Posted 6/30/2011 6:08 PM (GMT -7)
U.S. citizens, on June 16th, thanks to the work of IFFGD, the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2011 (HR 2239) was introduced in the House of Representatives with support from both parties. This is major legislation on behalf of people with IBS and other functional GI or motility disorders, but it will take time, effort and advocacy from affected people and our supporters to show Congress that this is important enough to pass and enact.
Please write or call your federal Representative (not your Senators, the President, your Governor or other local officials. They have no control over anything that happens in the House of Representatives!) and ask for his/her co-sponsorship of this bill. State who you are and where you live in his/her district. This is very important so the Representative's staff knows you are a real person and you are actually an eligible voter in that district. They will not pay attention to people who do not live there. If you feel comfortable, tell briefly why you are interested in this bill, again so they know who you are and why the bill is important-- such as have had IBS for X years, have had difficulty finding adequate relief or have a family member with IBS, etc. Then say thank you. That's it.
For more information on the bill itself, go to the IFFGD site here
To find your Representative's contact information, go here and enter your zipcode.