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A Congress in Transition: Updates from Washington

We are busy following the final days of the 115th Congress — and also preparing for the new Congress, which begins on January 3rd. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering happening in Washington right now, as new leaders and committee chairs are selected. And there’s literal maneuvering as office spaces transition to make way for incoming occupants.

We know everyone is so busy in December but we wanted to share a couple of ways that you can help make a difference with some easy advocacy this holiday season:

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2018 Midterm Elections: The Childhood Cancer Landscape

The 2018 midterm elections have implications for children with cancer at both the federal and state levels.  The write up below explores these issues in more detail. 

With a divided Congress, health policy initiatives will require bipartisan action which means uncontroversial authorizing legislation and bipartisan efforts on bills. 

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STAR Act Funding Update

The House is currently in recess but will return to DC immediately after Labor Day, when they will resume appropriations work. The Alliance reports that our childhood cancer champions on Capitol Hill have been working with House Appropriations Leadership about funding the STAR Act in the final bill taken up by the full House. 

House and Senate versions of the appropriations bills must then be "conferenced" to reach consensus on a final bill that goes to the president. Our goal is to ensure that the House agrees to the Senate funding for the STAR Act.

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Are you meeting with your Representative this August?

While the Senate will be back in session after their quick break, House members will still have the full month off, through Labor Day. And it's an election year for all of them, so they'll be working overtime to be accessible to constituents like you. If you're willing to try to meet with your Representative in August about childhood cancer issues, here are a few tips…

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Meet Melissa: College Scholar, Cancer Survivor & Medical Student

We're so pleased to shine a spotlight Melissa Peace, one of our newly-announced 2018 College Scholars. Congratulations on your scholarship, Melissa!

The College Scholars Program is a Children's Cause initiative new to 2018, slated to be an annual program. We received a competitive slate of impressive survivor applicants for this inaugural class of Scholars and it was incredibly challenging to select just two! College Scholars receive a $2,000 academic scholarship and agree to complete a project of their choosing related to childhood cancer advocacy. 

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WATERSHED MOMENT: Congress passes the STAR Act!

BREAKING NEWS: The House of Representatives just passed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced. The Childhood Cancer STAR Act now heads to President Trump to be signed into law!

We thank our champions on Capitol Hill for leading the way toward this huge milestone for our community, and we thank each and every one of you who've reached out to your Members of Congress over the past few months -- and years!

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