ASSE Government Affairs Federal Legislative Alert
Join in Opposing Proposed FY 2012 Cuts to NIOSH Ag,
Last year, ASSE members helped voice opposition to the Obama Administration's proposed FY 2012 budget cuts of two significant NIOSH activities that support occupational safety and health and the work of ASSE’s members – the NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AgFF) Program and Education and Resource Centers (ERCs). We won that fight. Congress appropriated monies for the programs.
But, once again in its FY 2013 budget, the Administration has proposed eliminating funding for the AFF Program and ERCs in NIOSH’s budget. The Administration’s position can be found at page 40 of its budget Cuts, Consolidations and Savings document.
ASSE has joined with 127 other NIOSH stakeholders in fighting for these programs. Friends of NIOSH letters have been sent to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Committees focused on the importance of NIOSH and these programs to occupational safety and health.
Please join in this effort.
As a first step in advocating for NIOSH AgFF and the ERCs, the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Committees need to hear from you. So, especially if one of these is your Senator or Representative, please send as many of them as you can a message –
And you should not hesitate to copy in your own Senators and Representative. You can easily find their email and office addresses by going to http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ and entering your address.
Your message can be short and simple. Best is a message in your own words, including examples from your life and practice that demonstrate personally the importance of the AFF programs and/or ERCs. But, the following sample message can be used –
If you can, please share your letter with me, Dave Heidorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manager, ASSE Government Affairs and Policy
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