Government shutdown leaves essential health programs unfunded

Date: Dec 22 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington D.C., Dec. 22, 2018 – “The administration and Congress’s inability to approve funds to keep the federal government open is unacceptable and poses a threat to public health. This shutdown is a political failure, and APHA urges the government to put ideology aside and reach a funding solution as soon as possible.

"Important health agencies including the Indian Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, parts of the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will lose funding as a result of the shutdown.

"With staff furloughed across these agencies, research will be disrupted, regulation will be paused, resources will be unavailable and the shutdown will cost agencies time and money that they won’t be able to make up. 

"We urge those who have used brinksmanship to advance a single ideological cause to do their basic duty as government leaders and approve long-term funding for all federal agencies and programs."

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