ACC, Coalition Urge Congress to Increase CDC Funding
The ACC and other members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coalition sent a letter to congressional leaders on March 23 urging them to provide $7.8 billion for the CDC's programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. President Obama's FY 2016 budget request would add $141 million in funding for CDC's programs over FY 2015, but the coalition doesn't think the request goes far enough. "While this additional funding provides some resources for new and important initiatives and increased funding for some programs, other important programs would be cut or are completely eliminated under the president's request," the letter noted. Pointing out that the CDC faces unprecedented challenges including chronic disease prevention and combatting tobacco and obesity, the coalition stressed that "...Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC that are essential to protect the health of the American people."
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