Tell Congress to adequately fund federal public health programs

Congress has adjourned for the year without finishing their work on fiscal year 2017 spending bills. Instead, they kicked the can down the road by passing another continuing resolution that will keep the federal government funded at 2016 levels until the end of next April. Final spending decisions for FY 2017 will impact public health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Tell your members of Congress to prioritize public health in all of their spending decisions as they work to finalize FY 2017 spending next year. 



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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 disappointed that Congress adjourned for the year without finalizing the appropriations process for fiscal year 2017. Once again Congress has kicked the can down the road by passing another continuing resolution. As you work to develop a final spending package to close out FY 2017, it is essential that you support our nation's critical public health agencies and programs and oppose any cuts to their budgets. I also urge you to continue to reject the inclusion of any controversial policy riders that would threaten public health.

I also urge you to work with your colleagues to develop and pass a balanced deficit reduction plan that fully eliminates existing austerity measures, including sequestration, and allows you to robustly support important public health funding in FY 2017 and beyond. I look forward to hearing your position on this important issue.

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