REMINDER - Signed petition?/Contacted your rep yet?--LYME BILL $$

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Archives' started by victoria, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2005 in the Senate and a companion
    bill in the House are up for consideration in Congress. These bills authorize an additional $20 million a year for the next five years.

    ALL D.C. offices (congress or Senate) can be reached toll-free here:
    MAIN CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD:
    1-888-355-3588

    Call/write your U.S. House members and urge them to co- sponsor bill HR 3427.
    Visit
    http://www.congress.org
    to find out who your representative is.

    Call/write your U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor bill S.1479.
    Visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
    to find out who your senator is.

    Remember, every 'regular' letter counts for at least 40 voters - phone calls count for more - but if nothing else, an email will work too. We need to participate to not only help ourselves, but friends, and families, even if it is only to send an email.

    all the best,
    Victoria


    [This Message was Edited on 10/03/2006]
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    This is a sample of what I've sent to friends/family. The online petition is at http://www.petitiononline.com/lyme/ if you don't have the energy to write. I signed it, and I am also writing our Senator & Representative.
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    There is a bill, “Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2005.” (S.1479, H.R. 3427) that has been sitting in a committee awaiting further action. We urgently need to have this passed as treatment of this disease has become highly politicized

    You can easily help to get this bill out of committee and support the passage of this badly needed funding by adding your name to a petition. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes, promise! Please go to the following link where you can read and sign it online: http://www.petitiononline.com/lyme/

    Some facts you might not know:
    According to the CDC, approximately 95% of vector-born disease is Lyme or associated tick-born infections...It is endemic in the Northeast and Great Lakes States and has been reported in all but one state in the US; Less than 5% is West Nile Encephalitis (WNV).

    ... yet which one has been studied more and do you hear more about?

    In 2004, the CDC reported 19,804 cases of Lyme - CDC & NIH total spending was only $33.6 million. In 2004, the CDC reported only 2,539 cases of WNV, yet CDC & NIH total spending was $77.6 million!

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    hope you all are getting the word out!

    all the best,
    Victoria



  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I hope you are all doing this??!!

    best,
    Victoria
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    again...

  5. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    I did it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for posting.

    J