Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MS Research Funding Now Could Be Decided Thursday

Ask your Representative to Speak in Favor of the MS Amendment

This is your last chance to help secure a federal appropriation to fund multiple sclerosis research. MS activists have been pushing this for months. You signed the petition, you met with your legislators, and you sent e-mails. Now it's time to make a very important final call.
Call 1-800-828-0498 today and ask for your Representative or the staff person who works on appropriations.

Our request for MS research funding unfortunately was not included in the base bill that will be discussed this week in the House of Representatives. However, Congressman Carnahan (MO) is not taking no for an answer and is offering an MS amendment during debate on Thursday to put MS research funding in the bill. In a final attempt to influence this issue, we are asking all members of Congress to support funding for MS research when Congressman Carnahan offers the MS amendment. View the story of one veteran in St. Louis who is living with MS. (if you have trouble viewing this video, try clicking the "refresh" button)

Some points to consider when you call your Representative today:

  • As a constituent and an MS activist, I'd like to ask for your support of MS research funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. This request was not honored in the Defense appropriation bill.
  • But this week Congressman Carnahan will introduce an MS amendment to provide the MS research funding. We need your help by speaking in favor of the MS amendment from the House floor.
  • More than 25,000 veterans who are being treated through the VA system have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. And a study published in the Annals of Neurology recently identified more than 5,000 cases of MS among U.S. veterans that were deemed "service-connected."
  • More funding is necessary to explore the possibility that something in the environment could trigger this disease among veterans and other Americans. Thank you.
Call your Representative today. There is no time to waste. This new source of funding could help move us closer to a world free of MS. If you receive feedback when you call that might be helpful, e-mail us at msactivist@nmss.org

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