Press Room

ASTHO Urges Swift Approval of Bipartisan Budget Deal

ARLINGTON, VA (July 23, 2019)—The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) applauds the bipartisan budget deal to increase funding for non-defense discretionary programs in FY20 and FY21. “We are grateful to Congress and the Administration for working collaboratively to develop a bipartisan budget deal to end sequestration permanently for discretionary programs. We implore Congress to swiftly approve this bill,” says ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser. “Increased investments in public health are sorely needed. State, territorial, and local public health departments face continued challenges addressing the ongoing opioid crisis, reducing rates of HIV transmission, improving data infrastructure, and providing the necessary resources to continue addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure robust allocation for critical public health programs in FY20 and beyond.”


ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in public health practice