At this time the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. is asking you to contact your Congress Member to ask him/her to sign on to 2 important letters from the US House Lyme Disease Caucus.
These bipartisan letters provide details that the Lyme Caucus is asking the 2 Appropriations Committees to include in their reports on FY 2021 Appropriations. This language will help provide direction for the monies and was developed with input from Lyme/TBD advocates.
LETTER LHHS Appropriations Committee (sign-on deadline 3/10)
LETTER DoD Appropriations Committee Lyme/CDMRP (sign-on deadline 3/13)
1. Determine Who Your Congress Member Is
Click on “Find Your Rep” box below
Type in zip code (your Member or a Member who serves your group’s area, your work area, etc.)FIND YOUR REP
2. Congress Members Already Signed on Letter as of March 6, 2020/ Do Not Contact
Christopher H. Smith (NJ), Caucus Co-Chair
Collin Peterson (MN), Caucus Co-Chair
Antonio R. Delgado (NY)
Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
Tom Malinowski (NJ)
Chellie Pingree (ME)
Bill Posey (FL)
Max Rose (NY)
Elise M. Stefanik (NY)
Jennifer Wexton (VA)
Vicky Hartzler (MO)
3. Email or Call Your Congress Member’s DC office.
A. Below is an example of what you need to say to your Congress Member. Here are some examples of how you can identify yourself: I am a Lyme patient, family member, friend of, person concerned about Lyme, doctor, Lyme group leader, etc.
B. Cut & paste the red text below into an email to your Congress Member OR call and say the following verbally over the phone to your Congress Member:
Dear Congress Member,
I ask that you please sign onto the two letters from the bipartisan House of Representatives Lyme Disease Caucus – co-chairs Christopher Smith (NJ) and Collin Peterson (MN) – to the LHHS Appropriations Committee and to the DoD Appropriations Committee (Lyme/CDMRP). The important language in these letters will help Lyme patients across the country. Here are links to the draft letters:
Please call or email Kelsey Griswold Kelsey.Griswold@mail.house.gov at the Office of Christopher Smith for information or to have your signature added. Thank you so much for your support on this important issue affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the US.
Sincerely, INSERT YOUR NAME, HERE
C. PLEASE NOTE: You are NOT supposed to email Kelsey Griswold. You are to instruct your Congress Person to email her directly.