Tell Congress to support asthma!

On Tuesday, June 12th, the Senate Labor–Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee will vote on a 2013 health spending bill, which funds the Centers for Disease Control. Soon after, the full Appropriations Committee will also take up the bill.

The President’s FY2013 budget has already proposed a 50% funding cut to CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, which supports state and local communities in efforts to address asthma. Additionally, the President’s budget proposes to zero out funding for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH), the CDC’s flagship program for reducing health disparities across a variety of chronic diseases, including asthma (RAMP receives funding from REACH). At a time when the burden of asthma is significant, we need to urge Congress to maintain funding for asthma programs that improve the lives of people suffering in communities across the country.

What you can do

Members of the Senate Labor–Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee need to hear from their constituents by Monday, June 11th. Below is a list of Subcommittee members. If one of those listed represents you in Congress, you can find their contact information here. You can also call (202) 225-3121 and ask for that Senator by name.

  • Senator Tom Harkin (Chairman) (IA)
  • Senator Daniel Inouye (HI)
  • Senator Herb Kohl (WI)
  • Senator Patty Murray (WA)
  • Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
  • Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
  • Senator Jack Reed (RI)
  • Senator Mark Pryor (AR)
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • Senator Richard Shelby (Ranking) (AL)
  • Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • Senator Ron Johnson (WI)
  • Senator Mark Kirk (IL)
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
  • Senator Jerry Moran (KS)

Additionally, if you reside in California, we need you to reach out to Senator Diane Feinstein as she sits on the full Appropriations Committee. Her contact information is here.

Talking points

When you call or email your Senator, here are some suggested talking points. Remember, this short call can make a real difference!

  • My name is [INSERT NAME] and I’m calling from [NAME OF TOWN and ORGANIZATION (if applicable)]

  • I’m calling to urge [Senator (NAME)] to support funding for the National Asthma Control Program and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH).

  • Asthma affects about 25 million Americans, and the numbers are climbing. Asthma costs the United states about $56 billion in medical costs, lost school and work days, and early deaths.

  • [Please share your personal story about how asthma has affected you, your family, or your community.]
  • The Presidents budget proposes to slash or zero out funding for asthma. I want to urge [Senator (NAME)] to fight for full funding for these two programs. Thank you.
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