Tell Congress to adequately fund federal public health programs

President Donald Trump recently released the first part of his fiscal year 2018 budget request which proposes devastating cuts to nondefense discretionary programs. The budget calls for cutting $15.1 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services and $26 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the president is asking Congress to trim nearly $18 billion from current year nondefense discretionary spending. The spending decisions that Congress makes for both FY 2017 and FY 2018 will determine whether public health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and EPA have the resources they need to protect and improve public health.

Tell your members of Congress to prioritize public health in all of their upcoming spending decisions.


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Support strong funding for public health programs

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and American Public Health Association advocate, I am deeply concerned with the extreme funding cuts outlined in President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget request. The request would slash funding for health, housing, environmental and other important nondefense discretionary programs to pay for a boost in defense spending and so-called border security. Public health agencies and programs will face multiple pressures that will require your attention and support, including a full return of sequestration in FY 2018, which will shrink available funding by $3 billion. In addition, proposals to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund would leave the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a 12 percent reduction in its budget versus current year funding levels and the agency would very likely face addition cuts due to the president's severe budget proposal.

I urge you to work with your colleagues to protect and increase funding for these public health programs by passing legislation to complete FY 2017, oppose the devastating cuts proposed in the President's FY 2018 budget and pass a balanced deficit reduction plan that fully eliminates sequestration. I also urge you to reject the inclusion of any controversial policy riders that would threaten public health. I look forward to hearing your position on this important issue.

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