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Sen. Jack Reed Leads Letter in Support of Title VII in FY 2012

June 17, 2011—Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) led a June 10 letter to Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in support of the president’s FY 2012 budget request for the Title VII health professions programs. The letter urges Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Shelby to “make the nation’s health care workforce a priority” and highlights how funding for the health care workforce improves patient care, fosters job creation, and grows the economy. A total of 20 Democrats joined Sen. Reed on the letter.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a similar effort in the House May 19 [see Washington Highlights, May 27]. Rep. DeGette was joined by 54 Democrats in urging House Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee leaders to support the FY 2012 budget request for the Title VII programs. For the Title VIII nursing programs, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) led a letter endorsing the president’s FY 2012 request of $313 million. Sen. Mikulski was joined by 19 Senate Democrats 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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