June 16, 2015 – Today the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee released its draft FY 2016 spending bill, which eliminates the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Title X Family Planning Program. The Subcommittee will begin its mark-up (voting on this bill and considering amendments) tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00 AM. Your help is urgently needed both to weigh in with members of the House and Senate on the need to fully fund these programs and to reach out to local press about the importance of TPPP and Title X and the devastating effects of eliminating these programs.
- The Texas Campaign recently put in a joint application for this federal funding that included more than 50 partners in 5 counties across the state. If this funding disappears, evidence-based programs that deliver proven results will suffer.
- For more information on the cuts in this bill, and for sample language you can use with the press, please see this statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
- It is critical that you weigh in with your members of Congress immediately on the value of these programs, particularly if they are on the House or Senate Appropriations Committee.Please ask them to fully fund the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $101 million and Title X at $286 million for FY 2016. (To look up your Representative, click here and enter your zip code in the box on the top right. To view your Senators, click here.)
As a reminder, this is just the first step in the process, but a critically important one. The full House Appropriations Committee has not yet set a date for consideration of this bill and the Senate Appropriations process will begin as early as next week. Weighing in with Senators is just as important as with the House!