Tell Congress to protect critical preventive programs.
Today the House of Representatives begins work on a package of eight budget bills including the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill. This bill traditionally includes funding for critical health programs, including the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Title X (“Title Ten”) family planning program – but these programs are currently under threat from both House Republicans and the White House. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to call your representatives and urge them to protect these critical preventive programs and ensure they are funded through 2018.
Last week, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution, or “CR,” that will fund the government through December 8th, preventing a government shutdown. This measure maintains funding for government programs at 2017 levels – meaning no programs lose funding or receive increased funding, at least for now. Meanwhile, committees in the House and Senate are moving forward on passing 12 individual appropriations bills – funding bills that govern different parts of the government, from federal highways to school lunch programs. (If you need a refresher on the federal budget check out our previous posts: part 1; part 2; part 3.)
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed their version of the LHHS bill last week, with level funding for both the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Title X family planning program, but we know they are on the chopping block in the House. The House passed a version of the bill in July that nixed these essential programs – while increasing the $$ for abstinence-only education.
Although 45 almost definitely doesn’t know what this word (abstinence?) means, there’s no question he will support the House attempt. Earlier this year, the White House decided to abruptly shut down the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, cutting short grants that have already been distributed to public and private groups in the states to provide evidence-based sex education to young people. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, this comprehensive, evidence-based, sex education program is not aligned with the administration’s priorities. As many as 600,000 young people will be kicked out of their programs if Congress doesn’t step in.
This week the full House of Representatives will consider and likely vote on this bill. Today, we’re calling on our representatives to protect both the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program AND the Title X family planning program that increases access to birth control for low-income people. Together, these programs are essential in allowing individuals to control their reproductive health and make informed decisions about their lives. Use our script below and urge your representative to protect 2018 funding for both the TPP Program and Title X.
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Teen Pregnancies Will Rise if Funding Cuts Are Not Reversed - Seattle Times