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Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 3:33pm
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Driving Me Nutty,
We need everyone's help RIGHT NOW, so thanks in advance for your efforts! We are really at a critical stage in this effort, and must keep the momentum so this bill doesn't die in committee...
Has your Rep. signed on already as a co-sponsor? If so, then it makes sense to move forward with trying to influence others on the committee (especially if they are from your home state).
If your Rep. has not yet signed on, I'd recommend follow-up to try to convert him/her into a co-sponsor. We still need to increase the overall numbers of co-sponsors for the bill. That sends a signal to the Energy & Commerce Committee (and Subcommittee on Health) that the legislation enjoys broad support, so they should take it up. Also, the more support that is visible, the less likely it is that the Committee will try to amend the legislation (either gut important provisions, add "pork" to the bill, etc.)
You can e-mail me off-board with more specifics if you'd like...

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 7:06am
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Thanks nutternomore. And how do I find out if my rep (IL) has signed off on the bill? Is there a website with current 'votes'?
Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 2:36pm
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Ok, I found the link mentioned earlier in the thread - [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR3684:@@@L&summ2=m&#cosponsors[/url]

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 11:39pm
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Yeah!! We have two more, OH and MA! MA is doing great, my home state, too bad my new state, FL can't keep up [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 11:41pm
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My rep is due a phone call. Can you help me out with what to say? who to ask for? Do I basically read the letters I've already sent?
Thanks for your help!

Posted on: Tue, 05/18/2004 - 2:28am
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Well, I just looked up the zip codes of all of our friends and relatives to see if any are in the district of a rep on that is on the committee that is reviewing the bill. I did find one distant aunt and uncle, whom I'll ask to send letter (that I'll provide) to their rep in WY.
Is there any update on if the committee already met last week? I couldn't find anything noted on any schedules on the government websites...

Posted on: Tue, 05/18/2004 - 2:47am
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I'm working on an update...hope to have something soon.
In the meantime, we picked up 2 more co-sponsors yesterday.
Rep Meehan, Martin T. - 5/17/2004 [MA-5]
Rep Regula, Ralph - 5/17/2004 [OH-16]
Let's keep those e-mails, phone calls, faxes, and letters coming. WE NEED CO-SPONSORS NOW!!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/18/2004 - 3:08am
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Momtomitchell,
You want to ask to speak to the legislative aide responsible for Health care issues. Indicate that you are calling to discuss HR 3684.
In speaking with the aide, emphasize the importance of the issue to you. Instead of re-reading the letter, indicate that you are following up with additional information, but reference that you previously wrote.
Try to convey how this impacts your life, i.e. make it personal. Make them understand how hard it is to read labels, and what would happen (or has happened) if a mistake is made. It is quite possible that the aide has very little understanding about food allergies, but personal examples go a long way to bring home the points.
I would re-emphasize that (1) it's bi-partisan legislation passed unanimously by the Senate, with support by the FDA, (2) labels are currently written for scientists, not consumers...objective is that a 7 yr old should be able to read simple words like milk, peanuts, egg... (3) it closes the additive loophole (so have to disclose if Top 8 contained in "natural flavorings", e.g.), (4) that it minimizes costs to manufacturers, since they have to change labels anyway to comply with FDA requirements on labeling for trans fat on the same implementation date (1/1/06).
Another thing I've done is to bring home the impact at a state level. I go to the web and either find the US Census data for your state, and also go to your state government website (to see if they have a revised figure more current than 2000). Multiply that number by 4% (the latest national estimate...the roughly 1-in-25 estimate), and convey to your Rep's office that based on the latest studies, and the latest census info, it is estimated that the number of people affected in your state is XXXXX.
Then I close with another request for co-sponsorship, and a question as to how I can be informed once they have formulated their position on the legislation (will they e-mail you, should you call that Aide back in xxx weeks, etc.).

Posted on: Fri, 05/21/2004 - 8:13am
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Just got this update from Rep. Lowey's office re:FALCPA.
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[i]The FDA recently walked the Energy and Commerce Committee staff through the
bill. The FDA very openly told staff that they support the bill as written.
We expect the bill to be marked up after Memorial Day...[/i]
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So, this means, that in a few weeks, the full Energy & Commerce Committee will review the legislation, and then vote. If it makes it out of Committee, then it would be considered by the full House.
So, I think we will need to make another big push here to contact members of the Committee to urge them to support/co-sponsor FALCPA. If no one is able to get to it sooner, I'll post an updated list this weekend.
[b]Please make your voice heard![/b] This is our best chance to get this bill passed!!!
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 21, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 05/21/2004 - 8:27am
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Again, here is the most current list of co-sponsors:
[url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR03684:@@@P"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR03684:@@@P[/url]
And, here is the list of members of the Energy & Commerce Committee:
[url="http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/members/members.htm"]http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/members/members.htm[/url]

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