American Lung Association, American Public Health Association - Congress Should Not Pit Public Health versus Government Shut Down

(April 7, 2011)

The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association are organizing an urgent media telebriefing to discuss recent budget negotiations suggesting that the stalemate in Congress is one of choosing either public health or government shutdown.

The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association and other health organizations have been strongly opposing any attempt by Congress to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) efforts to implement the Clean Air Act. The results of a recent bipartisan survey indicate that those pushing riders are out of touch with the voters, riders that will likely strip away Clean Air Act protections that safeguard Americans and their families from air pollution.

Representatives from these organizations will make brief remarks followed by time for questions from press.

WHO:

Paul Billings, Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy for the American Lung Association
Donald Hoppert, Director of Government Relations, American Public Health Association

WHEN:

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:30PM EDT

CALL-IN NUMBER:

1-866-439-4480 code 9563375#

More information, please contact Mike Townsend, mtownsend@lungusa.org 202.715.3450, Cosa Bullock, cbullock@mrss.com, 202.478.6128

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About the American Lung Association
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