PAA Members Urged to Act Locally: Tips and Talking Points to use with Your Member of Congress this August


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July 31, 2017

Dear PAA and APC members,

The traditional congressional “August Recess” is upon us. Your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators will soon be home, spending most of the next five weeks attending local events and meetings. You may therefore have an opportunity to meet with your U.S. Senators or Representative either informally (grocery store, community event, or other local venue) or formally (town hall, event at your university or institution or constituent meeting). On behalf of the Government Affairs Committee and our government affairs staff, we’d like to alert you to some key issues and hope you will consider raising one or all of these issues if you interact with your congressional representatives during this lengthy “district work period.” Members of Congress will be on their home turf during August recess.

First, always give the Member of Congress a brief explanation of what population research is and how your research is relevant to improving the health and well-being of the population. The updated PAA FY 2018 Funding Priorities fact sheet includes a couple of sentences explaining population research and the role of PAA and APC, if you would like to use this document for guidance.

Fund the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Census Bureau in Fiscal Year 2018

Thank Members for supporting the NIH. Urge members to provide NIH with an additional $2 billion in FY 2018 for the agency to keep pace with biomedical research inflation and continue to rebound from years of funding below the level of inflation. Explain how NIH funding benefits your research and research training activities.

The Census Bureau has received woefully inadequate proposed funding increases for FY 2018 (only $51 million over FY 2017 compared with the approximately $300 million the agency needs). If Congress does not provide the Census Bureau with more funding in FY 2018, the Bureau will not be able to adequately test critical information technology innovations—such as the Internet response—and new enumeration strategies for hard-to-count populations. Indeed, 2018 is the last, best chance we have for ensuring Census 2020 is done accurately, inclusively, and cost effectively. Explain how you use census data and why the accuracy of these data are so essential to your research and research training activities.