Congressional Resolutions

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The below list provides information regarding formal expressions of opinion or proposals for action from the 115th Congress on disease-specific topics, such as raising awareness and promoting outreach efforts for various cancers. Resolutions are legislative measures that do not require approval by the President and do not hold the weight of law.

Designation of September 2017 as "National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month" (S. Res. 270)

  • This resolution would designate September 2017 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to increase public awareness for the disease.
  • S. Res. 270 was introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) on 9/28/2017 and was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designation of September 2017 as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" (S. Res. 269)

  • This resolution designates September 2017 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and calls for steps to raise awareness about prostate cancer screening and treatment; to support research to improve screening and treatment; and to improve access and the quality of health care services for detecting and treating prostate cancer.
  • S. Res. 269 was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on 9/27/2017 and was agreed to in the Senate by unanimous consent on the same day.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designation of "Sarcoma Awareness Week" and "Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day" (S. Res. 207/H. Res. 420)

  • These resolutions express support for designating the week of July 9 through July 15, 2017 as "Sarcoma Awareness Week" and July 15, 2017 as "Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day".
  • S. Res. 207 was introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) on 6/28/2017 and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H. Res. 420 was introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) on 6/28/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designation of May 2017 as "Melanoma Awareness Month" (S. Res. 182)

  • This resolution designates May 2017 as Melanoma Awareness Month and supports research for the prevention, detection, and treatment of melanoma, as well as awareness and education efforts related to sunsafe behaviors.
  • The resolution was introduced by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) on 5/25/2017 and passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designation of May 2017 as "National Brain Tumor Awareness Month" (H. Res. 347)

  • This resolution supports the designation of May 2017 as National Brain Tumor Awareness Month and encourages increased public awareness, supports efforts to develop better treatments, and urges a collaborative public-private approach to brain tumor research.
  • The resolution was introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) on 5/19/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text at Congress.gov.

Designation of May as "National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month" (H. Res. 310)

  • This resolution supports the designation of May as “National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month” and seeks to promote awareness of the disease and its impact on patients and their families.
  • H. Res. 310 was introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) on 5/3/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Supporting Childhood Skin-Protections to Curb Incidences of Skin Cancer (H. Res. 282)

  • This resolution expresses support for efforts to curb the incidences of skin cancer beginning with childhood skin protection, including:
    • Exempting sunscreen from over-the-counter medication bans in schools,
    • Developing policies that provide for the use of and access to sunscreen and sun protective clothing, and
    • Encouraging health care professionals to educate parents and children about sun-safe behaviors.
  • H. Res. 282 was introduced on 4/26/2017 by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text at Congress.gov.

Designating the first week of April 2017 as National Asbestos Awareness Week (S. Res. 98)

  • This resolution designates the first week of April 2017 as National Asbestos Awareness Week.
  • The resolution recognizes that asbestos fibers can cause cancer such as mesothelioma.
  • The resolution urges the Surgeon General to warn and educate people about the hazards of asbestos exposure.
  • S. Res. 98 was introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) on 3/27/2017and was passed by Unanimous Consent on 3/29/2017.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (S. Res. 89)

  • This resolution expresses support for designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
  • S.Res. 89 was introduced by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) on 3/15/2017 and was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (H. Res. 163)

  • This resolution expresses support for designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
  • H.Res. 163 was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) on 3/1/2017 and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designating March 2017 as National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month (H. Res. 148)

  • This resolution expresses support for designating March 2017 as National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.
  • H.Res. 148 was introduced by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) on 2/17/2017 and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designating February 4, 2017 as National Cancer Prevention Day (H. Res. 84)

  • This resolution expresses support for designating February 4, 2017 as National Cancer Prevention Day.
  • H. Res. 84 was introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) on 2/2/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

Designating May 17th as "DIPG Awareness Day" (H. Res. 69)

  • This resolution would designate May 17th as "DIPG Awareness Day" to raise awareness and encourage research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general.
  • H. Res. 69 was introduced by Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA) on 1/30/2017 and was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Read the full bill text on Congress.gov.

  • Updated: November 16, 2017