WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, today praised passage of the Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH Act by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). As the lead sponsors of companion legislation in the House, they commended Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) for championing this effort in the Senate.

“I am very encouraged to see progress being made on legislation that will advance the state of rehabilitation science at the National Institutes of Health, and improve the care provided to people with disabling injuries, illnesses and conditions,” said Langevin. “Millions of people across the country require medical rehabilitation to restore, maintain, or prevent deterioration of function, and this legislation will play an important role in the provision of that care. I look forward to its swift passage in the Senate and subsequent consideration in the House.”

“Rehabilitation research is absolutely essential in order to improve care and the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, chronic medical conditions and debilitating injuries,” said Harper. “This legislation will lay the foundation for a national network of partnerships between the NIH and clinicians. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for their urgency in moving Senator Kirk’s legislation through the HELP Committee and look forward to its immediate passage in both the Senate and the House.”