In July, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) became the 89th member of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus. Congressmen Swalwell has consistently urged Congress to increase funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to fund the research necessary to battle the rare diseases that affect 30 million Americans.
In July, Congressmen Swalwell spoke to rare disease advocates at the University of California San Francisco, as part of Rare Disease Legislative Advocates’ West-Coast Conference, on the importance of advancing 21st Century Cures legislation through Congress to spur the development of treatments and help many people suffering from rare diseases.
The Congressional Rare Disease Caucus is a forum for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to voice constituent concerns, collaborate on ideas, facilitate conversations between the medical and patient community, and build support for legislation that will improve the lives of people with rare diseases. To check whether your Member of Congress belongs to the Caucus, please visit https://rareadvocates.org/rarecaucus/.