WASHINGTON, D.C. – Co-Chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), applaud the passage of the Senate companion to their bill – S. 292, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act.

The STAR Act passed the House today by a unanimous vote.  It addresses the four major concerns facing the pediatric cancer community: Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research, and will elevate and prioritize the fight against childhood cancer at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

The members released the following joint statement:

"Today was a long anticipated day for the pediatric cancer community, and one to be celebrated.  This bill is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill to ever pass Congress and will finally head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. Childhood cancer remains one of the deadliest killers of our kids and we as a Congress, and a nation, must say, ‘Enough is enough.’  As co-chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, we would like to thank all those who made this possible, including the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the entire childhood cancer advocacy community.”