About legislation H.R.5265, S. 2618:
Congress enacted the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education Amendments of 2001 (MD-CARE Act) to coordinate and focus federal research on muscular dystrophy, to develop therapies, and to develop epidemiologic data. The House of Representatives approved the MD-CARE Act without opposition; the Senate approved the legislation by unanimous consent; and President George W. Bush signed the bill into law (Public Law 107-84) on December 18, 2001.
The 2001 MD-CARE Act has provided critical authority and direction for MD research:
This reauthorization bill (2008):
The House bill was sponsored by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY 17th) and had 112 cosponsors including 85 Democrats and 27 Republicans. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sponsored the Senate bill which had 25 cosponsors including 15 Democrats, 2 Independents, and 8 Republicans.
This bill passed Congress and is law.
MDA on the Record: