Whip's Report E-Newsletter
For Immediate Release: 
May 2, 2008
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130
Leader's Report
majorityleader.house.gov · (202) 225-3130

This week, the House passed landmark legislation over a decade in the making that is now headed to the President for his signature.  The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act will protect individuals from being discriminated against by employers and insurance companies based on genetic information.  Many people with a family history of a disease have declined to participate in genetic testing for fear of the misuse of this information.  This bill will prevent this from happening, and will allow research in the field of genetic medicine - which could help people take preventative action against a disease - to move forward and make significant advancements.

The House also passed legislation ensuring that students and their families will have access to the loans they need to help pay for college.  As the costs of college have exploded over the past eight years, this legislation is key to keeping the doors of higher education open to all.  This bill is also headed for the President's desk, and will guarantee there is no disruption in loans offered to families of students attending college this fall.

Next week, the House will take up several measures that will offer relief to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure and help stabilize the housing market.  We are also completing work on a supplemental war funding measure, a Farm Bill that makes record investments in nutrition, and a fiscally responsible budget conference report.
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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