APHA supports budget deal

Date: Oct 28 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Greenberg at 202-777-3913 or daniel.greenberg@apha.org

American Public Health Association supports budget deal, urges swift passage

Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2015 — The American Public Health Association today announced its support of the Bipartisan Budget Act and urges swift approval by the House and Senate.

"This compromise reached by President Barack Obama and bipartisan congressional leaders, while not perfect, eliminates 90 percent of the sequestration budget cuts for nondefense discretionary programs in fiscal year 2016 and about 60 percent in 2017, and it also reduces sequestration for defense programs by equal dollar amounts,” said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. “The deal will allow Congress to provide much needed additional funding for nondefense discretionary programs in 2016, including public health, which continues to be woefully underfunded.  The proposal would also reduce a pending premium increase for many Medicare Part B beneficiaries and extend the solvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund.

"Once Congress has passed this deal, they must immediately move to revisit FY 2016 spending proposals for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other important public health agencies and programs and ensure that they are adequately funded to support the health and safety of the American public,” said Benjamin. “Congress must also reject the inclusion of any dangerous ideological policy riders that would threaten to derail this important deal and way forward for completing FY 2016 spending bills before Dec. 11.”

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