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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Public Health

Rep. Slaughter looks on as President George W. Bush signs the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008Public health initiatives are unique in that they target the health of our communities, our nation, and world rather than the individual. Broad, community-focused health programs are essential to ensure that each American citizen lives in a healthier and safer world. Congresswoman Slaughter has spent her career fighting to improve public health and wellness.

With a Master’s degree in public health, the congresswoman is an expert in the field and has spent her career fighting to improve public health and wellness. Congresswoman Slaughter serves to protect children and families from environmental toxins harmful to development, is on the frontlines of guarding against genetic discrimination, is a watchdog for food safety, and advocates for expanded research and funding into public health and program development.

Priorities

  • Healthy Environments: As the primary advocate for full federal funding of lead poisoning prevention programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Congresswoman Slaughter fights to protect children and families from environmental toxins harmful to human health and development. She spearheads the charge in Congress to restore funding to childhood lead poisoning programs which have been slashed in recent years on both the state and federal levels.
  • Food Safety: American citizens should not have to worry that the food on their tables is going to make them sick. This is why Congresswoman Slaughter is fighting to keep dangerous, contaminated foods out of the grocery stores and force companies to ensure that products are safe for sale and consumption.
  • Genetic Privacy: With the genomic revolution, it is easier than ever for people and health care providers to access genetic information. Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes that this information must be protected in the same way as other personal information and shouldn’t be used for discriminatory purposes.
  • Research and Development: The congresswoman shares the growing concern that hormone-disrupting pollutants in our environment may explain the rise in occurrences of childhood cancers, testicular cancer, juvenile diabetes, thyroid disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and autoimmune disorders over the past 30 years. Despite the progress made in understanding the link between these chemicals and hormone disruption, further research is needed. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that investing in research today could prevent and treat a broad range of diseases and disorders in future generations.

Accomplishments

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention: In May 2012, Congresswoman Slaughter and 25 colleagues called on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adopt blood lead level recommendations proposed by the CDC Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP). CDC adopted this new standard in October 2012 and published the first set of statistics with the new findings in April 2013, which showed that 535,000 U.S. children under the age of six are poisoned by lead. Congresswoman Slaughter continues to fight for appropriate funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. Not only did she secure $110 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control after it was cut to $50 million, but she also successfully restored funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to $15 million after it was cut to $2 million in Fiscal Year 2012. Caution: Lead Hazard
  • Lead Hazard Title X Amendments Act: In 2013, the congresswoman introduced H.R. 1282, The Lead Poisoning Title X Amendments Act, which would modernize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program and broaden the categories of those eligible to receive lead hazard abatement grants.
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA): Congresswoman Slaughter authored the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which became law in 2008 after a fourteen-year congressional battle. The late Senator Ted Kennedy called GINA the “the first civil rights bill of the new century.” This law prohibits health insurers and employers from using genetic information to discriminate against an individual. For instance, prior to GINA, an employer could refuse to hire or fire someone with a family history of breast cancer or other hereditary illnesses. The congresswoman continues to oversee the implementation of GINA and to monitor the developments in genetics and genomics to determine whether additional policy improvements are needed. You can read more about this important issue in an article written by Louise in the Harvard Journal on Legislation here.
  • Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act (PRTRA): In 2013, there was a massive outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella heidelberg caused by Foster Farms chicken that sickened over 630 people from 29 states and Puerto Rico and sent 38 percent of those sickened to the hospital. In response, Congresswoman Slaughter and her colleague, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, introduced PRTRA. The bill would grant USDA the authority to issue mandatory recalls for meat, poultry, or egg products with any antibiotic resistant or other microbial contaminant the USDA deems dangerous.
  • The DES Education and Research Amendments of 1993: Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was an anti-miscarriage drug commonly used in the early 1990s that was discovered to carry serious health consequences for some women and their children in utero. Stunningly, common use of this compound was ended in cattle nearly 20 years before the same protections were extended to women. Congresswoman Slaughter battled in Congress for the DES Education and Research Amendments, which amended the Public Health Service Act to provide public health education, health professional training, and additional research on the long-term effects of DES. The congresswoman authored follow-up legislation, the DES Education and Research Amendments, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October 1998.

More on Public Health

August 17, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced an Assistance for Firefighter Grant (AFG) under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program of $152,036 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Brighton Fire District. Each year, Slaughter helps ensure the AFG program receives sufficient funding in the federal budget.

August 11, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $770,000 grant for the University of Rochester Medical Center from the Department of Health and Human Services. The award will be used to research and develop drugs that would prevent radiation damage to the salivary glands for throat and neck cancer patients.

August 1, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today marked Startup Day Across America by visiting West Henrietta-based manufacturer SiMPore Inc. to highlight the strides the company has made since moving from a startup in 2007 to a successful business. Slaughter also announced new federal awards for SiMPore totaling $975,000 that will help this local manufacturer continue its groundbreaking work in nanotechnology.

July 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that seven regional Fire Districts have received a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. The award will be used to purchase new communications equipment that utilizes integrated advanced technology.

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Rules Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25), today blasted Speaker Ryan’s removal of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) amendment sun-setting the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the appropriations bill to be considered by the House next week. This bipartisan amendment was adopted on a voice vote by the House Appropriations Committee.

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced an Assistance for Firefighter Grant (AFG) award of $160,134 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Hilton-Parma Fire District. Each year, Slaughter helps ensure that the AFG program receives sufficient funding in the federal budget.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) has received a million dollar federal award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This five-year federal award will be used to develop a scientists-in-training program for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates. Slaughter has long supported NTID, which helps anchor the regional economy with 2,000 students and faculty.

July 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today reacted to efforts by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to weaken policies to combat campus sexual assault by watering down Title IX, the federal law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex in publicly funded education. This afternoon, Slaughter stood with colleagues at a press conference in opposition to Sec. DeVos’ efforts.

July 10, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the University of Rochester has received a total of $1.5 million in grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The university has received a $775,000 award to continue its HIV/AIDS research and a $818,000 award to continue its suicide prevention efforts.

June 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), and Tom Reed (NY-23) today stood with Flight 3407 families and Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Airline Pilots Association, and Jeff Skiles, first officer of the Miracle on the Hudson, in a bipartisan call for Congress to preserve hard-fought aviation safety improvements as the House prepares to consider Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation. They voiced strong and united opposition to any effort to roll back flight safety rules.