Legislative Updates

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

NIH Funding for 2015 Discussed by Senate Subcommitte

August 13, 2014

Prior to Congress adjourning for their annual summer recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed several measures to be considered for fiscal year (FY) 2015. These included $30.46 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $605.67 million over FY 2014. This 2% increase falls short of the $32 billion being requested by the Digestive Health Alliance and the broader health community.

Senate Committee Approves Gulf War Illness Research Funding

July 22, 2014

Gulf War Illness and Functional GI Disorders

On July 17, 2014 the Senate Appropriations Committee included a $47.5 million increase, to $247.5 million, in the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program approved in its fiscal year (FY) 2015 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Bill. 

Support for H.R. 842 from the Granite State

July 16, 2014

On Tuesday, New Hampshire's Representative Carol Shea-Porter became a cosponsor of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842). Congresswoman Shea-Porter represents the 1st congressional district in southeastern New Hampshire. 

Another Cosponsor Rejoins The Functional GI & Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act

July 14, 2014

On July 11, 2014, Representative David Price cosponsored The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Representative Price previously cosponsored The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act of 2011, and we appreciate his continued support of the millions of Americans affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. 

More Support for H.R. 842 from the Bay State

July 01, 2014

After hearing from constituents during the 2014 Digestive Health Call-In Day and the 2014 DHA Advocacy Day, Representative Richard Neal became a cosponsor of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842).

Support for H.R. 842 from the Heart of Dixie

May 20, 2014

After persistently hearing from his constituents about the need for increased research, education, and awareness of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs), Alabama's Representative Mo Brooks became a cosponsor of The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Congressman Brooks represents the 5th congressional district in northern Alabama. 

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. 

IFFGD Asks VA to Increase Education, Awareness, and Research for Two Key Issues Related to FGIDs and Military Service

May 01, 2014

For many years IFFGD has submitted testimony to agencies and committees within the U.S. government, advocating for the needs of those with functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and motility disorders. This spring we provided two statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about different aspects of these conditions and how they affect military personnel, both during and following their service.

Congressional Record - Recognizing IBS Awareness Month

April 30, 2014

In recognition of IBS Awareness Month, Rep. James Moran (VA-8) made a statement in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. His remarks speak of the challenge that all people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) face, including children and veterans. Congressman Moran highlighted the new mobile app from IFFGD, IBS Info, and encouraged his colleagues in Congress to "support research efforts and to raise awareness for IBS."

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DHA Announces Date for 2014 Digestive Health Congressional Call-In Day

March 17, 2014

You are invited to take part in the 2014 Digestive Health Congressional Call-In Day on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  

On this day, the digestive health community is asking you to take a few minutes of your time to reach out to your congressional representatives about this important issue. By joining together on one day, our voices are amplified with one clear message.