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Rep. DeGette, 54 Members of Congress Sign Letter Supporting Title VII in FY 2012

May 27, 2011—Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a May 19 letter to House Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) endorsing the President’s FY 2012 budget request level of $449.5 million for the Title VII health professions programs in the upcoming fiscal year. The letter, which highlights the importance of Title VII to address the growing demand for health professionals, urges Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro to “make the nation’s health care workforce a priority” through support for the Title VII programs. A total of 54 Democrats joined Rep. DeGette on the letter.

The president’s budget requests $762.5 million for Title VII and Title VIII in FY 2012, including $449.5 million for Title VII and $313.0 million for Title VIII [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 18]. The president’s request is $220.6 million above the FY 2011 funding level for the Title VII and Title VIII programs, with increases requested for the primary care medicine; geriatrics; public health and preventive medicine; and workforce information and analysis programs, among others. The programs received a total of $514.9 million in FY 2011, including $272.5 million for Title VII, an $18.5 million increase over FY 2010, and $242.4 million for Title VIII, a $1.4 million decrease below FY 2010 levels [see Washington Highlights, May 20].


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