Monday, June 16, 2008

Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO) Recognizes 100-Member Congressional MS Caucus

Congressman Carnahan Press Release

Congressman Russ Carnahan one of the founding members of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Caucus, is pleased to announce that more than a hundred members have signed onto the group since its inception last year.

"It was a privilege to establish the MS Congressional Caucus along with my colleague Dr. Michael Burgess of Texas. I’m pleased to announce the Caucus now has surpassed 100 Members of Congress," said Carnahan.

"A member of my staff inspired me to get more involved with fighting MS, and I am encouraged to see other Members of Congress are making it a priority as well," said Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

Last year, the Defense Appropriations bill made MS eligible for research dollars under the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Programs for the first time ever. While this was an important step, Congressman Carnahan and his colleagues believe that a specific program for MS research should be designated under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).Congressman Carnahan led the effort to request $15 million for MS research at the CDMRP again this year.

A multi-Member letter of support was submitted to the Appropriations Committee with 63 signatories earlier this year.Carnahan became familiar with MS after a family member was inflicted with the disease and was encouraged to become more involved in combating the disease by the active Gateway Area Chapter of the National MS Society. Read more.

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