Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Kaitlyn.Lane@mail.house.gov

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Dear Colleague:

I urge you to join me in sending the attached letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government requesting funding for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Grant Program in the Fiscal
Year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill.

Drownings and near-drownings in pools and spas continue to pose a significant public health risk to our nation’s children, and drowning remains a leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4.  However, we are not powerless in addressing these
tragedies, and strong education, awareness, and enforcement efforts can help make children safer around the water and save lives.

Grants under the Pool Safely Grant Program, created by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, are providing assistance to local governments for education, training, and enforcement of pool safety requirements, and serve as a powerful
incentive for municipalities to have their own pool safety laws on the books.  Moreover, the Pool Safelycampaign remains an important safety information and education program to educate the public and promote awareness of pool and spa safety.

More than 5,000 children are treated each year in our nation’s emergency departments for non-fatal drownings from various causes, and over 300 children succumb to fatal drownings.  It is clear that there is still more work to be done.  With these statistics
in mind, it is my hope that the committee will once again support funding for these vital grant and awareness programs.

To sign, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn Lane in my office at Kaitlyn.Lane@mail.house.gov or
5-7931.

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Member of Congress

 

March XX, 2018

Dear Chairman Graves and Ranking Member Quigley:

Drownings and near-drownings in pools and spas continue to pose a significant public health risk to our nation’s children, and drowning remains a leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4.  However, we are not powerless in addressing these
tragedies, and strong education, awareness, and enforcement efforts can help make children safer around the water and save lives.

Grants under the Pool Safely Grant Program, created by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, are providing assistance to local governments for education, training, and enforcement of pool safety requirements, and serve as a powerful
incentive for municipalities to have their own pool safety laws on the books.  Moreover, the Pool Safelycampaign remains an important safety information and education program to educate the public and promote awareness of pool and spa safety.

More than 5,000 children are treated each year in our nation’s emergency departments for non-fatal drownings from various causes, and over 300 children succumb to fatal drownings.  It is clear that there is still more work to be done.  With these statistics
in mind, it is our hope that the committee will once again support funding for these vital grant and awareness programs.

As you begin work on the FY19 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, we respectfully request the inclusion of the following programmatic and language requests:

Programmatic and Language Request

  • Financial Services, Independent Agencies, Consumer Product Safety Commission – Virginia Graeme Baker (VBG) Pool and Spa Safety Act Grant Program –  The Committee provides a funding level of $1,300,000 for the VGB Grant Program and the associated administrative
    costs to reduce the number of injuries and deaths associated with pools and spas.  The VGB Grant Program was established in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act P.L. 110-140, Title XIV.

Report Language Request

  • Financial Services, Independent Agencies, Consumer Product Safety Commission – Virginia Graeme Baker (VBG) Pool and Spa Safety Act Grant Program – The committee commends the CPSC for continuing to provide resources for the national and grassroots “Pool
    Safely” campaign, a safety information and education program designed to reduce child drownings and near drowning injuries and maintain a zero fatality rate for drain entrapments. This multifaceted initiative includes consumer and industry education efforts,
    press events, partnerships, outreach, and advertising. The committee expects the CPSC to maintain the FY17 levels for the “Pool Safely” campaign.

We recognize the constraints by which the Subcommittee is bound.  As always, we appreciate your consideration of these requests and look forward to working with you as the FY 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill takes shape.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kaitlyn Lane in the office of Rep. Wasserman Schultz at kaitlyn.lane@mail.house.gov or 5-7931.

Sincerely,

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