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Bilirakis Scores First Legislative Win of 117th Congress

April 16, 2021
Press Release

Bilirakis Scores First Legislative Win of 117th Congress

 

Washington, D.C.:  Earlier today, the bipartisan TRANSPLANT Act, authored by Representatives Matsui and Bilirakis passed out of the House of Representatives.  The bill reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. It will help tens of thousands of Americans of all ages who suffer with diseases like blood cancer, sickle cell anemia, inherited metabolic or immune system disorders and 70 otherwise fatal blood disorders.  This is a critical issue for seniors, as older Americans are the fastest growing age group of patients needing marrow transplants. 

 

This bill is about providing hope to those who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses.  This federal program provides critical support in the advancement of research for better treatments and the infrastructure necessary to organize registries which help ensure transplant patients have access to life saving procedures.  Its reauthorization is vital, and I hope our colleagues in the Senate will expedite its passage,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis, (R-FL).

 

Representative Bilirakis has been an unwavering champion for patients with blood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. The passage of the TRANSPLANT Act ensures that the promise Congress made to patients that they would have a pathway to find a potentially lifesaving donor match will continue to be fulfilled. Patients in Florida and across the country will continue to have access to more than 33 million potential donors and 765,000 cord blood units worldwide because of Rep. Bilirakis’ leadership, and we can’t thank him enough. Together, we can save more American lives,” said Brian Lindberg, chief policy officer for the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match®.

 

This piece of legislation is the first authored by Congressman Bilirakis to pass out of the House this term.  However, it will not be the last.  Congressman Bilirakis has already teamed up with his colleagues to file dozens of bipartisan bills since the start of the 117th Congress.

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