[NCL Members] FW: 302(b) Sign On Letter

Jackie Taylor jackie at jataylor.net
Tue Feb 2 20:33:18 EST 2016

Hello NCL Members,


FYI, in case you haven't seen / signed on to this yet. 




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Subject: But wait...There's More Budget Action by February 5th


Let's make sure that workforce development is represented on this!  Right
now, I think we just have five CIAW organizations on here (thank you NAWB,
Easter Seals, United Way and NASDCTEc)


But, it probably got lost in your inbox (if it looks anything like my






5 Days Left to Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for Labor, HHS,
Education and Related Agencies Appropriations


Attached for your consideration is a letter-being circulated throughout the
health, education, child development, social services, and workforce
communities-urging appropriators you to allocate as high a funding level as
possible to the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee for fiscal year (FY) 2017.   





Please note that in the interest of expediency, and as a courtesy to the
hundreds or organizations that will sign, we will not accept editorial
changes to the letter. Signers must agree to sign the letter "as is."


Below are some FAQs to help you understand this advocacy effort, and build
support for the letter within your organization and throughout the


What is the 302(b) letter?

The 302(b) allocation is the amount of funding the House and Senate
Appropriations Committees provide to the subcommittees. The subcommittees
then divvy up the funding between the agencies and programs within their
respective jurisdictions. Each year, the Committee on Education Funding, the
Coalition for Health Funding, and the Campaign to Invest in America's
Workforce partner to circulate a letter throughout our respective
communities in support of strong 302(b) allocations for the House and Senate
Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees. The bigger the
allocations, the better our chances of securing funding for these agencies
and programs; or in the current environment, preventing further cuts.


Why are you circulating the letter now?

With the topline numbers for nondefense and defense discretionary already
set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the House and Senate
Appropriations Committees will likely move up the timeline for making the
302(b) allocations to the subcommittees. Time is of the essence. Our goal is
to secure 1,000+ signatories-the same amount as last year-across our
communities so we may have a meaningful impact on these decisions.


Why should my organization sign the letter?

At the allocation stage in the appropriations process, discretionary health
programs are competing for funding with all of the other nondefense
discretionary programs within the spending caps established by the budget
resolutions. If you care about federal funding for any/all public health,
health research, or safety net programs you should sign this letter. Without
a strong 302(b) allocation for Labor-HHS-Education, there is very little
chance of increasing funding for your priorities. And there is an even
greater likelihood that your priorities will be cut. 


What happens once my organization signs?

All signatures will be added to the letter and sent to the House and Senate
Appropriations Committees. We will forward you a copy of the letter for your
records. A copy will also be posted on the Coalition for Health Funding's
website:  <http://www.publichealthfunding.org/> www.publichealthfunding.org.


What can I do to help with this effort?

Sign on, of course and/or forward this message and letter far and wide. We
are accepting signatures from national, state, and local organizations,
institutions, businesses, companies, etc. Anyone and everyone who cares
about funding for programs in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.
But no individuals, please!

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