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The term "sign-on" is a term of art used on Capitol Hill to characterize certain policy positions. Often one or more organizations, like NEHA, will seek to develop a policy position or position on a particular piece of legislation. To increase the impact and effectiveness of that position, once developed, it is circulated among other organizations and groups having a similar interest in that given policy area. A consensus position is developed among these various groups, allowing them to "sign-on" to a policy or legislative position. That letter or policy statement is then sent to Congress, and it becomes a more effective way to communicate a position because of the combined effect of all groups that join in that stand. NEHA uses this mechanism as means of gaining greater attention for a policy or legislative position. 


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NEHA has joined organizations in communicating the following positions:

 

  • Sign on letter to the Senate in opposition to S. 1324, the “Affordable and Reliable Electricity Now Act (ARENA) of 2015.” This bill would put lives at risk by delaying and blocking critical clean air protections. View the sign-on letter.  
     

  • Sign on letter in defense of the Clean Air Act urging the Senate to strongly oppose any legislation or amendments that would block, weaken or otherwise hinder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to update and enforce strong limits on dangerous air pollution. View the sign-on letter.  
     

  • Sign on letter in defense of the Clean Air Act urging Congress to strongly oppose any legislation or amendments that would block, weaken or otherwise hinder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to update and enforce strong limits on dangerous air pollution. View the sign-on letter.
     

  • Signed-on to a letter in support continued federal funding for the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and fully restored federal funding for the CDC Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. View the sign-on letter.  
     

  • NEHA is an active member of a coalition of national organizations active in public and environmental health that was formed to support adequate funding levels for key federal agencies. Specifically, this group has been active in suggesting both priority areas as well as specific funding recommendations for the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR).  As the appropriation process for FY 15 begins - the coalition developed this funding and policy letter. This letter has been transmitted to all members of both the House and Senate appropriation sub-committees having jurisdiction over the CDC budget.  This is yet another example of the work being done by the NEHA Government Affairs program in assuring that you through your professional society have a voice in key policy and resource allocation decisions. View the sign-on letter.  
     

 

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