During the summer recess, Members of Congress return to their home states to hear from constituents and attend community events. Meeting with them during this time is a critical opportunity for rare disease advocates to build relationships, educate them on key legislative needs and follow-up on requests made during Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill or phone calls or emails about legislative issues since then.
As a FREE service to the rare disease community, Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) will set-up a meeting for you and fellow advocates at your convenience. Any rare disease advocate is encouraged to join us for In-District Lobby Days, held from July 18th to September 5th. Registration is free and available online through Friday, July 15th. You can specify when you are available during the summer recess and how far you are willing to travel for a meeting.
This is a critical juncture for our community. Although the 21st Century Cures Act passed the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support last July, the Senate has yet to pass the companion legislation. In the current partisan environment in Washington, it is important for Members of Congress to hear first-hand how united the American public is on the subject of medical innovation. A recent poll found that 78% of Americans think Congress should prioritize fostering medical innovations, with an emphasis on finding cures for diseases that still lack treatments. By joining us for In-District Lobby Days, you can urge your Senators and Representatives to support 21st Century Cures and advocate for other legislation benefiting our community.
To register for In-District Lobby Days, please click HERE. RDLA will use the information you provided to schedule meetings for you, and help you prepare by providing key background materials and hosting a preparatory webinar to be held on July 13th.
It is up to each of us to ensure the voices of rare disease patients and caregivers are heard in Washington. Please help us tell Congress loud and clear: WE NEED CURES NOW!