Call-on Congress – What do we want? | 2013 Call-on Congress

Over the past few days I’ve told you some of the reasons our 80+ colorectal cancer advocates will be on Capitol Hill next week. Yesterday we touched on the agenda for the 2013 Call-on Congress.

Today – I want you to know exactly what we will be asking of our elected officials.

Stay tuned – tomorrow I will share with you how to get involved from your living room!

But first … a brief overview of a bill and the lawmaking process

No review of how a bill becomes a law is complete without a little School House Rock.  “I’m just a bill…sittin’ here on Capitol Hill.”

If you need an elementary-level refresher, take a look:

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Schoolhouse Rock : I’m Just a Bill from BExceptional on Vimeo.

Here is also a great diagram that explains the lawmaking process:


Next week on Capitol Hill

Fight Colorectal Cancer will train advocates next week to represent The People and demand a cure for colorectal cancer. Our advocates will attend meetings with their state’s officials to ask for changes to the law and support of measures that get behind a cure for colorectal cancer.

The legislation at hand…

Here is what our advocates will ask for:


(Click to download a PDF with a full explanation of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s 2013 legislative priorities)

Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)

Recommendation: Fight Colorectal Cancer will advocate for increased funding for the CRCCP to $70 million in FY 2014 and continue to oppose consolidation of the cancer control programs.

Watch the video for more info about the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Program.

Eliminating Cost Sharing for Colorectal Cancer Screening Colonoscopy

Recommendation:  Fight Colorectal Cancer will seek reintroduction of corrective legislation and advocate for its passage in the 113th Congress and continue to lobby for a change in private payer regulations. (HR 1070)

Watch the video for more info about the Medicare Cost Screening for Colonoscopy.

Support Colorectal Cancer Research

Recommendation:  Ask Congress to demonstrate commitment by taking two actions:   provide increased funding for the DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) and fund the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Watch the video for more info about the Support for Colorectal Cancer Research

United in a cure…

Our plate is full and agenda is packed – that is for sure! That is why our advocates will need YOUR help!

Stay tuned tomorrow to learn how to participate in the national Call-in on Wednesday, March 20!




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