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JDF Washington Report
Vol. II, No. 8, March 26, 1999

New Senate Diabetes Caucus Established

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Charles Grassley (R-IA), John Breaux (D-LA), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Pete Domenici (R- NM) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues announcing the establishment of a Senate Diabetes Caucus. The Congressional Diabetes Caucus in the House of Representatives currently boasts approximately 250 Members of Congress. JDF will continue to work very closely with the Senate Diabetes Caucus to promote diabetes research and funding issues.

Congressional Recess Begins - Get Active!

The Senate and the House of Representatives recessed yesterday to enjoy a two-week Easter break. Members will be travelling back to their home states and districts and many have scheduled town meetings during their time at home. Take the time to contact your Memberís district office to find out when and where these local meetings will be held and make sure that you go and represent JDF and finding a cure for diabetes through research. If the Member is not on the House or Senate Diabetes Caucus, then urge them to join; if your member IS on the Caucus, then thank him/her for his support. To check if your Representative is on the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, go to If you are unable to make contact with your congressional district office, please email Catherine Schelin at to help you with the identification.

Diabetes Research Working Group Briefing on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, March 24, 1999, Chairman John Edward Porter (R-IL) held a briefing to review the findings and recommendations of the congressionally mandated Diabetes Research Working Group. To read the executive summary of the document that identifies scientific opportunity in diabetes research and offers federal funding recommendations, go to for more information. Testimony was presented by Congressional Diabetes CoChairs George R. Nethercutt, Jr. (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), JDF Board Member S. Robert Levin, MD, a patient advocate, and the ADA. Chairman Porter thanked the witnesses for their testimony and told the panel that his wife suffers from diabetes and must endure daily insulin injections.

JDF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore Meets with Canadian Prime Minister

JDF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore met with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Health Minister Allan Rock recently during a visit to Ottawa for a lecture series. Ms. Moore discussed the necessity of federal funding for diabetes research and the essential partnership between JDF and the US Government. JDF Canada has been very busy in government relations working on federal Canadian funding for research by hosting their first Canadian Government Day in the Parliament. Approximately 40 JDF volunteers and their families visited with 50 Members of Parliament. Late last year, JDF Canada met with Minister of Health Allan Rock to discuss a National Diabetes Strategy for securing increased funds for diabetes research. Keep up the great work JDF Canada!

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Posted 28 March 1999

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