TBI Stakeholders Circulate Organizational Sign-On Letters

BIAA joined several other TBI stakeholders this week in circulating organizational sign-on letters to gather support from other advocacy groups in urging key appropriators to provide increased funding for federal TBI programs.

In addition to BIAA, the TBI stakeholders leading this effort include the International Brain Research Foundation, the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, and the National Disability Rights Network.

Consistent with last week's BIAA Legislative Action Alert, the letters urge senior House and Senate Appropriators to support funding levels for the Department of Health and Human Services traumatic brain injury (TBI) programs, as recommended by the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee, and Senate Appropriations Committee-passed funding levels and language for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

As a reminder, if you haven't already, please visit BIAA's Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/bia/home/ to urge your elected officials to increase funding for federal TBI programs.

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.

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