Trustee Election
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  • EMERGENCY ROOMS
  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
  • PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
Winning Issue » PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE


Since 1798, the Public Health Service (PHS) has been responsible for promoting the protection and advancement of our population’s physical and mental well-being. PHS agencies coordinate and implement national health policy on the state and local levels, conduct medical research, and ensure the safety of drugs, food and cosmetics. Its agencies include the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. As much as 70% of some state’s public health services are funded by PHS grants, including those for emergency preparedness, immunizations, laboratory services, epidemiology, disease surveillance and health promotion. However, due to federal and state budget cuts, we’ve eliminated an estimated 42,000 public health employee positions in the past 10 years. These cuts have also produced tens of billions of dollars in annual shortfalls of critical public health programs, affecting local vaccination programs, health department infrastructure maintenance, chronic disease programs, research projects, and testing for outbreaks of food-borne illness. Some claim last year’s Dallas Ebola debacle was a result of poor medical personnel training and unpracticed hospital procedures due, in part, to PHS budget cuts. Advocates also say robust funding of medical research, much of which is performed by the National Institutes of Health, can save many lives. However, Congress views this research as a discretionary expense, the funding of which is often sporadic and at the mercy of Congressional budget battles.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201
H.R.744 - Medical Innovation Act of 2015



Options


  • I oppose reforming current public health services policy and wish to defeat H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201 and H.R.744 - Medical Innovation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Public Health Service Act to make appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 2016-2025: for 2016, $32 billion; and for each year from 2017-2025, the amount appropriated for the preceding fiscal year, adjusted by any percentage increase in nominal gross domestic product during the preceding calendar year; amending the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) to add NIH to the list of programs and activities exempt from sequestration, and wish to pass H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) and/or Rep. Kathy Castor (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Public Health Service Act to require large pharmaceutical companies (those with at least $1 billion annual net income) that break the law and settle with the federal government, to pay 1% of its net income to fund research programs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH, and wish to pass H.R.744 - Medical Innovation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) and/or Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill to restore and make permanent the 2004 level of funding for Public Health Service agencies and programs, and to index this funding level to the rate of inflation, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Bobby Rush (IL) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Public Health Service Act to make appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 2016-2025: for 2016, $32 billion; and for each year from 2017-2025, the amount appropriated for the preceding fiscal year, adjusted by any percentage increase in nominal gross domestic product during the preceding calendar year; amending the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) to add NIH to the list of programs and activities exempt from sequestration, and wish to pass H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) and/or Rep. Kathy Castor (FL), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Kathy Castor (FL) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.777 - Permanent Investment in Health Research Act of 201
Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Castor, FL
Status (3):
House Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce Committee)
Chairman: Rep. Joe Pitts, PA
House Budget Committee
Chairman: Rep. Tom Price, GA
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman: Rep. Hal Rogers, KY

If elected as a trustee, NCDP will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing the budgets of Public Health Service agencies and programs, and publicizing the benefits of these programs.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020