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Be Your Own ADVOCATE

CONGRESSIONAL MS CAUCUS FORMS IN THE U.S. SENATE

Senator Byron Dorgan (ND) and Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) have stepped forward to lead and co-chair the new Senate MS Caucus.

Last July, the first of its kind Congressional MS Caucus began in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is led by Congressmen Russ Carnahan (MO) and Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX). Seventy-two Representatives from areas across the United States have joined the Caucus since its inception. On February 21, the Society hosted a kickoff event for the House MS. This Capitol Hill briefing examined the impact of MS on the U.S. veteran population and the need for increased federal investment in MS research.

The House and Senate MS Caucuses provide the Society with a set of champions we can count on for leadership and support for MS issues. They will help bolster our advocacy efforts and give us an even bigger presence on Capitol Hill. In addition, the Caucuses can help us better identify “friends of” MS, giving us a “go-to” support network and access to more Members of Congress. When we have an MS issue that needs attention, we will look to the MS Caucus members for their support.

The active and engaged bi-partisan MS Caucuses serve as a forum for Members of Congress, their staff, and related organizations and individuals to discuss critical health care, disability, research, and other issues affecting people living with MS. It helps raise MS awareness, seek creative solutions to the challenges facing people with MS, and move us closer to a world free of this disease. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm, experience, and leadership that both Senators will

bring to the caucus. Encourage your Representative and

Senators to join the MS Caucus. Visit

www.nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy. You'll find links that will help you send that message to your Congressperson.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT. BE AN ACTIVIST!

Foster change. Be an activist for people with MS. Sign up now to become a member of the MS Action Network. Visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/cal.

For more the latest on MS activism, visit www.msactivist.blogspot.com.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter

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