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  • Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015

    by Representative Suzanne Bonamici

    Posted on 2015-01-07

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    BONAMICI. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    I rise in support of H.R. 35, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015. I would like to begin by thanking my colleagues from Illinois, Mr. Hultgren and Mr. Lipinski, for introducing this bipartisan legislation, and I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill.

    H.R. 35 authorizes an important research program carried out by the Department of Energy's Office of Science to examine the health impacts of exposure to low doses of radiation, such as doses resulting from certain medical tests, nuclear waste cleanup activities, or even terrorism events like dirty bombs. This program builds on the Department of Energy's unique biological research expertise and capabilities, which led to the establishment of the successful Human Genome Project that paved the way for important breakthroughs in modern medicine.

    This bill authorizes a National Academies study to identify current scientific challenges in this area and to help guide the program's long-term research agenda well into the next decade. A similar bill passed the House late last Congress with overwhelming support, and it is my hope that this will again pass and move to the Senate for their consideration.

    Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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