Authorization to Appropriation: Next Steps for STAR Act
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law, authorizing $30 million annually from 2019-2023 for programs and research to combat childhood cancer through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Now, we work to get the STAR Act fully funded -- and all indications suggest this process is off to a good start! On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that includes funding for implementation of STAR, including survivorship research, biospecimen research, pediatric and adolescent surveillance, and additional funding for state cancer registries that track cancer in children, teens and young adults.
We thank Senate appropriations leaders for moving this bill quickly through Committee, especially Labor/HHS Chair Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray.
Passage of the bipartisan STAR Act - the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced - was the result of many years of hard work from our Congressional champions, our community at large, grassroots advocates from all over the country, and this organization. Its provisions are grounded in solid data, smart analysis, and a robust roundtable process that achieved community consensus on top policy priorities.
Consideration of the the House Labor/HHS bill by the full House Appropriations Committee has been delayed until after the July 4 recess. Join us in thanking Congress for passing STAR and asking your Senators and Representative to support full funding of STAR as the appropriations process continues: