MS Activists Conduct a Record Number of Congressional Visits
April 6, 2015
The 2015 Public Policy Conference
(PPC) in Washington, D.C. conducted a record high of nearly 400 Hill visits covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia on March 11, 2015. This is a 20% increase in our total number of visits from 2014 and included 212 Republicans, 174 Democrats, 2 Independents, and 6 committees. A colleague on Capitol Hill shared, “I have been on both sides of the Hill all day and everywhere I went I saw a sea of orange! Extremely impressive showing by your advocates. They told me they had 320 advocates but it seed like an army of thousands. I have no doubt your message was well delivered and received.” The impact includes:
The U.S. Senate introduced the Advancing Research for Neurological Disease Act (S. 849, the companion to H.R. 292) and added 27 cosponsors to the House bill
The Complex Rehabilitation Technology Bill (H.R. 1516) was introduced in the U.S. House and is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate next week
167 bipartisan Representatives and 54 Senators signed onto the Dear Colleague letter supporting at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health
A record high of 94 bipartisan Representatives signed the House Dear Colleague letter supporting $10 million for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
We reached over 257,383 people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
37 personal connections to MS were identified
Please visist the PPC website
to find more information on how you can follow up with congressional offices and thank them for their support.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. 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. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.