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Lou B
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This message sent from the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

by Harvey L. Kliman



Make Congress Count You, Not Just IDSA!


Everyone, everywhere concerned about Lyme disease and the cover-up of its seriousness.


* IDSA is dictating public policy and your health. Because of its interference, we cannot get a hearing on the Lyme bill.
* We have just heard that Energy & Commerce is making up a list of the only health bills to be heard NOW. If the Lyme bill does not make the list, it could be the end for this bill.
* Don't let this happen! Take control of Lyme disease out of the hands of IDSA and put it where it belongs, in your hands.


Take action TODAY April 17 & TOMORROW. (if you don't receive this in time, call anyway)


The US House Energy and Commerce Committee & the Chair; House Health Subcommittee Chair


Call or fax ALL of these DC offices below

* Congressman Dingell (MI) Chair Energy & Commerce (P) 202-225-4071/ (F) 202-226-0371
* Congressman Pallone (NJ) Chair House Health Subcommittee (P) 202-225-4671 /(F) 202-225-9665
* Energy & Commerce Committee Phone 202-225-2927 Committee Does not have a public fax email (will accept all zip codes)

Clear phone or fax message example below (Simple is better)

(Polite but firm please) We want HR 741 on the House Health Subcommittee agenda today! We are sick (or friends, family) and Lyme is spreading. We need help from you, now. We are not going to sit by and wait until our families and friends are all sick and dying from this devastating disease. (name, address, contact)


We have heard your efforts in calling Congress have been helping. They have generated a buzz in DC about the Lyme bill. Two weeks ago, LDA was invited (by Senator Dodd) to brief the Senate HELP Committee in DC. Over half Senate HELP committee members showed up for the briefing, a good response. LDA also set up a briefing of all House staff members in cooperation with the House Lyme Disease Caucus (Smith/Holden/Stupak). The briefing itself went well, but hardly anyone from the specific House Energy & Commerce/Health Committee attended, although we have 103 co-sponsors on the bill in the House to date! The Committee is not listening to its colleagues who support the bill, or to its constituents, or to all those who are sick.

Only YOU can make Congress listen!

From: Pat Smith,, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.

For further bill information, click on Legislation at top of page at

Lou B

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