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Engel Welcomes Upton as New Co-Chair of Asthma and Allergy Caucus

Engel Welcomes Upton as New Co-Chair of Asthma and Allergy Caucus

 

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) is pleased to welcome Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6) as the new Co-Chair of the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus.

 

The Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus consists of a bipartisan group of House lawmakers working together to improve awareness and support of health related initiatives associated with asthma and allergies. The caucus seeks to advance legislation that will reduce asthma and allergy rates, while also working to ensure both ailments remain at the forefront of the national dialogue surrounding health care.

 

Engel and Upton have worked together on asthma related issues before, including most recently introducing a bipartisan House Resolution designating the month of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”

 

“As a longtime Co-Chair of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, I am proud to welcome my colleague Rep. Upton to the post,” Rep. Engel said. “Our caucus has always recognized the serious nature of asthma and allergy related illnesses, and has a long history of working together to improve conditions for patients suffering from these ailments. In my district, asthma alone poses a significant health threat to my constituents in Westchester and particularly in the Bronx, which has one of the highest rates in the state. It’s imperative that we lower those rates, and I look forward to working with my caucus colleagues on our shared goal of improving health outcomes for asthma and allergy patients across the country.”  

 

“The launch of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus in the 116th Congress represents an important day for all Americans – including the more than 780,000 adults in Michigan - who live with Asthma and suffer from allergy-related health issues,” Rep. Upton said. “These members of Congress are committed to advocating for asthma and allergy patients, families and healthcare professions as we seek to treat these conditions and educate the public about symptoms.”

 

“Families USA, a co-convener of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition, is proud to support the launch of the bipartisan Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus, led by Representatives Eliot Engel and Fred Upton. 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, with higher rates of prevalence in communities of color and low-income populations. The Congressional Allergy and Asthma 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 look forward to working with the Caucus to reduce the incidence of childhood asthma,” said Lisa Shapiro, Chief of Staff and Director for Children’s Policy.

 

“Asthma impacts the health and quality of life for millions of Americans and requires thoughtful leadership and urgent action. The American Lung Association is pleased that Congressman Fred Upton will serve alongside Rep. Engel as co-chair on the bipartisan Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus, and looks forward to supporting the caucus’s efforts 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,” said American Lung Association National President and CEO, Harold P. Wimmer.

 

“Since 2011, the Caucus has provided an official voice on Capitol Hill for asthma and allergy patients, families and healthcare professionals. Allergy & Asthma Network thanks the Caucus for its leadership and looks forward to continuing to engage with Congress to keep asthma and allergies part of the national healthcare conversation and educate legislators about these chronic conditions,” said Tonya A. Winders, President and CEO, Allergy & Asthma Network.

 

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