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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. 


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NEHA has joined organizations in communicating the following positions:

 

  • 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.  
     

  • Lead a coalition of 22 national organizations in drafting a position in support of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) budget for FY2014. The letter went to the chair and ranking member of the appropriations committee in both houses. The letter also went to the staff lead for each Senator and Representative of the Appropriations Committees of Senate and House respectively. View the sign-on letter.
     

  • Signed-on to letter to congress regarding a balanced approach to the budget that protects children's health. View the sign-on letter.
     

  • Signed-on to a letter in support of increasing the 302(b) allocation to the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) in 2013. View the sign-on letter sent to the Committee on Appropriations.
     

  • Signed-on to a letter in support of the bill introduced by Congresswomen Lois Capps of California, re-introducing the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act. View the sign-on letter sent to Congresswoman Lois Capps.
     

  • Supported a letter to the President that urges the administration to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to set a restrictive standard for ozone in ambient air. View the sign-on letter to the President.
     

  • Lead a coalition of 13 national organizations in drafting a position in support of the NCEH/ATSDR budget for FY2012. (This was NEHA's first initiative as the lead organization in a coalition of environmental and public health organizations on a public policy issue directly impacting environmental health.) The letter went to the chair and ranking member of the appropriation committee in both houses. It also went to the staff lead for each Senator and Representative on the Appropriations Committees of the Senate and House respectively. View the letter.
     

  • Supported a letter to the President that urges the administration to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to set a restrictive standard for ozone in ambient air. View the sign-on letter to the President.
     

  • Signed-on to a letter to Congressional appropriators in support of sustaining funding for the CDC's built environment program and Healthy Communities program. View the sign-on letter to the House, and the sign-on letter to the Senate.
     

  • Joined a coalition of advocates for environmental public health, to express extreme concern about the devastating cuts to CDC's environmental public health programs in the President's FY12 Budget. View the sign-on letter.
     

  • Supported opposition to House Joint Resolution (HRJ) 9. The resolution was to roll back EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate and limit emissions from cement plants. These emissions contain many toxic substances, chief among them is mercury. Absent the EPA regulatory authority, operators of these cement plants could have released more mercury into the ambient air. Our opposition to this resolution supported EPA's continued ability to limit these releases. View the sign-on letter.
     

  • Joined 227 organizations in support of opposing the use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an offset for an amendment offered by Senator Johanns (No. 4596). View the Senate sign-on letter.
     

  • Supported designation of January 10 - 16, 2010 as National Influenza Vaccination Week
     

  • Supported the call to action from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage the American People to get the H1N1 vaccine.
     

  • Joined other coalition members in support of legislation by Senator Jack Reed of RI. The legislation is S.1658-"The Healthy Housing Council Act of 2009."
     

  • Joined two-dozen organizations in support of a specific provision in the climate change bill, which creates and funds a Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Fund. If created, this fund will provide funding to state/local health departments to respond to the health impacts of climate change. It should be noted that NEHA is not endorsing the climate change bill in its entirety. View the Senate sign-on letter.
     

  • Joined 226 organizations in support of strong public health and prevention provisions in health reform. View the Senate sign-on letter. View the House sign-on letter.
     

  • Joined with over 100 national health-related organizations to support an increase of 7.4 billion to CDC to insure adequate funding in may key activity areas which include Food Safety, Workforce Capacity and Prevention.
     

  • Mobilized the NEHA membership to communicate to Congress in support of restoring funding to NCEH in the federal fiscal-year '07 budget.
     

  • Submitted written support for NCEH's fiscal-year '07 budget request to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.
     

  • Developed a position of support for recommendations made by the Trust for America's Health and the Infectious Disease Society of America concerning pandemic flu preparedness.

 

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