Tell Your Senator Today to Oppose Prevention Fund Repeal

Posted on May 11, 2012

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An Action Alert from the Trust for America’s Health:

As you know, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund in order to pay for a temporary delay in the increase in student loan rates. This legislation was opposed by several prominent student groups as well as the public health community. Now, an identical proposal is being voted on in the Senate.

Repealing the fund, which was already cut earlier this year, would severely jeopardize public health and prevention efforts underway at the community level – including childhood immunization programs, efforts to address childhood obesity, and other critical public health functions aimed at healthier students and families.

We urge you to continue calling and emailing your Senators to ask them to sign on to a letter to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell opposing repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in the “Interest Rate Reduction Act.” 

So far, thanks to the support of many advocates like you around the country, we have had great success – 32 Senators have signed the letter. But, we’re still short of our target of 40 Senators so we are still working to reach that number.

Please call (202) 224-3121 or email these Senators who have not yet signed the letter and ask them to sign on:  Baucus (MT), Bennett (CO), Cantwell (WA), Conrad (ND), Kohl (WI), Lieberman, Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO), Ben Nelson (NE), Bill Nelson (FL), Warner (VA), Webb (VA).

Feel free to use this eAdvocacy tool to tell your lawmakers that you support prevention and wellness efforts and oppose proposals to tamper with the Fund. Please visit www.healthyamericans.org and  health reform implementation site to learn more.

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