House Advances Bipartisan STAR Act to President’s Desk

May 22, 2018

Largest childhood cancer bill to ever pass Congress addresses survivorship, treatment, access, & research

Kelly is co-chairman of Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus

WASHINGTON — The co-chairs of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus – U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) – issued the following statement today applauding the unanimous House passage of S. 292, the Senate companion to their bill, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act. The legislation will elevate and prioritize pediatric cancer research at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and strongly improve child-focused cancer treatments, surveillance, and quality of life resources for survivors.

“Today was a long-anticipated day for the pediatric cancer community, and one to be celebrated. This bill is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill to ever pass Congress and will finally head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. Childhood cancer remains one of the deadliest killers of our kids and we as a Congress, and a nation, must say, ‘Enough is enough.’ As co-chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, we would like to thank all those who made this possible, including the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the entire childhood cancer advocacy community.”

BACKGROUND: The Childhood Cancer STAR Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by the four co-chairs of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus on February 2, 2017. The legislation earned 370 co-sponsors in the House and 55 in the Senate.