Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1187) Re-Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives, February 2017

This is a similar bill to the one known in the 112th Congress (2011-2012) as HR 2239, in the 113th Congress (2013-2014) as HR 842, and in the 114th Congress (2015-2016) as HR 2311, which did not pass. IBS Impact thanks IFFGD for its consistent work over many years in bringing this historically bipartisan bill to fruition and urges U.S. citizen IBS Impact members and site visitors to advocate for this landmark legislation on behalf of people with IBS and related disorders.

IFFGD announced publicly on March 7, 2017 that HR 1187 was introduced into the 115th Congress (2017-2018) on February 16, 2017 by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI-5), who also was the initial sponsor of  all previous versions. On March 13, 2017, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2), also a supporter of the most recent previous version, joined him as the first co-sponsor.

If you are a constituent of Rep. Sensenbrenner or Rep. Pocan,  please write or call or post on their social media to thank them for their ongoing support of the functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders community.

U.S. citizens in other districts, please contact your own representatives to ask them to co-sponsor this act.

The text and current status of the legislation can be found here:

IFFGD’s HR 1187 resources can be found here:

More information on how to advocate for this act is expected to be available soon. Check back on this site, our blog at or IBS Impact on Facebook Twitter for updates as they occur.



Last update: March 2017