Earlier this week, we published an appeal by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) asking you to contact your senators to voice your support for the Markey Amendment to pending airline legislation. Since then, many of you have written to us regarding the outcome of that effort.
We just received the following correspondence from Jennifer Jobrack, Senior National Director of Advocacy for FARE, with a timely update:
FARE works on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergies.
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Thank You and an Update on Airline Legislation
We came to you earlier this week asking for your help with our ongoing efforts to make air travel safer for people with food allergies. Specifically, we have been working on an amendment related to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization that would require a Congressional study on food allergy policies among airlines, and we asked you to contact your Senator to indicate your support. Tens of thousands of you received our request and Senate offices received a TON of calls yesterday. Based on the feedback we got, you were definitely heard!
Thanks to you, we’ve created a lot of support for the study and hopefully for other aspects of our original bill S 1972, the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. The amendment’s not in yet though, so we are now working to secure as much of the bill as possible through other legislative options available to us. The larger FAA bill still has to go to the Senate floor, so we’re regrouping with our original bill co-sponsors (Senators Mark Kirk, R-IL and Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH) as well as with Senator Ed Markey, D-MA, about possible amendments during floor consideration.
We thank you for your help in creating additional support for our efforts on this. Moreover, we continue to make the food allergy community and the issues that affect us a noted and respected presence on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the country.
We will continue to keep you informed and appreciate all of your assistance.
Senior National Director of Advocacy
Food Allergy Research & Education
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