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

New co-sponsor, October 2018.

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. In March 2017, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2),  joined him as the first co-sponsor. They have since been joined in June 2017 by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2), in July 2017 by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20), in October 2017 by Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D- NY-3), in November 2017 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4), in April 2018, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN-7) and Rep. Donald Payne, Jr, (D-NJ-10), and in May 2018 by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Rep. John Faso (R-NY-19) and Rep. David Price (D-NC-4), Rep. Gerald (Gerry) Connolly (D-VA-11) in June 2018, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7) in July 2018, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) in September 2018, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-at large) in October 2018.  Reps. Pocan, Engel,Loebsack, and Lofgren were all co-sponsors of the most recent previous version, Rep. Connolly of one previous version,  Rep. Perlmutter of two previous versions, Rep. Carson and Rep. Price  of three versions, and Rep. Kind and Rep. Moore of all four versions, as well.

If you are a constituent of any of these representatives,  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:

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Last updated: October 2018