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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.


  • 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.


  • 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

February 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and a bipartisan group members have announced the release of a long-awaited Government Accountability Office (GAO) report into the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of power morcellators and the failure of the reporting system to catch this unsafe device.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Tom Reed (NY-23) joined Flight 3407 families in a roundtable discussion with top House of Representatives transportation leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting the hard-fought aviation safety improvements achieved in recent years.  Delegation members helped to coordinate the meeting with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) reintroduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, legislation that would place a moratorium on all new mountaintop coal removal mining permits while federal officials examine health consequences to surrounding communities.  The bill would authorize the first comprehensive federal study of the health dangers of the practice.

January 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have reintroduced the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, H.R. 617, which repeals the antiquated exemption that allows the health insurance industry to operate beyond the reach of federal antitrust laws. 

January 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to new reports today that the law she wrote banning insider trading and increasing transparency for federal officials, the STOCK Act, has uncovered more troubling stock trades by  Congressman Tom Price, the president’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

January 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement on Republicans attacking women’s rights just days after the historic National Women’s March. This afternoon, the Rules Committee will consider H.R. 7, which would undermine a woman's right to choose and limit access to comprehensive health coverage. This follows President Trump reinstating the global gag rule earlier today, which forces health providers eligible for U.S. assistance to choose between receiving U.S.

January 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 18 members of the New York Congressional Delegation urged President-elect Donald Trump to consider the catastrophic negative impacts a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New York State as Republicans continue to dismantle this landmark law. A repeal of the ACA would cause more than 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose health insurance coverage while throwing our entire health care system into chaos.

January 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today released the following statement on the growing insider trading accusations surrounding Congressman Tom Price, the president-elect’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, Slaughter called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct a complete investigation into the hundreds of stock trades made by Congressman Price.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) will hold a press conference on the Affordable Care Act on Sunday, January 15th at 1pm ET. She will be joined by health care advocates to discuss the dangers of Republicans’ commitment to repeal the Affordable Care Act and constituents who will share their personal stories. Members of the local community will also be rallying in support of this groundbreaking law. This press conference is one in a series of events nationwide in support of the Affordable Care Act. 

December 27, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to the House Republicans' rules package for the 115th Congress: