Legislation in Congress will help raise money for colorectal cancer research without increasing federal spending.
Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent has introduced a bill that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to sell a semipostal stamp to raise money for federally funded colorectal cancer research and prevention programs. Semipostal stamps are regular postage stamps that are sold at a surcharge over their postage value. The additional charge is a voluntary contribution by the purchaser to a designated cause.
Under the “Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act” (H.R. 893), funds raised from a semipostal colorectal cancer stamp would be used for colorectal cancer programs at the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Rep. Dent is working to identify a path for passage of the bill and Fight Colorectal Cancer is attempting to identify a champion for companion legislation in the Senate. Passage of H.R. 893 will not be easy; therefore, Rep. Dent needs our help.
H.R. 893 was introduced in March 2011 and, to date, has only eight cosponsors. If Rep. Dent is to convince House leaders to advance H.R. 893, he must be able to show strong support for the bill among his House colleagues.
Passage of H.R. 893 may be one of our best opportunities to maintain, and perhaps even increase, funding for colorectal cancer programs in the foreseeable future. However, without more cosponsors, the bill’s prospects are not good. You can help change that.