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Summary of ASTMH's recent political advocacy efforts.

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  • 1. ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Advocacy Update May 4, 2014 – Crystal City, VA Jodie Curtis, Executive Vice President Erin Will Morton, MA, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
  • 2. ASTMH Accomplishments November, 2013 – May, 2014
  • 3. ASTMH Hill Day: Tuesday, November 12 (recap)  First ever ASTMH “Hill Day” with general membership  12 members volunteered time to advocate on the Hill 3 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 4. ASTMH Hill Day: Tuesday, November 12 (recap) 4 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting  17 Hill Meetings - 11 Senate/6 House - 12 Democrats/5 Republicans  “I hope you know how great and important it is that you came to Capitol Hill to do this. Folks up here need to hear from real scientists.” Eric in Senator Gillibrand’s (D- NY) office
  • 5. ASTMH at the 2014 GHTC Briefing 5 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 6. World Malaria Day Hill Event: April 29 6 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 7. ASTMH is cosponsoring an NTD briefing House: May 8 Senate: May 12 7 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 8. ASTMH is cosponsoring an event on Monday, April 28 to highlight the impact of vaccines in global child health 8 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 9. Question Submitted for the Record (House DoD) 9 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting  April 2, 2014: Defense Subcommittee of House Appropriations Committee hearing on proposed fiscal 2015 appropriations for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction (Open Hearing on Defense Health Program)  ASTMH submitted questions for the record  Representative McCollum (D-MN) – Chair, Global Health Caucus  Witnesses: - Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs - Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, surgeon general, Army - Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, surgeon general, Navy - Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Travis, surgeon general, Air Force
  • 10. Question Submitted for the Record (House DoD) Representative McCollum: “…U.S. servicemen and women, they're often deployed to tropical disease epidemic regions …reducing the risk of malaria is one thing in which … you have a proud history of working on, but there's many, many other diseases that are being presented to servicemen and women. And it's critical in your mission to succeed in finding ways to either prevent or to treat. …we … have problems with drugs and prophylactics used to keep our men and women safe from this tropical disease regions. And sometimes they're not reliable, sometimes they don't exist, and sometimes the side effects are such that it's very hard to get people to comply with correct usage and dosage. …dengue fever is something that is spreading throughout is just not in Asia anymore, it's in -- it's in Africa, it's in Central America, not too far from our doorsteps and maybe possibly in Texas and in Florida with the climate change. I am not going to say this right, but I'm going to give it a shot, chinkachungagaya (ph) … So what are you doing to … prioritize the R&D for the tools to combat these neglected and tropical diseases to ensure that we're prepared -- our servicemen and women are prepared?” 10 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 11. Response from DoD 11 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting Surgeon General of the Army Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho: “Thank you, Ma'am, for the question. I just recently returned from Thailand looking at one of our labs…that really has tremendous focus in the area of malaria and disease preventions within the Asia area. …right now we're in Phase 3 clinical trials for vaccine prevention for malaria, which is looking very, very promising. We're spending and focusing our efforts on not just prevention, but also looking at the oral prevention and trying to find other alternative medications that have less side effects in some of the winds that are there today. And so I know we're working very collaboratively with the Navy where they've got research.”
  • 12. Response from DoD, continued Surgeon General of the Navy Vice Admiral Matthew Nathan: “…We quiz medical students. We ask them what's the deadliest animal in the world and they come up with snake or bear, or tiger. The mosquito, it kills more people per year than any other animal in the planet. … there's amazing strides being made with vaccines and hopefully, within the next few years we'll have a viable vaccine for malaria especially as drug-resistant malaria is now starting to emerge in Southeast Asia, which has no known treatment. We're on scene with the Army. …I just got back from Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam where we have very robust epicenters of study going on collaboratively, which not only offer global engagement, and partnerships, and diplomacy, but are creating world- class science that perhaps can nip these in the bud. … I think we're leaning forward on this. We recognize the threat not only to our personnel, but to the world citizenry at large. And we're very interested in trying to make headway on this and gain partnerships and trust with other nations as we do it.” 12 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 13. GHTC Hill Visits  Sen. Mikulski (D-MD)  Sen. Cardin (D-MD)  Sen. Franken (D-MN)  Sen. Schumer (D-NY)  Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY)  Sen. Coats (R-IN)  Sen. Donnelly (D-IN)  Sen. Brown (D-OH)  Sen. Portman (R-OH)  Sen. Toomey (R-PA)  Sen. Wicker (R-MS)  Sen. Cochran (R-MS)  Sen. Inhofe (R-OK)  Sen. Moran (R-KS)  Sen. Isakson (R-GA)  Sen. Blunt (R-MO)  Sen. Johanns (R-NE)  Sen. Durbin (D-IL) 13 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)  Rep. Ellison (D-MN-5)  Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD-8)  Rep. Maffei (D-NY-24)  Rep. Tonko (D-NY-20)  Rep. Walorski (R-IN-2)  Rep. Joyce (R-OH-14)  Res. Com. Pierluisi (R-PR)  Rep. Griffin (R-AR-2)  Rep. Fleischmann (R-TN-3)  Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)  Rep. Granger (R-TX-12)  Rep. McCollum (D-MN-4)  Rep. Crenshaw (R-FL-4)  Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40)  Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25)  Rep. Dent (R-PA-15)  Rep. Ryan (D-OH-13)  Rep. Engel (D-NY-16)
  • 14. GHTC Hill Visits – Committee Staff  ASTMH attended a GHTC Hill meeting with Stephen Steigleder, Minority Staffer for the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee  Stephen works for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the Ranking Member of the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee 14 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 15. ASTMH FY 2015 Report Language Requests  19 letters to Senate DoD Appropriations Subcommittee Members  18 letters to Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Members  15 letters to House DoD Appropriations Subcommittee Members  12 letters to House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Members 15 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 16. ASTMH FY 2015 Written Testimony  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in January regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s travel policy, particularly regarding its impact on the participation of scientists at conferences like the ASTMH Annual Meeting  House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee regarding global health research and development funding at NIH and CDC  House and Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee regarding infectious diseases research at the DoD 16 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 17. ASTMH Cap Wiz Action Alerts  Letter on March 21 and 24 to 2405 and 2373 advocates, respectively, urging them to contact their Member of Congress to support NIH by signing on to the McKinley- Davis-Carson-King Letter for Medical Research. In total, 95 advocates sent 286 emails to their Members of Congress  Letter on March 11 to 2450 advocates urging them to contact their Member of Congress to sign onto the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (H.R. 2901). In total, 39 advocates sent 39 messages to their Members of Congress  Letter on February 26 to 2459 advocates urging them to contact the President to include funding in the FY 2015 budget for global health research and development at NIH, CDC, DoD, and USAID. In total, 119 advocates sent 119 messages to the President 17 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 18. ASTMH Sign-on Letters  InterAction letter to Members of Congress urging their support in FY 2015 for international development and humanitarian assistance  March 13 letter to Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committees urging them to restore the FY 2015 allocation to the LHHS Subcommittee to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion  Letters from the GHTC for FY 2015 to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding NIH and to the Subcommittees on: Labor, Health and Humans Services, and Education; State and Foreign Operations; Department of Defense; and the Food and Drug Administration 18 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 19. ASTMH Coalition Activities  Global Health Technology Coalition (GHTC) Public Financing Working Group  GHTC Full Coalition Meeting  Malaria and NTD Roundtables  DoD Infectious Disease Working Group (Co-chair) 19 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 20. What’s Happening in Washington
  • 21. The Mood in Washington  Most divided Congress in history  Secretary Sebelius resigns  Election year politics  Budget is driving global health policy 21 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 22. What’s Happening Inside the Beltway  President’s FY 2015 Budget released  Cuts to global health  FY 2015 funding process underway  Sequestration?  Another continuing resolution?  New HHS Secretary  New USAID Administrator 22 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting
  • 23. 23 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting Agency FY 2014 President FY 2014 Omnibus FY 2015 President NIH $31,331,387,000 $29,926,000,000 30,200,000,000 NIAID $4,578,813,000 $4,358,841,000 $4,423,000,000 Fogarty $72,864,000 $67,577,000 $67,780,000 CDC $5,834,173,000 $6,900,000,000 $5,872,000,000 CDC Parasitic Diseases and Malaria $22,231,000 $19,000,000 $24,000,000 Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease $380,664,000 $287,300,000 $393,549,000 Global Health/Child Survival (USAID) $2,645,000,000 $2,769,000,000 $2,680,000,000 USAID NTDs $85,000,000 $100,000,000 $86,500,000 USAID Malaria $670,000,000 $665,000,000 $674,000,000 FY 2015 President’s Budget Comparison
  • 24. Global Health Security Agenda  $45 million proposed in the President’s FY 2015 Budget  CDC Center for Global Health and National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases  Huge priority for Dr. Frieden  “CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority, to - Prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or intentional; - Detect threats early to save lives; - Respond rapidly and effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination and communication.” 24 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting)
  • 25. 25 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting
  • 26. Elections?
  • 27. Elections, Elections, Elections  Midterm election November 4, 2014  Fallout from the government shutdown  No one wants to be blamed for poor governance in an election year  House will stay Republican  Senate control is a toss-up  Presidential election November 8, 2016 27 | ASTMH 2014 Mid-Year Council Meeting)
  • 28. 28 Note: A Cook Political Report rating of Lean D/R or Toss Up denotes races that are currently considered to be competitive Dem Seats On the Ballot in a Range of Left-Leaning Districts * Senator is retiring Breakdown of Democratic-held seats by Cook Political Report Rating 21 total Democratic seats Udall (CO) D+1 Harkin* (IA) D+1 Shaheen (NH) D+1 Franken (MN) D+2 Warner (VA) EVEN Coons (DE) D+8 Schatz (HI) D+20 Durbin (IL) D+8 Markey (MA) D+10 Udall (NM) D+4 Merkley (OR) D+5 Reed (RI) D+11 Booker (NJ) D+6 Senate Elections: 2014 and Beyond Note: Sens. Walsh (D- MT), Rockefeller (D-WV), and Johnson (D-SD) hold seats currently rated Lean/Likely Republican. Begich (AK) R+12 Pryor (AR) R+14 Landrieu (LA) R+12 Levin* (MI) D+4 Hagan (NC) R+3 Source: The Cook Political Report.
  • 29. 29 Most GOP Seats On the Ballot in GOP Strongholds Breakdown of Republican-held seats by Cook Political Report Rating 15 total Republican seats Sessions (AL) R+14 Risch (ID) R+18 Roberts (KS) R+12 Johanns* (NE) R+12 Coburn (OK) R+19 Inhofe (OK) R+19 Graham (SC) R+8 Alexander (TN) R+12 Cornyn (TX) R+10 Enzi (WY) R+22 Scott (SC) R+7.8 Collins (ME) D+6 * Senator is retiring ** Potential retirement Source: The Cook Political Report. Note: A Cook Political Report rating of Lean D/R or Toss Up denotes races that are currently considered to be competitive Senate Elections: 2014 and Beyond Chambliss* (GA) R+6 McConnell (KY) R+13 Cochran (MS) R+9 0
  • 30. 30 Democrats Have More Open Seats at Risk in 2014 than Republicans Source: The Cook Political Report. Open Senate seats by party Harkin (IA) D+1 Levin (MI) D+4 Johnson (SD) R+10 Rockefeller (WV) R+13 Chambliss (GA) R+6 Johanns (NE) R+12 Coburn (OK) R+19 Senate Elections: 2014 and Beyond
  • 31. 31 Current House Breakdown * Includes two currently vacant Republican seats and two currently vacant Democratic seats Analysis Democrats need a 17-seat gain to win control of the House in 2014 Number of House seats in the 113th Congress, by party* Source: Cook Political Report. 2014 House Elections
  • 32. 32 Only 79 Competitive or Potentially Competitive Seats in the House in 2014 Number of House seats in the 113th Congress, by party Source: Cook Political Report. 2014 House Elections 218 Only 79 seats currently competitive or potentially competitive
  • 33.  Key committee leadership out - Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) – HELP Chair; LHHS Chair  If Senate goes Republican global health programs may be in jeopardy - Keep an eye on Sen. Graham (R-SC) race  If House and Senate are Republican controlled domestic non- defense spending likely to be squeezed more  Getting ready for 2016 33 | ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting ) Election Implications
  • 34. ASTMH Engagement – We can’t stop here!  Increase CapWiz participation  Repeat our message  Continue to engage with the community on global health funding priorities  Advocate R&D message on the Hill and with the community  Hill meetings, testimony, and briefings must continue  Social media and advocacy  Continue to raise advocacy issues in the ASTMH newsletter and blog  Advocacy Webinars  Increase participation in Hill Days  Create a culture of advocacy within the Society 34 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting
  • 35. Hill Visits Tomorrow  Serap Aksoy  Jennifer Anderson  Dan Bausch  Alan Magill  Richard Oberhelman  Larry Slutsker  Ken Stuart  Katherine Taylor  Dave Walker 35 |) ASTMH 2014 Mid Year Council Meeting
  • 36. Questions?