Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Act Now to Fund Kennedy Browback Bill

From the National Down Syndrome Congress
The Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act of 2008 (known as Kennedy/Brownback), passed last fall will provide grant funding to eligible organizations to promote dissemination of high quality information and referral to support services for parents who receive a pre-natal or post-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome. However, an appropriation for funding must now be included in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education FY 2010 appropriations bill in order for the law to be implemented.
Representatives Cathy McMorris Rogers (R.WA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.DC) have written a Dear Colleague letter to members of the House of Representatives asking them to sign a letter asking Representatives David Obey (D.WI) and James Walsh (R.NY) chairs of this committee to include funding for Kennedy/Brownback in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education FY 2010 appropriations bill. It is important to have as many Representatives as possible sign this letter to improve its chances for funding.

Action Needed

Please contact your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the McMorris Rodgers/Holmes Norton letter that is being circulated in the House of Representatives. This letter is being sent to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee in support of funding to provide $5 million in FY10 Appropriations to implement The deadline to add cosigners to the House letter is April 1st. A sample letter with contact information is included at
If possible, you should personalize the letter.

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