On September 12, 2013 Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida asked for and was granted permission to address the U.S. House of Representative for one minute regarding the important issue of cancer research.
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to draw attention to a disease that plagues our nation and my home State of Florida–that is pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer today remains the fourth leading cause of cancer death, with a 5-year survival rate of just 6 percent. In 2013, the Pancreatic Cancer Network anticipates that there will be 3,380 new cases of pancreatic cancer in Florida alone.”
“Last year, Congress passed the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which calls on the National Cancer Institute to help develop a scientific framework for combating pancreatic cancer. This was an important step forward, but there is clearly more that we can do and should be done. We must continue to fund investments in the National Cancer Institute’s research so that they can better understand how to prevent and treat this disease. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to support this critical funding and to renew and strengthen our commitment to combating pancreatic cancer”, she said (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/).
Congressman Garcia serves on the Committee on the Judiciary as well as the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
Congressman Garcia is also serving on the Committee on Natural Resources as well as the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.