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Breaking News: New Co-Sponsors for the Family Act


The Family Act, a bill in the U.S. Congress which will create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with IVF, gained some critical support from four additional Members of Congress.

Why are bill co-sponsors important? The more co-sponsors a bill has, the more likely it is to have a hearing and pass through committee. Committee members want to know that a bill is important to other Members of Congress.

How do we gain more co-sponsors? The infertility community needs to talk directly to Congress. We need to show up in force in Washington, D.C. and tell Congress that people with infertility matter and we need access to affordable family building options. The best way to make sure your voice is heard is to come to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 25th. RESOLVE will set up all of your appointments and we will provide training. See the side bar for tips on planning your travel to Washington, D.C.

Can I really make a difference? YES! Members of Congress are asked to support many bills each year. They want to know what issues are important to the people in their home state and district. If they don’t hear from you they won’t know how important the Family Act is to their constituents. Even if you won’t directly benefit from the Family Act, you are part of this community and you can “pay it forward” by helping the next person diagnosed with infertility.

What if my Senator/Representative already is a co-sponsor of the Family Act? Everyone has two Senators and one Representative. So even if one of your elected officials has signed on to co-sponsor the bill, you want to ensure that all 3 of your elected officials co-sponsor the Family Act. Plus, we want you to thank the co-sponsors in person.

Visit us at www.acfs2000.com for more information.

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