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American Lung Association Urges Senate to “Save Our Lungs” and Oppose House-passed Midnight Rules Relief Act

Bill could permanently block critical health protections

(January 4, 2017) - Washington, DC

For more information please contact:

Diana Van Vleet
[email protected]
(202) 715-1863

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, a sweeping bill which would enable Congress to permanently eliminate multiple critical public health protections with a single vote. In response, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:

“The American Lung Association is deeply disappointed by the passage of H.R. 21 today by the House of Representatives. This bill is a reckless backdoor attack that would allow Congress to wipe from the books lifesaving public health protections against air pollution and tobacco with a single vote, leading to premature deaths and illness that could have otherwise been prevented.

“Supporters of this bill have perpetuated the false perception that rules completed near the end of an Administration have not been fully formed or vetted. In reality, these rules are often the result of years of scientific analysis, with ample opportunity for public input and response. Federal agencies must be allowed to implement the laws that Congress passed to protect the public and save lives.

“The American people did not vote to turn back the clock on the progress that has been made to protect public health or to put vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, and people living with lung disease, at increased risk.  

“The Lung Association urges the U.S. Senate to save our lungs and vote no on H.R. 21.”


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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