CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 756 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) on January 28, 2009.
H.R. 756 would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a national conference on pain, as well as an interagency committee to coordinate pain research. The bill also authorizes $5 million per year in grants for health professions schools and other entities regarding pain care training, as well as a national pain education outreach and awareness campaign on pain management. The bill would authorize a total of $36 million in appropriations over five years.
On September 23, 2008, the House passed a similar bill (H.R. 2994) by voice vote. The Senate never considered the legislation.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementation of H.R. 756 would increase spending subject to appropriations by $3 million in Fiscal 2010 and $33 million over five years.