Today a strong bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives approved the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015. The effort was led by U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) in the House (H.R. 2191) and by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the Senate (S.1170), with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) cosponsoring. The legislation, now sent to the President’s desk, authorizes the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to continue issuing the breast cancer research fundraising stamp through 2019.
"With so much at stake in the fight against breast cancer, I am glad to see the House take action and pass this important legislation," said Sen. Enzi. "Breast cancer takes too many of our loved ones. We have already raised millions of dollars through this program to help with research against this deadly disease and renewal of this legislation will continue to support innovation, bringing us closer to a cure."
"As both a doctor and a husband of a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how important medical research can be in saving lives," said Sen. Barrasso. "Finding a cure for cancer is one issue that brings both Republican and Democrats together. We all want to eliminate breast cancer once and for all—and this important program will help bring us one step closer to that goal."
“Since 1998, this has been an effective, budget-neutral way to fund critical research to treat and hopefully one day cure this disease,” said Rep. Lummis. “For the health of all Americans, both women and men, it is important that we continue to support this fiscally responsible funding of medical research. I am proud to join my friend Jackie Speier and our House colleagues to pass this reauthorization bill to, as the stamp says, ‘Fund the fight. Find a cure.’”
The stamp was created by Congress in 1998 and almost one billion stamps have been sold in the United States since. This has raised over $80 million for cutting-edge breast cancer research and this reauthorization will raise millions more. The Breast Cancer Research Stamp is available for purchase at 11¢ above the cost of regular first-class postage which covers the USPS’s administrative costs and funds breast cancer research programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015 is budget neutral.