Here is a response to one of the letters my mom sent out on our behalf. I
have not heard back from anyone yet with all the letters I have sent out but
will keep sending them. Hope everyone is doing as well as they can be and
Gina hang in there.
Got this today from Chuck Hagel's office. I am sort of surprised to hear
back. Be interesting to see if the others do. Chuck is a member of our
church, although don't know how much of an attender he is. I have never met
him, but do see him from time to time. His wife was pretty active in
women's stuff before they moved to Washington.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven Irizarry" <Steven_Irizarry@...>
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 10:03 AM
Subject: Your Letter to Senator Hagel Re: Hepatitus C
> Dear Mr. and Mrs. Palmer:
> Thank you for your letter to Senator Hagel regarding increased
> for medical research directed at Hepatitus C. As the legislative
> staffer responsible for handling this issue, the Senator forwarded me
> your message.
> Senator hagel agrees with you that one of the best ways to find a
> for Hepatitis C is through research performed by the National
> Institutes of Health (NIH) and funded by Congress. The Fiscal Year
> (FY) 2001 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill provides $20.5
> billion for NIH research. This is $2.7 billion more than was
> appropriated in FY2000, and $1.7 billion over the President's
> Senator Hagel voted in favor of the FY2001 Labor-HHS-Education
> appropriations bill, which is now in conference.
> Additionally, the FY2001 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill has
> proposed allocating $2.066 billion the National Institute of Allergy
> and Infectious Diseases, the branch of NIH primarily responsible for
> conducting research on Hepatitis C. This would be a $263 million
> increase in funding from the year before.
> Senator Hagel will continue to support federal funding for Hepatitis
> research to the fullest possible extent.
> Thanks again for your letter.
> Very truly yours,
> Steven Irizarry
> Health Counsel
> Office of Sen. Chuck Hagel
> SR-346 Russell Senate Building
> Washington, DC 20510
> (202) 224-4224
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