For Immediate Release: March 15, 2016
TFAH Opposes the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Plan; Urges Congress to Pursue a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
Washington, D.C., March 15, 2016 –Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is disappointed by the proposed U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee resolution. The following is a statement from Richard Hamburg, interim president and CEO of TFAH:
“The budget resolution, released by the House Budget Committee, would likely have disastrous consequences for our nation’s health by proposing to cut domestic programs by almost $900 billion over the next decade.
For nearly 10 years, federal public health funding has remained relatively flat. Enacting a budget resolution that further cuts our nation’s investments in prevention and public health would leave Americans less happy, healthy and productive and more susceptible to public health emergencies such as Zika or antibiotic-resistant Superbugs.
Investing in disease prevention is the most effective, common-sense way to improve health. Instead of pushing even more cuts to vital public health programs, TFAH urges Congress to work together to enact a balanced approach to deficit reduction that will replace sequester and the current budget caps to permit adequate investments in public health and other domestic programs that keep Americans healthy, safe and secure.”
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