Letter from ANNA and other health care organizations to key Congressional leaders urging them to provide an additional $2 billion for the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill in the final FY 2007 continuing resolution above the FY 2006 levels

January 3, 2007

Representative Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Senator Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader

Representative David Obey

Chairman

House Appropriations Committee

Senator Robert C. Byrd

Chairman

Senate Appropriations Committee

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Chairmen Obey and Byrd:

You recently announced your plans to complete work on the FY 2007 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill by passing a year-long continuing resolution. We applaud your stated intent to complete this process as quickly as possible and in a bipartisan manner. As you work to complete the FY 2007 bill, we urge you to reiterate your collective support from last year by providing no less then $7 billion above the President's request for these urgent national priorities.

In March of last year, a bipartisan group of 73 Senators, including every Democrat, voted for the Specter-Harkin amendment to the budget resolution to provide an additional $7 billion above the President’s budget request for a broad range of programs and services administered by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Likewise, several Members of the House of Representatives, including the entire incoming House Democratic leadership team and the Democratic leadership of the House Appropriations Committee have repeatedly spoken out in support of providing the additional $7 billion and against the President’s budget for these programs. While efforts led by now-Chairman Obey and Representative DeLauro to add the necessary funding above the President’s request failed in both the House Budget and Appropriations Committees, Section 603(b) of the House Budget Resolution does recognize the need to increase funding for the Labor-HHS-Education bill by $7 billion above the President’s budget.

A full year continuing resolution for FY 2007 at the FY 2006 levels would leave these critical programs $2 billion short of the goal established by the full Senate when it adopted the Specter-Harkin budget amendment as well as the commitment made by the House leadership to significantly increase funding for these urgent priorities. Further, failure to meet these commitments would result in total funding for these programs $2 billion below the FY 2005 level.

Millions of American families and students rely on the vital services and assistance funded through the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. We feel strongly that the funding provided in this bill reflects an investment in the human infrastructure and the values of our nation and its future. Given the negative funding trend for these critical services and programs over the past few years, we believe there is urgent need for the new Congressional leaders to support and act on.

As the new Congress begins full consideration of the FY 2008 budget, establishing a strong baseline for health, education and other vital programs in the FY 2007 Labor-HHS-Education bill is essential to getting the nation back on track when it comes to some of the most important domestic spending priorities.

Over the past year, you have spoken out strongly about your commitment to funding health, education, and other vital programs. Now you have to the opportunity to act on that commitment. We the undersigned urge you to provide an additional $2 billion to these urgent priorities in the final FY 2007 continuing resolution above the FY 2006 levels, consistent with the Senate budget amendment and the promise made in the House budget resolution.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working with you to ensure adequate resources are available to meet these urgent priorities.

Sincerely,

Academy of General Dentistry

Advocate Health Care

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Alliance for Excellent Education

Alliance for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Alpha-1 Association

Alpha-1 Foundation

Alzheimer's Association

America's Blood Centers

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Dermatology Association

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Dental Research

American Association for Health Education

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

American Association of School Administrators

American Association on Health and Disability

American Brain Coalition

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American College of Nurse Practitioners

American College of Physicians

American College of Surgeons

American Council on Education

American Counseling Association

American Dental Education Association

American Dental Association

American Educational Research Association

American Foundation for the Blind

American Heart Association

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

American Medical Student Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

American Network of Community Options and Resources

American Nurses Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American School Health Association

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology

American Society for Thoracic Surgery

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

American Thoracic Society

American Tinnitus Association

Amputee Coalition of America

APSE: The Network on Employment

Arthritis Foundation

ASD Healthcare

Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries

Association for Career and Technical Education

Association for Clinical Research Training

Association for Patient Oriented Research

Association for Psychological Science

Association of American Universities

Association of American Cancer Institutes

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Association of Community College Trustees

Association of Departments of Family Medicine

Association of Educational Service Agencies

Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Public Television Stations

Association of School Business Officials International

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Association of Schools of Public Health

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Autism Society of America

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Boys Town National Research Hospital

C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition

California Department of Education

CA School Employees Association

Campaign for Public Health

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Chicago Public Schools

Child Neurology Society

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Christopher Reeve Foundation

Coalition for Health Services Research

College Misericordia

Committee for Education Funding

Community Transportation Association of America

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Cooley’s Anemia Foundation

Council for Exceptional Children

Council for Opportunity in Education

Council of Accredited Master of Public Health Programs

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Digestive Disease National Coalition

Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Easter Seals

Epilepsy Foundation

ESA, Inc.

FED ED

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Friends of Cancer Research

GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Heart Rhythm Society

Helen Keller National Center

Hepatitis Foundation International

Home Care Technology Association of America

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Hydrocephalus Association

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association

Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

International Myeloma Foundation

International Reading Association

Jefffrey Modell Foundation

Kidney Cancer Association

Lance Armstrong Foundation

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc

Matria Healthcare, Inc.

Medical Library Association

Meharry Medical College

Malecare Prostate Cancer Support

Mental Health America

Morehouse School of Medicine

Men's Health Network

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Area Health Education Centers Organization

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Association of Social Workers

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.

National Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR)

National Coalition for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases

National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness

National Community Action Foundation

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

National Council for Diversity in the Health Professions

National Council of La Raza

National Disability Rights Network

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

National Eczema Association

National Education Association

National Education Knowledge Industry Association

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Kidney Foundation

National Marfan Foundation

National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Prostate Cancer Coalition

National Psoriasis Foundation

National Recreation and Park Association

National Rehabilitation Association

National Respite Coalition

National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition

National Rural Health Association

National Rural Housing Coalition

National School Employees Association

National Sleep Foundation

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

National YouthBuild Coalition

NephCure Foundation

Neuropathy Association

Neuropathy Research Foundation

NISH

North American Primary Care Research Group

NTM Information and Research, Inc.

Oncology Nursing Society

OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Patient Services, Inc.

PE4life

Points of Light Foundation

Pre-K Now

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Prevent Blindness America

Reading Recovery Council of North America

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

Renal Physicians Association

Research!America

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Rural Community Assistance Partnership

SADS Foundation

School Social Work Association of America

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Society for Public Health Education

Society of General Internal Medicine

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

Society for Investigative Dermatology

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Spina Bifida Association of America

St. George's University School of Medicine

Student Aid Alliance

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA

TeenScreen

The Advocacy Institute

The Arc of the U.S.

The McGraw-Hill Companies

The Paget Foundation

Tourette Syndrome Association

Trust for America’s Health

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

United Cerebral Palsy

United Spinal Association

Us TOO International

USA Works!

Voices for National Service

YouthBuild Coalition

YMCA of the USA