​​​Action Alerts


Urge Your U.S. Senators to Sign the Brown Letter to Support Increased TB Funding


A letter is being circulated in the U.S. Senate to support domestic TB funding. Contact your senators by June 2 and urge them to sign the letter. The letter is for U.S. senators only to sign, not U.S. House Representatives, state lawmakers, ATS members, or anyone else.

Background
Sen. Brown (D-OH) is circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter in the U.S. Senate for senators to sign on to in support of increased domestic TB funding through CDC. We need as many senators as possible to sign the letter. The Brown TB letter urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide increased funding of $225 million for CDC’s domestic TB program and $1 billion for USAID’s global TB program.

The sign-on deadline for this letter is June 2 so please make your call by this date. The fastest and most effective way to contact your senators is to call them using the Capitol Switchboard (instructions below). The Brown letter is attached to this email.

How to Contact Your Senators
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your senator 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. ____ to sign Sen. Brown’s TB letter. The letter requests increased funding for CDC’s domestic TB program. 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. In the US, every state continues to report cases of TB 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 Senator _____ to sign this important letter. Thank you for your consideration.  

Thank you for your action!

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 funding every year) for almost 10 years which means significantly reduced funding for state TB programs
  • Although TB cases in the US declined in 2020, we estimate that they may increase in 2021 and beyond due to less access to care for people with TB
  • If you have questions about the letter, contact nmoore@thoracic.org


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  1. Join the Friends of Stop TB USA
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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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