Welcome to the Arthritis Agenda, an advocacy newsletter of the Arthritis Foundation.
Update from Washington, D.C.
Most Members of Congress are currently in their districts and states campaigning for the November 7 election. All seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate seats are up for election. Members of Congress will return to Washington the week of November 13 for a lame-duck session to finish work on the remaining budget bills, including those that fund arthritis research and public health programs.
It is unclear what legislation, if any, Congress will tackle before adjourning and ending the 109th Congress. We will continue to look for opportunities during the lame-duck session to pass the arthritis legislation or at least provisions of the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act. All bills that do not pass before adjournment are null and void. We will ask the sponsors of the arthritis bill to introduce it again in the 110th Congress. Members who were cosponsors of the bill will need to be asked again to support the bill. However, because of your great efforts during the past two years in obtaining 215 cosponsors in the House and 49 cosponsors in the Senate, this will be very helpful for next year.
The beginning of the 110th Congress in January will bring new Members of Congress who will need to learn about the arthritis legislation. If you live in a district or a state that elects a new Representative or Senator, please be prepared to help educate them on arthritis and how it affects your life and your family.
Thank you for writing, calling, and visiting your legislators. We are making progress because of you. We cannot afford to let up on our advocacy efforts!
Mark Your Calendars
Do you have a personal story about living with arthritis to share with your Members of Congress? Would you like to learn more about how to communicate with elected officials on a local, state and federal level?
The 2007 Advocacy & Kids’ Summit will be held on February 27 & 28 in Washington, D.C. This two-day conference includes a training session and meetings with your Members of Congress.
Please check back soon for more information about the Summit and registration.