Advocates and Ambassadors,
Thank you for keeping up with the fast-paced world of politics. For the past few weeks as a member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Network, you have been part of a movement which kept the Arthritis Prevention, Control & Cure Act (HR 1283) on the top page of many Members’ “To Do” list. Congratulations to you all! Your efforts led to the Arthritis Act passage in the House of Representatives on September 27, 2008!
The Arthritis Act’s journey continues to the Senate side of the Capitol. Although the House and Senate have both now recessed until after the November elections, Senate Majority Leader Reid has announced a “lame duck” Senate session starting the week of November 17. The Senate is planning to address a package of more than 150 public land bills, which have been stalled, and maybe a few other bills. We are working with key Senators to try and have the House-passed arthritis bill addressed during the lame duck session. It is an uphill battle, but we are continuing to do everything possible to get this bill through the Senate this year. We will keep you apprised of any developments as they occur and certainly will let you know how your advocacy efforts can help advance the bill.
All this hard work you have been doing to educate your Members of Congress has made a huge difference with this bill during the 110th Congress. Your important Congressional outreach was absolutely critical to our success, and we look forward to continuing this important journey with all of you.
Please take a moment to thank your Representative if he or she was a cosponsor and to let them know the Arthritis Act passed the House in September. If your Representative was not a cosponsor, please take a moment to let him/her know that the Arthritis Act passed. Your story is important to your Representative; an e-mail is waiting for you to personalize.