issue of carcinogenic asbestos. We support the strongest possible ban on
asbestos and applaud the Sub-committee for their work in drafting the
For the sake of all those already exposed, those now sick, and those who
will be exposed in the future to asbestos already in place, we call on the
Health Subcommittee to follow Senator Murray and Congresswoman McCollum in
recognizing the necessity of a robust asbestos disease research program,
and to adopt the research funding provisions included in their
legislation. Once these provisions have been added to the existing
Committee Print, we call on the House of Representatives to pass this
legislation as quickly as possible so that it can be conferenced with the
Senate-passed legislation championed by Senator Murray, and a bill can be
presented to the President for signature."
Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) and the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a briefing session on Monday, May 19th to educate the key staff of other House members on the critical need for this legislation. Meso Foundation Medical Liaison Mary Hesdorffer, a nurse practitioner with twelve years' experience treating meso patients and designing clinical trials, was one of the key speakers. Based on her professional experience with hundreds of meso patients, Mary spoke on why the Meso Foundation supports the Committee Print and the House's effort to pass the strongest ban possible. She also explained why the research funding provisions are so critically important for the millions who were exposed in the past sixty years - and all those who will continue to be exposed to the asbestos already pervasive in our environment.
The Meso Foundation has also issued an "Action Alert" urging all 15,000
of its constituents to call on their House Representative this week to
support prompt passage in the House of th
|SOURCE The Meso Foundation|
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