House Passes Bill Reauthorizing Breast Cancer Research Stamp
Rep. Baca Served as Primary Sponsor of Counterpart Bill Introduced in House of Representatives
Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation, S. 384, to reauthorize the sale of a special-rate U.S. postage stamp, with proceeds from the stamp going to the National Institute of Health to fund breast cancer research. Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) served as lead sponsor of the counterpart bill in the House, H.R. 466 – The Breast Cancer Stamp Reauthorization Act, and worked closely with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) to ensure passage of S. 384 in the House of Representatives.
“The breast cancer research stamp has been highly successful in both raising tens of millions of dollars for important research, and raising public awareness of the ongoing need to fight a disease that affects millions of American women and their families,” said Rep. Baca. “I am proud to work with my colleague, Sen. Diane Feinstein, to achieve passage of this important legislation through both chambers of Congress.”
Breast cancer is considered the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women nationwide, aside from skin cancer. Since 1998, the U.S. Postal Service has sold over 903 million “semi-postal” breast cancer research stamps — raising $72 million for breast cancer research. In addition, the successful stamp has focused public awareness on the devastating disease and provided hope to breast cancer survivors. The Breast Cancer Research Stamp Authorization Act of 2011 permits the sale of the stamp for four additional years beyond the current expiration date of December 31, 2011.
“It is essential that we do all we can in Congress to ensure breast cancer research is adequately funded,” concluded Rep. Baca. “By reauthorizing the breast cancer research stamp, we can continue to support the mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, and daughters struggling with the disease. Together, we will continue to work towards a world without breast cancer.”
In 2007, Rep. Baca and Senator Diane Feinstein introduced legislation that passed both Houses of Congress and was signed into public law by the President, reauthorizing the stamp through this year. S. 384 passed the Senate by a unanimous consent vote earlier this month, on December 5, 2011.