CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 407 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) on May 6, 2009.
H.Res. 407 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of `National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month';
• "Supports the designation of a `National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month';
• "Encourages local communities to raise awareness surrounding the prevalence of asthma and allergies;
• "Encourages awareness about disparities in asthma cases based on race, ethnicity, and economic status;
• "Recognizes and salutes health care professionals that treat asthma- and allergy-related health issues each day; and
• "Recognizes and reaffirms the Nation's commitment to continued education surrounding asthma and allergy treatment and symptoms and to advancing care for both asthma and allergy conditions."
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America declares May as "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month". According to the resolution's findings, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. Allergies are the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, the third most common chronic disease among children under the age of 18, and the third-ranking cause of hospitalizations for children. 4,000 people die each year from asthma-related causes.