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Prevention and Public Health Fund and the Student Loan Bill

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Many public health organizations have been hard at work trying to garner 40 signatures on a letter that Harkin spearheaded in support of the PPH Fund and not using it to offset the costs to stabilize the federal student loan interest rate.  Both the Republican measure (which used PPH as the offset) and the Democratic measure failed yesterday afternoon to get the needed 60 votes for passage.  Senator Webb (D-VA) was the only Democrat to vote no on the Democratic bill.

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National Call-in Day for Transportation Reauthorization Legislation

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Transportation for America, Trust for America’s Health, and others are asking partners to use next Wednesday, May 23rd, as a National Call-in Day for Transportation Reauthorization Legislation.  Organizations and partners are encouraged to mobilize grassroots to contact members of Congress to tell them to support the bipartisan provisions of the Senate bill (MAP-21) that promote active transportation choices for all Americans. The linked "call-in” script and "how-to” guide and serves as a nice 101 on what provisions to highlight in messages to Congress.  http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/052312%20Conference%20Call%20In%20Script.pdf

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Impact of Sequester

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 14, 2012
Research America analysis of sequester’s impact on health agencies.

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Budget Reconciliation Bill Passes House

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 14, 2012

Eliminates the PPH Fund….good news though, much of the debate against the measure is centered on PPH and the good it is doing! 

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34 Signatures and Counting!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Please make contact NOW with your Senator if they are listed here: Senators Baucus (MT), Bennett (CO), Carper (DE), Coons (DE), Cantwell (WA), Lieberman (CT), Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO), Ben Nelson (NE), Bill Nelson (FL), Warner (FL), and Webb (VA).  Ask them to sign-on to the Dear Harkin Letter. See talking points in previous alert. And keep in mind that we have had several instances where offices that had earlier reported Senators were not signing on, ultimately did.

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Twenty Senators and Counting…

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 7, 2012

20 Senators have now signed on, bringing the total signatories up to 20 – thus far. Please continue your outreach, there is still time to sign on today! Once again, here's the letter, and dear colleague. Please continue to ask Prevention Fund supporters in the Senate to contact Andi Fristedt to sign onto the dear colleague letter.

You can glean useful talking points for your calls from a recent White House blog. " Eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund would have a devastating effect on women's health and our work to prevent disease and illness. Eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund would mean: Hundreds of thousands of women could lose access to vital cancer screenings… Programs that help to prevent congenital heart defects, prevent fetal alcohol syndrome, and promote early identification efforts for children with developmental delays and disabilities could be eliminated… Tens of Thousands of children could lose access to immunizations… These are just a few of the important ways the Prevention and Public Health Fund will help keep millions of Americans healthy. Keeping college affordable for America's students should not come at the expense of putting women's health at risk.”

Our course, the bottom line is utilization of the Prevention Fund for critical public health programs . The Department of Health and Human Services has posted a series of recent funding announcements. Please click here to see what resources are available to fund programs addressing mental and behavioral health (including suicide prevention), tobacco control, immunizations, and prevention awareness.

Another helpful link to keep handy is the state-by-state summaries of FY10-11 Fund investments

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Tell Your Senators to PROTECT the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 7, 2012

Dear Prevention Advocates and Colleagues:

The Prevention and Public Health Fund continues to be at risk. Last week, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the fund in order to offset an increase in student loan interest rates. It is critical that the Senate hears from public health advocates that efforts to eliminate the fund are unacceptable! In fact, cutting the fund would endanger important efforts that are at work in our communities to improve children's health and student achievement.

Please take the time to send a message to your senators. Tell them to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund!

Sincerely,

Donna Nichols

DHPE Health Policy Director

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Coburn Amendment to the Postal Reform Bill: reform spending and oversight for federal agency travel and conferences.

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The full text of the amendment can be found in the PDF attachment. The gist – if this passes, we are all going to have to figure out how to manage the meetings we have associated with federal funding requirements!

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Senate Agriculture FY 2013 Appropriations Bill Marked Up in Committee

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill by a vote of 28-1 on April 26. The following information about the Food and Drug Administration, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the WIC program was included in the summary of the bill:

Food and Drug Administration : The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $2.524 billion for the Food and Drug Administration. Included in this amount is an increase of $12.5 million for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This funding level takes into consideration the federal government's responsibilities to protect public health and safety, especially in the areas of food, drugs, medical devices, and biologics. The bill does not provide funds for several proposed user fees that have yet to be authorized.

Food Safety and Inspection Service: The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $1.001 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. This includes an increase above the budget request for federal inspection activities and the full funding requested in the budget for state and international inspection activities.

Domestic Nutrition: The fiscal year 2013 bill provides $7.041 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This level will fully fund participation in the program. This level also provides $60 million for breastfeeding peer counselors, $14 million for infrastructure, and $30 million for management information systems. For other domestic nutrition programs, the fiscal year 2013 bill provides $397 million. This includes $187 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which fully funds participation.

A full summary of the bill is provided here.

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Pass Spending Allocations for FY 2013

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The House Budget Resolution also set the overall discretionary spending limits for FY 2013 at $1.028 trillion ($19 billion less than the $1.047 trillion set in the Budget Control Act last August and the President's budget request level). In the House budget plan, funding for defense programs will increase, so the funding cuts to non-defense discretionary are much larger, to the tune of $27 billion. That means the House Appropriations Committee's versions of annual spending bills will include significantly less funding than what's in the President's request.

The Senate will not be producing a separate budget. Its reasoning is that the Budget Control Act passed last year set the spending parameters for the year and it intends to abide by those. As a result, the Senate Appropriations Committee will write its spending bills for FY 2013 at an overall level of $1.047 trillion, the same as the overall level requested in the President's request.

Appropriations bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are starting to move through the process; therefore, allocations for each of the 12 annual appropriations bills were set in the past week. These allocations are commonly referred to as the "302(b)s” in Washington, DC. The Labor-HHS-Education bill, where the majority of public health funding is appropriated, sees a $6.3 billion (or 4 percent) reduction below the prior year in the House allocations and a $1.4 billion (or 0.9 percent) increase in the Senate allocations. These allocations set the overall funding levels for the bills only. The Labor-HHS-Education bill itself, with line-by-line appropriation levels, has not yet been finalized by either the House or the Senate.

A full listing of the allocations or 302(b)s is provided here:

302(b) Discretionary Allocations - House and Senate Compared to FY 2012*

$s in millions

 

 

FY 2013 302(b)

 

 

 

 

Appropriations Subcommittee

FY 2012

House

Senate

House v. FY12

Senate v. FY12

Agriculture

19.770

19.405

20.785

-0.365

-1.8%

1.015

5.1%

Commerce, Justice, Science

52.744

51.131

51.862

-1.613

-3.1%

-0.882

-1.7%

Defense

518.146

519.220

511.161

1.074

0.2%

-6.985

-1.3%

Energy and Water Development

32.010

32.098

33.361

0.088

0.3%

1.351

4.2%

Financial Services and General Government

21.526

21.150

22.991

-0.376

-1.7%

1.465

6.8%

Homeland Security

39.600

39.117

39.514

-0.483

-1.2%

-0.086

-0.2%

Interior, Environment

29.175

28.000

29.662

-1.175

-4.0%

0.487

1.7%

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education

156.284

150.002

157.722

-6.282

-4.0%

1.438

0.9%

Legislative Branch

4.307

4.289

4.420

-0.018

-0.4%

0.113

2.6%

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs

71.747

71.747

72.241

0.000

0.0%

0.494

0.7%

State, Foreign Operations

42.140

40.132

49.843

-2.008

-4.8%

7.703

18.3%

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

55.550

51.606

53.438

-3.944

-7.1%

-2.112

-3.8%

TOTAL

1,042.999

1,027.897

1,047.000

-15.102

-1.4%

4.001

0.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Excludes Overseas Contingency Operations, disasters, and program integrity funding.

The President and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) don't believe the discretionary budget, particularly for the non-defense discretionary side of the budget, should be reduced beyond the BCA levels. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), OMB has issued a Presidential veto threat on appropriations bills that are under the $1.047 trillion level set in the BCA. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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