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The DOD has already made it past the Senate with approval of $175 m. It now
goes to the House. Not sure what will happen there----I just returned last
week from NBCC advocacy conference and this was announced by Tom Harkin.
The man you refered to from Alaska may know more than that but it has passed
the Senate and has really good support on the House side.
Mary E.
-----Original Message-----
From: Virginia R. Hetrick <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 11:28 PM
Subject: Need some charges up Capitol Hill - DoD BrCa and ProCa programs


>Howdy, gang -
>
>Reading some material to start preparing for the Patient Advocate
>Congress next month in DC, I've just found out that Sen. Stephens has
>put the kibosh on the DoD research programs for BrCa and ProCa in the
>next fiscal year's budget. I don't know the exact details yet, but his
>position seems to be that the DoD should not be sponsoring this type of
>research.
>
>>From my perspective, he has missed the fundamental point which is that
>the WAY forward progress made in finding solutions to both of these
>diseases in the past several years is DIRECTLY the result of the DoD's
>ability to put a laser-beam-like focus on its mission (for example, the
>mission of the Breast Cancer program is "Eradicate breast cancer" --
>can't get much clearer than that) and to steer WAY clear of all the
>infighting that hangs up things in the NCI (and all of NIH as far as I
>can tell -- having watched the NIH budget up close and personal for five
>years while I was working in my senator's press office, I think my
>crapmeter is probably still capable of functioning).
>
>I suspect that we can't ask anybody like Erica or Lisa about this
>(unless I miss my guess, they probably are required to remain mum on
>such issues by virtue of their roles in life).  So, the next question,
>is what we can do?
>
>I've already communicated with a BrCa advocate from Anchorage who's WAY
>into serious advocacy issues (his wife of many years died of IBC a year
>ago in May) and who's taken on BrCa advocacy as his mission in life.
>
>Next, I presume that NBCC and NABCO both are doing something.  Can
>anybody say what?
>
>Finally, are any of the rest of you going to the Patient Advocate
>Congress?  The information is at http://www.patientadvocate.org (and for
>Karin, this is the group I asked you about when I was trying to track
>down the insurance lady named Nancy earlier this spring).
>
>Whaddya think?
>
>vh
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