Attached below for your consideration is a letter—being circulated throughout the health, education, and workforce communities—urging appropriators to provide the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees the largest possible “302(b)” allocation in FY 2014. 550 signers to date are listed on the letter. The list of signers has not been fully proofed and double checked, so please don’t share this with press or the hill.
We hope to get several hundred additional signers. So please:
- Check to see if your organization has signed on. If so, please make sure your organization is listed correctly. If it is not, please send corrections to Emily Holubowich, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are not signed on and wish to do so please go to: TO SIGN, CLICK HERE BY COB APRIL 5
- Please share the letter and the sign-on link with your state and local chapters – we want not only national groups, but state and local groups to also sign on.
- Please share the letter and the link with other organizations and coalitions.
Please note that in the interest of expediency, and as a courtesy to the hundreds or organizations that will sign, we will not accept changes to the letter. Signers must agree to sign the letter “as is.”
Below are some FAQs to help you understand this advocacy effort, and build support for the letter within your organization and throughout the community.
- What is the 302(b) letter?
The 302(b) allocation is the amount of funding the Appropriations Committees provide to the subcommittees. The subcommittees then divvy up the funding between the agencies and programs within their respective jurisdictions. For the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees, health agencies include NIH, CDC, HRSA, AHRQ, SAMHSA and Administration on Aging, among others. Each year, the Committee on Education Funding, the Coalition for Health Funding, and the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce partner to circulate a letter throughout our respective communities in support of strong 302(b) allocations for the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees. The bigger the allocations, the better our chances of securing funding for these agencies and programs; or in the current environment, preventing further cuts.
- Why are you circulating the letter now?
With the House and Senate having each passed their respective budget resolutions, appropriators will now move forward in preparing to make the 302(b) allocations to the subcommittees. Time is of the essence. Our goal is to secure 900+ signatories—the same amount as last year—across our communities so we may have a meaningful impact on these decisions.
- Why should my organization sign the letter?
At this stage in the appropriations process, discretionary health programs are competing for funding with all of the other nondefense discretionary programs within the spending caps established by the budget resolutions. If you care about federal funding for any discretionary health program, you should sign this letter. Without a strong 302(b) allocation for Labor-HHS-Education, there is very little chance of increasing funding for your priorities. And there is an even greater likelihood that your priorities will be cut.
- What happens once my organization signs?
All signatures will be added to the letter and sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on April 15. We will forward you a copy of the letter for your records. A copy will also be posted on the Coalition for Health Funding’s website: www.publichealthfunding.org.
- What can I do to help with this effort? Sign on, of course and/or forward this message and letter far and wide. We are accepting signatures from national, state, and local organizations, institutions, businesses, companies, etc. Anyone and everyone who cares about health funding. But no individuals, please!
- What is the Coalition for Health Funding?
The Children's Mental Health Network is a proud member of the Coalition for Health Funding. Established in 1970, the Coalition for Health Funding is the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments in the best interest of all Americans. Our 83 member organizations together represent more than 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, and scientists. Please consider joining us as we fight to protect federal investments in health. Learn more about membership at www.publichealthfunding.org.
Questions, please contact Emily Holubowich, Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding at email@example.com.
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