Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
12/04/2019          

Stamp Out Lyme Disease Act

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12/14/2019 Introduced in House Open
12/04/2019 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5299


To provide for the issuance of a Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 4, 2019

Mr. Delgado (for himself, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Peterson, and Mr. Zeldin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide for the issuance of a Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Stamp Out Lyme Disease Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings and purpose.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) According to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, an estimated 291,430 to 437,150 new cases of Lyme disease were reported in the United States in 2016.

(2) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose due to its diverse manifestations and a lack of reliable testing options.

(3) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that while Lyme disease symptoms can be managed with proper care, the disease currently has no cure.

(4) The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group reports that 10 to 20 percent of Lyme disease patients will suffer from persistent symptoms which can be chronic and disabling.

(5) According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lyme disease costs the United States healthcare system up to $1,300,000,000 dollars per year.

(b) Purpose.—To afford a convenient way for members of the public to contribute to funding for Lyme disease and related tick-borne illness research within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the United States Postal Service shall issue a semipostal stamp (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the “Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp”) in accordance with this section.

SEC. 3. Lyme disease research semipostal stamp.

(a) Terms and conditions.—The issuance and sale of the Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp shall be governed by the provisions of section 416 of title 39, United States Code, and regulations issued under such section.

(b) Disposition of proceeds.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—All amounts becoming available from the sale of the Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp (as determined under section 416(d) of such title 39) shall be transferred to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the purpose described in subsection (a), through payments which shall be made at least twice a year.

(2) PROCEEDS NOT TO BE OFFSET.—In accordance with section 416(d)(4) of such title 39, amounts becoming available from the sale of the Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp (as so determined) shall not be taken into account in any decision relating to the level of appropriations or other Federal funding to be furnished in any year to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

(c) Duration.—The Lyme Disease Research Semipostal Stamp shall be made available to the public for a period of at least 6 years, beginning no later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d) Definition.—For purposes of this Act, the term “semipostal stamp” refers to a stamp described in section 416(a)(1) of title 39, United States Code.


Picture Name From Date Type
Antonio Delgado D-NY 12/04/2019 Sponsor
Lee Zeldin R-NY 12/04/2019 Cosponsor
Jennifer Wexton D-VA 01/30/2020 Cosponsor
Filemon Vela D-TX 01/14/2020 Cosponsor
Glenn Thompson R-PA 12/17/2019 Cosponsor
Thomas Suozzi D-NY 01/14/2020 Cosponsor
Elise Stefanik R-NY 12/11/2019 Cosponsor
Christopher Smith R-NJ 12/04/2019 Cosponsor
Max Rose D-NY 12/09/2019 Cosponsor
Chellie Pingree D-ME 12/18/2019 Cosponsor
Collin Peterson D-MN 12/04/2019 Cosponsor
Chris Pappas D-NH 12/11/2019 Cosponsor
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Date Branch Action
12/05/2019 President Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H9264)Action By: House of Representatives
12/04/2019 President Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
12/04/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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