For Immediate Release: October 28, 2015
TFAH Commends President Obama and Congressional Leadership for Securing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
Washington, D.C., October 28, 2015 – The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) commends President Obama and Congressional leadership for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and is pleased to announce its support for this legislation. The following is a statement from Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH.
“This agreement is an important step toward ensuring the nation has adequate resources to help people be healthy, happy and productive. TFAH calls on Congress to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act.
By largely replacing sequestration’s harmful cuts—which forced historically low and grossly inadequate funding for critical public health programs—Congress is now able to increase investments in vital public health and other domestic programs that keep Americans healthy, safe, and secure.
TFAH recommends Congress use this funding to invest in programs that build a public health system that focuses on preventing disease in the first place by restoring funding to chronic disease programs—such as Partnerships to Improve Community Health, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health and Tips From Former Smokers—at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These programs support proven strategies that prevent and control the development of numerous chronic diseases.
We also urge Congress to pass appropriations bills that do not include ideologically driven, partisan policy riders that could threaten the implementation of this historic deal.
Every American deserves to be healthy. By maintaining funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund and passing this Act, the nation’s leaders will have finally signaled that they are serious about providing the support needed to keep Americans healthy and happy.”
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org