Last Friday, the House and Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA). Among the provisions in the bill, the law raises the austere spending caps for non-defense discretionary programs – which covers virtually everything outside of national defense (e.g., scientific research, education, infrastructure) – by more than $130 billion over two years – the largest single increase to domestic spending since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The new spending limits were critical for Congress to provide increased funding for domestic programs, such as research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). While lawmakers will still need to go through the process of allocating funds to the various appropriations subcommittees, including Labor-HHS, the new budget allows for greater certainty through fiscal year 2019 since the top-line levels have now been agreed upon.
In government affairs, equally important to educating members of Congress about our work is thanking them for advancing priorities of importance to our field. Therefore, NDD United, a coalition of which AADR is a member, has coordinated the #BBAValentines campaign to thank members of Congress who voted YES on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and to let them know their support is appreciated.
On this Valentine’s Day, view the list of lawmakers who voted YES on the BBA, and reach out to your elected officials to thank them for their vote via Twitter or email. Below is a collection of sample Tweets, but feel free to create your own:
- Thank you [TWITTER HANDLE] for voting to #RaiseTheCaps and protect domestic funding for dental research. Your support is truly appreciated. #BBAValentines
- On this Valentine’s Day, I extend a heartfelt thanks to [TWITTER HANDLE] for providing a much-needed funding increase for non-defense programs. Thanks for voting to #RaiseTheCaps! #BBAValentines
- We couldn’t do what we do without you! Thanks [TWITTER HANDLE] for voting to #RaiseTheCaps, which will support important dental research. #BBAValentines
Finally, AADR would be remiss if we didn’t thank you, our members, who participated in the initial #RaiseTheCaps campaign. This campaign played an important role in expressing to members of Congress why raising the caps was important for the public health and health research communities, so thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact AADR Assistant Director of Government Affairs Lindsey Horan.