U.S. House Committee Passes Bill w/ Big Cuts to Public Health

Before leaving for their August Recess, the House Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill that will substantially cut funding for the CDC (a $163 million cut) and HRSA (a $397.62 million cut).  The bill would entirely eliminate HRSA’s family planning programs and decrease funding for key CDC immunization and tobacco control efforts. If these cuts go through as planned there would undoubtedly be reductions to our state's grants from CDC and HRSA.

APHA issued a statement expressing its disappointment with the proposed cuts and urged the House to work in a bipartisan manner to restore the cuts.  The Senate Appropriations Committee won't be taking any action on the budget bill until after the August recess.