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APHA opposes agency-by-agency approach to ending shutdown

Statement by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2013 — “The American Public Health Association opposes efforts to fund individual agencies at the expense of others as Congress continues to debate proposals to end the government shutdown.


“This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, which would fund only the National Institutes of Health at fiscal year 2013 post-sequestration levels through Dec. 15. While NIH funds important medical research that we strongly support, funding other critical agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration is essential to saving lives, preventing disease and disability, conducting disease surveillance, protecting and responding in times of crisis, ensuring the safety of our food, training health care professionals and providing care to the nation’s most vulnerable.


“In order to best protect the health of the American people, we must prioritize and adequately fund all of our nation’s public health agencies and programs.


“Congress should instead focus its efforts on ending the government shutdown and putting an end to the senseless cuts to nondefense discretionary programs through sequestration to ensure all of our nation’s public health agencies and programs are adequately funded.”


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