2014 Letters

Our letters urge support of legislation and other political action on critical health-related issues.

August

  • Health organization letter to Sen. Bill Nelson expressing support for the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014 (Aug. 11)

July

  • Organization letter to Senate and House supporting supplemental funding for unaccompanied refugee children and opposing any efforts to weaken the protections for children provided by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (July 29)
  • Health organization letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing concerns with H.R. 4701, the Vector-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act (July 25)
  • Organization letter to the congressional Tri-Caucus in the House supporting H.R. 5294, the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (July 24)
  • Sign on letter opposing Toomey amendment to Highway Trust Fund extension legislation to exempt certain reconstruction projects in declared disaster areas from environmental regulations (July 24)  
  • APHA letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (July 17)
  • Organization letter to House and Senate supporting H.R. 1975 and S. 942, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (July 16) 
  • Health organization letter to Senate Appropriations Committee supporting elimination of price discounting for tobacco products sold in commissaries and exchanges (July 16)
  • Health organization letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense supporting elimination of price discounting for tobacco products sold in commissaries and exchanges (July 15)
  • APHA letter to Senate supporting S. 2578, the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act (July 14)
  • Health organization leaders letter to Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting a meeting to discuss policies to reduce sodium in American's diets (July 8)
  • Organization letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro in support of S. 2342 and H.R. 2831, bills to amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove tax deductibility of expenses for marketing foods of poor nutritional quality to children (July 7) 

June

  • Health organization letter to Congress opposing all legislative efforts to block, weaken, or delay clean air protections, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants (June 18)
  • Updated organizational statement  opposing efforts to use the appropriations process to change or weaken federal child nutrition programs (June 16)
  • APHA letter to Senate Appropriations Committee opposing appropriations bill language that would restrict funding for the Alternative Dental Health Care Provider Demonstration program (June 9)
  • APHA letter to House Appropriations Committee opposing appropriations bill language that would restrict funding for the Alternative Dental Health Care Provider Demonstration program (June 5)

May

  • Organizational letter to House Appropriations Committee broadly opposing any amendment that would exempt cigars from FDA oversight (May 28)
  • Friends of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Program letter in support of strong funding for Title V in FY 2015 (May 27)
  • Organizational statement opposing efforts to use the appropriations process to change or weaken federal child nutrition programs (May 20)
  • Organizational letter to House Rules Committee supporting an amendment on the coverage of breastfeeding supplies and education in the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (May 20)
  • Organizational letter to Senate Armed Services Committee supporting inclusion of S. 1994, TRICARE Moms Improvement Act, in FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (May 16)
  • Organizational letter to U.S. Senate in support of confirmation of Dr. Murthy for U.S. surgeon general (May 16)
  • Organizational letter to House leaders in support of passing H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (May 13)

April

March

  • Health organization letter to Appropriations Committee leaders in support of FY15 appropriations for public health and prevention activities at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (March 31)
  • Organization letter to Senate in support of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program extension included in H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (March 28)
  • APHA letter to the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy regarding reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (March 28)
  • CDC Coalition letter in support of strong funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in FY 2015 (March 27)
  • Organization letter urging FDA to regulate cigarette product standard (March 27)
  • Health organization letter to Congress in support of funding for HRSA Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing programs in FY 2015 (March 27)
  • Friends of HRSA letter in support of strong funding in FY 2015 for the Health Resources and Services Administration (March 26)
  • Organization letter in support of the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 (March 25)
  • APHA letter in support of H.R. 4325, Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014 (March 25)
  • APHA letter in support of S. 2047, Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014 (March 14)
  • Health, education, labor organization letter in support of restoring the FY 2015 302(b) allocation to the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to the FY 2010 level (March 13)

February

  • Health organization letter urging U.S. retailers, especially those with pharmacies, to eliminate tobacco sales in stores (Feb. 26)
  • Health organization letter to President Obama in supoprt of strong Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards (Feb. 24)
  • Health organization letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting guidance on the ACA requirement for coverage of tobacco cessation treatment (Feb. 19)

January

  • Health organization letter in support of the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians Act as part of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act (Jan. 30)
  • Organization letter to U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (Jan. 28)
  • APHA letter to Senate HELP Committee in support of the nomination of Dr. Murthy for U.S. surgeon general (Jan. 24)
  • Organization letter to U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (Jan. 16)
  • APHA letter in support of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (Jan. 15)
  • Health organization letter in opposition of the Trade Priorities Act of 2014 (Jan. 15)
  • APHA letter to U.S. Department of State urging that public health is a component of Geneva conference peace talks (Jan. 13)
  • Organization letter in opposition to policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to critical women's health services in the FY 14 appropriations process (Jan. 10)
  • Health organization letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing legislation that would threaten public health by indefinitely delaying carbon pollution limits for power plants (Jan. 10)

2013 Letters

December

  • APHA letter to Congress in support of passing comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence (Dec. 12)
  • APHA letter to Congress in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Dec. 11)
  • Organization letter to Congress urging co-sponsorship of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (Dec. 11)

November

October 2013

  • Health organization letters in support of funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders (Oct. 30)
  • APHA letter to budget conferess in support of adequate funding for public health and calling for ending sequestration in the final FY 2014 budget (Oct. 29)
  • APHA letter to House leaders supporting access to health and other federal safety net programs for immigrants in H.R. 15, legislation to reform the immigration system (Oct. 25)
  • APHA letter thanking members of the House and Senate who voted for H.R. 2775, legislation to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit (Oct. 24)
  • Organization letter to farm bill conferees opposing any amendments to the farm bill that would further delay or jeopardize implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (Oct. 22)
  • APHA letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee leadership in support of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Oct. 18)
  • APHA letter to United States Trade Representative in support of strong tobacco control measures in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (Oct. 2)

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

  • Joint APHA and TFAH letter to Senate in support of the Pharmaceutical Quality, Security and Accountability Act (July 29)
  • Health organization letter opposing legislation to weaking the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to protect the public's health from pollution (July 24)
  • APHA letter supporting the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians Act (July 22)
  • APHA letter opposing the Fairness for American Families Act, legislation to delay the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (July 16)
  • APHA letter to Senate leaders in support of Senate confirmation of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (July 11)
  • APHA letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Mikulski in strong opposition to any amendment to the FY 2014 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill that would reduce funding for CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (July 10)
  • Organizational letter to Senate Appropriations Committee in support of funding for gun violence prevention research (July 10) 
  • Organizational letter in support of funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (July 9) 

June 2013

  • Organizational sign-on letter  applauding the Supporting Working Moms Act (June 24) 
  • Organizational sign-on letter opposing the House farm bill and urging restoration of the cuts to critical nutrition programs contained in the bill (June 18)
  • APHA letter to Senate supporting rights to health and opposing efforts to block access to health care and other benefits in consideration of immigration reform (June 18)
  • Health organization letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (June 18)
  • Organizational letter to Sen. Rockefeller supporting Medicaid and CHIP coverage for all lawfully-residing children and pregnant women (June 18)
  • Organizational sign-on letter supporting the Royce-Engel food aid reform amendment (June 18)
  • Organizational letter to Senate HELP Committee supporting Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (June 12)
  • Joint APHA and TFAH letter to Senate HELP Committee in support of the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act (June 10)
  • Organization letter to President Obama in support of lifting age restrictions on emergency contraception products (June 7)
  • APHA letter to U.S. Senate leaders in support of the nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor (June 5)

May 2013

  • Health organization letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (May 23)
  • Health and nutrition organization letter urging the U.S. Senate to oppose cuts to nutrition programs in the farm bill (May 21)
  • APHA letter endorsing amendment to eliminate taxpayer subsidized crop insurance for tobacco production (May 20)
  • Organization and researcher letter to House opposing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (May 20)
  • APHA letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (May 15)
  • Health organization letter in support of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act (May 9)
  • Health organization letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee regarding pharmaceutical distribution supply chain legislation (May 7)
  • Health organization letter in support of funding for CDC's Advanced Molecular Detection and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks (AMD) initiative as proposed in the president's FY 2014 budget proposal (May 7)
  • Organization letter supporting Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act in House and Senate (May 3)

  • Public health organization leaders letter to President Obama expressing disappointment in the diversion of a significant portion of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Fiscal Year 2013 (May 3)

April 2013

March 2013

  • Health organization sign-on letter to Congress in support of funding for Title X family planning program (March 29)
  • APHA letter to President Obama urging the administration to ensure that the Prevention and Public Health Fund in FY 2013 is allocated for prevention and public health programs as intended by the Affordable Care Act (March 21)
  • APHA letter opposing H. Con. Res 25, the FY 2014 House Budget Resolution (March 18)
  • Organizational sign-on letter to President Obama in support of U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions to reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production (March 15)
  • Public health group letter to House leaders urging swift passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2013 (March 1)

February 2013

  • Civil society organizational letter to delegates on universal health coverage (Feb. 28) 
  • Organizational sign-on letter to members of the Senate HELP Committee urging the inclusion of provisions to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics vital to protecting public health in the reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (Feb. 25)
  • Organizational letter endorsing the Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classroom and Life Act (Feb. 22)
  • APHA letter to the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change (Feb. 20)
  • APHA letter to all members of Congress outlining the association's 2013 legislative priorities (Feb. 13)
  • NDD United letter to Congress signed by 3,200 groups seeking a balanced approach to deficit reduction (Feb. 11)
  • APHA letter  in support of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (Feb. 6)
  • Health organizations letter   endorsing the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act (Feb. 4)
  • Organizational letter to Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Duncan encouraging strengthened collaborative efforts between the Dept. of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Education and continued support for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Feb. 1)

January 2013