As Congress adjourns for Memorial Day Recess next week, formal appropriations action on federal TBI programs is just around the corner.
Beginning in June, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees are expected to hold markups on the Fiscal 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which provides federal funding for multiple TBI programs.
Federal funding for TBI Act programs, as well as NIDRR’s TBI-related research programs, has deteriorated or remained stagnant over the last several years. The urgent need for increased federal support for a national TBI public health infrastructure and TBI research is further heightened by the recognition of TBI as the signature wound of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The need for substantially increased federal funding for TBI programs must be clearly communicated to Members of Congress in the coming days and weeks if these programs are to be adequately funded this year.
In addition, this year’s appropriations process poses a great challenge, as it is expected to be delayed and manipulated as a result of election year politics.
The return of Members of Congress to their home districts during the Memorial Day Recess this next week provides a critical opportunity for advocates to weigh in regarding the urgent need to increase funding for federal TBI programs. Likewise, BIAA urges advocates to click the “Take Action” link in the upper right hand corner of this email to contact their representatives in Congress via email or phone.