Letters to Congress and federal agencies

December 2019
November 2019
  • Organization letter in support of the 100% Clean Economy Act, legislation to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (Nov. 21)
  • Organization letter supporting passage of H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (Nov. 20)
  • Organization letter to the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees in support of S.2715/H.R.4862, the Global Thrive Act of 2019 (Nov. 18)
  • Organization letter urging congressional leaders to extend and increase federal funding for the Medicaid programs in U.S. territories (Nov. 14)
  • Organization letter to House Science Committee leaders expressing deep concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule (Nov. 13)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate leaders in support of the Dignity in Aging Act, legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (Nov. 5)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders in opposition to the relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Nov. 4)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders in support of increasing funding levels for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in FY 2020 (Nov. 4)
  • Friends of HRSA Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging a funding level of at least $7.32 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration in any final FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (Nov.1)   
October 2019
  • Organization letters to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate HELP Committee in support of the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019 (Oct. 30)
  • Public health organization letters to First Lady Melania Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar reiterating support for the administration's plan to ban all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors (Oct. 29)
  • Organization letter in support of H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act, legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (Oct. 28)
  • CDC Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging a funding level of at least $8.22 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in any final FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (Oct. 23)
  • Health organization letter in support of H.R. 2694, the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act of 2019 (Oct. 21) 
  • Public health organization letter to Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of the ban on menthol cigarettes included in H.R. 2339, Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (Oct. 16) 
  • Organization letter to Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee leaders urging $71.95 million in funding for CDC's REACH program in FY 2020 (Oct. 15)
  • Health organization letter to House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee leaders in support of tax incentives for clean energy deployment to address climate change (Oct. 2)
September 2019
  • Organization letter to Senate leaders urging them to support $50 million in any final FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for CDC and NIH to conduct research into gun violence (Sept. 26)
  • Health organization letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the full Senate to finalize the Lower Health Care Costs Act (Sept. 24)
  • Health organization letters to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump expressing support for the administration's plan to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market in an effort to address the vaping epidemic in the U.S. (Sept. 24)  
  • Health organization letters to members of the House and Senate in opposition to H.R.1858/S.9, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act, which would exempt cigars from oversight under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Sept. 16) 
  • Health organization letters to the House and Senate authors of H.R. 1551/S.1960, the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, in support of their introduction of this important legislation to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and the rising number of preterm births (Sept. 10) 
  • Health organization letter to members of the Senate in support for S.655, the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes (SAFE) for Kids Act (Sept. 9)
  • Health organization letter to congressional leaders urging immediate and comprehensive action to address the public health epidemic of firearm-related injuries and deaths (Sept. 5)
  • Organization letters to Congressional Leadership and leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging the inclusion of protections for the Title X program and repeal of the global gag rule in fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills (Sept. 4)
  • Organization letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Nonpoint Source Management Program (Sept. 3)
August 2019
  • Organization letter supporting provisions to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that will protect the infants, pregnant women, children and the general public from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (Aug. 30)
  • Organization letter urging Congress to ensure that any legislation considered related to autonomous vehicles prevents potential negative impacts on safety, congestion, mobility, pollution, and land use (Aug. 23)
July 2019
  • APHA letter urging all members of Congress to support H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (July 24)
  • Organization letter to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee urging the committee to continue to make full use of the best available scientific evidence in the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (July 22) 
  • Organization letter in support of the Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act (July 17)
  • Organization letter to Congress in support of the Scientific Integrity Act (July 15)
  • Organization letter urging all Members of Congress to support S. 2097, the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act (July 9) 
  • Health organization letter urging the Senate to pass legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people and those approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (July 9) 
June 2019
  • Organization letter urging the Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies to oppose the use of funding for relocation or reorganization of  ERS and NIFA in FY20 (June 26)
  • Organization letter supporting H.R. 3451, the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act and H.R. 3452, the Help Separated Families Act (June 25)
  • Organization letter supporting the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019 (June 24)
  • CDC Coalition letter to Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders urging them to match the House level of $8.22 billion for CDC in FY 2020 (June 21)
  • Organization letter supporting the introduction of the Public Health Funding Restoration Act (June 18)
  • Organization letter urging congress to block the Administration’s recent proposal to adjust the Official Poverty Measure calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau (June 18)
  • Organization letter to congressional leaders urging the Senate to consider House-passed legislation, H.R. 986 and H.R. 987, which improve health coverage and access (June 10)
  • Organization letter supporting H.R. 2862 the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019 (June 7)
  • Health organization letter to the U.S. Senate in support of the International Climate Accountability Act (June 6)
  • APHA letter providing comments on the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 and supporting the sections under Title IV, Improving Public Health (June 5)
  • Health organization letter supporting H.R. 2411, the Tobacco to 21 Act and H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (June 3)
  • Friends of WIC letter in support of increasing the FY 2020 funding levels for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program (June 3)
May 2019
  • Organization letter in support of the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2019 (May 31)
  • Health organization letter to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders requesting $76.95 million for the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program in FY 2020 (May 31) 
  • Health organization letter to HHS Secretary Azar opposing efforts to weaken nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (May 24)
  • Health organization letter to Appropriations Committee leaders urging continued funding for NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (May 24)
  • APHA letter in support of public health infrastructure provisions included in the LIFT America Act (May 21)
  • Health organization letter to the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of the House FY 2020 funding level for CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program (May 20) 
  • Health organization letter supporting H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 (May 16) 
  • APHA letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act (May 15)
  • APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Prescription Drug Costs Act (May 15) 
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting strong federal investments in FY 2020 to support efforts to reduce excessive levels of sodium in the school meal program and to support consumer-awareness campaigns for the updated Nutrition Facts label and menu labeling (May 13) 
  • APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019 (May 07) 
  • Health organization letter to the House Armed Services Committee urging the inclusion of the Burn Pits Accountability Act in the FY 20 National Defense Authorization bill (May 1)
April 2019
  • Organization letter in support of the resolution to designate April 30 as National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day (April 30) 
  • Organization letter to Appropriations Committee leaders in support of adequate FY 2020 funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (April 30)
  • Health organization letter to the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act (April 29)
  • Organization letter to Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of increased FY 2020 funding for CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (April 25)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations committee leaders in support of funding in FY 2020 for consumer-awareness education campaigns for menu labeling and the updated nutrition facts panel (April 23) 
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations committee leaders in support of funding in FY 2020 for technical assistance to aid schools in reducing sodium in school meals (April 23)
  • APHA letter in support of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 (April 17)
  • APHA letter supporting the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Workers Act (April 16)
  • Health organization letters to the House and Senate in support of the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act (April 9)
  • APHA letter to the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 2021, the Investing for the People Act of 2019 (April 9)
  • Organization letter to Congress outlining top recommendations to stop current vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and prevent more from occurring (April 9)
  • Health organization letter to the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act (April 8)
  • APHA letter in support of the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019 (April 5)
  • Organization letter to members of Congress urging them to take immediate steps to negotiate a new budget agreement that averts cuts for critical nondefense discretionary programs including public health (April 2)
  • Health organization letter supporting strong funding for the CDC Hospitality and Continuity of Care Breastfeeding Support in FY 2020 (April 1) 
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging a strong allocation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (April 1)
March 2019
February 2019
  • Organization letter supporting increased funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in FY 2020 (Feb. 26)
  • Organization letter in support of the Agriculture Research Integrity Act which would preserve the independence of food and nutrition research and statistical agencies within USDA (Feb. 22) 
  • Organization letter urging members of Congress to support the WIC Act to expand WIC eligibility for at-risk infants, children and new mothers (Feb. 21)
  • APHA letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (Feb. 25)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (Feb. 21)
  • Organization letter urging Members of Congress to cosponsor the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (Feb. 7)
  • Health organization letter opposing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Feb. 4) 
  • Organization letter to members of the Senate and House in support of the Every Kid Outdoors Act (Feb. 1) 
January 2019
  • APHA letter to Congress outlining the association's priorities for the 116th Congress (Jan. 25)
  • Organization statement in support of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 (Jan. 23)
  • Organization letters to the president and congressional leaders urging an immediate end to the government shutdown to prevent further negative impacts on the public's health (Jan. 17)
  • Health organization letter to Senate leaders urging quick passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness & Advancing Innovation Act (Jan. 11)
  • APHA letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Mike Thompson in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (Jan. 9)
  • Organization letter to Members of the 116th Congress urging them to prioritize health equity (Jan. 4)