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President Signs Government Funding Bill -- Includes Top LCA Priority
WASHINGTON, D.C. [September 30, 2008]--Tonight, the President signed into law funding for fiscal year 2009. Included in this omnibus measure is money to fund the Department of Defense and a new $20 million Lung Cancer Research Program.
Lung Cancer Alliance President and CEO Laurie Fenton-Ambrose called the new program “a turning point for lung cancer.”
“This is the breakthrough we have all been working so hard for – our advocates, patients and their families, our staff and our Board,” she said.
Fenton-Ambrose credited the chairmen of the House and Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittees for their support and commitment to the new lung cancer research program.
The legislation notes that lung cancer is the most lethal of all cancers, taking more lives each year than all other major cancers combined and that military personnel have heightened exposure to lung cancer carcinogens.
“Priority should be given to the development of the integrated components to identify, treat and manage early curable lung cancer”, it states.
The bill requires the Army to provide a plan for how the funds will be spent and submit that plan to Congress within 120 days.