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Prevention and Public Health Fund Proposed for Elimination to Avoid Sequestration

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In an effort to avoid sequestration, the House Budget Resolution (aka, "The Path to Prosperity”) requires authorizing committees to come up with savings through a process called "budget reconciliation.” The House Budget Resolution assigned specific levels of reduction that each authorizing committee must find. This process is underway; all ideas must be sent to the budget committee by April 27.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Public Health Service Act, passed its budget reconciliation proposal out of committee on April 25. Included in its proposal are a complete elimination of the Prevention and Public Health (PPH) Fund and a rescission of all unobligated balances.

Knowing that this budget reconciliation proposal would be voted on this week in committee, ASTHO and NACCHO sent the following letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee urging them not to take this cut.

For a full listing of the House budget reconciliation proposals, including the rationales for them, see this memo issued by the House Republican Leadership.

Since the Senate will not be sending budget reconciliation instructions to their authorizing committees, the process underway in the House is viewed by many as election-year politics with no chance of becoming law, as these proposals will not see the light of day in the Senate. Regardless of whether or not they become law this year, it is important for us to monitor and watch these proposals as they may come up again either after the election (potentially during the lame-duck session) or in future congresses.

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