The passage of language including “chronic Lyme diseasae” and “persistent infection” can help patients get the care that they require.
“Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill”
- December 2009 President Obama signed this Appropriations Committtee bil into law with the report language
- On July 30, 2009, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Lyme disease language contained in the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations bill. The vote was 29 to 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (CT-D), and Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, Tom Harkin (IA-D) were instrumental in passage of the language. The next step is a vote on the Appropriations bill by the entire Senate expected this week.
- On July 24, 2009, the full House passed Lyme disease language contained in the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations bill (HR 3293). The vote was 264 to153. Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ-R), author of the language; House Appropriations Committee Chair, David Obey (WI-D); and U.S. House Appropriations Committee Members Frank Wolf (VA-R) and Nita Lowey (NY-D) were instrumental in its inclusion.