Speak for health: Fund public health in 2019!

For the first time in more than two decades, the House and Senate are on track to pass the annual health spending bill before the end of the fiscal year. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill funds most public health programs and agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

On September 18, the Senate, in bipartisan vote, overwhelmingly approved the combined fiscal year 2019 Labor-HHS-Education and Defense appropriations bills. The spending package includes important increases for public health programs and agencies including CDC and HRSA. The package is also free of any controversial policy riders that would threaten women’s health, and fully funds the CDC’s Climate and Health Program which had been proposed for elimination in the House version of the bill. This week, the bill will come before the full House for a vote  before it can be sent to the president for his signature in order to avoid a partial government shutdown.

With only a few legislative days left in this fiscal year, now is the time to Speak for Health! Urge your representatives to prioritize the public’s health by quickly passing this spending package and sending it to the president’s desk before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

The continued success of critical public health programs is at stake. Join us and Speak for Health today.


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Support strong funding for public health programs

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and American Public Health Association advocate, I speak for health in urging you to provide adequate funding for critical public health agencies and programs in FY 2019. I urge you to support the bipartisan spending package that was overwhelmingly approved by your colleagues in the Senate.

I hope I can count on you to support public health by voting to approve the FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. I look forward to hearing your position on this important issue.

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