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Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill

October 2, 2023

On September 30, just before the midnight deadline, President Biden signed a bipartisan continuing resolution that temporarily funds the federal government at the current year’s spending levels until November 17, 2023. 

This legislation avoided a government shut down for the time being and allows Congress to negotiate on a larger spending package. The Society urges Congress to come together and agree to spending levels that allow all 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the federal government for the 2024 fiscal year (FY24). MS priorities that must be funded for FY24 include funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense, the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lifespan Respite Care Program to support family caregivers. 

The Society urges Congressional leaders to come together and fund MS priorities at levels that ensure that people affected by MS can live their best lives. 

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.


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