Advocacy 101. Getting started, making a difference!. Outline. Overview of Congress & Process Introduction to Advocacy Specific Issues Title VII SCHIP Others Conclusions. Overview. -110 th (first session) Congress at a glance -Why your advocacy is important
Getting started, making a difference!
-110th (first session)Congress at a glance
-Why your advocacy is important
- Ensuring your voice is heard
-letters and leave behinds
-Title VII and SCHIP
49 Republicans, 2 Independents
201 Republicans, 2 Vacancies
Majority Leader: Harry Reid (D-NV)
Minority Leader: Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Minority Leader: John Boehner (R-OH)
Energy & Commerce- Dingell (D-MI) and Barton (R-TX)
Appropriations- Obey (D-WI) and Lewis (R-CA)
Ways & Means- Rangel (D-NY) and McCrery (R-LA)
“HELP”- Kennedy (D-MA) and Enzi (R-MY)
Appropriations- Byrd (D-WV) and Cochran (R-MS)
Finance- Baucus (D-MT) and Grassley (R-IA)
1. Bill introduction
2. Referral to committee (s)
3. Committee hearings
4. Committee mark-up
5. Committee report
6. Scheduling legislation
7. House: special rules, suspension of the rules, or privileged matter
8. Senate: unanimous consent agreements or motions to proceed
9. Floor debate
10. Floor amendment
11. Vote on final passage
12. Reconciling differences between the house and senate
13. Amendments between the houses, or
14. Conference committee negotiations
15. Floor debate on conference report
16. Floor vote on conference report
17. Conference version presented to the president
18. President signs into law or allows bill to become law
19. President vetoes bill
20. First chamber vote on overriding veto
21. Second chamber vote on overriding veto
22. Bill becomes law if 2/3 vote to override is achieved in
23. Bill fails to become law if one chamber fails to
They want your vote and the votes of your family, your patients, your colleagues, your community members, etc.
No member of Congress (or their staff) can possibly know everything about every subject they vote on. Therefore, they must rely on experts to inform them about issues.
Know the decision-maker
Know the community
Know the political situation
Know how to anticipate problems
Know how to listen to what is said/not said
Know how to compromise
Know how to build coalitions
Know how to use the media
Know how to maintain your sense of humor and enjoy the process10 Knows of Advocacy
“I urge the Congresswoman to support adequate funding for Title VII Health Professions Programs, including pediatrics.”
“I urge you to provide $300 million for the Title VII Health Professions Programs in FY 2008. This allocation merely restores funding for these vitally important physician training programs to FY 2005 levels.”
Add state or district-specific data whenever possible (i.e. ___number of children uninsured in your state; __ eligible but un-enrolled in SCHIP or Medicaid)
As a constituent and pediatrician, I urge you to act now to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Over the past 10 years, SCHIP has provided children, who would otherwise have been uninsured, with a vital source of comprehensive health insurance. Reauthorization of SCHIP offers Congress a historic opportunity to come together once again – on a bipartisan basis for the nation\'s children – to build on SCHIP and Medicaid\'s remarkable successes.
Nine million children currently live without any private or public health care coverage. Every day that Congress fails to enact SCHIP reauthorization, another 2,000 American children are added to those ranks. I look to you, as a political leader for our state, to reauthorize and fund SCHIP not for partisan gain, but
because it is the right thing to do at the right time.
Sincerely,Your name - Your street address
City, State Zip
If you don’t know something, say so and offer to follow-up – and make sure you do!
-FY 2005 $300 million
-51% cut in FY 2006 to $145 million
-FY 2007 increase to $185, but still short of ‘05 levels
-President Bush’s FY 2008 budget provided only $10 million (for SDS program) and zeroed-out all other Title VII programs
-House/Senate FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Conference agreement - $212 million
“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3043 (L-HHS-E appropriations bill) because, in combination with the other FY 2008 appropriations bills, it includes an irresponsible and excessive level of spending and includes other objectionable provisions.”
“[The President’s] Budget proposed to eliminate or reduce funding for a number of HHS activities that have not been proven to be effective, have already achieved their intended purpose, or are duplicative of other activities, such as Health Professions training grants and the Preventive Health Block Grant. The Administration urges the House to adopt these reforms, in order to be a better steward of the taxpayers’ dollars.”
House passed the Children\'s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act of 2007 (H.R. 3162) by a vote of 225 to 204 on August 1st.
Senate August 2nd, passed the Children\'s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S. 1893/H.R. 976) by a vote of 68-31.
President Vetoed the bill, Veto override failed – House and Senate passed a second version and a veto is pending.
In the 10 years since it was enacted, SCHIP and Medicaid have reduced the number of uninsured children by more than one-third. Despite this, there are still 9 million uninsured children in America, the vast majority of whom are in families with jobs that do not offer their children access to affordable coverage.
Pass SCHIP legislation that contains $35 billion in new funding to reach millions of the children who are eligible for SCHIP or Medicaid but un-enrolled.
2008 Presidential election
elections for 435 members of the House of Representatives and 1/3 of Senate is November 4, 2008