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Get your Senators/Representatives to co-sponsor the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2021 (S.2586/H.R.5857)


A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives to support domestic TB programs and create policies that will allow us to finally achieve TB elimination in the U.S. Contact your U.S. senators/representatives now!

Background
Sen. Brown (D-OH) has introduced the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2021 (S. 2586) in the U.S. Senate for senators to co-sponsor and Rep. Bera (D-CA-7) has introduced it in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The bill outlines a comprehensive strategy for how the U.S. can achieve TB elimination. New tools, information regarding special populations such as pediatrics, new studies and reports, special attention to access, and authorization to increase spending ceilings for domestic TB activities are all included.


A special thanks to the other original co-sponsors: Sens. Blumenthal (D-CT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Van Hollen (D-MD), and Markey (D-MA) and in the House of Representatives: Reps. Bera (D-CA-7) and Young (R-AK-At Large) If they are your member of Congress – just call and say, “Thank you!!!”

How to Contact Your Senators

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your senator/representative or give your state if you do not know their name. When you are connected to an office, ask for the Health Legislative Assistant. If you leave a voicemail message, include your name, phone number and email so that they can respond.

Sample message:
 I am a constituent from (your town) and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep._ to co-sponsor the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2021, S.2586/H.R.5857. The bill outlines a plan and critical actions to achieve tuberculosis elimination in the U.S. TB, an airborne infectious disease was the leading global infectious disease killer prior to COVID and when the COVID pandemic is halted, TB will be the leading infectious killer once again. In the US, every state continues to report TB cases annually. Most states have also had cases of drug-resistant TB, which is very difficult and expensive to treat. The funding requested in the Brown letter will help put the US on the path to eliminating TB. I urge Sen./Rep. __ to cosponsor this very important bill. Thank you for your consideration.






Additional Information if needed:

  • Current 2021 funding for CDC’s domestic TB program is $135 million.
  • CDC’s domestic TB program has been flat-funded (same amount, not adjusted for inflation) every year for almost 10 years, which means significantly reduced funding for state TB programs.
  • Increased funding for domestic TB programs is desperately needed as TB resources were largely redirected to the COVID-19 response, resulting in missed TB diagnoses and growing evidence of increased TB deaths.



Thank you for your action!



See how to take more actions to support domestic and global health
We need Congress to speak up. Even as we deal with the continuing acute effects of a still-raging pandemic, we must look ahead to recovery. We must enact longer-term funding of initiatives like global TB treatment and prevention efforts. Click here or on the button below, scroll down to the appropriate "action" box, and take an easy action from your home/desk!

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Thanks to all who called their Senators to sign the bipartisan Brown/Young Letter to support increased TB funding

​Thanks to all who called or emailed their Senators to sign the bipartisan letter that called for robust funding for global TB programs!! 

Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Young (R-IN) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter in the U.S. Senate for senators to sign on to in support of robust funding for TB programs. We need as many senators as possible to sign the letter. The Brown/Young letter is here.




See more TB basics and advocacy toolkits from TAG here.



More Ways to Get Involved


First Step: 


  1. Join the Friends of Stop TB USA
  2. Follow us on Twitter @StopTBUSA


Then: 


Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus - U.S. House of Representatives


Send a letter to your Representative, or call and leave a voice message today, asking that they please join the TB Elimination Caucus in the House of Representatives.


Background


The Tuberculosis Elimination Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives was formed in March of 2012 by Representatives Engel (D-NJ), Green (D-TX) and Young (R-AK). A caucus is an informal grouping of legislators which can help rally interest and enthusiasm on an issue of mutual concern, by sponsoring briefings, initiating letters and inquiries, and more.  You can help to grow the membership of this caucus by sending a letter to your Representatives asking that they join this very important caucus.

  1. First, check the list below to see if your Representative is already a member on the Caucus. If your Representative is on this list, then you can email them to thank them for joining and their service on such an important topic.

  2. If your Representative is not on the list below, please email or call to request they join.


Click here for a list of current TB Caucus Members                                  U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121


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