Congress on Tuesday reauthorized the sale of a postage stamp, with proceeds going to fund breast cancer research.
The Senate approved the Breast Cancer Stamp Reauthorization Act last week, which paved the way for overwhelming approval of the legislation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. In both chambers, California Democrats led the push for the reauthorization with Sen. Dianne Feinstein introducing the bill in the Senate and San Bernardino County Democratic Rep. Joe Baca being a lead sponsor in the House.
After the passage in the Senate, Feinstein – along with Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas who also introduced the legislation with Feinstein – praised the vote.
“I am pleased that so many senators on both sides of the aisle came together for such an important cause, and I urge the House to pass this bill quickly so that this unique stamp can continue,” Feinstein said. “Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. This stamp helps scientific breakthroughs ensure more women survive this deadly disease.”
Hutchison also said funding from the stamp would go a long way toward helping to win the fight against breast cancer.
“The Breast Cancer Research Stamp has been a vital tool in ensuring that breast cancer patients become breast cancer survivors,” she said. “The stamp has raised, through voluntary contributions, tens of millions of dollars that have supported innovative research that has helped save lives. And, I believe that with enough resources, the fight against breast cancer can be won.”
Breast cancer is considered the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women nationwide other than skin cancer. Since 1998, the United States Postal Service has sold more than 908 million “semi-postal” breast cancer research stamps, which has raised $73 million. The stamp’s reauthorization allows the stamp to be sold at a special 55-cent rate for another four years.
“The Breast Cancer Research Stamp has been highly successful in both raising tens of millions of dollars for important research, and raising public awareness of the ongoing need to fight a disease that affects millions of American women and their families,” Baca said. “It is essential that we do all we can in Congress to ensure breast cancer research is adequately funded. By reauthorizing the Breast Cancer Research Stamp, we can continue to support the mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters and daughters struggling with the disease. Together, we will continue to work towards a world without breast cancer.”
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