The text of the House fiscal year 2011 Continuing Resolution was released last week and it provides cuts to the cancer research and control programs at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration.
President Obama outlined his priorities in his recent State of the Union address including a medical malpractice overhaul and eliminating new IRS tax reporting requirements. He also pledged his support of action to improve the health care overhaul law. However, he does not support full scale repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The House voted to repeal 245-189 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on January 19. The symbolic vote was along party lines with only 3 Democrats [Representatives Dan Boren (D-OK), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC)] voting with the Republicans.
Below is a summary of some of the legislative issues that IMF has followed in the second session of the 111th Congress. As you can see, we were successful on many important issues such as ensuring access to clinical trials and declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
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