National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call to Action Online - November 15, 2019

Public Policy: Take Action

DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Appropriations

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee included $120 million for DOD BRCP. The full House has passed $150 million for the program. NBCC sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations leadership asking them to recede to the House amount of $150 million. It remains to be seen whether the Senate will pass a DOD Appropriations bill or if we will continue to fund the government on a Continuing Resolution (CR.)

Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act H.R. 2178/S. 1374

The House bill (H.R. 2178) now has 129 cosponsors and the Senate bill (S. 1374) has 11 cosponsors with the recent addition of Sen. Markey (D-MA). We have an organizational sign-on letter with 60+ national and local organizations supporting the bill. We continue to work to add cosponsors on both the House and Senate bills. If your Senator or Congressperson is not yet on the bill, please continue to reach out to them to urge them to sign on.

NBCC Congressional Staff Briefing

On Monday, November 4, NBCC hosted a briefing for Congressional staff featuring Dr. Cyrus Ghajar of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA and Fran Visco, President of NBCC. Dr. Ghajar explained the importance of NBCC’s Artemis Project to our mission to end breast cancer and cited examples of the innovations in breast cancer research that the Artemis Project has launched. Fran Visco gave background on the history of NBCC and briefed the staffers on both the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act.

Call for 2020 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Board of Directors will establish NBCC's 2020 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities during their January board meeting. We are seeking your input on priorities NBCC should advocate for in 2020.

As you know, NBCC’s strategic priorities focus on primary prevention, stopping women and men from getting breast cancer, and understanding and preventing metastasis (the spread of cancer), which is responsible for 90% of breast cancer deaths. Recommendations for 2020 should take into account how the proposed priority moves our plan towards meeting the overall goal of ending breast cancer. 

NBCC chooses its priorities through the following process: issues are brought to the attention of NBCC; NBCC staff researches the issue, and prepares background information for officers, staff and board; the board discusses all suggested priorities at the board meeting and votes on those NBCC will adopt, and votes on the order of priorities adopted.

As a reminder, NBCC always has chosen those priorities that will have a major impact on breast cancer. The issues must be overarching and cannot address a narrow issue. Please email your suggestions including any background information, AND WHY YOU BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE AN NBCC PRIORITY and falls within the parameters of NBCC’s strategic priorities, by close of business Friday, January 17. For your information, we are providing a summary of the 2019 priorities.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Advocate Leadership Summit

Join us May 2-4, 2020 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C., for the 2020 Advocate Leadership Summit. Come to sharpen your research and public policy advocacy skills, and engage with researchers and fellow advocates dedicated to ending breast cancer. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, we will once again take to Capitol Hill for our annual Lobby Day.

Visit our website for more information about the 2020 Summit and hotel lodging.

Join the New Facebook Group Created for NBCC Policy Advocates

Are you an NBCC member interested in our public policy activities? If so, please join our new Facebook group: NBCC Policy Advocates. This is where we will share information about progress towards our public policy priorities, opportunities for taking action and tips for being an impactful citizen activist.

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