Summer 2023 Legislative Update: Childhood Cancer Bills We’re Tracking
UPDATE (Dec. 22, 2022): Following this week’s Senate vote, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for his final signature. Thank you to everyone who advocated for this reauthorization in 2022 — your efforts have ensured that crucial research will continue for years to come!
Last night, the Senate unanimously passed the Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act. First passed in 2018, the STAR Act is the most comprehensive legislation addressing pediatric cancer in U.S. history. Its reauthorization provides four additional years of funding for the programs established in the original STAR Act. Thank you to everyone who advocated this year on behalf of patient families and children with brain cancer. Your voice matters and helped make the Senate’s vote possible!
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote before the end of the year. If you haven’t done so, please reach out to your local legislator and urge them to support the STAR Reauthorization Act when it is brought to the floor for a vote.
HOW TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE:
More information about the STAR Reauthorization Act can be found in our September Legislative Update. If you have any questions about a specific bill or reaching out to your legislators, please get in touch with Mike Henry, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Director of Advocacy, at [email protected].