The Alliance for Childhood Cancer reports this week that the Senate HELP Committee is planning a Public Health Mark-Up for the first week of February and the STAR Act may be included on the agenda for the mark-up. If the HELP Committee approves the STAR Act, Chairman Alexander has pledged to move the bill quickly to the Senate for approval and send it to the House for consideration, where we currently have 345 cosponsors - 80% of the full House - signed on to the STAR Act.
What Should We Be Doing Now? There are currently 27 Senators signed on to the STAR Act, with an additional nine Democratic Senators who are on a waiting list to sign on as we get more GOP Senators - to keep the bill as bipartisan as possible. Congressional contacts have urged the childhood cancer community to spend the next few weeks adding as many additional Senators as possible, which will help give momentum to the bill as it moves out of Committee for consideration by the full Senate.
This map shows current co-sponsorship in the Senate (gold stars are cosponsors). The red telephones indicate that the Senator is a Member of the HELP Committee but not yet a cosponsor of the STAR Act. Please reach out to your Senators and urge them to sign on in advance of the February mark-up!
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