policy

Sign-Ons

The term "sign-on" is a term of art used on Capitol Hill to characterize certain policy positions. Often one or more organizations, like NEHA, will seek to develop a policy position or position on a particular piece of legislation. To increase the impact and effectiveness of that position, once developed, it is circulated among other organizations and groups having a similar interest in that given policy area. A consensus position is developed among these various groups, allowing them to "sign-on" to a policy or legislative position. That letter or policy statement is then sent to Congress, and it becomes a more effective way to communicate a position because of the combined effect of all groups that join in that stand. NEHA uses this mechanism as means of gaining greater attention for a policy or legislative position. 

 

NEHA has joined organizations in communicating the following positions:

  • NEHA joins public health and medical organizations to oppose H.R. 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016. View the Letter.
  • NEHA joins to support National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for FY2018 funding, letter to Labor-HHS-ED Subcommittee, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives. View the Letter.
  • NEHA joins to support National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for FY2018 funding, letter to Interior-Env. Subcommittee, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, View the Letter.
  • NEHA joins to support National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for FY2018 funding, letter to Labor-HHS-ED Subcommittee, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate. View the Letter.
  • Letter supporting funding for both the Radon Program and the State Indoor Radon GRant (SIRG) program in EPA's FY18 Budget. View the letter
  • Letter encouraging public health support be exempt from the current federal hiring freeze. View the letter
  • Letter supporting funding to combat the Zika Virus in Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation bills. View the letter
  • Letter opposing the use of the Congressional Review Act to block limits on methane pollution from oil and gas facilities. View the Letter.
  • Letter of concern regarding H.R. 5538, the FY2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. View the Letter.
  • Letter of Cautious Support from the National Environmental Health Association On The Ohio Legislature 131st General Assembly H.B. 551. View the Letter
  • Letter of concern regarding emergency supplemental funding to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus here in the United States. View the Letter.
  • Support Safe and Clean Drinking Water. View Call to Action

  • Letter of concern regarding Raw Milk,  H.R. 3563 Milk Freedom Act of 2015 and H.R. 3564 Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2015. View the letter.

  • Letter of Support from the National Environmental Health Association On HUD’s Proposed Ruling to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free. View the support letter.

  • Significant budget cuts are being proposed for FY16 NCEH Funding. Voice Your Support for NCEH Funding: August 2015.

  • Sign on letter supporting funding for Fiscal Year 2016 to fully implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) funding with state and local agencies. View the sign-on letter.

  • Sign on letter highlighting the critical need for additional funding for Fiscal Year 2016 to fully implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). View the sign-on letter.

  • NEHA joins a coalition of public health, disease advocacy and medical organizations issuing a Declaration on Climate Change and Health. View the Declaration.

  • Sign on letter to the Senate in opposition to S. 1324, the “Affordable and Reliable Electricity Now Act (ARENA) of 2015.” This bill would put lives at risk by delaying and blocking critical clean air protections. View the sign-on letter.  

  • Sign on letter in defense of the Clean Air Act urging the Senate to strongly oppose any legislation or amendments that would block, weaken or otherwise hinder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to update and enforce strong limits on dangerous air pollution. View the sign-on letter.  

  • Sign on letter in defense of the Clean Air Act urging Congress to strongly oppose any legislation or amendments that would block, weaken or otherwise hinder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to update and enforce strong limits on dangerous air pollution. View the sign-on letter. 

  • NEHA is an active member of a coalition of national organizations active in public and environmental health that was formed to support adequate funding levels for key federal agencies. Specifically, this group has been active in suggesting both priority areas as well as specific funding recommendations for the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR).  As the appropriation process for FY 15 begins - the coalition developed this funding and policy letter. This letter has been transmitted to all members of both the House and Senate appropriation sub-committees having jurisdiction over the CDC budget.  This is yet another example of the work being done by the NEHA Government Affairs program in assuring that you through your professional society have a voice in key policy and resource allocation decisions. View the sign-on letter.