Support the National Early Child Care Collaboratives Program (v. 3)

Thank you for your leadership and efforts to improve the health of our nation’s children. As you develop this year’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we encourage you to continue to fund the National Early Child Care Collaboratives program at the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 level of $4 million.

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Support Aging Holocaust Surviviors

Please join us in requesting $5 million in FY 2017 for the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program through the Administration for Community Living. Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services has requested $2.5 million. This program will help ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live in dignity, comfort, and security in their homes and communities for the remainder of their lives.

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PREVENTING NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH SUICIDE

American Indian and Alaska Native young adults have the highest suicide rates across every demographic group in the United States. American Indian and Alaska Native youths (ages 15-34) have a suicide rate that is nearly 1.5 times higher than the national average for this age group.

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COSPONSOR H.R. 1631 TO IMPROVE MEDICAL REHABILITATION RESEARCH AT NIH (v. 2)

As co-chairs of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, we invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1631, a bipartisan House companion to legislation introduced by Senators Kirk and Bennet, to improve medical rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Senate bill was reported favorably out of the Senate HELP Committee last month, and we’d appreciate your assistance in demonstrating our strong support for the House bill.

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Support Community Health Centers

Please join us in signing the attached letter to Chairman Tom Cole and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro encouraging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to continue support for the Health Centers program in FY2017.

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