CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 366 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on April 27, 2009
H.Res. 366 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the 40th anniversary of the National Eye Institute (NEI), commends it for its leadership, and supports its mission to prevent blindness and to save and restore vision;
• "Supports the designation of the `Decade of Vision' to maintain a sustained awareness in the next decade of the unprecedented public health challenges associated with vision impairment and eye disease and to emphasize the need for Federal support for prevention and early detection, access to treatment and rehabilitation, and research; and
• "Commends the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR), which serves as the `Friends of the National Eye Institute', for its efforts to expand awareness of the incidence and economic burden of eye disease through its Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative."
According to the resolution's findings, about 8 million people in the United States over the age of 40 currently experience blindness, low-vision, or an age-related eye disease. This number is expected to grow to 50 million by 2020. The National Eye Institute (NEI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health and its mission is to mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.