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senate Bill S. 1170

Does Congress Need to Reauthorize the Breast Cancer Research Stamp?

Argument in favor

Special breast cancer awareness stamps help the federal government raise funding for research efforts conducted by federal agencies, which is a worthy goal and should continue.

Alis's Opinion
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11/30/2015
How can this be controversial EXCEPT as yet another example of the reality that the citizenry has elected total cretins to make $172,000+ a year to quibble about raising money that actually helps women AND IS VOLUNTARY but who cannot deal with immigration, climate change & voting rights. No hurry! Why don't you quarrel about something you care about, like how much you hate American women & hope we all die of breast cancer! Creeps!!
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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12/01/2015
Duh!! Don't you clowns have better things to work on.....like protecting the country? Let's attach this to a bill limiting congressional benefits. Title it, "The congressional benefits reduction and print the breast cancer stamp act" I would love to hear your reasons for or against......Knotheads!
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Jim2423's Opinion
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11/30/2015
Sure if the profits go into breast cancer research.
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Argument opposed

People would be better off making donations to entities working to stop breast cancer directly rather than buying first class stamps from the Postal Service that may go unused.

operaman's Opinion
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11/30/2015
The government prints stamps. Why expand government into non-government business.
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Elinor's Opinion
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12/02/2015
How many different postage stamps does this country need? Anybody in this country who has no "awareness" of breast cancer is too ignorant to write letters and use postage stamps for such. Keep government and its all-too-common interference, and inane decisions and bureaucratic red tape, out of breast cancer "awareness" and research.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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12/09/2015
Making donations directly to the cause would allow for more of the funds to be used as intended. The post office can't afford specialty stamps.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 11th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed December 1st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 422 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed September 22nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. 1170?

This bill would reauthorize a stamp for first class mail that costs more than normal first class stamps and the proceeds of which are earmarked for breast cancer research. The current authority for these stamps expire on December 31, 2015.

The U.S. Postal Service would be required to make this stamp available through December 31, 2019. Agencies that receive funds from the Postal Service due to the sale of these stamps must use that funding for breast cancer research.

Impact

People purchasing breast cancer stamps from the Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Service, and breast cancer research agencies.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1170

The CBO estimates that this legislation would reduce spending by $1 million over the 2016-2020 period, but those savings would be offset by higher spending over 2021 and 2022, leading to no net change in direct spending over the 2016-2025 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) noted how funding provided by the stamp has benefitted breast cancer research:

“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, claiming 40,000 lives every year. This stamp offers Americans a simple way to contribute to breast cancer research. The research funded by the stamp over the past 17 years has led to advancements in screening, diagnosis and treatment — we must ensure this research continues.”

This bill has the bipartisan support of 25 cosponsors in the Senate, including 16 Democrats and nine Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Kalamazoo Richard)

AKA

Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research, and for other purposes.