This week, BIAA sent out a Legislative Action Alert, urging grassroots advocates to tell their elected officials in Congress to increase appropriations for federal TBI programs in the expected upcoming extended Continuing Resolution (CR).As in past years, Congress is not expected to finish appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Instead, Congress will most likely need to pass an extended Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations to keep the government running into the next fiscal year beginning on October 1.
It is expected that most programs will be funded at last year's levels in the upcoming CR which, depending on whether or not Congress holds a lame duck session after the November election, could extend into February of 2009, if not longer.
In addition to issuing its own Legislative Action Alert, BIAA has signed on to several other coalition letters urging Congress to provide increased funding for health programs in the CR and any eventual final Fiscal Year 2009 funding bill. One of these letters was spearheaded by The Coalition for American Trauma Care, and urges key appropriators to fund trauma-related programs - including TBI Act programs – at the highest level provided by either this year's House or Senate Committee-passed Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bills.
The other appropriations-related letter BIAA signed on to recently was led by the Coalition for Health Funding. This broad health letter urged appropriators and House and Senate leadership to ensure that all health programs in the Continuing Resolution receive increased funding as provided in this year's House and Senate Committee-passed Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bills. A total of 300 health groups signed onto this letter.