support.

The 114th Congress began January 3, 2015. Every 2 years in January a new Congress starts over with new legislation to consider. Bills not acted on in the previous Congress can be reintroduced in the new Congress (often with a new number), and the legislative process will start again.

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Funding for Digestive Conditions Included in President's FY 2016 Budget Request

February 27, 2015

Earlier this month the White House issued the President's Budget Request (PBR) to the newly installed 114th Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Highlights of the proposal included:

Funding Support for Digestive Conditions Research in the U.S. Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Bill

December 18, 2014

On December 16, 2014 President Obama signed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which funds federal agencies through fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Few programs received increases in the $1.1 trillion budget package. However, the nation’s main biomedical research agency, National Institutes of Health (NIH), did receive a modest increase (0.5%) of $150 million. The funding package for NIH in FY 2015 totals $30.084 billion.

The State of Research at NIH & NIDDK

October 02, 2014

In inflation adjusted dollars, National Institutes of Health (NIH) appropriations are approximately at the same level as 15 years ago.

NIDDK is the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of 27 NIH Institutes and Centers. The NIDDK conducts and supports basic and applied research. Access the website at www.niddk.nih.gov.