Urgent: Your Help is Needed to Secure Funding for the PREEMIE Act!
Hi everyone, we need your help to secure funding to implement the PREEMIE Act. Please call your U.S. Senators by April 12th and urge them to sign a letter in support of funding the PREEMIE Act. You can visit the MOD Advocacy Webpage
for more details, talking points and contact information for your Senators. You were instrumental in advocating for congressional action on PREEMIE. It is now vital to obtain funding for this law to have a positive impact! Thank you in advance for your efforts.
March of Dimes Office of Government Affairs
- Apr 3, 2007 6:39 pm
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My 3 boybarians are 4, 5 and 7.
Contact Info By State
To make it easier, I found all the contact information here: Senator Lisa Murkowski, 202-224-6665
We need your help! Call your Senators today and request they sign a letter in support of funding the PREEMIE Act (P.L. 109-450)
Background: As one of its last actions, the 109th Congress approved the PREEMIE Act which was signed into law by President Bush on December 22nd (P.L. 109-450). This law authorizes expansion of federal support for research, education and pilot testing of strategies to prevent preterm birth and a Surgeon General’s conference at which scientists, clinicians, advocates, families and other stakeholders will establish a public/private agenda (e.g. research, education, prevention strategies) to address the serious and growing problem of prematurity. Since the PREEMIE Act is an authorization bill it is necessary to obtain funding separately.
This week Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to all Senators urging them to sign a letter in support of funding two provisions of the PREEMIE Act. The number of signatures on this letter will demonstrate the level of support for funding the PREEMIE Act. This letter will be sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over public health funding. Attached to this document is a copy of the “Dear Colleague Letter” for your reference.
Forward this alert to your grassroots network. (The more calls the better!)
Please note a copy of this action alert and Dear Colleague letter are posted on the March of Dimes advocacy page www.marchofdimes.com/advocacy
Call your Senators’ Washington Office Ask to speak to the Health Legislative Assistant (See contact information below)
Request that your Senator sign the “Dear Colleague” letter using the following talking points:
One of the last actions of the 109th Congress was unanimous approval of the PREEMIE Act, which was subsequently signed into law on December 22nd. It is vitally important that funding be provided to implement this new law.
Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of funding for the PREEMIE Act. As a constituent, I urge Senator _____ to sign this letter.
Preterm birth is a common, growing, serious, and costly public health problem.
More than half a million babies are born premature each year in the United States.
Since 1981, the preterm birth rate has increased more than 30%. Half of all premature births have no known cause.
Premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death. Those babies that survive are more likely than full-term infants to face multiple health problems including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, and vision and hearing loss.
A 2006 report by the Institute of Medicine found the annual economic burden associated with preterm birth in the United States was at least $26.2 billion.
The PREEMIE Act authorizes expanded research and a Surgeon General’s Conference to develop a public-private research and education agenda to accelerate the development of new strategies for preventing preterm birth.
The modest funding increases authorized by the PREEMIE Act can make a real difference in the health of our children. Will the Senator sign this letter?
OPTIONAL BULLET: Please refer to the contact list below, if there is an asterisk next to the Senator they were a cosponsor of the PREEMIE Act. If your Senator was a cosponsor of the PREEMIE Act also use this bullet:
As a previous cosponsor and supporter of the PREEMIE Act, I hope that the Senator will sign onto this letter.
U.S. Senators Contact Information
Senator Richard Shelby, 202-224-5744
Senator Jeff Sessions, 202-224-4124
Senator Ted Stevens, 202-224-3004
Senator John McCain, 202-224-2235
Senator Jon Kyl, 202-224-4521
Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, 202-224-4843 Senator Mark Pryor, 202-224-2353
Senator Dianne Feinstein, 202-224-3841
Senator Barbara Boxer, 202-224-3553
Senator Wayne Allard, 202-224-5941
Senator Ken Salazar, 202-224-5852
Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, 202-224-4041
Senator Joseph Biden, 202-224-5042
Senator Thomas Carper, 202-224-2441
Florida Senator Bill Nelson, 202-224-5274 Senator Mel Martinez, 202-224-3041
Senator Saxby Chambliss, 202-224-3521 Senator Johnny Isakson, 202-224-3643
Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, 202-224-3934 Senator Daniel Akaka, 202-224-6361
Senator Larry Craig, 202-224-2752
Senator Mike Crapo, 202-224-6142
Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, 202-224-2152 Senator Barack Obama, 202-224-2854
Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, 202-224-4814 Senator Evan Bayh, 202-224-5623
Senator Charles Grassley, 202-224-3744
Senator Sam Brownback, 202-224-6521
Senator Pat Roberts, 202-224-4774
Senator Mitch McConnell, 202-224-2541
Senator Jim Bunning, 202-224-4343
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, 202-224-5824 Senator David Vitter, 202-224-4623
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, 202-224-5344 Senator Susan Collins, 202-224-2523
Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, 202-224-4654 Senator Ben Cardin, 202-224-4524
Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, 202-224-4543 Senator John Kerry, 202-224-2742
Senator Carl Levin, 202-224-6221 Senator Debbie Stabenow, 202-224-4822
Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, 202-224-5641 Senator Amy Klobuchar, 202-224-3244
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, 202-224-5054 Senator Trent Lott, 202-224-6253
Missouri Senator Chris Bond, 202-224-5721 Senator Claire McCaskill, 202-224-6154
Senator Max Baucus, 202-224-2651
Senator Jon Tester, 202-224-2644
Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, 202-224-4224 Senator Ben Nelson, 202-224-6551
Senator Harry Reid, 202-224-3542
Senator John Ensign, 202-224-6244
Senator Judd Gregg, 202-224-3324
Senator John Sununu, 202-224-2841
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, 202-224-3224 Senator Robert Menendez, 202-224-4744
New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici, 202-224-6621 Senator Jeff Bingaman, 202-224-5521
New York Senator Charles Schumer, 202-224-6542 Senator Hillary Clinton, 202-224-4451
Senator Elizabeth Dole, 202-224-6342
Senator Richard Burr, 202-224-3154
North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, 202-224-2043 Senator Byron Dorgan, 202-224-2551
Senator George Voinovich, 202-224-3353
Senator Sherrod Brown, 202-224-2315
Senator James Inhofe, 202-224-4721
Senator Tom Coburn, 202-224-5754
Senator Ron Wyden, 202-224-5244
Senator Gordon Smith, 202-224-3753
Senator Robert Casey, 202-224-6324
Senator Jack Reed, 202-224-4642
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, 202-224-2921
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, 202-224-5972 Senator Jim DeMint, 202-224-6121
South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, 202-224-5842 Senator John Thune, 202-224-2321
Senator Bob Corker, 202-224-3344
Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, 202-224-5922 Senator John Cornyn, 202-224-2934
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, 202-224-5251 Senator Robert Bennett, 202-224-5444
Senator Patrick Leahy, 202-224-4242 Senator Bernard Sanders, 202-224-5141
Senator John Warner, 202-224-2023
Senator James Webb, 202-224-4024
Senator Patty Murray, 202-224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell, 202-224-3441
Senator Robert Byrd, 202-224-3954
Senator John Rockefeller, 202-224-6472
Senator Herbert Kohl, 202-224-5653
Senator Russ Feingold, 202-224-5323
Senator Craig Thomas, 202-224-6441
Senator Michael Enzi, 202-224-3424
- May 31, 2007 7:36 pm
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How Can I help?
Is The Preemie Act still up for a vote?
We live in Tucson, AZ so who should I contact to get the ball rolling here?
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