Legislation introduced to raise Lyme disease awareness and research funding


WASHINGTON – Congressman John Faso (R, NY-19) has introduced legislation to establish a postage stamp to raise money for Lyme disease and related tick-borne illness research at no cost to taxpayers.
Congressman Collin Peterson (D, MN) is the other sponsor of the legislation.
“Lyme disease is a scourge that Upstate families know all too well,” Faso said. “This debilitating disease stays with its victims for years, and results in immense emotional and financial hardship. Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses are growing rapidly, and it is critically important that as a society we do what we can to educate the public on this epidemic so our communities and families can take the necessary steps to comprehensively address this issue.”
Faso said the measure is important “because it will help raise awareness and money to support comprehensive research efforts to combat and prevent these devastating diseases.”
The stamp would be first-class postage, which postal patrons may voluntarily
purchase at a price slightly higher than regular postage to support the
Revenue raised would be used for research by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.