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Monday, November 12, 2007

Don't Let the President Veto Funding for Diabetes!


Last Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill that provides the first funding increase in two years for diabetes prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Senate passed this bill last Wednesday and now it is on its way to the President.

This should be great news. However the President has stated that he plans to veto this bill.

Your help is needed to send a strong message asking President Bush not to veto the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.

This bill provides a 5% increase for the Division of Diabetes Translation in the CDC, and a 2.7% increase for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

According to current CDC estimates, diabetes prevalence is increasing at an alarming rate each year.

If left unchecked, the United States could be looking at more than 50 million people with diabetes by the year 2050.

The funding in this bill would go a long way to combating this public health crisis. Please ask the President not to veto the first increase for diabetes prevention and research efforts in the past two years.

Please click on Take Action Now and ask the President not to veto the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.
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