CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1116 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on February 25, 2010.
H.Res. 1116 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week;
• "Encourages the President to issue a proclamation in support of the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week;
• "Encourages States, territories, possessions of the United States, and localities to support the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week by issuing proclamations designating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week;
• "Encourages media organizations to participate in Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and help educate the public about multiple sclerosis;
• "Commends the efforts of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States who support the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week;
• "Recognizes and reaffirms the Nation's commitment to combating multiple sclerosis by promoting awareness about its causes and risks and by promoting new education programs, supporting research, and expanding access to medical treatment; and
• "Recognizes all people in the United States living with multiple sclerosis, expresses gratitude to their family members and friends who are a source of love and encouragement to them, and salutes the health care professionals and medical researchers who provide assistance to those so afflicted and continue to work to find cures and improve treatments."
According to the resolution's findings, the goals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week are to invite people to join the movement to end multiple sclerosis, encourage everyone to do something to demonstrate their commitment to moving toward a world free of multiple sclerosis, and to acknowledge those who have dedicated their time and talent to help promote multiple sclerosis research and programs.