Donald M Payne

Lessons From Dad: House Members Talk About Their Fathers

Cancer Experiences Could Help Forge Bipartisan Policy
Members Want to Spur Research to Cure Cancer

Rep. DeLauro, a cancer survivor, helped secure additional funding that went to anti-cancer efforts, including the vice president's 'moonshot' research effort.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Few issues are as ripe for bipartisanship as fighting cancer, a disease that has touched nearly every family, including members of Congress .  

"When you bring it down to a personal level, I think it’s a lot easier to get people on the bandwagon and get them cheerleading and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to beat this, and we need to do it today instead of tomorrow,'" said Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., whose daughter went through treatment last year for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  

The Cancer Caucus
The personal stories shaping the new fight for the cure

Vice President Joseph R.  Biden Jr.’s loss of his son Beau drives him as he leads the national “moonshot” effort to cure cancer, but he’s far from the only policymaker whose experience with the disease motivates him.