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Letter: Bipartisan action is possible, even in divided times

Published on December 1, 2017 4:37PM

Even with the partisan divisions in Congress today, it is good to know our delegation can find ways to work together on issues that matter to Oregon.

I am writing to thank U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden for their work this year to secure a reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program. This program pays for critical research into treatments for diabetes-related illness and a potential cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Earlier this year, both the House and Senate took initial action to reauthorize the program. But there is still work to do before the Congress adjourns for the year.

Reauthorizing the program for at least two years at $150 million a year will create certainty for medical researchers to help them go forward in their search for new treatments and cures.

As I understand it, U.S. Rep Walden already played a leadership role in getting this issue through the House. It is now before the Senate and I anticipate Sen Wyden will provide leadership there.

Diabetes has a big impact here in Umatilla County, with nearly 1 in 10 residents impacted by the disease. Diabetes can have a major impact on health, leading to amputations, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and even premature death.

Thanks to Senator Wyden and Rep. Walden for both being engaged in this issue.

George Murdock



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