February 7, 2012
Today, Representatives Tom Rooney (R-FL), William Keating (D-MA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Jim Moran (D-VA) announced the formation of a Congressional Lupus Caucus. The Caucus will work in collaboration...to ensure that all Members of Congress are armed with the understanding of the impact of lupus on individuals and their families, and actively support the advancement of lupus research and increased awareness of lupus among the public and health professionals...
"I hope that by forming the Congressional Lupus Caucus, we can improve education in Congress about this devastating disease, for which we have no known cause or cure. By supporting lupus research and increasing awareness, we can work to improve the quality of life for people with lupus and their families," said Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL).
"As a cofounder of the Congressional Lupus Caucus, I am incredibly excited to work with my bipartisan colleagues to increase awareness and understanding of this often debilitating disease," said Rep. William Keating (D-MA). "A number of residents in my district feel the impact of lupus each day; yet, one of the biggest challenges facing us is that we do not have hard statistics on the number of people in Massachusetts that are actually affected by this disease. I am hopeful that the work done by this Caucus will bring much needed answers to residents in our local communities struggling with lupus, provide them with insight as to the research the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently conducting, and give them greater hope for their future."