The citizens of Washington state are lucky to have elected officials who understand the needs of people who live with MS. To prove this statement, you need to look no further than the 112th Congress (2011-2012), when we had ten of the eleven members of our congressional delegation belonging to the MS caucus. The Congressional MS Caucus are dedicated members of the U.S. Congress who raise awareness about MS on Capitol Hill and together, seek creative federal policy solutions to the challenges facing people living with MS and their family caregivers
When we reach out to our federal officials, they listen. And it's only because our committed MS Activists have asked their elected officials to pay attention to their constituents who live with MS. It's that easy.
However, some elected officials go above and beyond, and don't just support us, they want to know how they can lead the charge. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, is one of those individuals. She was our lead co-sponsor last year on the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act and supported our efforts to create an MS registry. For those efforts and many more in leading the disability movement forward, Rep. McMorris Rodgers was recently awarded the National MS Society's 2012 representative of the year award. Congratulations to her and all her constituents in the 5th congressional district, including Spokane and much of eastern Washington!
For more information, check out this news article. And if you are interested in helping out to ask our elected officials to pay attention to the needs of the MS community, let us know.