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Democrats work to protect climate health programs from potential Trump actions

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Mar 26, 2024

House Democrats are taking proactive steps to protect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention climate programs in case former President Trump returns to the White House. They reintroduced the “Climate and Health Protection Act” as Trump closed in on the Republican nomination and conservative groups began laying out their agenda for a potential second Trump term, which includes rolling back “woke policies” within the Department of Health and Human Services. Health advocates are concerned about the impact this could have on addressing climate change’s health impacts.

One of the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), expressed concerns about the potential for a second Trump administration to dismantle climate programs within the federal government if they are not protected by law. She emphasized the need for these programs to be enshrined in statute to prevent future administrations from cutting or eliminating them.

The “Climate and Health Protection Act” aims to secure the core functions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Climate and Health Program by authorizing the program to receive up to $110 million in annual appropriations. Additionally, the bill prohibits the program’s budget from being reallocated to other priorities, ensuring its stability and longevity in addressing climate-related health issues. This proactive measure is seen as crucial in safeguarding vital health programs from potential political changes.

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