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Supporting the Fight Against Breast Cancer


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I have signed off on two measures that address the scourge of breast cancer. H.Res. 234 encourages early detection and expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the federal government should ensure access to lifesaving breast cancer screening and treatment, particularly for women in medically underserved areas, such as the Northern Mariana Islands. Since 1990, deaths from breast cancer have dropped primarily because of early detection and better treatment. H.R. 466 puts some money behind these worthy goals. It does not come from taxpayers, though. Rather H.R. 466 authorizes continuation of the 55¢ Breast Cancer Research stamp. This is a so-called semipostal stamp, which costs more than a regular first class stamp with the difference going to a cause with a public benefit. The Breast Cancer Research stamp was the first semipostal, issued on July 29, 1998, at the White House. H.R. 466 authorizes the U.S. Postal Service to continue the stamp for another 4 years.

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