Sign on letter to President Obama: Restoration of lead funding for Centers for Disease Control

As pediatricians, we are writing to urge your support for the restoration of $29 million in funding
for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning
Prevention Program. Due to the importance of public health support for pediatricians in our
efforts to protect children from exposures to toxic agents like lead, we are deeply concerned by
recent trends in funding of the CDC’s Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
Funding for the program went from $29,257,000 in fiscal year 2011 to $1,995,000 in fiscal year
2012, a more than 90 percent funding reduction. These cuts are devastating to pediatric
prevention efforts and we urge you to support a restoration of the funding needed for this critical
program.

October 24, 2013

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