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May 9, 2008

2008

May 9, 2008

ATS Supports Increased Funding for CDC

This week, the ATS joined members of the CDC Coalition, a nonpartisan coalition of over 100 organizations, in a letter to the House Labor-Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee chair, Rep. Obey (D-WI), calling for increased funding for CDC's core program budget. The letter urges a funding level of 7.4 billion in funding for CDC in FY 2009, which represents about a 22% increase, to adequately fund CDC's programs, which range from bioterrorism preparedness, to chronic disease prevention, to the elimination of health disparities. The President's proposed FY 2009 would cut CDC's budget by over 7%. Congressional appropriators are not expected to impose this cut, although no funding levels have yet been released by the House or Senate Appropriations Committees. Key CDC programs of importance to the ATS include the tuberculosis control, asthma and tobacco prevention programs, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

PEDIATRIC RESEARCH

ATS Joins AAP in Support of Pediatric Device Development

This week, the ATS joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and other groups on a letter to the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee chair Rep. DeLauro (D-CT), requesting funding for pediatric device development research. Authorization for the research grants was approved last year as part of the Pediatric Medical Device Improvement Act, which the ATS actively supported. The letter to the Appropriations Committee requests $6 million for the grants, which will be administered by the Office of Orphan Products Development at the Food and Drug Administration.

REMINDER

Washington Letter will not publish again until after the ATS International Conference concludes May 21, 2008.


Points of Contact

Gary Ewart Senior Director, Government Relations
Nuala Moore Senior Legislative Representative
Joe Kirby DC Office Administrator