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2011 Hill Day Group ShotOur 2011 Hill Day took place June 14 and 15. The first day, Tuesday, featured an afternoon of Advocacy Training and Legislative Review followed by a dinner at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, all advocates spent the day at congressional offices on Capitol Hill. We concluded on Wednesday by 5:00 pm. Read personal stories from some of the advocates who attended.

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In addition to sharing their personal stories, advocates urged Members of Congress to take action in important initiatives, like funding federal Functional GI and Motility Disorders research activities.  These included 4 critical issues:

  • House Member co-sponsorship of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2011(H.R. 2239).  Learn all about it here.
  • House and Senate support of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to a level of $35 billion in Fiscal Year 2012.
  • Support veterans in the FY12 Defense Appropriations bill by: House Members including functional GI disorders research in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) Gulf War Illness Research Program; and Senate Members including functional GI disorders in the CDMRP Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program’s eligible conditions list
  • House and Senate support to ensure passage of the Pediatric Research Consortia Establishment Act (H.R. 1080)
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