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Remarks of U. S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland
 
Barbara A. Mikulski
Suite 709
Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
 
Maryland (202) 224-4654
 
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510-2003
 
July 13, 2000
 
White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
Old Executive Office Building
The White House
Washington, DC 20501
 
Dear Members:
 
Congratulations on being appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. As members of this commission, you will play a vital role in advising the President and Congress on how we can best make public policy meet the day-to-day needs of Americans who use complementary and alternative medicine. You are being charged with an enormous responsibility. The recommendations you make will affect the well-being and health of countless Americans.
 
We know that millions of Americans already make use of complementary and alternative medicine. That's why Congress established the Office of Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health in 1992 and elevated the Office to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 1998. Now, as millions more continue to explore alternative health care, we must live up to our responsibility to make sure that we put sound public policy in place which addresses all issues related to the practice of complementary and alternative medicine.
 
Advances in complementary and alternative medicine bring new challenges and opportunities for policy makers. It opens new doors and creates new options for patients. Your dedication and commitment will help ensure that Americans can walk through those doors armed with sound information and can make the most of these new opportunities as they seek a higher quality of life.
 
I send best wishes to the members of the Commission as you take up this new charge and I look forward to working with you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator
 
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