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SHM, Health Groups Urge House to Boost Discretionary Funding
SHM joined more than 800 health, education, and labor organizations in writing a May 8 letter to the House leadership. Organized by the Coalition for Health Funding and the Committee on Education Funding, the letter calls on Congress to add $7 billion to the budget in discretionary funding for health, education, and labor programs. It asks lawmakers to ensure that the final allocation for the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittees reflects a $7 billion increase above the President’s request for these critically important programs in FY 2007.
“While our organizations represent a wide array of domestic priorities,” the letter states, “we are united in our effort to advance the bipartisan goal of adding $7 billion in discretionary funding for health, education, labor enforcement, job training, and social services programs as the budget process moves forward. On behalf of our millions of constituents, we strongly urge you to provide at least $7 billion in additional federal support to restore funding levels to FY 2005. This is essential to sustain the well-being and prosperity of our nation.”
Agencies whose funding could be boosted by the additional spending called for in the coalition letter include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Dr. Siegal is chair of SHM’s Public Policy Committee.