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American Diabetes Association 
Advocacy E-News, November 22, 2002 

THIS WEEK'S CALL TO ACTION: Call President Bush. Urge him to sign H.R.

Dear Advocate, 

The U.S. Congress delivered a huge victory to diabetes advocates by 
passing a bill that provides $1.5 billion for diabetes research and 
programs over the next 5 years. 

The legislation, H.R. 5738, provides additional funding for the Special 
Diabetes Program, which is comprised of two components: Type 1 research 
at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and diabetes prevention and 
treatment programs for American Indians through the Indian Health 
Service (IHS). Set to expire next year, the Special Diabetes Program 
has now been extended through 2008. Furthermore, funding for each 
component was expanded from $100 million annually to $150 million 

The final step is for President Bush sign the bill. Please call the 
White House at (202) 456-1111. Tell President Bush: 

* Please sign H.R. 5738, which provides important funding for diabetes
research and programs. 

H.R. 5738 passed both the House and Senate unanimously, so the 
Association would like to thank all Senators and Representatives for 
their support. Specifically, the following Senators and Representatives 
should be recognized for their leadership on this issue: 

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) 
Senator John Breaux (D-LA) 
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) 
Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) 
Representative Diana DeGette (D-01-CO) 
Representative Dennis Hastert (R-14-IL) 
Representative J.D. Hayworth (R-06-AZ) 
Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) 
Representative George Nethercutt (R-05-WA) 
Representative John Shimkus (R-20-IL) 

The Association and thousands of volunteers have worked hard this year 
to bring about this extension and expansion of the Special Diabetes 
Program. The Association is also proud to have worked with many 
partners including the National Congress of American Indians, the 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and many American Indian tribes, 
leaders, and communities. 

Please direct any questions to email @ redacted


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