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Engel, Upton Announce Roster of 20 Asthma and Allergy Caucus Members

 

Engel, Upton Announce Roster of 20 Asthma and Allergy Caucus Members

 

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus, announce the initial roster of 20 bipartisan caucus members for the 116th Congress:

 

Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21)

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)

Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (OR-4)

Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)

Rep. John Larson (CT-01)

Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)

Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09)

Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04)

Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)

Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44)

Rep. Max Rose (NY-11)

Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02)

Rep. Pete King (NY-02)

Rep. Michael C. Burgess (TX-26)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)

 

“Asthma and allergies don’t discriminate on the basis of race, socioeconomic status, or education attainment. Left unmanaged and untreated, these conditions can lead to serious health complications, including hospitalizations. I know this all too well as my district has one of the highest rates of asthma in the state of New York,” Rep. Engel said. “I am excited to work with my colleagues on efforts to reduce the incidence and prevalence of asthma and allergies and bring relief to our constituents.”

 

“I’m proud to see a good number of my colleagues as part of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, demonstrating their commitment to advocating for asthma and allergy patients, families and healthcare professions,” Rep. Upton said. “More than 780,000 adults in Michigan and millions across the nation live with Asthma and suffer from allergy-related health issues. This is an important issue for members across the nation.”

 

“The American Lung Association is deeply appreciative of the strong, bipartisan commitment of the members of the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus and the Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Engel and Upton for their leadership,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “The Lung Association looks forward to working with the Caucus to increase awareness of the health and economic concerns associated with asthma and allergies, as well as advancing research and polices to improve the lives of adults and children living with these conditions.”

 

“We are pleased to see the exceptional membership of Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus,” said Kenneth Mendez, CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “We deeply appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI) in bringing greater awareness to their colleagues in Congress of the challenges faced by our community.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America looks forward to working with the Caucus on new legislative ideas that seek to improve the quality of life and care for those coping with asthma and allergies.”

 

“Families USA, a co-convener of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition, is proud to work with the bipartisan Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus, led by Representatives Eliot Engel and Fred Upton, to pursue policies that help children with asthma lead healthy and active lives. Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children in the United States, affecting over 6 million children across every Congressional district in the nation. Asthma is particularly prevalent in communities of color and with low-income populations. The Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus is dedicated to increasing awareness of the health and economic concerns associated with asthma and severe allergies, as well as advancing research to improve the lives of adults and children living with these conditions. We thank Representatives Engel and Upton for their leadership, and we encourage all members of Congress to join in efforts to reduce the incidence of childhood asthma,” said Shawn Gremminger, Senior Director of Federal Relations.

 

“Allergy & Asthma Network appreciates the continued leadership of the Asthma & Allergy Caucus. We look forward to working together to advance policy which will reduce the burden on the greater than 60 Million Americans living with these conditions,” said Tonya A. Winders, CEO, Allergy & Asthma Network.

 

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